Flashback Friday: Ghosts and Gab

A visitor from the United States arrived this week.  We call her Sy, and she’s the daughter of my friend Stacey, who I’ve mentioned more than a few times here on the blog. I’ve known Stacey for years, but what’s really crazy is that this month marks the third anniversary of when I first met her in person.


It was at one of her book-signings in 2012. A few years before that, we connected via Facebook through our mutual friend, Jason, who is also a writer and who knows Stacey through his writing/creative people circles. Stacey and I both live in the D.C. metropolitan area, she is the ranking blogger over at Army of Ermas, and Jason thought we’d get along pretty well. And he was right.

Stacey and her family are such amazing people, and we ended up spending a lot of time together. My girls just ADORED all five of Stacey’s daughters. We spent weekends, holidays, and birthdays together, and it always felt like visiting family. So, that’s why we’re so excited to be hosting Sy and introducing her to Europe.

Look who we found at the train station!

Did you notice the scarf? After arriving in Brussels this morning with zero French vocabulary, having her train to Frankfurt canceled, taking the regional zig-zagging through the little towns of Belgium, catching a bus into Germany, sleeping on the train floor in Koln and meeting all the other foreigners all the way to Stuttgart, Sy walked up to us with 13% battery life left on her phone, and before she could even greet us, I threw that scarf on her and said, “Hold that thought! Your mother needs PROOF!”

We figured she had enough culture shock for today, so we made her some Kraft mac and cheese, then she showered and crashed. She is OUT. I’ll send her back when she wakes up 17 days from now.

We really can’t wait, though, to get the WHOLE FAMILY over here.

But in the meantime, for this week’s Flashback Friday, a jump back to 2012 when it really all began. You can read it HERE.