I've made a mistake. I started reading everyone else's recaps from the Edel weekend and now I have no time to write a meaningful, reflective summary of my own.
To be true, my reflective summary comes in the form of a blog post titled: What I Wish College Students Knew About Motherhood. I began writing the post for focus.org a few weeks ago, before I even knew I was going to Edel (I scored a last minute ticket thanks to my husband secretly putting me on the wait list), but the post sat in my draft file until after the gathering. So if you want to see the deeper fruit of the conference, proceed there. If you want the fun recap, read on.
Edle. We weren't a wedding, or a business, so they called us a "Social Club"... and if they could have fit it they would have called us a "Social Club who Happen to be Very Fertile". Babies and baby bumps were everywhere, yes this was primarily a mama gathering.
While I fear I'm about to be really redundant with this recap, I'm going to bank on the fact that most of you readers didn't just read 15 other recaps, so let's pretend like you know nothing.
Edle, like they promised, was mostly a party. Our first event: a crazy shoe cocktail evening.
This picture was taken 5 minutes after I arrived. I was in the corner. Feeling awkward, because I came alone. But 5 minutes later I realized that the first mama I talked to was Stephanie Wood Weinart whom I had met at a FOCUS conference a few years before. So 10 minutes in I had already found a friend.
And that night I met several more friends who were my lovely roomies for the weekend.
|Photo booth pic curtsey of Mystic Prints.|
Saturday day was spent listening to tear inducing talks, meeting more new friends, and catching up with several old ones.
|Andrea and her family are FOCUS staff Alum. We spent a few summers together at FOCUS NST, which automatically bonds you with a person for life.|
Oh, and there was a chair massage somewhere in there. And meeting Jennifer Fullwiler.
You'll be seeing this picture again when it comes time for SEEK promotions. I'm giving the day 2 women's session and she'll be giving the day 3 women's session. I'm glad it's not the other way around.
Then Saturday night we had a Tex-Mex buffet, followed by the epic karaoke night. I have a feeling that future Edel gatherings will refer back to this night.
|Every detail was thought of. I could tell the ladies who planned this conference already loved me.|
|The dancing rivaled the best wedding receptions I've been to.|
Not being well versed in the Catholic blog/personality world I created several awkward moments for myself.
Like the time I thought Kathryn Whitaker was Kate Wicker and thoroughly confused her as I tried to convince her that she did Momnipotent with a friend of mine.
Or when I repeatedly asked Heather exactly who was that stick figure of a dancing person which she had drawn on a piece of paper and brought on to the dance floor. (Apparently, everyone else got it.)
Or the time I casually chatted with a with a 39 week pregnant woman on the dance floor, only to find out later that she was Abby Johnson. (I thought her face looked familiar!)
And the time I handed my phone to Christy to get a picture of me doing Karaoke with the other Colorado mamas, only to have it returned to me with these...
Christy with Haley... one of the fabulous speakers.
And Kelly in the mix... famous for her rapping and robot skills.
And Jen, is she pointing towards me? (On the far left in the black and white dress.)
The gathering was unbelievable, a gift, life changing, ridiculous and more. I'm already looking forward to Edel 2015.
Still not convinced that you want to join me next year? Check out this swag bag. It was incredible.
I'll be sure to let you know when registration begins, I can guarantee it will sell out in one day and let's not all count on getting last minute tickets like I did!