I had the chance opportunity of a lifetime while in San Diego. No I didn’t go swim with sharks.
If I believed in stars aligning to correct coordinates causing unbelievable things to happen I’d say the stars, planets, and moons were all in perfect order. But I don’t, so I’ll just say what I’ve uttered over and over it was totally God.
I literally Googled my way into Alece’s life. Literally. I was looking for an image for this blog post when I found an image on her site among the images Google returned. I was drawn to her like I am to latte’s and cupcakes. From there she only continued to make a huge impact on my life.
The thing is, I never imagined we’d meet. She lives in South Africa y’all. That’s like…yeah very far away. And when she’s not in SA, she’s living it up in Atlanta which seems just as far away from this Arizona bound lady. Short of God taking me on a mission trip to SA, I just didn’t think we’d ever look at each other face to face. Then I saw it. A tweet from this lovely lady. “@gritandglory when will you be in San Diego?” Shawn and I were on our way to dinner and I flipped. I immediately DM’d Alece. And wouldn’t you know………our time in San Diego overlapped one evening. Heidi, Alece, and I set on a course to meet up.
Heidi & Alece were the first tweeple/bloggers I’ve met. Tam, Jenni, & Sarah had the pleasure of spending a week (or more) with Miss Alece so we had to fit a week’s worth of fun into a few hours. So we hopped on a wagon and got to it.
Shawn did an excellent job of capturing the sincere heart-felt moments between the three of us.
This pic was just moments before this one:
In the top one I’d nearly just fallen off the wagon, in the second we just pretended (or were they trying to throw me off?:))
We discovered Alece’s deepest fear that she’ll have to become a wrestler to raise money for Thrive Africa if people don’t start giving to 10 Buck Tuesday. Give people, I don’t think the mask suits her.
Shawn and I both commented though, that our favorite part of the evening was spent in a little Italian cafe in the heart of Little Italy. Over coffee and dessert we heard and shared passions. I’d only been following Heidi a short while so it was great to hear straight from her, about her and her life. Being a mom to three kids and the daughter of a elected government official. Hearing straight from Alece’s heart, her love and deep, deep passions for Africa – while I sat immediately across from her. My love for these women grew that night. No pictures were taken during those last moments but my mind and heart are filled with images that could never be captured by a camera, and will last a lifetime. Or until I start losing my memory.