The conference itself was a gift from a friend and my hotel room was a gift from my brother, Jack. What a blessing!!!
We started off bright and early. It was exciting just to get to the meet-up point because our dear friend, Alicia, who had moved away in September, flew in to come with us. Not too much gets me jumping up and down at 7:30 but having all of my sweet CK moms together again was truly exciting. Plus, our sweet Tiffany brought her sister, Tori and our friend, Amber came too.These are truly amazing women and so so fun.
Fist stop was Cafe Express for lunch. Last year we got such a kick out of "smoking" the bread sticks. I know, aren't we hilarious? We had to revisit the fun this time too.
After lunch we went to the hotel, showered, and went down to the conference. If you have a group of 10 you can reserve a table, which we did. However, due to a mix up our table had not been reserved. I don't know about other women's conferences but at this one, if you don't save your sear early you are banished to the back. The conference staff apologized profusely and we picked a table in the very back right next to the door. This was a good move for us. We giggled so much last year that Tiffany, when reserving our table, put it under Amy's name! Too funny. So we set up shop in the back.
Alicia and Andrea
Back to the conference for Sally. Let me tell you - if you want to be motivated and encouraged in your calling as a mother then just read or listen to Sally Clarkson. She is amazing and so real. It is a delight to my soul to pour over the things she says. I went back to my room a little early because I was just SO tired I could barely stand it.
I shared a room with my forever friend, Andrea.
Day two brought more challenges from Sally, a catered lunch and some time for reflection. Well, the conference didn't schedule the time for reflection but we did. We skipped out on the session after lunch so that we could sit in some quiet and think, pray or talk about all that we were processing. Andrea and I retreated to our room where we sat in our window seat with lots of pillows and pulled together the curtains so that we had a fort of sort. Being the mature adults we are we even knocked on Amy's door and ran to hide in our grown up fort. :)
After a while we all gathered in our room for a few more laughs before heading back down. I have a posed pic but this one is more realistic because we truly were laughing almost constantly.
Here we are waiting for a table for dinner
We had to get Cheesecake from our favorite place after dinner to take back to the hotel.
This is what the weekend sounded like...
There is something truly wonderful when people from all different walks of life (different cultures, socio-economic statuses, different stages of life, moms who work and moms who stay at home, families that send their kids to public, private, or home schools) can come together and be unified in Jesus Christ. It is a beautiful picture of the Body of Christ. But there is also something truly wonderful about sharing time with people from your exact walk of life, those with the same desires and struggles, the same calling and the same challenges. There is such comfort in that mutual understanding of one another and such joy that is then shared in our Lord. I think both of those setting reveal to us a glimpse of heaven - where people from every tribe and every tongue and nation, rich and poor, slave and free will gather together completely unified and obsessed with ONE THING - our Lord Jesus Christ - and making much of Him forever.