Saturday, January 30, 2010

FUN WITH CAST TEAM FRIENDS

I had the most wonderful time of fellowship with my friends from Etsy, CAST team to be specific. (CAST team is Christian Artists Street Team). My friend Daffy as she is known, has been planning a trip to FL for a few months and wanted to come and see me while here. I was so excited waiting for her and her husband Hank to arrive! She told me she had some huge surprise for me, and I couldn't even fathom a guess. So I walked outside to greet them in the driveway and I hugged her and Hank hello. She told me she brought that surprise, and to close my eyes and walk towards the car with her. I bent down to look in a bag she told me to look at, and someone tapped me on the (very) lower back. I stood up and there was a woman standing there with big sunglasses on. I had no idea who she was at first. Then I remembered Daffy saying a DOOZY of a surprise and the woman took off her sunglasses and it was LEAH, who happens to be my Kindred! We have been buddies online and on the phone for a long time and I couldn't believe she was standing there in my yard!! We both started squealing and screaming and hugging. It was so wonderful. Then I had to hug Daffy some more.
That was just the first five minutes of our visit! They came inside, with loads of groceries for lunch, and we all talked and hugged and just had fun. It took an hour to stop talking and visiting so we could sit and eat together. Matt said the prayer and we ate.. fried chicken, corn on the cob, salad, antipasta, bread and more. Then we had dessert too! Chocolate frosted yellow cake, red velvet cake, and the lemon squares I made from scratch for Daffy who loves lemon.
We sat and talked about lots of things and took pictures of us together. They left just before 7 because they have an over-3-hour drive back to Orlando. I am so glad they came up and saw us! We had a wonderful time together and I'm feeling so blessed to have been able to meet 3 CAST team members today, in person. Daffy is such a kind hearted friend, and it was lovely to give her hugs and kisses xoxoxo in person. Leah is my Kindred and so fun, and sweet. I loved meeting Hank who is a very nice guy and I can tell he and Daffy love each other. I think Matt had fun hanging out with him too.

22 comments:

knitblitz said...

Too flippin' cool! So happy for y'all!

Cherry's Creations said...

I am so glad you had such a great time, and I'm a tad bit jealous too, lol. One of these days I'm gonna come visit you, the Lord willing. Hugs.

Graceful Moments said...

Oh, that is so great! I can't believe Kindred was there too! What a wonderful surprise...a true Daffy surprise! I am so glad that you all were able to meet and have fun together.
I am having a hard time with that big green monster of jealousy though! jk :)

Sue Runyon said...

Wow, that is so great! I'm jealous. So glad you had such a wonderful time!

mattscraftywife said...

Thanks everyone! I had trouble with the big green monster of Jealousy when others have met up before too ;) I'm feeling better now! hehe

Luscious Lather said...

LOLOL, I am soooo glad you guys had so much fun!!! Yay, yay, yay!!! I could hardly wait! I kept checking your Facebook page and wondering, checking Leah's today and wondering... I was very impatient. It sounds like you all had the most wonderful time and it was great to read this blog - almost like being there. You did a great job of describing everything, Anastasia! Very cool! Hugs and kisses, Diane♥

P and P said...

I'm so glad you had a good time!

Is that Patti Panda on your side bar? TYTYTY

mattscraftywife said...

LOL Diane! You are such a great secret-keeper! I know I can trust you with secrets now :) haha

Patti, thanks. Yes that is your Patti Panda on the sidebar, because it's in my favorites on Etsy.

MYSAVIOR said...

God is sooooo good!

Charsbeads4u said...

Oooh....I soooo wish I could have been there too!!! I rejoice with ya though Anastasia...how Awesome that they could meet up with ya!!!!
Wow...isn't it great to finally see the faces of people who you've become friends with on Etsy!!!! What a blessing!!!
Love,
Char

vince+shannon+mattie+ireland +afton+chamberlain said...

Ahh! You sweet gals, I'm a little (squeak!) jealous, too! So glad you had fun and finally got together!

Malcolm said...

Awww - so glad you guys had such a wonderful time meeting up! Wishing you were all in Australia so I could meet you too...

sewmelody said...

I'm tearing up! I'm not sure if it's because I'm so happy for you all or because I'm so stinkin' jealous:) lol!

You beautiful ladies just made my day!

DHElegance said...

Sounds like you had an awesome time! The pictures look like you all have been friends forever! I'm so excited for you!!! :)

Hampton House said...

Yay!!! How fun!!!
So glad to see the wondeful faces behind the names!

Cindi said...

Looks like you all had an awesome time and lots of giggles! It is so wonderful to see all of you so full of joy. Thanks for sharing these pictures.

Kathleen said...

Awesome! what a wonderful, blessed time =)

SHEILA said...

Anastatia, This story is a testament to God's love in our lives. You are so blessed to have such wonderful friends online, and now in person!

AMKreations said...

That's so cool! =) I love the pictures!

Lucy79 said...

Ok, I'll admit it, I am so jealous. Shame on me! No seriously, I am SO happy you all had so much fun! And I love seeing the pics of you all TOGETHER!!! How awesome!!

Vanessa said...

What a big blessing!! Daffy and Hank are both simply wonderful. Happy you had such a great time of fellowship. Love reading your blog! I wish we could all have a big CAST get together.

knitgirl2009 said...

Just paid my first visit to your blog, Anastasia. It brought tears to my eyes. God is so good. I loved seeing the photos of Daffy and Hanks and Leah's visit. What a blessing!!! Rita
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