This was an incredible weekend. I went to the Dot Mom conference in Frisco. It was a conference through Lifeway. It had amazing speakers Angie Smith (my new fantasy BFF), Vicki Courtney (no relation), Priscilla Shirer (love her), and John Croyle. Travis Cottrell led worship and I thought that alone was worth the ticket price. The breakout sessions were so helpful and encouraging.
I also LOVED spending time with friends. It is so rare that we get to be together and really talk. I am so blessed to have such great, godly friends. They do my soul good. We stayed up until 3:30am talking. I am so thankful to have friends that we can cry, laugh, share, be open, and love each other. I think my Mom must pay them to hang out with me.
I learned so much this weekend. I learned some practical things about raising kids but also learned all over again how much He loves us. I tear up now just thinking about it (which is huge for me because I can come across as emotionally constipated, but I'm not). The first five minutes of the conference Travis Cottrell said "He is pleased with you" and I croaked. I unknowingly give myself a report card every night and usually fail myself in several subjects. I take guilt to bed that I didn't handle a situation correctly or that I didn't get to call so-and-so and blah, blah, blah. So when he said that simple statement a whole bunch of TRUTH hit me in the head. We are justified before God through Christ, there is no condemnation, and He delights in us.
I would love to do this conference once a year. I want to give a big shout to Pam for letting us crash in her beautiful home, Stephen for keeping our babies, and Laura for driving in from Houston so we can see her.
Oh, I almost forgot... I got to meet someone famous! Kelly met up with Dina since they are super stars and Dina was kind enough to let me meet Kelly also. She is precious!