Monday, August 8, 2011

MomSense: Reflections on an amazing MOPS Convention.....

Last Wednesday afternoon, five moms piled into a mini-van and started the long trek from Northern Pennsylvania to Nashville, TN.

We stopped in West Virginia for a few hours of sleep before heading the rest of the way to the Gaylord Opryland Hotel on Thursday!
The resort was absolutely gorgeous (and HUGE!!)

After settling into our beautiful room, we headed right to our first of many informative and encouraging workshops. I had the opportunity to hear Dr. Juli Slattery (Focus on the Family), and brought home some great insights for my marriage.
The Storyboard session was next filled with laughs from Kathi Lipp, thoughts about our life's story from Max Lucado, and music from Sara Groves!

The next two days were filled with challenging and practical workshops and general sessions with MOPS International leaders and well-known speakers and authors such as Lisa Harper, Lauren Dungy, and Mary Beth Chapman.
We also worshipped with the music of Travis Cottrell, Mandisa, and Steven Curtis Chapman. What a refreshing time!!
Another awesome part of the convention was the Resource Fair. I was overwhelmed with the number of vendors and companies represented. My little guy was thrilled with all the goodies and samples I brought home for him!
The best part of the entire weekend, though, was the fellowship with the other four leaders from our group. I absolutely loved laughing, sharing, and praying with Kristie, Anne, Becky, and Diana!
We had an awesome time at Solario (one of the restaurants at the hotel). It was so nice to be able to carry on adult conversation for an entire meal!!
These are some amazing moms, and I felt so privileged to attend such a great convention with them!

Were you at the convention? I met one of my online friends, Natalie, the first afternoon! If you were there, I'd love to hear what you thought!

Wondering about more MOPS details? Check out the MOPS International website OR our brand new local group website, Covington MOPS (designed by our very own, Anne!).

I'm still decompressing from the weekend! I'm sure I'll posts more insights and nuggets of truth in the days to come!
"God doesn't want us to by shy with His gifts, but bold, and loving, and sensible."
II Timothy 1:7
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