Monday, September 24, 2007


I was so excited to meet my first "in the flesh" blog friend on September 4th here.

So imagine my excitement when just 4 days later, on September 8th, I get a comment left on my blog from another blog friend saying they are going to be in Tulsa September 22-25 and would like to meet with me if possible.

IF POSSIBLE? I would do whatever was necessary to meet with her.

Michelle Frazen and her husband, Rich, are missionaries in Johannesburg, S. Africa!!

They and their 3 children have been in Johannesburg for almost 4 years.
Well, the youngest little girl was born there 2 years ago.

They are both ORU graduates so familiar with Tulsa

Michelle and I meet today at 12:30. We recognized each other instantly and greeted each other with smiles and a big hug.

What a sweet gentle spirit, Michelle has.

We spent 2 hours just finding out all about each other. Questions flying back and forth across the table as fast as we could talk!!! Such an easy flow and we kept remarking how amazing it was that you could become so attached to each other over a blog! But it is truly a fact of the blog!! Those connections are made and are real.

I had an emotional morning reading a blog of a one week old baby who was dying. Consequently, I was in a real weepy mood and just felt very burdened for this family losing this precious child and just for the problems of our world and the state of affairs in general in our world and in our individual lives.

SO, I spent a great deal of the time weeping!!! Even though I was so overjoyed with meeting and sharing with Michelle. Just fair warning to any of you who meet me.

I am a weeper!!!!!!

Michelle prayed the sweetest prayer over me just before we parted. It's so wonderful to be able to sit in a restaurant in Tulsa and pray openly. May we always have this wonderful freedom. I do not take it for granted. It is a privilege!!!

Michelle & I both are sure that God has a bigger purpose than we can know, at this point, in bringing us together and forming such a bond. It is exciting!!!

We shared a couple of private dreams and desires!!!

Michelle doesn't blog a lot but be sure to go here and check her our. Be sure and scroll down her side bar to the picture of her lovely fair face & blond hair surrounded by the beautiful faces of black children. This gives you a little taste of the heart of this precious young mother and missionary wife.

Michelle, I am honored to have shared 2 wonderful hours with you today!

And yes, Ginger, I gave her a separate hug from you.
We both talked how we wished you'd been here to share the time with us.

With my cup running over with joy.....I arrive back home to find this lovely hand made card in my mail box from my United Kingdom friend, Barbara! The sweet, handwritten message reads "Wishing you both a very Happy Anniversary with the richest of anointing in the years to come. Love & Blessing from across the ocean. Barbara & Alan xx"
Thank you sooo much, Barbara. It is lovely and I treasure it and the thought.

Life with my God is such a joy and His mercies are new every morning.

I feel so sorry for those who do not know the thrill we have in serving such a wonderful RISEN SAVIOR!!

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Frazzled Farm Wife said...

How great for you Susan! God is Good!

PEA said...

Oh Susan, it does sound like it was a wonderful meeting and how fabulous that you could get together:-) I know when I met NatureGirl a couple of weeks ago, we were saying how it felt like we already knew each other so well through our blogs! That card you received is beautiful, the hot air balloons perfect:-) xox

Karen said...

How wonderful to be able to meet such a sweet godly person! And she you!

weavermom said...

Fun, fun!!! Sounds like you had such a great time! :)

diana said...

how special - both meeting michelle and spending time with her and the card you received.

i read the same blog as you about the little girl who is about to die. hard stuff to read. your heart just breaks.

Momma Roar said...

What a special day for you!!! What wonderful blessings from above!

Andrea said...

Sounds like you two were both blessed. It is so much fun to meet new people.

Susan said...

You have had such wonderful blessings since you've been blogging.



Ruth said...

Oh how awesome that you got to meet another friend!! We don't travel much, but if we ever are in Tulsa, I'll plan on meeting you!! And, if you ever make it to Louisiana, I'll treat you to some awesome cajun-style cookin'!

Just Mom said...

You again didn't make the drive up to South Dakota! Oh well....I am going to have to head down your way.

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

That is so neat Susan! How wonderful!

Nadine said...

I would love to meet a blog friend, and that would include you...weeping doesn't scare me. :) I'm glad you were able to meet and enjoy talking face to face.

Jenileigh said...

Oh Susan, what a joy! I had the privilege once of meeting an online friend only it was under sorrowful circumstances. It was a joy just the same to be able to put a face with the name and to support her. Congrats dear friend. I've missed you! {{{{Big Hugs}}}}

Oh and Happy Belated Anniversary!

Sue @ praise & coffee said...

Oh how wonderful!!
So glad you were able to meet and had such a great time.

