So, maybe you've noticed the link at the bottom for the Families On The Road website. Well, today I got to meet another Family on the Road for the very first time! And it was awesome.
So, it began last week when someone asked on the FOTR facebook page what they do about emergency preparedness, and I commented about leaving my food storage behind with other people and mentioned I was LDS so I'm geeky about my food storage, and la-dee-da I got a message from another Mom on there stating they were LDS on the road, too, and asking where we were, and as it turns out, we were both in Michigan and not far apart. We decided there was no better place to meet than church, so we decided on a ward and met there.
The kids and I forgot the baby bottles and had to run back home, causing us to be about 10 minutes late for Sacrament Meeting, which meant there were no seats left in the chapel at all. We sat in the foyer and listened to the testimonies, and I heard Shelley get up and bare hers and I knew they were there. After Sacrament I asked someone where Gospel Doctrine met, and was directed to a room. After class began, and I introduced myself as a visitor, I realized I was actually in Gospel Essentials, which was great, but of course my other FOTR family wasn't in there.
Off to Relief Society. I was looking around wondering if they had stuck around for the third hour, when someone a few seats down from me says, "Trish?" I said, "Shelley?" She said, "I recognized your baby from the pictures!" And a new friendship was formed.
Now, I feel like I've known Rob and Shelley and their 5 darling girls for forever! I just adore them so much! I am so grateful for the not-by-chance meeting we had and the new friendship that feels so old. They are wonderful! You can get to know them a little better, too, by reading their adventures at 7as1.com and on facebook, too. (Speaking of which, I'm there, too, and leave LOTS more on facebook than I do here on the blog. Check me out at www.facebook.com/roadbots !)
The photo below was taken that Sunday evening on the back porch of the family that invited both of our families to join them for dinner. They were so good to us, feeding our extra 12 mouths and teaching us so much. We had a great time and are so grateful for the kindness of strangers that become fast friends.