Checking In

I’m sitting up in my motel room after a LONG, FULL day.  I left home at 6:30AM and I made it through the airport with coffee cup in hand (and none on my outfit, which was in and of itself a miracle), a laptop, a purse, and a carry-on suitcase on wheels, which periodically tipped, making me quite the spectacle.  I’m such a seasoned traveler.  And so graceful.  When I finally found my gate, in the bowels of the airport, I was able to secure a stand-by ticket on the 8:30 flight from Phillly to Charlotte.  All that DRAMA for nuttin’.  Story of my life.

I am, however, thankful for the uneventful day.  Well, it wasn’t exactly uneventful.  Just uneventful in a GOOD WAY.  In that there were no plane delays, no turbulence, and no unfortunate incidents of any sort.

I landed in Charlotte at 10AM and met up with my friend Sarah (Genesis Moments).  We made our way to the nearest mall where I managed to do some retail damage before we stopped for lunch — where we unexpectedly found Emily (Chatting at the Sky), Nester (Nesting Place), Bonita (Streams of Living Water), and Karla (Looking Towards Heaven).   We shared gobs of gab over salads before we headed over to the conference center for the Blogger’s Reception where I met Melanie (Big Mama), Shannon (Rocks in my Dryer), Dawn (In His Image), Lisa B (Simply His), Alyssa (Beauty By Design Ministries), Dawn (Barefoot Blog Design), and many more.

Sarah and I also met up with our roommate for the weekend, Robin(Pensieve), and let’s just say there has been no shortage of conversation (or cackling) since we formed our bloggy threesome.

This evening was full of challenging and inspiring speakers — Lysa TerKeurst, Shannon (Rocks in my Dryer), Sophie, (BooMama), and Melanie (Big Mama).  Afterwards, we three amigos returned to our hotel room for some WiFi and chit-chat.  And there might have been some wine involved. Tomorrow promises to be another full day, so it’s off to bed I go!  (Pictures to come at a later date.)

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16 Responses

  1. Sounds like fun! So did you stop and sit in the rocking chairs at the Charlotte Airpot?

    I’m glad you got a standby seat and made it in time for the early afternoon stuff.

  2. Wow, all those awesome ladies in one spot! I’m including you in that use of the word awesome!
    I’m on a high just from being with some awesome ladies from another church tonight our church is mainly older folk and it was so refreshing and encouraging to hang out and cackle with chics my own age.
    I love it how we can come together like that! I hope you have HEEEEAPS of fun! and learn good stuff too 🙂

  3. HOW fun. Need pics stat, though. I think it’s so cool how into the bloggy community you are. I love that! I tried to put together a bloggy gathering, but it fell apart. And it was no one’s fault, just bad timing and circumstances. SO at least three of us are still going for beverages. I’m nervous and excited to meet some bloggy pals!!

  4. JanMary – Well, she recognized me first (or she saw me first) and I saw the look of recognition on her face. And I knew she was coming to the conference, so I knew to look out for her. She looks just like her picture on her blog. 🙂

  5. The conference sounds awesome, and the cameraderie of meeting online friends face-to-face is great. Thanks for sharing your experiences at She Speaks for those of us who couldn’t make it.

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