Post Conference Post

So, here it is, Monday.  I didn’t have to travel to and from this conference (hooray) like so many did.  I’m still reeling from re-entry a bit though.  Don’t get me wrong, the conference was great.  Just so much rich stuff to digest and consider and even the gifts to still relish….plus of course, the inevitable extra need of the kiddles who didn’t have me for two whole days (and of course that means that somehow EVERYTHING is a minor emergency, from english notes to missing shoes).  The house looked like a minor tornado had ripped through, and I even came home to eat and sleep {not to look around or actually DO anything productive tho, obviously} !  So, not to complain but it’s a bit of an exponential Monday here: Monday to the 2nd power.  The usual Monday-ness combined with missing three days of laundry (oh the horror) and referreeing nurturing these kiddles, with a layer of still really pondering and soaking in the words I heard and the ideas that were refreshed, and an icing on the cake of smiling about good visits with new/old friends.  Just so much to filter and relish.

So, in other words, this conference was pure gift.  To me.

My challenge, now, is to be able to pay forward that gift to my family, and maybe a friend or two who will graciously suffer through my yammering about it.  Yes,  you clever people, that probably means you.  You know I gotta post a bit.  And I will.  But first I have to go flip a few loads of laundry, and dig out, er….tidy a couple of small one’s  bedrooms, and make a real dinner…..you know the drill.  Plus I am on the deadline clock for packaging up a bday present for our Bro Peter Joseph.  I made four – that’s right, four – cakes yesterday so that he can  have his favorite birthday cake on his special day.  But the whole novitiate gets to have it too….it was a “Day O’ Baking.”  More on that in the  bday blog post to come: Wednesday.

These two were only a few of those waiting for me to get home....cute tho!

In the meantime, let me say this.  If you ever wonder if it’s worth it to go to one of these Empowered to Connect Conferences…I’d say, heck yeah!  I’ve already seen some of the payoff. Sure sure, I know, it’s a honeymoon. I’m all motivated and um, empowered (doh), and fired up.  I’m all “Can you try that again with respect?” and “Do you want a compromise?”   But, I tell ya, if I don’t slack off, this could be the start of something new….a tired mom can only hope!  Seriously though, really, I’ve already seen a difference and made some important child connections that might not be perceptible to the outside eye….but I was there and they really happened.  Minor miracles.  And so were they.  And I’m grateful..and happy for it all.

7 thoughts on “Post Conference Post

  1. I think at this point the universe is probably shaking with “Can you say that with respect?” We had good results with that one today, but my littles are REELING and sick and anything deeper than that was met with contagious wailing, gnashing of teeth, roaring and a headbutt or two…. Here’s to tomorrow!

    • Jamey, I know! I was thinking about it that too. Makes me laugh. We’ve got families “respecting” each other all over the place this week! You’re in re-entry hell. I’m so sorry. It’s a bear. I hope you get through it all fast. These strategies can all wait until the kidletts are better and you’re caught up….in fact, I betcha Dr. Purvis would be high fiving you over the cuddling and connecting you gotta do with sick littles at home. So pat yourself on the back and breathe!!! (But not TOO deep, you don’t wanna get sick too! 🙂 ) Feel better soon! LOVED visiting with you!

      • I know Jamey and Megan Kucik and probably a few others!

        I looked up the conference and wrote to them, asking them to come to this area. There are tons of adoptive families here — I bet they’d get great attendance!

        And when are we going to get to meet? Let me know when you come to DC next!

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