She speaks until the wee hours

So I just got back from this little thing you might have heard of: SheSpeaks.

To say that I enjoyed it doesn’t seem to adequately sum up my feelings about the experience. It is going to take me several posts over the next week.

When I arrived in Charlotte, I was met by the Nester (Nesting Place), who graciously opened her home to me. She is a doll and I totally want to be her BFF.

The next day we met her sister, Emily (Chatting at the Sky), for lunch. We were headed to a lunch organized by Robin at Pensieve, but went to the wrong location. It worked out well though, because Jo-Lynne (Musing of a Housewife) and Sarah (Genesis Moments) happened to be at the location we went to. I’m thankful for that because that was really the only time I got to see those two the entire weekend.

After heading to Target to buy a pump, (Yes – I was a fool and left my 9 month old, still nursing babe at home to take a bottle without taking a pump for myself. I would have made quite an impression at the conference. As it was, I have never before spoken so much about my hmm-hmm’s before, no sense in drawing even more attention to myself) Emily and I headed to the conference.

I got settled into my room and met my sweet roommate (then quickly excused myself so that I could use my Target purchase, because SWEET MERCY!! I couldn’t have taken it another moment!!!) before heading to the blogger reception. I met up with Emily, who was hanging out with Megan (WhadUSay) and Jami (Live Laugh Love). I saw a couple of faces I recognized in the crowd, but the room was so packed, I couldn’t get past my spot, right by the entrance. Emily and I went into the hallway where it was cooler, and began scoping out some WiFi. Sitting there in the hallway, Emily and I made her some contact cards to hand out.

(And I can tell you right now how Paris Hilton affords all of those fancy clothes: $9.95 for 24 hours of WiFi and $3.50 for a bottle of water from the room :::faints:::)

The sessions were amazing, and I will talk about those more in the days ahead.

But the women that the Lord brought into my life; placing us each in the same place at the same time. Takes my breath away.

me

And this is pretty much how we spent the rest of the weekend. Samantha (The Listener’s Post) is missing from the photo, but the night before we all sat up talking and giggling until 1:00 AM.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Wait until I tell you about my speaker evaluation group and the sessions I attended and the worship. OH, the worship. So Divine.

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Comments

  1. Sounds fab. What fun to see “friends”. *trying to hold jealousy under control*

  2. Samantha Roberts says:

    I’m so totally bummed that I didn’t make this picture which has now been posted on four sites…

    But I have noticed that the lady in green in righthand side background kind of looks like me from a distance. I don’t have a green shirt like that, but let’s pretend!

    I wish we could have all had like a week together instead of just a couple of days, you know?

    Someday, my friend…

    In Him,
    Sam @ theListenerspost

  3. Elizabeth says:

    my jealously meter keeps rising when i read more and more about shespeaks! it sounds amazing…though i’m still not quite sure what it is? but it sounds like I might want to attend next year.

    who are the other bloggers you are with in the photo?

  4. Marybeth says:

    Hey Karla– this was great– can’t wait to read the rest!

    PS. When my book comes out, I want to get you to review it on your blog since we seem to have similar hearts on this issue. Would you consider it??

  5. Megan (FriedOkra) says:

    Sounds like a fabulous time. I’m glad you enjoyed it and that is a wonderful picture of you!

  6. Jami @ livelaughlove5 says:

    Now I’m backtracking! God blessed me so much with our friendship this weekend. Just WAY too short.

  7. mah-meeee says:

    so jealous! looked liked fun!

  8. It sounds like you had a wonderful time, Karla. I knew you would and I can’t wait to hear your take on it all. Great photo!

  9. Sniff. What a sweet time we had. Nester told me you have petitioned to become our 3rd sister. Or maybe you told me that too? Regardless, I’m sure we’ll have to fight Megan and Jami for you…I hope they’re up to the task cuz we want you real bad.

    Real bad? Yeah. I was on the writing track. Cuz I talk English real good.

  10. The Nester says:

    K, I had so much fun with you! And look how beautiful you all look in the photo!

    Yes, you emailed me the other day and for some reason I decided to reply right after I spilled green tea ginger ale all over my sister’s laptop.

    Hate me. I totally ignored what you said but vaugly I know, spelled it wrong, remember something about being sisters.

    Thanks for putting up with me!

    Let me brag now, I enjoyed our conversation today! ON the PHONE, like real friends.

  11. I attended She Speaks for the writers track…I had absolutely NO clue what blogging even was! I just started up my own little newborn blog. Next time I attend She Speaks, I hope to have the grand reunion you had with all your blogging buddies! God is good!

  12. And the mystery is solved!! Whew!

    I could not for the life of me remember who it was that was designing Emily’s cards as I plopped myself down at your table and introduced myself. Hey, two women staring intently at a laptop screen are women I need to get to know. Because we obviously have much in common.

  13. Soooo jealous!

  14. Karla, I missed meeting you at She Speaks, and I’m sad about that! I can’t wait to hear about your Speaker’s Track sessions.

  15. I am enjoying reading about your time at SheSpeaks. Looking forward to reading about the sessions. I am glad you made 4 new buddies. How fun! Great pic of you all.

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