Monday, November 11, 2013

Family Life Luncheon

So last Monday was super cool for me.

I was super blessed to attend a luncheon at the Family Life building in Little Rock and meet some super cool girls like Kelcie, Heather, Tracey,  and Stephanie- Plus several more Arkansas Women Bloggers. This opportunity came through AWB.

I can honestly tell you when I got the opportunity to go I felt a little nervous and out of place- because I don't feel like a real blogger. I'm sure if you've been reading my blog for long then you know that I'm super random about when I post. I average maybe 1 post/month. haha! So when I was invited to go with "real bloggers" I didn't think that I'd fit in or that it would be appropriate for me to attend such a cool thing without being a "real blogger". I mean I enjoy blogging- it's fun. But I enjoy my real life WAY more. So real face time with my kids, friends, and family always trumps computer time. It's really not even a contest.
So if you want to read my blog and thoughts I guess you will just have to come over and have coffee with me and read my tangible pen and paper journal. Please Do! I'd love to meet ya!

My kids are still little and need lots from me. Which I love to give. These years are fleeting and you can't get them back.  So I don't always have the time to hang out here at Embracing Grace. So instead, I play pirates, hide and seek, and read cool books to my kids. (and clean up lots of messes)

But I just want to share with you what a great experience it was at Family Life last week. I absolutely had the best time. First we toured the Family Life building and got to hear about all the cool stuff the ministry does and the history and heart behind it. Ummmm. Awesome. In a world where family is not always valued and pursued it was such a breath of fresh air to be surrounded by like minded people who are intentional about pursing family and relationships.

Next we had the privilege of listening to Barbara Rainey share about her Empty Nest years and what the Lord is doing in her life now. I was no stranger to the Rainey's ministry. When my husband and I were getting married our pastor used one of their books to guide us through our pre-marital counseling (which was awesome and fun by the way).

Also every Thanksgiving I pull out one of Barbara's books that she wrote and display it in our home. We read it every year. It has been a blessing to our family. My  husband has even presented the information in this book to our church body and family. It really digs deep and educates you about the Pilgrims. I learned so much that I did not learn in school from this book. Thank You Barbara for putting it together!

Anyways- back to what she is doing in her empty nest years- She has launched a line called Ever Thine Home. I'll share more about this later as I have ordered a few things and want to show you how I'm going to use them in my home during the Holiday seasons. Stay Tuned!

After Barbara Rainey so gracefully spoke and shared her heart with us, we were served and blessed by a beautiful lunch from Family Life. Thank You! We had pumpkin soup- which was delicious. I've seen recipes floating around on Pinterest, but I was way too scared to try it in my own kitchen.

But what I enjoyed most about getting out of my comfort zone and driving 1 1/2 hours by myself with a 7 month old to meet a bunch of ladies that I didn't know- was the connections made.

(Can I just add that my sweet 7 month old was loud on the tour and everyone was extremely gracious to me. I was the only one who braved to bring my baby. )

I got to meet some real faces and see the hearts behind their blogs. It was refreshing and encouraging to meet gals in Arkansas who share a passion for Faith and Family and write about it.

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