Perfect Strangers.

I want to tell you about a moment that changed my life two years ago (dramaaatic but for real). I was checking out a local interior design store with a coffee/tea bar called Rare Hues. I walked around, took photos of the items that were inspiring me & then decided to treat myself to a drink. I ordered a tea I had never tried before through the recommendation of the barista. She was kind & we struck up a conversation.

I want to pause a little & give you some background as to what was going on with me at this point in my life. I was experiencing some internal struggles. I was battling feelings of not being enough, thoughts I wasn’t a good mother, discontent, etc. All the emotions. Not all of the time but a good amount. I can dive into all of that on another day for you. ;) I had recently picked up a book I had seen so many people recommend, Love Does by Bob Goff, & it was enlightening me EVERY DAY! I was engrossed in it & talking about it every chance I got. He talks about his whimsical way of life & it was evident his faith seeped out in everything he did. It was inspiring. 

Okay, going back to the story. In our conversation I discovered she, now I knew her name was Chelsea, was studying theology & was going to be graduating soon. I told her about the book (not kidding when I say I was obsessed) & she proceeded to tell me that she met him. My eyes got wide. He had come to her school to give a speech. I was dumbfounded. I full heartedly believe every interaction serves a purpose in our lives. This one was definitely it for me. I had this deep down gut feeling that this wasn’t going to be the last time I spoke with her. She told me about her church, her friends & told me to text or call if I ever wanted to join them.

Thank goodness I inherited my dad’s paparazzi skills! So grateful to have a photo captured from this moment. :)

Making new friends in adulthood is, for lack of a better word, HARD. It’s awkward & extremely vulnerable. Sometimes it’s easier to just live your life, keep your head down & not make eye contact, right? Haha. But when you do find yourself stepping out of your comfort zone, big things happen. I don’t know what came over me but I did step out & let me tell you where that has brought me two years later.

I’ve attended two bible study groups with an incredible group of women introduced by Chelsea, got pregnant with Penelope & was prayed over countless times, sold our house (prayers from my crew!), got a job promotion (prayers…), bought a new house (yes. more prayers) & most recently attended the most life giving retreat with all of them. To say this happened as a result of one encounter with the barista behind the bar may seem like a very dramatic statement to you but do you ever think that way? Do you ever think, if I hadn’t met this person, this wouldn’t have happened? I wouldn’t be living here, doing this, etc (I can go on forever!)? I cannot help but think if I had just kept my eyes locked on my phone & waited quietly while my drink was prepared, where would my life be today? Wow. It is sometimes breathtaking. I pray you keep your eyes up & meet someone who can change your life today! Xoxo – Vee

PS: I started writing this post a couple of weeks back. Today after Jimmy & I finished our boat ride, I experienced why I need to continuously remember these life lessons. I was looking down at my phone while waiting for Jimmy to grab the car. I suddenly heard a splash & when I turned I just thought something fell from a tree into the river. I kept looking & then I saw it, it was a dolphin! I was in awe. I was immediately reminded why it is so important to look up. Just look up or you miss the magic! Thanks for letting me get deep (and cheesy!) with you. ;)

6 Comments to “Perfect Strangers.”

  1. I will forever love this story since it brought you (and eventually Marie and Alexandra through you) into our lives. Thankful for all of the memories we’ve all been able to share together since you and Chelsea’s first conversation.

    1. veepope says :Reply

      It is one of my favorite stories of all time too! So happy we are all connected xoxo

  2. laura gattis says :Reply

    Such a beautiful story – thank you so much for sharing!! (oh and I need to check out that book!)

    1. veepope says :Reply

      Thank you so much for reading! It is seriously one of my favorite books! xoxo

  3. I am SO incredibly thankful for you meeting Chelsea and introducing me to the greatest group of ladies! <3

    1. veepope says :Reply

      Love how our friendship has grown through it all! God has woven a beautiful story for us! xoxo

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