We had an incredible weekend celebrating my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. Travel was decent, the party was fantastic, time with extended family was amazing; it was all I hoped it would be.
The week is off to a busy start, but I want to share a few resources. If you need a boost, want a bit of support, or simply want to learn more, here are some upcoming events hosted by my friends:
The 2011 Tapestry Conference at Irving Bible Church in Irving, Texas is on Saturday, October 29th. As they say in Texas, y’all, this conference is FREE, and it is hosted by my friends, Michael and Amy Monroe of Empowered to Connect. The general session speaker is Jayne Schooler, who is the author of some great books for adoptive and foster families including, Wounded Children, Healing Homes. I would love to hear her speak and wish I could make it.
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If you live near Denver, I will be speaking at Cherry Hills Community Church on Friday, November 11th, 6:30 – 8:30 at the Homecomings Adoption Ministry meeting. My topic is, Bearing Fruit in Our Love for the Fatherless. To RSVP or reserve childcare, please email Becky Podhajsky at email@example.com.
January 27 – 28 brings a conference for adoptive and foster families to the Pacific Northwest, Refresh. My friends at Overlake Christian Church are hosting this great event, which will feature wonderful speakers, including Deborah Gray and Dr. Julia Bledsoe, both of whom were instrumental in helping our family. I plan to be there and will be speaking or making myself useful in some way.
There are also two more Empowered to Connect conferences coming up, Dallas in February and Denver in April. If you can possibly make it to either one, it will be a great investment in your family. I honestly cannot encourage you enough to attend.
#291-300 giving thanks
my parents’ unwavering belief in the covenant of marriage
the many people who shared our celebration
safe travel for all 14 of us
two tired minivans, heavily laden, that made it there and back
laughter with cousins
meeting new little ones
revisiting my childhood – even my high school principal was there!
big kids who washed dishes late in the evening
Andrew and Mimi with us – we love time with them
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