Wednesday, June 29, 2011

a day with arielle

Sometimes you are lucky enough (or blessed rather) to meet a kindred spirit. It's pretty easy to know if you've ever meet one or not, because you'll realize it right away. I have met several in my lifetime and for that I am thankful. With every passing year, I am realizing more and more that life is rather meaningless apart from relationships. Part of the reason I have found a love for blogging is because of the wonderful friendships I have formed with some amazing people.

One such person is Arielle.

This past weekend, Jonathan and I had the pleasure of meeting Arielle and her husband Jay. If you would have told me that this would happen a year ago, I would have laughed. Me, meet people online? No way. It's funny how things change. It has been a huge blessing to meet other godly women who are striving after the Lord in our different walks of life. There may be a great distance between us, but we have a bond in Christ. I can't even count how many times I have been encouraged to press on because of the things I have read, because of the reality of Christ that I've seen in others...in Arielle and others like her.
I was so thrilled to find out that we'd be able to meet up. Jonathan and I seriously had a ball getting to know them better. It knew that we'd be similar, but I didn't know just how similar! Even in the midst of the scorching heat, getting lost and the long wait for food, we managed to have a little fun. :) Surprisingly, there aren't a whole lot of young married couples our age we are (or at least not that we know of), so it was a treat. (Maybe people just aren't getting married in their 20's anymore?) Anyway, it's always a blessing for us to be around people in a similar place in life and walk with the Lord. 
Well, you can't meet up with a photographer and blogger with out snapping a few pictures can you? Of course not! Ha! Arielle is a super talented photographer, so she got a few of us. She even had a polaroid camera with her! How cool is that? Here are the 2 she gave to us.



To be honest leaving was kind of sad for us, because we knew that the chances of seeing each other again in the near future isn't very likely. But then again Jonathan and I are willing to go anywhere, so who knows?

They are such a sweet and godly couple and it was an immense privilege to get to meet them!

50 comments:

Noelani said...

Aw, from the looks of it, you guys had a blast! Considering the fact that you and Arielle met online, just goes to prove that God works in mysterious ways when placing others in our paths :)

Rachel said...

That is so great that you two were able to forge such a great friendship online. You looked like you had a great time together.

And also, I can commiserate. Jon and I don't know any couples married in their 20s either. :( We're the only ones even remotely close to where we live, and so we don't have a lot of social interactions. :( So I can completely relate, love.

Brooke said...

Oh my goodness that is so awesome you got to meet her! I love her blog as well as yours. It's even better you connected so well. The only bad part about meeting blogger friends is leaving and knowing you live so far away from each other!

Olivia Grace said...

Two of my fav bloggers in one place, how cool!! The Lord has amazing ways of bringing people into your life when you really need them and it seems that He has done that for the two of you. Looks like an amazing night!

-Kelsey said...

I totally feel you on the young married couples bit! My husband and I got married at 22 & 21 (both graduated from college) and people still acted like we were children. including my in-laws, who 2 years later still haven't gotten over it.
I love that you were able to meet such a sweet friend though! always a blessing to have another great friend :)

Mary said...

That is so neat that ya'll got to meet eachother! Sounds like ya'll had fun together!:) By the way...you two are so very pretty and your dresses are too cute!

Alyss said...

How cool is that?! The whole building strong friendships via the internet thing was not something I saw coming when I started blogging either. I love that you found a kindred spirit!

And yeah, I think people are just getting married older. When we got married at 21, people thought we were crazy!

Stephanie said...

Love the polaroids! Hopefully your paths will cross again soon!

Notes She Wrote said...

I love finding kindred spirits, though I've yet to meet one on the internet! I'm glad you two could meet up and have such a wonderful time together!

Notes She Wrote

Jessica said...

Two of my favorite bloggers meeting up is wonderful to hear about, especially because you both know the Lord and are striving to follow Him. I'm so glad that you found a kindred spirit in Arielle. What a blessing this online community is to meet and make friends with godly Christian women!

Emily said...

I love you 2 got to meet! How awesome and what a wonderful time it looks like you all had.
I can't wait for my chance when I get to meet one of you in person.

SavedthruLove said...

MOVE TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA!!! People are getting married in their twenties out here like it is going out of style both believers and non-believers alike. lol Just kidding you don't have to move.

Unless you wanted to of course...

:).

I love what you wrote about Arielle and I love her blog and YOURS missy for the exact same reasons. Even though you ladies are miles away from me you strengthen, encourage/exhort and challenge me in my walk with Christ constantly and for that I am truly blessed to know you even if never in person. Love ya chica!!

♥cheche

http://savedthrulove.blogspot.com

denise* paper angels said...

aw that looks really fun :) you are both such godly women :) i love your blogs x

Sfizi e Sfarzi Moda said...

Bellissime foto e bellissime voi !!!

papillonroses said...

