Why, you might wonder, is Antique Mommy missing a pair of socks? Well I’ll tell you. They were knocked off this weekend in North Carolina at the Proverbs 31 She Speaks conference.
I don’t even know where to start in describing the awesomeness that was this weekend, so I’m going to mention just a few highlights and then I’m going to go lay down for a few days.
In absolutely no particular order:
~ Keynote speaker Jennifer Rothchild. Amazing doesn’t even begin to describe this woman. She had 600 women and a number of men spellbound for more than an hour as she told her story. I can’t quit thinking about her and her powerful story and the way she tells it. I may have trampled a few sisters trying to be first at her book table. If you ever hear her speak, you will not be the same. I will not do injustice to her big story by trying to tell you about it in this small space. Go to her site and find out about her.
~ An amazing demonstration of the unity of the body of Christ seldom seen, anywhere really. This is the thing that stands out for me about this organization and this conference and I think why I love it so much. There is no A List or B List. There is no preferential treatments or anything that separates anyone from anyone else, no favoritism shown that James talks against in Chapter 2. There is no division among them, just everyone working together to encourage and build each other up. 600 women encouraging and cheering each other on, all on the same team. That makes my heart burst.
~ Cheri Keaggy – I have loved her since I first heard her music when I returned to my faith back in the 90s. Her music was a big part of that season of my life. She is an amazing singer, musician and woman of faith. And tall. I had no idea. I assumed she was short like me. I stopped her in the hall and told her I would die if she didn’t sing “Make My Life An Altar.” She looked full into my face giving no indication she thought I was nuts. She didn’t sing it and I didn’t die. But I still love her. Not in a stalker-y sort of way. Well not overtly stalkerly.
~ The Proverbs 31 team – How this small band of sisters put on such a well run, thoughtful, meaty, organized conference for 600 women is beyond me. All are approachable, available and know everyone’s name. And that amazes me because many days I don’t even know my own name.
~ A lovely lady with great big aqua green eyes rimmed in gray who made it possible for me to attend this year.
~ That the busiest woman in the whole place would leave a session she was leading to come hear me give my little speech just because I asked her to. It’s slightly more involved than that, but too involved to lay out here at this moment. Soon.
~ Seeing my sweet bloggy friends, some of whom I had met before and others not, but in all, a list which is too long for the mental bandwidth I have available at the moment.
~ My 570 new friends.
I’ve got more stories to share, but just now I am so tired I want to cry. I’m going to go wrap myself up in my little boyfriend and then my big one. It’s good to be home.