Here we are on the road headed to the Ridgecrest Conference Center, a familiar trek every fall:We've arrived at the conference center! It's time to check in and see who else is here! Here's part of the family on the beautiful fall campus after we've checked in: These Southwest Virginia friends are always a delight to see. We enjoyed catching up with each other: We look forward to seeing this lovely group of ladies from Virginia each year: Meal times provided extra fellowship and conversation with families. Future son-in-law Eric and his family are eating with us at this meal. The conference took place just two weeks before the wedding, so there was much for us all to talk about: So....between sessions we found a quiet sitting area in the lobby and discussed final wedding details--lots of input from both families on order of service and who would say what and when: Okay...back to the conference instead of the wedding! Here's Hannah with some Tennessee friends: Most of our group are together here in the vendor hall talking with Marcus and Cheryl Serven. Marcus is one of our favorite workshop speakers: Although I didn't get any photos of the keynote speakers in action, here's a view of the speakers' panel discussion taking place at the end of the conference, moderated by Scott Brown: We enjoyed the conference and the messages and the breakout sessions. Everything was well-planned and very interesting--it was hard to choose which session to attend. Mostly, we enjoyed connecting with people; the fellowship we have with folks who attend the conference each year is rich and rewarding.
Soon it was Sunday morning, and the conference was over. Here's my sister, Aunt Bet, meeting Eric for the first time. She arrived to deliver Granny back to us after they spent a quick weekend together while we were at the conference: It's time to say our good-byes to friends. You can see Granny peeking out from the van ready for the long ride home.