Okay, so technically, I didn't so much "meet" her as "saw her again"...
...and technically...I've known her for over 11 years...
...and technically...she reads my blog BECAUSE she's my friend...
...but it sounds so much cooler to say that I met a blog reader!
This is my friend Lari. She's awesome!
(Can I just point out how DORKY I look? Lari totally has the Charlie's Angels pose down...not me so much!)
Lari's been in Hungary for a few years as a missionary. She moved to Seattle about a year ago to work (with her husband) in the administration of their missions agency: Youth Compass. Youth Compass is a really cool organization. You can read all about it on the website, but in a nutshell, they reach out to third culture kids: Kids that live in a "foreign" country with their parents, who's job has taken them abroad.
Back to Lari. When she first left for the mission field, I didn't even HAVE kids. Then, she came back to visit, and I let her know Ty was on his way. A little over a year later, she and her family stayed with us for about 2 weeks while visiting with supporters here in the NJ area. A lot has changed since I saw Lari almost 3 years ago. But what's NOT changed...is Lari. She is the same, down-to-earth, loveable, funny, caring, loving, sweet, unique, honest...I could go on, but I won't.
(She was VERY excited to meet the triplets!)
I just want Lari know how much I love her and her friendship. Having someone in your life that doesn't just tell you what you want to hear...and does it with love...is rare...and SO important. Thanks, Lari! Love you!