It’s been ages since I’ve been able to post anything and I miss all of you! Let me begin by saying the Empowered to Connect Conference in Denver was fantastic. I met many wonderful people and truly enjoyed speaking. I’m getting more comfortable being up in front of hundreds of people and risking that I just might say something ridiculous, start sobbing, or trip and fall. So far I haven’t done any of those things, with the exception of getting choked up a couple of times. I remind myself that I am there simply to serve and give glory to God – nothing else really matters.
I saw many old friends and made some new ones that I hope to stay in touch with. Friday night I had dinner with two friends and we talked for the longest time, telling stories of our lives. I ended up sharing much of my Tell it Well story and we all cried a bit at the restaurant table. I hugged lots of friends, laughed hard, and soaked up some great teaching from my friends the Monroes, Dr. Purvis, Dan and Terri Coley, and Debbie Jones. It was great being with all of the folks from Show Hope who make the conferences possible.
Getting to Denver was a bit of a process, as you can imagine. First of all, in some strange lapse of all common sense and intelligence, I clicked on a link in an email last Tuesday and my computer immediately started blinking and giving me messages that I had a virus. I called Russ in a panic and he told me to turn it off. Then I just sat and looked at it and wondered what I would do if it were permanently ruined. We have a family computer, but it is shared by so many people that I rarely use it. The lack of a computer is a big problem for a blogger and writer, not to mention a mother who organizes her family’s life by tapping on those keys.
The next two days, after I killed my computer, were filled with preparations for my trip to Denver, including a day spent designing Isaiah’s graduation announcements. He really did all of the work, but I sat by his side and gave him all kinds of excellent advice. Truthfully, we’ve worked on many projects together, and this was a special one to accomplish. I’ll share it with all of you soon. We also designed an invitation for a graduation party for Sweet Pea and Isaiah with a very fun photo on it.
Following the conference, I spent Sunday visiting my dear friend from many, many years ago when we both lived in Ithaca, NY. She and her family live in Denver now and welcomed me to their home. Emily always blesses me and makes me think deeply. Mark and Emily are the friends who introduced us to international adoption. They also met Dimples at her orphanage way back in the days when we were just her sponsors. Emily is also a nurse practitioner specializing in caring for HIV+ children, which is part of our lives, so I’m always thankful to learn from her. Not to mention, Mark is a great cook and her kids are lots of fun.
I’ll be home early this afternoon and will leap into the week – or at least make a good attempt. Honeybee and I have a trip to New York coming up very soon that I’ll tell you all about. There is so much going on in the next few weeks and I’m taking slow, deep breaths as I type!!
#871 – 880 giving thanks
the many parents who came to learn more about parenting their adopted and foster children
Show Hope – who makes it all possible
Dr. Purvis, Michael and Amy Monroe, Dan and Terri Coley, Debbie Jones
Russ, who made it possible for me to be away
Sweet Pea who took care of many details
sunshine and spring flowers in Denver
Mark and Em
a run around the neighborhood with a fun 10-year old
dark chocolate with blueberries
airplanes – even if I don’t like flying
Have a great Monday, friends.