My friends whom we were visiting can attest to the fact that I was goofy, nervous, and over-analytical about the visit. I worried that I'd say something really stupid or not have anything to talk about with her, and I made sure to have cash on hand because I felt like I was buying coffee for Dave Ramsey. I didn't dare buy her coffee on my debit card, because my debit card goes through as a credit card and you don't want to buy someone who's anti-credit card something on credit! I brought her a gift of a few groceries (aren't groceries the perfect gift for a couponer?) I knew she liked from reading her weekly menus, hoping she didn't think I was a stalker because I knew her preferences so well!
From the minute she sat down at my table, we hit it off and talked nonstop for over 2 hours! In fact, my friend Shiloh came to pick me up and I wasn't ready so she had to come back a half an hour later after taking a picture for me, bless her heart! Thanks Shiloh! We had gazillions of things to talk about and we probably could have gone on talking for several days if time had allowed! I was blown away by how authentic and "real" Crystal truly is. And though I had anticipated her being very nice, she's far more sweet and soft-spoken than I had pictured! It's clear that Crystal loves the Lord and wants to glorify Him, but not in a preachy or holier-than-thou way. She is humble, and she is patient, and God has clearly chosen to use her as a vessel to reach many. She's a real woman and real mom with real struggles and challenges just like you and me.
Crystal and Silas, who joined us for part of the time until his daddy picked him up
Katrielle was a bit fussy but Crystal offered to hold her for me and got her to sleep for me! A Frugalista and a Baby Whisperer!
My parents asked me if Crystal was standing up in this pic. She is! =) I'm only 5'6" but she does make me look tall!
What a special blessing from the Lord it was to be able to spend some "in real life" time with someone who has had such a big impact on me!