After starting up our blog, we’ve learned to appreciate reading several others’ blogs too. We’ve slowly begun to communicate via comments as well. We’ve entered into the conversations slowly, and lurked for awhile on a few before leaving comments. As we’ve gained confidence, we find ourselves attached to several favorites. Lisa and I talk about their postings with each other as if we’d been chatting with them over the phone recently.
In other words, we sort of feel like we’ve gotten to know several people without ever having met them personally. They are electronic, cyber friendships. And we look forward to checking in with these folks daily or weekly. We’ve gotten so used to it that when we tell others about stories we’ve read, we say things like, “Yeah, we know these people who…”, or “We have some friends that…”.
It’s easier to reference our electronic friends by calling them simply “friends” than trying to explain by saying things like, “Yeah, I understand what you mean, we blog and exchange blogger comments with some folks who…”
One in particular has been a great inspiration lately. Joey writes his blog Wide White. Now truthfully, I [Brent] met Joey once by sheer luck last summer at a Twins game. We both were following each other on Twitter and while watching the game at Target Field, we both realized that we were at the ballpark sitting in consecutive sections no less! So we found each other within a couple minutes and spent an inning chatting for awhile. But that was the only meeting.
Joey and his wife Jamie are going through a tumultuous time in their lives right now. They are expecting a daughter in July, but they know from the ultra sounds that their daughter has Turner syndrome and they may only get a very limited time with her after she’s born. Joey has been blogging through this experience and I have found myself with tears in my eyes after reading a few of his latest postings.
Other than the brief introduction at the ballpark, the blog has served as this terrific spring board into sharing an intimate time of grief, of pain, of love and special relationship. His posts have really served to help Lisa and I focus on our faith walk together, our prayers have become focused and Joey and Jamie’s shared pain has helped us ensure that we are appreciating each day even more.
Their daughter’s name is Kaylee Hope. And Joey and Jamie have been brave as they’ve shared their grief, pain, hopes and desires. They have laid their faith down in words. They have expressed their feelings openly in their blog. We thank them for that. Somehow this blogger medium has extended beyond a few bits and bytes and we feel like our electronic friendship with them is as real as the relationships we have with people we work with. Strange that the Lord would use this painful experience to help us see the importance of relationships with people. Even when we haven’t spent any face time together.
Joey and Jamie’s relationship with God has been encouraging and I wish we could give them a real hug. I would like to thank them for being so brave. I would like them to know how much we care about them and what they’re going through.
God’s peace be with you Joey, Jamie and Kaylee Hope. Here’s a virtual <hug> from us. You deserve so much more, but I hope it helps a little today.