Sunday, September 23, 2012

Over-sharing is my specialty

Well, I blinked and my trip was over.  I knew it was going to be a quick one, but I didn't realize it would go by so quickly.  I ended up coming home last night instead of this morning, so that didn't help either.  I was fully intending on staying until this morning, but I'm going to share too much information with you and admit that I forgot to bring a breast pump and my boobies grew to the size of watermelons.  They were hard as rocks and the most painful things ever.  I actually thought they might explode at one point.  I started feeling like I was on the verge of mastitis and I knew I needed to book it home.  I'm feeling better this evening, but definitely not 100%.  So now that I've made you feel completely uncomfortable with my over sharing, here are few pictures I took on my trip... 

When I got in the car to leave, not only was my gas tank full, but Mark surprised me with some goodies for my road trip.  It was supposed to take me three hours to get to Atlanta, but somehow I made it in 2 and a half.  My lead foot must have come into play on that one.  We stayed at Allison's aunt Joni's house.  Some of her cousins, who are also friends of mine, were staying there, too.  It was wonderful seeing everyone.   
It was so great being reunited with Allie.  It had been so long since we'd had some quality time.  We had so much fun at the conference and we were able to throw in a few heart-to-heart chats, too.  She's one of those friends you can always count on.  I definitely know that God placed her in my life.  We were both little 22-year-old, first year teachers when we first met and bonded like none other over our 5 years teaching together.  We both turn 32 this year.  I can't believe we've been friends for almost 10 years!  I respect her so much and think the world of her.

The Friday evening session ended with a concert from Amy Grant.  It definitely took me back to my childhood.  I used to LOVE her!

Each woman at the conference got a little packet of stuff.  Inside was a flier with Allison's parents' television show and Mad About Marriage seminars.  We felt a little famous:)  Her parents have the same booking agent as Sandi Patty and he was able to get us back stage passes to meet the ladies.  It was so cool to get pictures with a few of them.  Amy Grant had already left and Mandisa was in a rush, so I didn't get pictures with them.  

 Our good friend, Sandi Patty:)  That lady sure can sing!  
Our group of friends with one of my favorite speakers, Marilyn Meberg.  She's AMAZING!    

The conference was incredible.  It was just what I needed.  The speakers were such a blessing and the music blew me away.  The line up for this conference was full of my old favorites with a few newbies, too.  If you live anywhere near where the conference is coming, I beg you to go.  It is so beautiful to see thousands of women with like minds and hearts worshipping together.  I can't wait until I can go again.  It might just have to be an annual thing:).  


Tracy said...

ummm completely jealous of the backstage passes!! :) LOVE the Women of Faith...last year was my first!

Stephanie said...

Aren't they so good?! We should go together next time:)