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today we are going to venture into my personal life. my life of meeting other women, bloggers, wives, and mothers (well, they are. i'm not there, yet) 

today you will meet michelle. she quickly became my favorite "internet person" 
i love internet people. and i always will. some of my most cherished friendships have happened because of the internet. and michelle is one of those people. she also has a love of french food, reading and writing. so, i adore her. we got the chance to meet in person when i was doing our regular programed forever traveling for work business and it was a dream come true. we immediately just were great friends together. we shared a love for french onion soup and that's all there was to it. we were kindred spirits. we spoke truthfully and deeply and we just met. her baby also took right to my husband and so obviously i melted into a puddle. we got to meet a second time and i already am wondering why i am not there now. she's that amazing. 

i wanted to share about her. i think people and their lives are important. her living her life and doing her thing and posting about it online made me be able to meet her in real life. you will hear a little bit about how we met and how this all came to be from her story today, too. i am just so blessed by her. i'm so thankful she is bold and brave enough to live out loud. she inspires me. she makes me want to be my own type of brave here in my little life. i hope she encourages you. i know you will go find her blog and ig and just love her and her little gracie-face-babe. 

meet michelle :
Hello, readers and friends of Bethany! I’m Michelle. I live in Columbus, Ohio with my husband James and our 2 year old daughter Gracie. I spend my days wiping purple crayon scribbles off the walls and trying to figure out which crackers will be deemed an acceptable snack by my 2 year old boss, while my husband works two jobs in the pharmaceutical industry. We spend our evenings taking our toddler to the park and watching Netflix. We’re both musicians, and we played on the same worship band in college after he wooed me away from his friend that I was dating. Scandal! We live in the city, but I have secret dreams about backyard chickens and gardens. I believe my true calling in life is to read every book ever written. If I could get paid to sit in my local library and read and drink coffee, I would be the world’s most dedicated employee. I love to write almost as much as I love to read. I’m not the kind of writer who grew up keeping journals full of whimsical stories; I can’t write fiction to save my life. I’ve always been a voracious reader, but it wasn’t until my freshman composition class in college that I started falling in love with writing and the art of telling a story. True stories, as we all know I have zero ability to dream up a story. On a whim one day, I switched my nursing major to english. It took me several years to recover from the resulting panic attack, but I stand buy it as one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

My accidental love of writing is the reason I blog. It was my escape when I was in the trenches of a horrible job, and now it’s the place where I tell the world what it felt like when I was convinced I was going to die an early death of strangulation via the Baby Bjorn, what it’s like to be the only semi-normal person in a violently hipster coffee shop, and the 27 stages of putting a toddler down for a nap. Blogging and writing has been one of the biggest blessings in my life. It’s allowed me to turn my outrageously bad days into funny memories by putting them into words, to write about my faith and some difficult things we’ve been going through as a family, and it has given me some of the best friends. As an introverted hermit who also happens to be a SAHM, the adult interaction through blogging has been a lifesaver. The fact that people like Bethany are walking around somewhere in the world, and I never would’ve known about it without the internet, is an exhilarating and terrifying thought. Bethany and I first met online when we were writing for a Christian women’s blog. A few sentences into her blog, and I knew I found a kindred spirit. We had the opportunity to meet for lunch in December 2015 when she was in town. It was one of those rare moments where two friends just clicked. As trite as it may sound, I felt like I had known her my entire life. We see eye to eye on so many things, and she has been such a bright spot in my life. We met again at a coffee shop last summer. That afternoon of sipping coffee for hours while my daughter crawled around and explored goes down as one of my favorite memories of the year. Her blog and her friendship have been a huge source of encouragement for me in a very hard season of life. Her love for God and her husband and her intense faith has pushed me to be a better wife, mother, and daughter of God. If you’re reading these words, it means you know Bethany, and don’t ever forget what a blessing it is to have someone like her in your life.