Posts Tagged: friends

Friends Bring Joy

Lately I have been really blessed in the friend department. It’s been an amazing journey, and I am especially lucky because my whole family has been embraced by another family; one that is a lot like ours. They are kind, giving, understanding, fun, and loving. It’s just what we need while living in a town far away from our immediate family.

This year our friends had a wonderful exchange student from Ukraine. He has become a good friend to all of my children. So-much-so that in the past week my eldest son has probably been at their house more than he’s been at ours. I only wish they would have become friends sooner than this late spring/early summer. It doesn’t matter, though, because they are friends now. They’ll probably be friends forever, too. Thanks to the internet, of course.

I wanted to do something special for our friends and their “son”. Yesterday morning I took some photos of them, so that they could have some really nice framed prints. It took all of a half and hour, and I was so happy to do it for them.

Giving to the people you love is tremendously fulfilling.
Giving friendship to one another is invaluable.
Giving love to your friends brings joy.


I’d like to hear about your moment of joy! Share your story and upload a photo (optional), and in return Shutterfly will gift you $5 off your next photo book to commemorate life’s joyous moments, and you”ll be entered for a chance to win a $200 Shutterfly Gift card.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Shutterfly.   The opinions and text are all mine.  Offer valid for $5 off one photo book order and valid for one-time redemption per member. Taxes, shipping and handling will apply.  BlogFrog hosted gift card contest live from June 17th to July 14th.  A winner will be randomly chosen and announced on July 18th. All participants remain the copyright holder of their photos.

The Story of BlogHer {Part IX}

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Lori and Sarah (on right)

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Leah and Esther

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Vera and Audrey

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Diane (aka Momo)

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Renee and Amy

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Tarrant and Carmen

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Always remember……

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The Story of BlogHer {Part VIII}

More Beautiful Faces of BlogHer

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Adrianne and Shauna

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Ali and her sister Charna

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Allison and Meredith

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Laurin and Maria

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Angie and Sam

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Linda and Janine

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Kelly and Carrisa

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The Amazing Annabel and Angela

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and (I’m not sure, do you know?)

The Story of BlogHer {Part VII}

Beautiful Faces of BlogHer

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Jen – Leah – Heather

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Cindy and Angie
(and many other beauties)

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Cecily, Kim, Loralee, Anissa, and Peter

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The Story of BlogHer {Part III}

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Swimming In The Sea

Last year after BlogHer in Chicago I was moved to write about those that touched me.  Those people that I had connected with through blogging that finally materialized into living, breathing creatures before me.  People that could hug me.  People that could laugh at my silliness.  People that would share real life moments in a real live city, and not just via email, twitter, or the blogosphere.  I wrote about them, introducing them [to you], because it was a new level of love and admiration that had sprung forth from the conference.

This year I came to find that the conference morphed into being more about me and who I am in the grand scheme of the matrix of bloggers and personalities.  There were familiar faces everywhere.  There were quickly passing minutes on a cushy bench; perfect for a quick gab session.  There were  hugs and kisses in the elevator, as well as accidental encounters.  There were waves from across the estrogen filled room.  There were commitments, and parties, and very little downtime—until it was solidly scheduled in.  There was so much,  so many, and so little time that—at times—it kinda felt a little bit like drowning.

Around every corner, though, was instant resuscitation; whether it was the quiet of a hotel room in the early morning hours, the seclusion of an unused panel room where tears were shared along with smiles and words of wisdom, or the arms of a group of besties enveloping you.  It didn’t matter, it was there and accessible.   The best part being that you didn’t have to look hard to find it, you just had to keep swimming.

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