I had the most amazing experience yesterday. I got the opportunity to spend the day with the wonderfully talented Judy Murrah—so I just had to share it with you.
Here’s how yesterday’s adventure began.
Prior to November 13, 2011, Judy and I had never met face-to-face, but we have had a variety of email conversations. I had hoped to meet her in person one day, but the opportunity hadn’t presented itself.
Opportunity came knocking when I went to the Grand Opening of the Texas Quilt Museum. As I anxiously waited for the ribbon cutting ceremony to begin, I searched the crowd for familiar faces and checked the name badges of various Museum staff and volunteers, in hopes of putting a face to a name.
Much to my delight, I saw a name I recognized—Judy Murrah. I won’t go into the details of how I introduced myself—but I did—and I am happy to report that Judy is as delightful in person as she is in her emails. Now when I read her emails I can hear her voice, which makes them even more special.
Recently I got an email from Judy asking me if I would help her with a project. I was obviously flattered and bit surprised that she would need my help. For the life of me, I couldn’t imagine what I could help her with, because Judy knows everybody—and I mean EVERYBODY.
The reason I say she knows everybody is not an exaggeration. Judy is the VP of Education and Administration at Quilts, Inc. and she actually knows thousands of talented people and all of them would help her in an instant, if she were to ask.
She didn’t ask them—she asked me—so I agreed to help. The project she needed help with was not a business project, but a personal one.
You see, Judy wanted to start blogging, but felt she needed a little help to get started. I don’t think she really needed my help, but I was more than happy to offer my assistance. We met yesterday, with the goal of getting her blog up and running. Judy was initially anxious, but settled into the process like a seasoned pro.
As I said, Judy and I have had a variety of conversations. She had told me about her past and the books she had written, but for some reason, my brain would not put two and two together. I would hear her and read what she was saying, but I wasn’t absorbing it. I only thought of Judy as a friend and someone who worked at Quilts, Inc. That was it!
No other thought than that. No math involved. No simple two plus two going on in my head. Nothing. Nada. I can be such a goober at times.
Prior to setting up the blog page, I recommended that we find something for Judy to photograph for her Hello World! page. I thought her books would be a great subject, because they were colorful and people would recognize them. So . . . she gathered them up (I arranged them.), and she took a few photographs. Jeez, I’m so stupid! I know that’s what you’re thinking. I don’t have to be psychic to know that.
As we worked on setting up the blog, I would leave Judy alone periodically so that she could concentrate her Hello World! copy. During one of these little breaks I decided to take a few photographs, so I could tell you about my day with Judy.
I start by taking a few photos of Judy working at the computer and then I decide to take a few shots of her books. You know what’s coming next, don’t you?
As she’s working away, I start taking pictures. The more pictures I take, the more I start paying attention to the covers. As the lightbulb slowly starts to come on, I start to realize what I’m doing—and WHO I’m doing it with.
OMG! I’m helping JUDY Murrah.
The JUDY MURRAH.
The famous JACKET JAZZ, JUDY MURRAH. The one I had heard about when I started quilting.
OMG! I am standing in THE JACKET JAZZ JUDY MURRAH’S studio and I can’t believe it.
I’m in THE JUDY MURRAH’S studio and I wasn’t smart enough to know it—until that very moment. Like I said, I am a REAL goober at times.
Once this awareness dawned on me, I couldn’t let her know that I was freaking out inside, so I didn’t make a big deal out of it—which I’m sure she was grateful for.
She obviously knew who she was and didn’t need me to remind her—but OMG!—I am helping JUDY MURRAH BLOG! . . . In HER HOUSE—for Christ’s sake! How did this happen? How did I get to be so fortunate? I’m practically dumbstruck by this revelation. This is the reason I named the post Clueless in Katy.
In spite of my awe and admiration for Judy, we finished the day without incident—meaning I didn’t have to be escorted from the premises.
We had lots of laughs and discussed a variety of things, from what she has done, to what she plans to cover on her blog. I absorbed this information like a sponge and am anxiously awaiting Judy’s future posts.
We did everything we set out to do blog-wise, but you are not really a blogger until you post something. So before Judy could achieve her blogging goal—she had to actually publish her first post. With this goal clearly within her grasp, Judy, Tommy (her husband) and I, read and reread her maiden post.
Finding the post error-free, Judy releases it into the world . . .
Yesterday was a big day for both Judy and I, but for very different reasons.
My goal yesterday was to help a friend send her voice out into the world. Along the way, I happened to learn she was famous—really famous. How delightful and surprising was that? That said, Judy’s fame or status doesn’t change the way I feel about her, it only adds another layer of richness to our friendship. The Lord continues to bless and surprise me at every turn.
Judy’s goal for yesterday was to start blogging, so that she can share her creativity, ideas and experiences with other like-minded individuals. She hopes to build a community of creative people through her blog. From my brief conversations with Judy, I have learned that she is dynamic, caring, creative and full of insights and ideas. I think her blog will quickly become a must-read for many of us looking for entertainment as well as enlightenment.
So, without further ado . . . (Insert drumroll)
Please join me in welcoming Judy Murrah to the wild and wonderful world of blogging.
I hope you will drop by Judy’s site, say “Hello!” and wish her well! I know she will enjoy hearing from you. Goodness knows, I sure do.