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A Saskatchewan girl in Texas

Deep in the heart of Texas.  That's where you would have found me last week.  
Actually, I don't really know if San Antonio is the heart of Texas, but whatever, it sounds pretty.

What happened last week was something out of a storybook.  I "meet" some really kind and wonderful ladies online a year ago when we started doing the style challenges.  These ladies are all bloggers and we figured, hey, why not start going a big linkup to share our outfits and our blogs.   Since then we've grown into a community of ladies who have Google hanged out (is that a word?). There are just some people that you feel an instant connection with.
Well, never would I ever have thought that I'd be flying down to Dallas and meeting up with a couple of these ladies and their hubbies.  Talk about a blind friendship date.
And it was a blindfriendship date that went wonderfully perfect in every way.   
Although it wasn't really all blinddate.  I had met Lana last year (here) when we were in Seattle for a quick coffee.  Since then we've chatted and texted and kept in touch more than just over our blogs. So when Lana's husband contacted me in late April to see if there was any possibility that I would consider meeting up with her in Victoria for her birthday(Dan had been travelling there often for work), I was more than thrilled.  But we ended up picking San Antonio so that we could go see Carrie and her husband. 

Carrie and Dale picked us up in Dallas and brought us down to San Antonio to meet up with Lana and George.  What easily could have been a very awkward 5 hour drive, turned into the most natural, warm and interesting commute.  I instantly felt welcomed with my new Texan friends.  Carrie and her husband, Dale were patient and very informative tour guides, it was like they were old friends. Same goes once we arrived in San Antonio: the 6 of us got along like we've known each other for ages.  
And you know what? I have a feeling it will be the same with the other ladies once we plan our big group get together.

A few highlights from the trip:
We stayed on the Riverwalk which was beautiful!  Tons of great restaurants and beautiful scenery.  I would never have visited this place had Carrie not suggest it.

I think the other great part of visiting Texas was hanging out with Americans and really understanding their worldview.  I've visited various States before but have never chatting so extensively about what life is really like there.  Not gonna lie was quite shocked by the comfort they have with guns  and how very patriotic it is.  Those were the biggest differences I noted from our world.

Connections and community are a blessing and they make the world a smaller, warmer and cozier place.  I am so grateful to have these new friends in my life and I can't wait to meet the rest of them!