Thursday, August 11, 2011

Special Visitors

"Wow, Mom, it's like the queen is coming!!"  My youngest son said, as he watched me pull out my "good" plates and the "fancy" glasses.  My oldest son was catching the excitement too, taking pictures of food and tidying his room.

bruschetta    (photo taken by oldest son)

Youngest son...waiting for the visitors to arrive!

Well, it wasn't a visit from royalty...but it was an eagerly anticipated visit nonetheless.  We were preparing to host Anneliese, a friend from Canada whom I knew only from blogging and emailing.  More about that here.  She and Lovella, who blogs here, traveled together on a book tour to promote this cookbook:  Mennonite Girls Can Cook.  They both came to our house last weekend for dinner.

Yes, that's right....the authors of a cookbook came to my house for dinner...only slightly intimidating!  But Anneliese told me "not to fuss", but of course I fussed!  If I don't bring out the good plates and fancy glasses for them, just exactly what event am I holding out for? 

My family was all excited to meet these ladies.  I had met Anneliese and Lovella already the night before our dinner, so I was now eager for my family to meet them as well.  It's kind of a difficult concept to explain...yeah, see I met these people on the internet, and they seem really nice, so why don't we invite perfect strangers into our home? 

As it turns out, we have made friends for life in these two women.  Wow, what a fun and wonderful time we had with them.  So fun, in fact, that we decided to go out with them again the next night as well!  They had a book signing at Barnes & Noble that we attended. 

Anneliese and Lovella, you weren't here nearly long enough for my liking.  But I am grateful for the short time we had together this past weekend.  A suspicion that I had was confirmed.   Yes, it's true, we would be friends if we lived closer.  But since we don't, we will continue to be friends across the miles, and I'll be forever grateful that a google search for "Russian Mennonite recipes" several years ago led me to you!


  1. It's been a whirlwind! A short ime ago we were planning and now it's all behind us! My life has been enriched by this trip and you have played such a big part in making this dream come true. How can I ever thank you for your faith and for your warm haopitality! I fell in love with your boys as they hung around the kitchen, eager to help, and get in on our conversations. They are wonderful boys! Agin, thank you so much to your whole family ... including your parents on both sides . .. it was so good to meet them.
    Sending hugs to you... no longer my imaginary friend!

  2. Kathy, I can imagine that anyone who has the pleasure to be in your friendship circle would all agree that you are a dear friend. I felt so lucky/blessed to be invited to come with Anneliese. You have no idea how much we appreciate all your fussing and kindness.
    Your whole family is just wonderful.
    My mind was wandering today and I realized I was thinking ahead to next year. :)
    That bruschetta picture is great ..and I'm remembering too how yummy it all was!

  3. Just over from Lovella's blog to look at your etsy site and read about the visit. What fun - and the bruschetta looks delicious!

  4. What a sweet story! I love stories like this. (I had a dear friend who passed away at age 97 and she wrote back and forth via snail mail to a pen pal for over FIFTY YEARS. They went through widowhood just a year apart and supported each other in so many ways. They would treat themselves to a phone call to each other on their birthdays.

    This blog post is wonderful. I'm so glad you shared it.


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