I have had many roles over the past 50+ years. Daughter, girlfriend, wife, mother, friend, volunteer, Bible study teacher, speaker, retreat planner, graduate student, and licensed counselor. In the last year, I started a blog and have been trying to write. I think I have a book in me, but thought I’d start out blogging and see where it took me. This past weekend I had the privilege of attending the Allume conference for Christian writers and bloggers. My mother was the keynote speaker for the closing session on Saturday night, so I got to tag along and be her roadie. I don’t even have the words for how meaningful this conference was for me. It wasn’t denominational. It wasn’t political. It was magical.
I started off the weekend by picking up a stranger at the airport. Jenn Giles Kemper (http://jenngileskemper.com/) wasn’t technically a stranger. I’d connected with her online through her Kickstarter campaign for her Sacred Ordinary Days planner. When I heard she was coming to the conference, I messaged her and asked if I could pick her up from the airport. She agreed, which led to a lovely lunch and several points of connection throughout the weekend. Y’all, I love Jenn and there are only five days left to get in on the Sacred Ordinary Days Planner for 2016. If you’re looking for a way to connect the church calendar and your devotional life in one beautiful spot, the Sacred Ordinary Days planner is your answer. Here’s Jenn and me at the conference, along with another new friend Katie Anderson.
Katie is a real author! You can find her at http://www.katiedanderson.com/. Katie writes young adult fiction and she is the real deal. I loved having meals with her and discovering how vulnerable she is, which made me feel so much safer about my own vulnerability. Both of these women were such a gift to me. Here’s picture of the mockup of the planner. It’s lovely!
On Saturday I had the pleasure of meeting Molly Huggins. Molly blogs at http://www.allthegracebetween.com/. She is mom to four children and she even had little number 4, Hannah, at the conference. Hannah is seven weeks old and clearly recognized my innate grandmothering skills. I got to hold her for a while during a creative seminar, and I’m not sure I heard much that the speaker said because I was so infatuated with little Miss Hannah. Isn’t she precious?
Saturday night my mother spoke about the Holy Spirit. At almost 80, my mom, Esther Burroughs, has still got it. I was so proud to be her daughter Saturday night. She spoke truth and challenged us to listen to the Spirit and let ourselves be guided by His direction. She literally rocked it. Standing ovation. God is definitely not finished using her yet, and I am guessing He’s interested in having her speak into yet another generation of believers. She blogs at http://www.estherburroughs.com and you’ll be blessed by reading her wise words. There was a picture booth at the conference, so of course we had to have a photo made.
Many times throughout the weekend I was asked this question: Are you a writer?
I found myself saying something like, “Well yes, but not really. I’m a counselor and I started a blog. Nobody really reads it…” The coolest thing that happened to me last weekend was that I actually began to feel confidence in saying “Yes, I am a writer.” I’m a mother, a wife, and a counselor. But I’m also a writer. There, I just said it. I’m a writer. I learned so much from Brian Dixon http://dixonagency.org/, Amber Haines http://amberchaines.com/, Logan Wolfram http://www.loganwolfram.com/, Timothy Willard http://www.timothywillard.com/ and Deidre Riggshttp://www.deidrariggs.com/. My world was changed this weekend. I am so thankful.