This is a photo of the Opryland Hotel in Nashville where Blissdom was held.
It does not do justice to the massiveness that is that place. Wow.
Ahhhhh. I've had a good night's sleep and a chance to debrief, and now I'm ready to recap my Blissdom experience. It may take a few posts to figure it all out, but for today, I just want to write about what Blissdom meant to me.
In a word . . . grace. My word for the year. Grace. And it was so evident that God was showering this down on me this weekend.
For me it wasn't the stuff, the swag, the sponsors (Sorry, sponsors. You were lovely, but just not "it" for me.) or the soirees (and those were pretty nice, too!).
No, for me, Blissdom can best be summed up in the smiles, the simple hellos, the snuggly hugs. The moments of sitting down and talking, getting to know each other.
And the kindness.
All sorts of kindness all around me.
From Jo-Lynne who invited me to room with her and left a session early to walk alllll the way down to the lobby when I arrived (believe me, that was a true sacrifice). . . .
To the (in)Courage gals who provided a place for us like-minded women to congregate. . . .
To Robin who hugged me and welcomed me like an old friend. . . .
To Traci who prayed for encouragement for me one morning and not five minutes later did I meet Richella who seemed like a long-lost friend I had never met.
And finally, to dear Gussy who not only "connected" with my heart, but also saved me a seat in Row 10 on a Southwest flight when I was the next-to-the last person on the plane. Can I just say that I love this girl?! More about her to come, I'm sure.
And so, for me, Blissdom was about learning, but mostly about connecting with some really wonderful women.
I'm so grateful.