From pen-pals to real life:

At the end of my late teens and early twenties I had a tumblr blog and on that blog I connected with someone through a #JW related post.

Her name was Chelsea.
We quickly befriended each other and hit it off.
Now I know that people on social media can sometimes live double lives so I made sure I took my time getting to know her.

Over time we exchanged numbers and would text each other from time to time and soon after that, we became pen-pals.

As time went on we talked more and more and eventually made plans to visit each other to meet in person.
Chelsea is from New York and I am from Texas so visiting would involve serious planning.

We finally brought those plans to life this year.

I had been preparing for her visit for weeks!
From grocery shopping, to deep cleaning, trying to make every detail perfect.

After four years of talking and getting to know each other, we finally met.


Buying fresh flowers for Chelsea’s visit.


Preparing and making lists.
As soon as we got to the airport to pick Chelsea up, her plane landed. Talk about perfect timing!


Our first embrace.
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The night she landed we took her to an Asian buffet and a record store.
She did not want to pose.
Once we finally got home, we got in our mumu’s and got comfortable.
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The next morning I made her a simple breakfast in bed.
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This was taken at the Grapevine Mills in front of the Rainforest Cafe.


Saturday morning we spent out in service.

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While out in service, we found a Little Free Library.


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The rule is, “Take a book, leave a book.”


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We also spotted a Magnolia tree and Chelsea had a fit over it.

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After service we went to the Dallas Diner for a late breakfast.

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Out of all the things that Chelsea and I did, her favorite thing to do was sitting on my futon and drinking her tea in peace while watching “Alias,” on Netlix.
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We took her to CrushCraft too! (My favorite Thai food restaurant.)
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Studying our Watchtower together.
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Barefoot Chelsea with our peach tree.
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I can’t remember what joke I was telling her but I sure did make her laugh.
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My bible teacher got her a cake!
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Right before we went to the weekly meeting.
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Upon her request, we went to Hypnotic Donuts.

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I also took her to my favorite thrift store.
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We ate Whataburger twice while she was here. She loved it.
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Finally our last day together came.
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We had an early start and went to, “Norma’s Cafe,” in Oak Cliff and then headed to the Bishop Arts District.

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This picture has nothing to do with Chelsea’s visit, I just really liked my pin.
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The following murals were taken in Deep Ellum.

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Lula B’s

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Found this literature cart at the airport when Chelsea was waiting to board the plane.
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Like all good things, her visit came to an end.

These pictures could never show the amount of love and laughter we shared together during her visit.
Not only did we encourage and build one another up, but her visit taught me a very important reminder:
It taught me to humble myself and to be patient with others even more so than I try now.

We are now planning her next visit and praying that Jehovah will continue to bless us and our friendship now and in the future.


-R. Vargas



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