Happy Friday! I don’t know about where you are, but in my neck of the woods it is an absolutely gorgeous fall Friday! I love this weather!
School has been crazy this week. Well, my whole life has been crazy this week…but in a good way. If you read my blog regularly, you know that I found out late Thursday night that I’ll be going to Relevant next week! Squee!!! I am beyond ecstatic! I have never been to a blogging conference and I have wanted to go to this one since I first heard about it. It’s a Christian women’s conference (which I’ve also never been to) and a blogging conference all rolled into one.
After being very unsuccessful at finding a sponsor for the trip, however, I gave up the dream of going, so I was floored when Jolanthe and Jenn called to say that I was going! I know they probably didn’t get the reaction they were expecting from me over the phone, partly because I was in shock and partly because I was already worrying about the details — travel expenses, hotel accommodations, finding a roommate. Still, if God is in something, He takes care of the details.
Shannon, from Song of My Heart, had contacted me two months to the day before I got the call from Jolanthe and Jenn, asking me if I’d like to room with her. I told her I’d love to, but it didn’t look like I’d be going and I’d email her if anything changed. I emailed her Tuesday night and heard back from her Wednesday morning. She’d never even looked for another roommate! She told me that she every time she thought about contacting someone else, she felt God telling her to wait. So, I have a roommate! How cool is that?
It so easy to see God working on other people’s lives, but sometimes so hard to believe that He would do such a loving thing for you. I feel so loved and so blessed. And, so humbled. I give God all the glory for this trip and can’t wait to go and learn and see what He has for me…and to meet some of my favorite bloggers in person!
As far as expenses, I’m still waiting to hear back from two possible sponsors. My mom and a sweet blog reader have both given me donations, so those details are falling into place. If you’d like to talk about sponsorship with me or even make a donation, you can take a look at my sponsor page or email me for details. Above all, I covet your prayers. I’ll be driving and this will be the longest trip I’ve ever driven by myself. At least I’m not driving all the way to Pennsylvania alone. I’ll be meeting up with Jolanthe along the way and making the last leg of the journey with her.
So, you see why school has been crazy this week? Because my mind has been a million miles (or, roughly 650 miles away). We have continued on with the basics, but my being gone next week means we’ll miss our homeschool group’s annual Around the World Day for the first time ever. That being the case, there’s not much point in continuing our preparations for the event, though we will finish up our country studies. I just wish I could load the whole family up and take them to Pennsylvania with me. What an awesome field trip that would be!
We weren’t planning a fall break, but now it appears that my kids will get one. We’ll probably try to get the basics done Monday and Tuesday — in between loads of laundry and packing. They, of course, are not complaining one little bit about an impromptu fall break.
So basically, my mind is a jumbled mess of preparations for and excitement about Relevant. I’m so excited to be visiting a part of the country that I’ve never been to before and meeting some of my favorite blog friends and those who will become new friends. And, since that seems to be all I can concentrate on these days, I’ll turn this over to you…
**Please note: Since I’ll be out of town next week, Jamie will be hosting the Weekly Wrap-Up at her blog, See Jamie Blog. Thanks, Jamie!**
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