Wednesday, August 18, 2010


I always knew I didn't want my blog private. I don't know why, I just didn't. I received this email the other day, and am so happy I didn't have a private blog(no offense to anyone who does, for some reason, I have not ever wanted to make mine private, who knows what the future holds)

"Hi Jen, this is probably the strangest contact request you have received from your website but here goes... I was an old "best" friend of Lindsay Bell's (5th and 6th grade to be exact). Our families were stationed in Rome NY at the same time and after the 6th grade she left for Utah and I to Colorado. The last time we spoke was our senior year in high school and I thought of her often between now and then, because as you would know even two years being friends with Lindsay was enough time to create unforgetable memories. I tried to find her with help of the internet for quite some time and never could, boiling it down to marriage and a name change (I even searched her families names, but to no luck). Out of nowhere I tried again tonight, but this time I searched thinking to use her middle name and stumbled across your blog posting from 2 years ago about her 30th birthday. (This post...)My heart sunk to the pit of my stomach just reading the first line. I know much time has passed but I would love to extend my thoughts to her parents ________ and ________. Do you have a mailing address for them that I could send them a letter? Thank you for taking time to read this email, thank you for posting that special moment on your blog so that I now have closure to my search of an old friend, albeit what was found unfortunate, I have even more reason to remember why I was searching in the first place. Condolences,Chrissy ___________(maiden name _________ as she would have known me.)"

I have since replied. SOrry for posting this, I know you probably don't care, but it's something I want to remember, so I posted it here.


Drae said...

That's awesome she was able to contact you. Those experiences are the reason we didn't go private sooner, but in the end we gave in. Lindsay really is a fantastic person! Sure can't wait to see her again and meet all of her "friends" in Heaven. I can't believe it has been so long.

Nurse Heidi said...

I've had similar experiences that have caused me to continue to keep my blog public. You never quite know how you'll be able to reach out to people. I just have to believe that people are good until proven otherwise, and so far I haven't had any creepy stalkers surface as a result of my blog. Until that happens, I refuse to hide.

I'm grateful that you were able to provide closure for her. Closure is a good thing.

Erin Fonnesbeck said...

Wow..... Amazing. I like that you posted this. :)

Kristin said... it...thank you for making me think about her tonight...xoxo