As an older mother of young children, I have at times felt rather isolated. Girlfriends are hard to come by. Most of my really close girlfriends are those whose friendships were formed when we were all young and single, and had a considerable amount of time to waste bond.
You really get to know who your friends are by those gals who are willing to hold your hair when you vomit on an innocent tree.
I began blogging during a time when I was in great need of community. And I had no idea that the act of blogging would fill that void. But, it did. I soon discovered that I was not alone in my motherly struggles. What I assumed was insanity, was only a need to commiserate with other women in the same sinking boat.
I’ve forged some valuable friendships with some amazing women. Women I’ve never met. Which, if you had told me that I would be making friends, you know, over the internet, I would have crossed my left and right pointer fingers in front of me, and backed away from you.
I had the distinct privelege of meeting some of those women this last weekend. In person. Like in real life. Not even pretend.
My roommate at She Speaks was Antique Mommy. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed her. She is down to earth, honest, warm, and SO STINKING FUNNY. She’s the kind of friend that I know will always tell me if I have lettuce stuck to my teeth.
Not that I did. But, I just know that I could count on her to not let me make a fool of myself in public. That’s all that needs to be said about that.
I adore her. I know that I have found a friend for life.
I also got to hang out with some of my favorite blogging women. You know them as BooMama, Big Mama, and Rocks in My Dryer. Oh my word. I love them. They are the real deal. Precious Godly women. Spending time with them was like falling into easy conversation with old comfortable friends. And my goodness, BooMama gives the best hug in the world.
And if that wasn’t wonderful enough, I also was able to chat with Linda @ Second Cup of Coffee, who is an everyday read for me, too. She is FUNNY. And so very real.
I was able to watch Lysa TerKeurst in action, as a speaker. I was in awe of her ability to capture the heart of her audience. She has such a love for this womens ministry and an easy rapoire, whether it be one on one, or a large gathering. She is one of the most gifted speakers I have ever witnessed.
I’m going to list some other really wonderful women I was able to spend time with. It’s VERY possible I’ve missed someone. I’m still so brain dead from all that I’ve taken in. I’m still processing everything I experienced.
This is me with Marybeth Whalen @ Cheaper By the Half Dozen. (I love this gal.) I’ve corresponded with her for well over a year, and felt like I was greeting an old and dear friend. Not OLD as in OLD, Marybeth, but old as in I feel like I’ve known you for a long long time. I got to get to know Dawn of My Home Sweet Home better. She is such a talented designer. (She’s also responsible for some of these pictures. THANK YOU DAWN!) Between she and Marybeth, they have 14 children. And homeschool. Freaks.
Just kidding. I love y’all. BTW, the tired looking one on the left is me, Dawn is center, and Marybeth is on the right.
Spending time with girlfriends must include shoe shopping. It’s in the by-laws.
I met so many other kindred spirits. Friends I hope to get to know better. I feel so very blessed to have been able to attend this conference. I learned so much. God has had much to teach me.
I’m sure I’ll be sharing with you what I’m continuing to process in the days and weeks ahead. The biggest lesson, is that I want to bloom where I’m planted.
I no longer feel the need to publish the, you know, BOOK. Not now. This blog is all I need for now. Thank you for all your well wishes and prayers. It was difficult to step out of my comfort zone. And what do you know, in doing so, I felt right at home.