Thursday, April 03, 2008

A Whirl of a MIRL

Most of you are scratching your heads and saying to yourselves, "what the devil is a MIRL"? Well, let me enlighten you my bloggy comrades.

MIRL stands for Meet In Real Life. When one blogger meets another blogger in person, one can refer to it as MIRL. I did a little MIRLing myself this past Sunday. As a matter of fact, it was my very first MIRL ever and it couldn't have been with a sweeter person.

I've been reading Jen's blog for probably close to two years and let me tell you - when I met her in real life it was just....WEIRD!! Not because she had a thumb growing out of her forehead or anything, but just actually seeing her and being able to hold a conversation, it was totally exciting. It was in a word.......WONDERFUL!

We were driving back from Virginia and wanted to visit a like minded church around Knoxville. We found Grace Community Church online and when we went to the website I screamed like a girl...oh wait, I am a girl. Why? (as in why did I scream, not why am I a girl. I would hope that I've already realized this about myself after 5 children). Because I knew I had seen that church somewhere. I racked my brain for oh..about 3 minutes and then it hit me! JenIG!!

So, being the crazy woman I am, I emailed her out of the blue telling her we would be there. She was ever SO gracious in emailing me back and we determined it was a date. I was rather psychotic sounding in my email and Jen could have ditched me right then, but being a fellow semi-psycho blogger herself, she was ever so gracious in her reply.

And sure enough, Sunday morning we walked through the door and Jen's lovely daughter Coie was standing there and said, "are you Michelle?". We were graciously greeted and seated and all manner of niceties shown to us. We were special!

Afterwards, Jen and I were able to talk for about 30 minutes and it was SO great! I felt like I already knew here because of her blog (am I creepy for that?). We have determined that we most definitely could hang out and it was decided that when I go back to Tennessee in July to visit my mom, that the girls and I will visit with Jen and her family for a day! Woo-Hoo! A visit to a little farm! With goats and everything! It's like the Walton's!

Sigh....I think I like the whole MIRLing thing!


Sgt and Mrs Hub said...

When I was home this last time I met a whole bunch of girls I know in real life, AND just through blogging. It was fun, but a little weird. I was like: do you still like me now???? :) So silly!!

How amazing for you to have met your friend Jen! And won't that be a fun visit this summer!


Jedi Miller said...

Cool nice to see that that freinds can be made through the blogging community...

although in a chat room if you say MIRL, usually you are a labeled stalker.
"Hi I'm Chris Hanson, Would you have a seat over there, I'd like to ask you a few questions..."

Yikes! Have fun with goats and the farm!!!