Friends That Feel Like Family



This past Monday, Lar and I were privileged to meet one of my blogging friends in person!  Anne (MerhlingMuse)  and her husband, John, stopped by on their way home from a wedding in Denver.

Anne and I had been plotting and planning for a bit to make this day happen. The minute they rolled up in their vehicle it felt like family had come to visit. The time we had together sped by all to quickly.

The couple hours we had was really not enough time to get all the answers to questions we wanted to ask. We learned about each others’ families, churches, hobbies and pretty much every thing in between. We also found out that the Smokies would be a great place to visit.


Old Train ~ Fremont, NE

Lar and I shared some photos of a train that we had taken on our weekend trip to Lincoln, NE to see our son and his family.

We had found out in advance that John was a train buff and just could not resist taking some photos to share.

We took a brief tour outdoors and Anne was able to take photos of the girls and their chicken coop. The girls cooperated by letting me pick one up for a quick photo of them being held.

Questions were asked about where the water had been during the recent flooding and what we grew for crops. There was lots of talking and laughing before we even made it into the house for a bit of lunch.


Cheesecake Pie with Blueberry Topping

I had made a Cheesecake Pie to share for coffee time. Only we had peach ice tea instead of coffee to go with the pie.  I am going to share the recipe as I promised Anne I would make sure she got it.

This is a great pie to make as you can use different kinds of fruit for the topping. You can use canned pie filling or use fresh fruit sweetened with sugar.


Easy Cheesecake Pie

Pie Crust:
1 1/2 cups crushed graham crackers, about 24 squares
1/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup melted butter
Press into pie plate and refrigerate till it is set.
(I have been known to skip the refrigerating step if I am pressed for time.)

8 ounce cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup white sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla
1 cup sour cream
8 ounce tub Cool Whip
Mix cream cheese, sugar and vanilla till smooth.
Add sour cream and cool whip.
Put on top of graham cracker crust.

1 can pie filling
Can spread over pie or put dollop on each piece
Sweetened fresh fruit

Refrigerate for a bit before serving and enjoy!

Note:  I have never made this pie with real whipped cream instead of cool whip.
If you try it let me know how it works out!

It was so much fun to talk over lunch. Stories were shared. (see Anne’s link above as she tells them really well!) So much laughter as we discovered we shared a very similar sense of humor. I loved Anne’s story of the family saying, “The chicken is used to it.” I will also let her tell that story as it is hers to share. Needless to say it made me laugh while also learning a good lesson!

It didn’t take long….at least it did not seem long …and it was time they went back to their travels. I am so grateful to hear they made it home safely. I am also so grateful that God put this couple in our lives. I think my husband said it best as we waved good-bye. “That was a great visit….it felt like family.”  He was so very right.


A sweet friendship refreshes the soul.
— Unknown,


No friendship is an accident.
— O. Henry,
The Heart of the West






42 thoughts on “Friends That Feel Like Family

  1. Anne Mehrling says:

    I love your post about our visit. We treasure the time we had with you and wish it could have been longer. Do please come to visit us in NC. We need more time!!!

    Thank you very much for the pie recipe. People here are gonna love it. It was the lightest, tastiest pie I’ve ever eaten.

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  2. susieshy45 says:

    Thank you for sharing the continuation post of Anne’s visit. I am so glad you got to visit. Blogging has its advantages and we meet people of like thinking and often, they turn out to be ” family”. Great post, Faye.

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      • susieshy45 says:

        That is just what I wanted to say but didn’t know how it would come out in words. I feel I am in a group of Christian men and women with whom I can share things and they might not consider me old fashioned.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I bet that was really cool to meet 5 blogging friends! I was excited to meet one.
      LOL on the gaining two pounds Al. Maybe I should have included a photo of someone exercising so they would also work those pounds off bwhahahaha.

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  3. Deb says:

    I love this story!!! I love when positive things come from the internet and blogging!! How wonderful you two were able to meet (well all four really). I know I look forward to one day meeting blogger friends in person…how exciting that will be!! You’re looking great Faye, hope you are feeling much much better!! That pie looks delish…thanks for sharing the recipe! Be well xoxo 🙂

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Thank you so much Deb. It was really neat to meet Anne and her husband in person. I have read so much about them and their life the last couple years. It made if feel like we had always been meeting.
      Give that pie a try….it is easy and tastes like it took a long time to make…Win Win.

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  4. bcparkison says:

    I just knew it would be a win-win with two winning couples coming together. How fun!
    The pie does look good and I’m glad you said maybe real whipping cream …I don’t use Koolwhip If I can help it. ( I once read it is made out of the same ingredents as plastic…yuck
    You really should plan atrip to NC then slid down to Mississippi.. hint, hint.

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  5. George says:

    Reading and enjoying both of your blogs, I’m not surprised that you enjoyed each other’s company. What a great visit. If there’s any dessert leftover, I’ll be by in an hour or so..:)

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  6. lindasschaub says:

    That was so nice Faye – and piecing together both your posts, or reading them separately, it is easy to see that the friendship was fun and the time was meaningful … and how exciting that you’re thinking of going to the mountains of North Carolina and Part 2 of your visit. P.S.: The pie looked lovely too.

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  7. peggyjoan42 says:

    How neat to meet a fellow blogger. I had often wondered if this ever happened. Glad you got to experience this nice encounter – with your fellow blogger friend.

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  8. Whitneyibeblog says:

    Your cheese cake just made me salivate. And, yes, there are friends that when you’re around them, it feels like home and family.

    How have you been ma’am? It’s been forever. I apologize for not visiting more often. I have also missed you at my blogosphere. I invite you to please visit and follow me on We’ve moved but I still retain this page as I build my community over there.

    There would be no whitneyibeblog to know without you all. It would be a delight to have you there. I would be expecting you and everyone else.

    Thank you and my warm regards to the family.💞

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