We never know when we might have the chance to touch the life of someone else.
I have a collection of blogs that I frequent. Some belong to friends I've known forever. Others are people I've met through my writing hobby. Still others are blogs I've found by people in Laie, to help me cope with my current bout of homesickness.
One of the Laie-based blogs led me to the blog of a family in Oregon. I really enjoyed reading their entries, so I added it to my collection.
Today, I took the girls to church, and Kara was here at the condo alone. She was having a very difficult time, overwhelmed by the Lyme disease information her internet research was turning up. She was feeling extremely low.
The mention of 'mangoes' in the title of a blog on my bookmark list caught her eye, and she ended up visiting the Oregon-based blog.
As she read through the writings of a complete stranger - a mother with little girls not all that different from ours - she was reminded of the days when it was our kids emptying the toilet paper roll and getting into the makeup. She remembered all of the good times that we have had as a family, which boosted her spirits, made her laugh, and made her cry. Reading this blog really helped her out when she was having a very tough time.
I love that the internet gives us new and powerful ways to connect with others all over the world, and gives us the chance to help and be helped by people we have never even met.