Amanda and we ended up on the same flight in! Our friend Keely who works for Compassion was there to represent them and she came and visited us. We have been on two trips with her and she is one of my Favorite people ever. She reminds me so much of Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin - just that pretty all American full of energy and fun - I just love being around her.
Thursday night they took the bloggers to dinner and a few of the speakers. It was SO much fun. The special guest of the weekend was Korie Robertson. In case you are one of the few people not watching - she is on "Duck Dynasty". We love that show and I was so excited to meet her. I got to sit at the table with her and she is SOOOO nice. I got to be around her a lot this weekend and she is someone I would love to be friends with. She's such a neat Christian and mother. She shared a little about taping the show and how she helps make decisions like when the show wants her to chew out her husband about something in front of her in-laws - she wouldn't do it because it was disrespectful. She doesn't want to be like normal TV that shows wives not respecting their husbands - she wants to show a true Christian home and that is possible to love your husband. :-) I even got to see her husband Willie at the airport briefly! (If you aren't watching their show - it's on A&E and starts back next month - it's HILARIOUS!)
There were some amazing speakers at the event. Vicki Courtney who has written several books like "5 conversations to have with your son/daughter" spoke on Saturday. I got to know Vicki and she was such a neat person. She spoke on not raising a generation of selfish, narcisstic kids and how we need to go from having kid centered homes to God centered homes.
There were two counselors who came in and spoke and they were ah-mazing. Sissy Goff and David Thomas. They spoke on being an intentional mom to girls and to boys - two separate talks. It was so great.
And Jen Hatmaker (pictured above) was someone who inspired me so much and I got to visit a lot with her and I just really really like her. She's so funny but she's also so passionate about Christ and she lives out her faith in big ways. If you haven't read her book "Seven" - beware! It will change you. I put it off as long as I could. Her husband pastors a church in Austin and they do a lot of work with the homeless. They recently adopted two children from Ethiopia and they just have a neat story. She shared something that has been in my head WORD FOR WORD for the last few weeks. I think I'm going to have to do a separate blog post on this. I told her later that I felt like God has been pounding the message in my head and she just hit the final nail. She also spoke to the bloggers Thursday night and left us with a challenge that is eating at me big time so I will have to share more on that once I figure out what it looks like for me.
Courtney is a blogger I have gotten to know over the last year (green shirt). She is SUCH an encourager. She makes the neat scripture alphabet cards I have shown y'all. She was there with her friend from college Kelli and I spent some time with them Friday night visiting. So fun!