PS Thanks for coming by my blog! I just love your input!

Linds said...

Wonderful! I am so glad you got to spend time with another blogging buddy, Susan.

Susan Kelly Skitt said...

What a wonderful opportunity. Yes, in a strange, exciting sort of way, this blog world has a way of connecting kindred spirits and like-minded people. Isn't it good to know Christ?

Take care my friend and I can't wait to check out Michele's blog. She sounds like a sweetheart!

nickernoodle said...

Isn't it fun meeting a fellow blogger? My goal is to meet each and everyone of my bloggers. I don't care if its here on earth or rejoicing together in heaven. Here is to another wonderful day!!!!


I am so happy for you Susan. I know you must feel very blest to have met these wonderful people in person. May God bless you all. connie from Texas

jennifer said...

How incredible! I am so happy for you! I love the balloons and I know you do too!

I know that God is Awesome, thanks Susan!

Barbara said...

Glad you received the card. Did not take long.
You got to meet another blogger again. Aren't you the blessed one.

Karolee said...

What great fun to meet another bloggy friend. The world is getting to be a smaller place all the time.

Alisun said...

What a fun time to meet face to face. I am a weeper also I feel it comes from a gentle spirit, I got weepy while watching my dad march in a parade with my kids. The fact that they can get to know everyone and still have both grandparents and great grandparents makes me cry. Yep a weepy soul also
p.s. yes the teddy bear hamster is a kid thing.

Lyndy said...

Susan, How wonderful that you got to meet in real life. You are right connections made through blogging are very real indeed. I have been so blessed by you and your friendship.

Have a wonderful week.


Anonymous said...

I'm full of smiles and know me, I cry at the drop of a hat. I think you've been a witness to that on the phone :)

I'm so so so thrilled that the two of you got to meet! If I couldn't be there, then there is no greater joy for me then to have the two of you share some fellowship without me :)

Thanks for passing the hug along to precious Michelle. Someday I hope to pass my own hug along to YOU! Love you Susan! Love the way our God works...

nannykim said...

Wow that is wonderful--we have such a bond with other Christian friends. I used to live near Tulsa and my oldest son, Christopher was born there!! What a small world. I loved the people in Ok--warm, open ,hearts. I loved the big open sky tooo. We lived in Sand Springs. Hey--I am putting a challenge out for people to visit my blog and go to the post for Sept 25 called "Thankfulness again--smiling in the heart"--read it , comment on it and then list things that pop into your mind for which you are thankful or that put a smile in your heart. (I realize you may not have time today!). Blessings upon you!

kdwhorses said...

How great that you all got to meet and have such a wonderful visit. God is good!!!

Robin said...

What a blessing to be able to meet a blogging friend! I'm so happy that you had a wonderful time together. Don't feel bad that you are a weeper - it only means you have a soft heart.
I'm praying for little Copeland too. Her parents have to be the strongest Christians I have heard of in a long time. What an incredible testimony of faith and love.

Karen said...

You have such a grateful heart, you enjoy life and have so much thankfulness. It blesses me and challenges me and you make me smile (oh if only I could give you another smile award!). I'm so glad you got to meet another friend, she sounded wonderful. As do you!

Jungle Mom said...

How wonderful. I will be in Texas this weekend but not near you, too bad.

groovyoldlady said...

You are such a sweetie, of COURSE you weep. But if we ever meet I'll make you laugh - that's a promise!

Short Stop said...

You have such an amazing heart, Susan. It is so evident in stories like these. I'm a TOTAL weeper. Just about anything can get me going...and a story about a struggling little one would have me in tears, too.

How wonderful to, yet again, meet a blogging frined in real life! I agree with many of the friendships made here are indeed very, very real! :)

Amber said...

I bet that's so much fun. meeting other bloggers and a blessing too!

0:) Amber

Charity Grace said...

What a wonderful day you had. I am happy for you!

By the way, thank you for visiting my blog Friday. It's always fun to have you stop by!

MightyMom said...

I consider all my "Blog buddies" to be true freinds.

I hope to one day take a big old trip and see every one of ya!

Lori said...

OH my gosh. How wonderful that you got to meet Michelle F.
That is just awesome.

I am a weepy person also.

Pam said...

That is just awesome! She looks like a sweety!

And you got the card the same week. I think somebody loves you Susan!

justabeachkat said...

I know how exciting it is to meet our blog friends in person. I've had the pleasure myself a few times and it always amazes me how everyone I have met has been exactly like I knew they would be.

BTW, I went to Michelle's blog and enjoyed visiting it.

Have a wonderful weekend.