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The last stop on our recent road trip was Portland/Vancouver for the Catholic Women Rejoice! conference. It was my first time attending and I was so excited to finally get to meet Danielle Bean, my editor at Catholic Digest! (I have a deadline this upcoming week for the Jan/Feb issue which will begin my 3rd year of writing the Quiet Moments/Celebrate section!) After nine very full days on the road I was exhausted, but I'm so glad I was able to attend the conference and it was so great to meet Danielle!
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Danielle gave a talk all about how "God Equips The Called" which was excellent, and it was really interesting to hear Teresa Tomeo's testimony "From Secular Anchor to Media Evangelist.
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Lisa Hendy, author of A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms and The Handbook for Catholic Moms, provided some great Ice Breakers and Games throughout the day. My favorite was CERTAINTY, The Opposite of Jeopardy! and I'm thinking about trying to incorporate a variation of it into our Annual All Saints Party this year.
There were so many women of all ages attending the conference, including many mamas with babies!
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The schedule for the day also included Holy Mass offered by Father Juan Gonzales, who I first met last year at our Goddaughter's baptism.
Speaking of our Goddaughter, here it what she was up to during Mass. It was such a joy to see her again and catch up with her Mama, my dear friend Ursula (Rose's Godmother). The girls actually spent the day having a blast with her Daddy (Rose's Godfather) and all her siblings.
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I happened to switch places with Lisa for a few minutes, while she was visiting with another women at my end of the table, and Becky snapped this picture! :) Thanks for sending me a copy!
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While we were in the Portland area we were hosted by Becky and her family! Becky and I have emailed back and forth a number of times over the years and it was so awesome to finally get to meet her and her super fun family! I really hope we can visit again someday. It was such a blessing to make so many amazing new friends on our trip!
You can click over to Becky's blog to see a few more pictures from our visit. Please keep Becky in your prayers as she prepares to welcome her 6th baby any day now!