She Came, She Saw, She Laughed, She Cried, She Spoke…

And she did it all in a great pair of shoes.

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That’s Lysa and me, photography and fabulous artsy-fartsy photo editing compliments of my brilliant photoshopping roomie, Dawn Camp.  ‘Cause She Speaks all about the important things.  Like shoes.  Seriously, though, I have never been in the presence of such lovely, supportive, encouraging women.  She Speaks is REALLY about equipping women to minister in the way God has gifted them, be it speaking or writing or women’s ministry or blogging.

I made it through my presentation with only one brain freeze.  Although that was the longest 30 seconds of my life. I can tell you this, I much preferred being a part of a panel for the Ultimate Blogging Q&A to being all by my lonesome behind a podium with a miniature microphone attached to my person and an hour of air time to fill.

But I did it!

It may have been a tad on the dry side; at times I felt like I was D-R-O-N-I-N-G, but I managed to fill the hour and get through all of my notes just in the nick of time.  I only wish I’d had a little more time for questions, but it was a small group, and they asked questions throughout, so I guess it worked out just about right.

Air travel, as always, was unpredictable.  In spite of the Charlotte airport closing two concourses due to a terrorism scare on Thursday, I made it to the conference without a hitch.  But on the way home today I wasn’t so fortunate.  We sat on the tarmac in Charlotte for two hours, waiting for clearance to fly due to thunder storms in Philadelphia, and then we found ourselves circling for 30 minutes before we could land.

I found myself wishing more than once that I’d taken the opportunity to give up my seat in exchange for a $350 USAirways voucher.  But all’s well that ends well, and I’m home again safe and sound and getting ready to leave in the wee hours of the morning for a family vacation to my parents’ home in Virginia where I plan to rest up and reconnect with my family over fried chicken and homemade biscuits.

So!  I’m sure you will forgive me if I forego the full recap and go hug up on my kids.  Which may or may not include a viewing of the season finale of The Next Food Network Star.  Any Food Network fans in the house?  I’m voting for Melissa, the home cook.

I hope to post some photos later in the week, after I have time to peruse the blogs of the other attendees and hijack some pictures, preferably the ones with fancy cameras.  In the meantime, I do have a few I took with my own piddling camera.

A casual blogger lunch on Thursday (too many links, sorry gals).

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Me with Jen and Hillary at the Blogger Meet & Greet on Friday Night.

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There were so many fabulous women there, some that I’d met already and many others that I’m happy to say I know now.  (And several more that I’m sure I forgot to link to.  My sincerest apologies.)

Here I am waxing eloquent on the Ultimate Blogging Q&A Panel (photo credit: my friend Annie from Annie Blogs).

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And a group of us at Five Guys for dinner on Saturday night.  Photo credit: Dawn Camp

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And finally, Lysa and me at the end of a draining but fabulous Saturday at She Speaks.

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There are not enough adjectives to describe Lysa, but I’m not one to back down from a challenge.  She is humble, down-to-earth, approachable, and encouraging.  She inspires me to want to be a better listener and a woman of prayer.  She truly lives her message.  And she can rock the black and white stripes like no one else can.  If I find a picture, I’ll show you what I mean.

Thank you, Lysa, for asking me to be a part of She Speaks this year.  It was an honor and a privilege to be on your team for a weekend.