I hope that each of you had a beautiful Labor Day weekend. And to those who may be visiting from the Influence link-up today, welcome! As I've shared before, in October I am privileged to attend Influence Conference. This conference is a gift from God to me - not just because I'm sure it will be totally encouraging but also because it truly was that: a gift. Early this summer, on May 20th to be exact, I remember praying about going but there was no possible way. On a difficult weekend full of tears and struggling with trusting the Lord for His provision in my life (on many levels, but specifically financially) I received an unexpected e-mail. An e-mail I will never, ever delete. The sender? Annie, one of my sweet bloggy friends. The subject? "Influence Conference Purchase." I looked down at my iPhone as I opened the e-mail, and tears spontaneously began to fall. The message simply read,
1 // I love Jesus. I'm grew up as a homeschooled pastor's kid, a worship leader for ten years, and attended a Christian college & majored in Home Economics-Family & Consumer Sciences. I love ministry, and specifically have a heart to minister to women in the area of purity - chasing a lifestyle of sexual purity in mind, body and spirit - whether single, dating, engaged, or married.
2 // I grew up on a 350 acre horse ranch in Southern California. People always call me a girly girl. Yet, at heart? I'm just a country farm girl who kinda wishes she had a Southern accent :)
3 // I adore the color pink. Someday, I dream of visiting Prince Edward Island (yes, where "Anne" lived.) I have a big heart for orphans. I love country music. Watching a good game of football with my dad makes me smile. I love red nailpolish. And dancing.
2 things i'm looking forward to about the conference
1. // The stripe party. Yes, I said it. I love themed parties. And stripes. And big get-togethers where blog friends become real life friends.
2. // Meeting and hearing from Casey Wiegand. I love her blog. I love her heart. She's been an inspiration to me this past year - to dream big, take risks, and be myself. Love her!
1 thing i can't leave home without
// TEA. I know that sounds weird. But I seriously take tea bags everywhere I go. I have this little tea pouch my grandma sewed for me & I always have little packages of my favorite tea with me. So, if you see me whip a tea bag out of my purse when we're standing in the coffee line together, you'll know why.