Then last year, I decided right after the new year, that I was going to the Hearts at Home thing! I no longer had to worry about Zeta and I loved my Moms Group and the things I had learned. I wanted more. I wanted to be recharged and fired up! I told myself I would ask for the opportunity to go for my birthday. Soon before conference registration deadlines, Brian lost his job and I was not going to spend an entire day away and spending money when there was so much uncertainty in our lives.
Well this year was the year! I was going. Brian had employment and I needed more than ever to connect with other moms on a much larger scale. I asked my parents if the only gift I got for my birthday could be the registration fees AND to take my kids all day so I could enjoy while Bri was at work. They agreed!
I had hoped to go with some TMG members but the scheduling just wasn't working out and many were going on Saturday, not Friday. I hoped to ask my girlfriend in Normal who has 3-year-old quads but we never connected. SO, with a heavy breath, I registered by myself. This was really going to be all for me. And while I was nervous- I was also excited to do this for myself.
This morning I woke early and drove to Normal The National Hearts at Home Conference is at the Student Center at ISU. Since it was Spring Break and all the students were gone, I avoided the parking fees and parked an extra block farther at my sorority house, ZetaTauAlpha. I was talking to Brian as I got out of my car and began walking towards campus from the off campus sorority house. I headed up the alley and all these crazy memories came flooding back. I took that trip up the alley numerous times a day for the 3 years I lived in the house. The only difference was that I was talking on the phone ( most people didn't have a phone attached their ear all the time in the 90's).
Anyways, after I registered, I went to the bookstore to look at all the mommy books and I ran into someone. I stopped immediately and said, "I'm sorry!" As she turned around to tell me it was alright, I said, "Leslie?" and sure enough, it was my girlfriend from High School!!!! She lives in Normal now with her husband and 1 year old and is pregnant with her second. It was such a small world. We talked for a few minutes and then compared schedules and realized we had the first two workshops together. She promised to save me a seat.
I met up with her and her girlfriend after the amazingly powerful opening session and I ended up spening the whole day with my girlfriend Leslie and her friend, Denise! It was joyful! We talked like moms and wives and I so appreciated how we all have grown up and turned into such amazing women!
Here is Leslie!
I attended 4 workshops on marriage and parenting and the household. there were tons of choices and I loved them all. The closing session had great music,
and a powerful message by the Founder of Hearts at Home ( and my favorite blogger), JillSavage. I, along with 5,000 other moms had an incredible day with some pretty incredible women!