My hobby of papercrafting has blessed me with many great friendships, some of which where I have been able to meet people in person and become best friends with and others where I only know them online. I hold these friendships dear. There are others that I would consider more acquaintances but still value their "friendship". I tend to marvel at the ability for people to bond so closely over a hobby.
This week I learned that one of my online papercrafting friends passed away suddenly and my heart pours out to her family and friends. I first became acquainted with Mary on the Cricut Messageboard, she and her daughter were both members of the board years ago and I think before I even joined the ranks of papercrafting fanatics.
|Lunch with the Night Owl Mini-Me group 2013
We chatted on the message board back and forth with hundreds of others and Mary was part of the Night Owls group that bonded on the board and carried over to another site when the Cricut MB started having problems. This closely bonded group of ladies even made "mini me's" for each other and those mini-me's go on adventures with each other. I had the privilege of having lunch with the group twice thanks to Jann, she brought them along when we met up in Orlando. I am keeping the Night Owl group and Mary's family in my prayers as her passing is leaving a hole in their hearts right now. I know they are there to comfort each other and share in the good memories they have of Mary and somewhere up there Mary has to be smiling, looking over everyone and thinking "I AM LOVED!"