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Blissdom Conference ~ Nashville ~ February 4-6 2010

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Here Today, Blissin’ Tomorrow

February 5, 2010

Call me crazy.

It suits me fine.

Five days ago I was driving across the country on what has been the largest-scale move we’ve made yet—and that’s with moving five times in five and a half years of marriage.

I was in Colorado for two whirlwind days. We unloaded the moving truck. (When I say “we,” I mean “they,” because I had nothing more to do with it than to smile and nod and say “Thank you, thank you so much, you wonderful, beautiful people .”) We unpacked a box or two. We froze our batooties off in the single digit and negative temps. We dug around and found the snow boots. We dug around and never found the one box that says OPEN FIRST.

And now? I’m in Nashville. At the Blissdom conference.

I. Know.

My three guys have sent me off for a weekend filled with people who speak my language without batting an eye and give hugs like they’re free candy, while the three of them are back at home—new home, that is—making snow angels with the cousins and eating Grandma’s warm comfort food.

It’s all a bit surreal—I hopped on a plane in Denver and ran into two other Blissdom ladies on my flight. We had no problems chatting it up for the next couple hours, all while drooling over Rebecca’s baby. I’m staying with sweet and hilarious Annie, whom I saw for the first time on her doorstep but could almost swear we’ve met in another (pretend) life. I’m meeting up with older friends, newer friends, bloggie buddies and soon-to-be buddies, and a whole lotta people I recognize and try to get up the nerve to meet. (Oh, blog-ebrity, how thou amusest me!) I’m going out of my comfort zone as a blog conference newbie and slipping back into it when I see people I know.

Call me crazy. Because this is crazy awesome.


  1. Megan (FriedOkra) says:

    OH! I’M SO GLAD YOU’RE THERE! ENJOY IT! You so richly deserve the break and the fun!

    February 5th, 2010 at 10:20 am

  2. Ginger says:

    Oh, I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE it!!! I wish I was there! Please fill us in on everything, pictures galore and all!

    Have fun!!

    February 5th, 2010 at 2:51 pm

  3. Becca~TimeWellSpend says:

    Came over here from a link on Sarah Markley’s blog. We’re in Colorado too and love it!
    I look forward to hearing all about Blissdom!

    February 6th, 2010 at 1:00 pm

  4. Auntie Beth says:

    Okay, I even looked up the link for Blissdom and I still don’t know what it is. Is sounds relaxing and exciting and encouraging, but I don’t know what it is. sigh…am I that out of it? Too old? Not bloggie? Help your dear old Aunt out here, Ashleigh, would you? Thanks so much :)

    February 7th, 2010 at 4:45 pm

  5. ladyfelicity says:

    I’m so glad you’re having a wonderful time! :)

    February 8th, 2010 at 2:50 am

  6. Samantha R says:

    What fun!! :) I have enjoyed hearing all about it from everyone!

    February 8th, 2010 at 9:43 am

  7. Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect says:

    Crazy or not, I’m SO glad you were at Blissdom and I got to meet you!!!!

    February 8th, 2010 at 12:45 pm

  8. Becca - Our Crazy Boys says:

    Stopped by via Darcie’s blog and can’t wait to look around!!

    February 9th, 2010 at 6:47 pm

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