One of the nice things about choosing to go to seminary in Manitoba is that we’re getting to meet a lot of bloggers.
If we go back five years now, you have Marc (new to the blogworld) running across Randall‘s blog, which lead to Marc checking out Gateway, he and Randall going out for coffee, us checking out the church and eventually attending, Marc helping out at a youth retreat a few years later which started his thought process in the direction of ministry, Marc doing some “pastorly things” at the church while we looked for a new pastor, Marc deciding to get his Masters of Divinity with the intention of becoming ordained in the Evangelical Covenant denomination, moving to Providence for seminary to study and to be able to stay connected with the Covenant, and you land us here in Manitoba getting to meet in person so many of the people we’ve only known through the internet thus far.
Really, there are too many people we now count as friends that have happened through the blogs that I won’t even start, because I’m sure to forget someone. But I love the connections that we’ve made. And I think it is quite something that the blogworld has had this huge impact on the direction of our lives. And that it all happens in the most random ways.
Take for example me running across Mr. Simian Farmer. I was being harassed by one of those expensive pre-school education plans and when I googled the name of the company looking for some unbiased feedback, I ran across Simon’s blog. I sent him a message, and I knew I’d found a friend when he sent me an email back even wordier than the one I’d sent him, filled with wit and even a picture of what the educational stuff looked like. Years passed. And finally this past June, when we were in Alberta for my cousin’s wedding, we got to meet Simon and his beautiful wife Amy. By this time we’d all been friends on Facebook. We knew all of our birth stories (Amy even recreated the birth of her second boy when we were there, since it happened in their master bedroom, all over their new mattress…) and the bowel functions of our children. We felt like old friends. Except we’d never met before. : ) It was just a short visit because of the whole family wedding thing, but I’m so glad we got to meet them.
(That’s Amy painting my finger nails and letting me borrow her jacket and curling iron. We would’ve made fudge, watched The Notebook, and exchanged friendship bracelets, if we’d had more than just two hours…)
That’s why I think it’s pretty cool that this month I’ve gotten to meet Jobina, Amber and Heather (who have private blogs), next week it’s Ruth, and soon Nicole (and I really feel like I’m forgetting someone in that list). It’s amazing how these connections get made and how we can learn from, grow with, and encourage each other with our stories. This blogging thing really does have the potential for some good.