As soon as it was Kelly's turn, she said, "I'm Kelly from Sufficient Grace Ministries..." and Angie let out a huge squeal and gave her a hug. Then one-by-one we took turns stepping up and hugging Angie. Each of us told her a little of our story and she looked at us with eyes of a mother who is not feeling sorry for us, but eyes of compassion. Eyes of a mother who knows.
|Angie and I hugging.|
|Angie meeting Holly and Lainey.|
|Angie said, "I never get to see my blog reader's boobs!"|
|Listening to our stories and seeing the compassion in her eyes.|
|I wasn't going to share this one...Angie says she looks like a deranged gopher when she cries...apparently I look like one when I laugh...BUT I just had to share this moment. She is so funny!|
|Talking with Angie.|
|Angie signing my copy of "I Will Carry You".|
It was a great experience, but sadly, it signaled the end of our weekend as well. We grabbed some more group photos, said a prayer and parted ways.
This awesome group of ladies represents so much hurt but so much HEALING.Miscarraige, stillbirth, fatal dianosis, rainbows, death of older children, organ donation, strained marraiges.
Healing hearts, grace, grace and more grace. Hope. Joy. Peace.
And how thankful am I for eyes that know and voices that speak.
I love you ladies. I know I did not get to spend much time with many of you in this photo, but you have touched me. Thank you for accepting me as part of your group and as a sister.
After we left the arena, Erin, Holly, Amber, Lainey and I decided we should get dinner before heading back to our homes. We stopped at Ol.ive Garden and had a great dinner (and dessert) and talked the evening away. It was dark by the time we left the restaurant and Erin offerred to open her home to me another night so I did not have to drive 5 hours home that late. We got back to Erin;s house and we all sat in Holly's van for a long time before we decided we should go in. Holly and Amber decided they should spend another night too. We stayed up way too late talking and the next morning I headed home.
It was a beautiful weekend and I am so thankful I went and so thankful for seeing more eyes that know.