March 8, 2012 friends 8

I am so happy to have friends, and I’ll tell you what’s better, when a long distance friend comes to visit.

One of my very closest friends has come to Florida to visit me!!  Judy and I “met” almost 15 years ago online, both participants of an online AOL group for moms expecting babies in January 1998.  We called our selves the JanMoms, and our kids the JanBabies and the rest is history.  This group of 50+ women became incredibly close and our discussions were more than just about our babies and kids.  There were a few “conventions” where moms met, families met, etc.  Regionally some moms became great friends and others also traveled greater distances to finally meet face to face. 
Living in central Florida has it’s advantages and so when friends vacation in Disney World or other theme parks I have an opportunity to see them.  Judy first visited in @ 8 years ago and we felt we’d known each other forever!!  I’ve since traveled to NJ to see both of her girl’s Bat Mitzvah’d, and she’s been here just a couple of years ago too.  While 1000 miles separate us she is perhaps my very closest friend, she knows all my secrets and fears and hopes and dreams. 
Judy and I are still part of that crazy JanMom’s group, now moved to facebook and over 40 members.  Those babies are now 14 and driving us crazy!!! 
So I’m off to play a couple days with my friend!!

8 Responses to “Friends”

  1. Zibilee

    It’s so cool that you have formed such an amazing friendship with someone you met online, and that she is visiting! I have a few close friends who I have met via the internet, and I have to say, that there is nothing like having a meeting of the heart and mind with someone who shares a lot of the same experiences as you do. I hope you have an awesome time with your friend today!

  2. Ali

    Enjoy! I love this whole Internet thing, the connections we make with like-minded people can be so fulfilling!

  3. Sandy Nawrot

    That is SO COOL. There were a whole bunch of women at my work that had kids when I did, so we kind of had a support group going there too. (Someday I’ll have to tell you about the breast pump.) You have fun with your friend!

  4. Meg

    How wonderful that you all met online and have maintained strong friendships — that’s so awesome! Having a strong support system and good friends can make all the difference.

  5. Anita

    I think that is so cool!

    I remember a long time ago, you posted about meeting blog friends. At that time, I was new to blogging and feared meeting anyone in person. I enjoyed, and still do, my relationships and was afraid that if I met anyone in person, it wouldn’t be the same.

    Now that I’ve blogged for three years, and have heard so many testimonies of finding good friends through online relationships, I’m not leary anymore.

    Sooo…if I come to central Florida, I may have to find you! 🙂

    I’m happy you and your friend have each other.

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