Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Mommy Conference

So a few weeks ago, I went to my annual "mommy conference." If you live in central Illinois and are a mom, you've most likely heard of Hearts at Home. This was my 7th year of going and, again, it didn't disappoint! It is the best weekend ever and I look forward to it every year. My friend, Nicole and I decided to try it out when our kids were 9 months and 6 months old, respectively. We haven't missed unless we had just given birth (Nicole) or were at a wedding (me)! They offer little sessions on parenting, marriage, spiritual growth, etc... You get to pick your top ten and they assign you to 3 or 4. This year, as it turned out, I went to my sessions on Friday with my sister and Nicole did hers on Saturday (since she has to fly in from SC and everything). I also had a prior engagement to attend on Saturday. We still made a great weekend of it.
I ended up attending a class on Sibling Rivalry, Living Life After Loss, Living with Less so your Family has More, and Growing Weeds out of Trees (about raising kids). I loved them all and can say I took a little something from each session. I was super excited that they were offering the Living Life After Loss session, although I went in very anxious and left feeling sad. It was rather depressing, which I suppose it should have been, but I was hoping to feel a little comfort and can't say that I did.
Anywho, it always gives me new ideas and refreshes me for at least a little while. Nicole brought her friend Kathy and we stayed had a great girls weekend. We ate some good food, had some great talks, and slept in beds with no kids! Can't wait until next year!

3 comments:

The Hawkinson Gang said...

Now don't forget the fun game that we played!

Judy said...

I'm so glad you got to go! I think a mommy conference is just what I need these days. Ryan and I were going to try to go to "A Weekend to Remember" conference for couples b/c I thought it would be fun and encouraging (he wasn't so sure about that) but the tickets were sold out. Oh well.
Living with Less, so your Family has more....sounds like a great session. Sorry that the session on life after loss wasn't as good as what you had hoped. Have you heard of this retreat?? http://www.nancyguthrie.com/retreats/

Anonymous said...

Chattertons - Have a Happy Easter! Congratulations on getting an accpted offer on the house!

The Fulkersons