Finally, the day has arrived that I meet Shelly in person.
Shelly and her husband, Brian, met us across the street from our hotel at Bob’s Big Boy for dinner. We had a wonderful few hours of conversation and I think we stayed till closing 🙂
I have been truly blessed by my Internet friends. Jann Gray near Nashville, Tennessee; Maureen Mathis in San Marcos, Texas; and now Shelly in Danville, Illinois Getting to actually meet them in person is the best.
Shelly began watching and commenting on my early videos way, way back when I first started in 2006 or 2007. Our friendship has grown from being casual and centered on common interests to what it is today. Family oriented as if we have always known each other.
She is the cutest little thing with a tinkling laugh and good natured humor. This girl has a lot of grit which I admire her for and a core of steel wrapped in a cloak of love. She and Brian have strong values and loving hearts. Sitting with them at the table and watching them was a pleasure. Listening to their stories of their early life together was a real treat. They have been together for 30 years. Can you believe it? They are some awesome people.
Shelly and Brian have opened their hearts and their home to foster children through the years. They have two grown sons, I can’t believe Shelly is old enough to have sons that are 29 and 24.
Their younger children are heart chosen and adopted after starting their life in Shelly and Brian’s home as foster children. 14 year old Will, 11 year old Jasmine, and 10 year old Ariel. All tiny infants and toddlers when they arrived to steal Shelly and Brian’s hearts. They also help care for grandchildren Sierra aged four (?) and Levi aged 2 (?). I hope I have the ages right.
Thank you Shelly and Brian for a wonderful evening. Brian, I am sorry I didn’t get a photo of you. I will have to remedy that next time 🙂
Two more Internet friends to go. Lynn in the UK and Shar in New Zealand. I just wish the two of you were nearer an interstate instead of across deep water 🙂