That's really nice that you guys met up! I wondered if you knew each other :)
It is nice to see other young married couples and hear about how life is for you- we got married at 18 and 19 and it can be difficult without other people in similar situations around!
Great to be such a good example. Zoe xxx

It's A Love Story said...

I love your outfit!

Wendy said...

What a great experience! It still amazes me how the internet can bring people together whose paths would probably never cross without it!
Beautiful post!

annie said...

oh yay! that looks so fun. finding other "couple friends" can be so hard; we're reaching the age, too, where all of a sudden people are having babies... and that's not where we are right now. it's like we're at some weird in-between stage. where are all the young marrieds?! :)

Faith said...

How awesome that you were able to meet and spend time together! You and Arielle are amongst my favorite bloggers. Your love for the Lord and creative use of the medium inspire me to blog more often, and to blog with purpose.

Jennifer Rod said...

so excited you got to meet Arielle!! I love reading her blog and seeing her pictures. She is a very talented and Godly woman!

mary said...

Love this! You two girls are so inspirational (and beautiful, obviously) and I look forward to both of your posts! xox!

Bethany G said...

This is so awesome! That would be a dream come true to meet up with a fellow blogger :)

Amylou said...

That is so wonderful Jennifer! Arielle is amazing! I would love to sit down and chat with both of you girls! Looks like a wonderful time!

Lauren said...

How cool! I've been "following" her blog ever since you had her as a guest writer! I love both of your blogs..it's like 2 worlds meeting!

Samantha said...

You 2 are beautiful! Looks like a fun day!

Lori said...

you two are amazingly gorgeous and how blessed you both are to have met up :)

Vivienne said...

wow!!! what a blessing!!! the two of you are such an inspiration to me. I pray & strive be like you, Jesus uses you to inspire young woman out there every day x i would LOVE to meet both of you one day :) br blessed

vivi x

Jennifer said...

♥cheche - Haha. I would totally move to Cali if that's where God called. There are a bunch of you guys out there!

Jennifer said...

Everyone - Thank you! We had so much fun! It was a blessing to meet her!

Mariel Torres said...

what a marvelous experience! you two are two stunning ladies ;)

kisses,
Mariel

Charissa Steyn said...

How awesome! i wish i could meet another blogger friend...that would be so fun! I also love what you are doing with your make a difference project! How exciting- hope you do get to go to Ethiopia! Africa will change your life ;)

Jen said...

That is awesome that you got to meet. I love looking at her blog, the pictures are always SO amazing.

Jennifer said...

charissa, yes! Ethiopia! I can't wait. I hope it changes me in a huge way!

Jennifer said...

Jen, yes...she always takes great pics!

Bon Bon said...

FUN! Isn't blog world funny? You all are adorable. Love the polaroids! xoxo

Cindy Swanson said...

Both of you are gorgeous!

This is my first visit to your lovely blog--found you through Casey's blog.
It's great--and you sure do get the comments! :)

Stop by and visit me sometime...

Cindy @Notes in the Key of Life

Abigail said...

That's awesome! Y'all's blogs are my absolute favorites! ;) If you ever come to SW Florida, let me know! I would love to meet you! I think it's awesome how you can meet people via the internet, then become really close with them! =D

*Abby*

Amy said...

Came across your blog via Arielle's! You have a lovely blog and you are just darling!

amy day to day

Natalie @ NS Pottery said...

So fun!!! slightly jealous... :)

Sharstin said...

looks like a blast and you girlies are gorgeousness!

Jami said...

so fun! I've been amazed at the friendships I've made through blogging. Can't wait to meet some of them.

Resourceful Red said...

what a lovely blog!!
I found you through Casey's linkup and I am now following :)
http://resourcefulred.blogspot.com

Ashlee said...

You girls are so beautiful! I love meeting friends online and it's always an even better joy to meet them in person. If you're ever in California you better let me know!! ;)

Kelly said...

hooray for kindred spirits. the to of you are gorgeous!

Anna said...

I came here through Arielle's blog and I'm your newest subscriber. :)

Alexis Kaye said...

how fun is that! I love arielles blog! she is so lucky to meet you too! And you're right, there aren't many of us young marrieds. It's weird being married. Sometimes boys flirt with me and I tell them I'm married and they're shocked. They don't even look for a ring because they figure someone as young as us won't be married! HAHA!

Girl Meets Baby said...

Wow, What a great post and a great story!
Thanks for stopping by my blog! I look forward to reading more from you.

Delaney said...

I love arielle! and I love you! You two are both so encouraging to me. I am a younger lady who has hope to marry young. Seeing your lives play out for the Lord always encourages me!

Jennifer said...

Delaney, thank you so much!

Jennifer said...

Alexis, that happens to me too. Haha! Actually, the a kid in the grocery store tried to hit on me just yesterday! Haha.

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