6 years ago, I began researching homeschooling. One of the books I read led me to an email list that proved to be an enormous help in my search for community. I saw this one woman repeatedly giving wonderful advice. A few months later, I joined a tight knit Yahoo group for military homeschoolers and discovered her on there as well.
Over the last five years, I have turned to her for advice and friendship. This long distance relationship slowly developed. I read about her family's joys and heartbreaks and shared my own. I thought our sons would make very good friends indeed.
Then, last summer I found out we would be going to Dallas for our national tae kwon do tournament. I immediately emailed her to see if we could get together while we were here.
Last night, after almost a week in Dallas, we finally got together. It was like seeing someone I've known for years. And the boys- well, I was right. They had a blast. Gabriel came clean out of his shell and left it by the side of the road.
We were having so much fun that when Gary said we should leave, I was shocked to learn it was 11 o'clock. A true testament to how much fun the boys had is their demeanor today. Gabriel and Xavier both look and sound like they're hungover. Gabriel has a sore throat from talking so much. Dominic is sound asleep in the back seat as we drive to see family today. I'm so thankful for this friendship.