Lets take a moment and indulge in some PAIL nostalgia. Way back in April of 2012 the call went out for someone, or someones, to take over the fledgling yet thriving PAIL idea. Picture me, 8 months preggo, and, looking back now, semi delusional. I, along with 3 other ladies, answered the call to take over the PAIL idea. We bonded instantly through emails laced with enthusiasm, sarcasm, and humor. When I was nearly debilitated with back issues during the later part of my pregnancy, and then gave birth, the other 3 ladies granted me the grace and time to step away from PAIL.
It’s hard to believe it has only been a few months pretty much that PAIL, in this format, has been in existence. Yet I can honestly say the 3 ladies that I work with to make PAIL what it is are truly my friends and part of my support network. Yet, until now, we have never met in person. Total strangers, yet we joined together, bonded, and work to try to make PAIL a supportive and welcoming place for those of us who are making it through the ALI journey.
And so recently I and my family were traveling to the North East. And we would be within 20 minutes of a fellow PAIL member, Jules. Of course we HAD to meet. Jules and her husband were so gracious and welcomed us into their home. Her daughters, ‘Chicken and Ham’ the epitome of cute 10-month old. We only got to spend about an hour visiting, but it was so amazing, like old friends just catching up.
The ALI blogging world is wonderful in that it is this huge network of support and love. It has brought 4 women together to work on something that hopefully helps others as much as it helps them. And to get to meet in person, well that just takes the cake! Here are some pictures of our meetup. Here’s to hopefully more in the future!