Friday morning I woke up and headed to the airport. Well I had Luke drive me, I had never flown alone before and I was pretty nervous. But it all turned out ok, with the exception of Sunday.
When the plane landed in ATL I had a text from Jenna saying that she, Caroline and Faith were at the airport and wanted to say hello. I met up with them and then Erin called to let me know she was there. We all headed to Chick Fila to chat it up.
Here we are at Chick Fila:
Around 5:00 Erin and I headed back to the airport to pick up Rachel from In No Simple Language and Mrs. NCF. I had never met either of these girls but as soon as we saw each other it was like I had known them for years. They are both just so sweet and have such big hearts. God knew what he was doing when he planned for them to come, I don't know what I would have done without them on Sunday, they were still at the airport when I missed my flight. I love that they are both now my IRL friends!We stopped by the hotel to drop off our luggage and then met up with Amy, Lianna, and Becca for dinner. What fun we had! Here we are at dinner after we told the waiter we all had met online and I'm 99% sure he didn't believe us. Throughout the weekend I found that I loved telling people we were a group of girls who met online. The look on people's faces is priceless. Amy and Lianna at dinner. Beautiful girls inside and out.
Becca lives in ATL so she met up with us all weekend and sat next to me at the conference. I had been so excited about meet up with her. Her blog is one that inspires me daily. She and her husband have such a heart for God's people it makes me cry just thinking about it. I am blessed to now call her a friend.Saturday morning we woke up bright and early (entirely too early for a Saturday morning) and went to eat breakfast. I made lots of new friends at breakfast and had a fun time. After breakfast we headed to the conference where Beth BROUGHT IT. She is such an amazing speaker and the time just flies by when I listen to her. I learned so many things, some of which I shared in my airport post and I am still processing the rest. I want to finish the book and then go through all of my notes.
Erin and I at the conference.
I had met Erin once before but this was my first time to spend a whole weekend with her. All weekend I was so thankful that she was there with me. She is one of those people that is just so sweet that it's contagious. I have learned that it's one thing to connect with a person through blogging/emailing but to truly connect with them when you are together in person is so amazing. She really just "gets" me and it was nice to have somebody to talk and talk and talk to.
A group of precious girls from the conference:After the conference we headed to eat dinner.
Well first we walked through rain for about a mile, sat in the parking lot for about an hour THEN we headed to eat.
And when I say rain I mean RAIN so please excuse my hair in all the pictures from here on out. But don't worry I'm not insecure about it!
The rest of Saturday night was wonderful. Dinner was so much fun and I'm pretty sure my cheeks hurt from smiling and laughing so much
Our group of girls:
Pinksass met up with us at dinner. I have been friends with her through blogging and twitter for awhile now and we both share our love for Twilight and we aren't afraid or too old to say if we are Team Jacob or Team Edward. :-) She was just as fun and beautiful as I thought she would be. I am so glad she hung out with us on Saturday night.
I have been reading Amy's blog since I first started blogging and her blog always inspires me in one way or another. She always has such a great attitude and is beautiful from the inside out. It was so great to finally meet her.Lyndsay and I, this girl is just down-right-funny. I mean hilarious. I wish I could spend everyday with her.
I did have a picture of me and Trina but I can't find it so here is Trina and Lyndsay looking all cute. Trina stayed at the same hotel as us and I am so glad she did. We have been blog friends for awhile but it was so nice to finally meet in person. She is so stylish, I need to take some pointers from her!
The weekend was different than I expected. I didn't have good or bad expectations, just such different expectations than how it was, but it was wonderful. All of these girls were amazing and between the conference and quality time with these girls the weekend was wonderful. Words cannot express how amazing all of these women are. I could say it a million times, but I wish I lived closer to all of them, but it just makes it that much better when we get together. I hope we can do it again soon!