Girlfriends, girlfriends, girlfriends!

Girlfriends, girlfriends, girlfriends!

This past weekend I met up with a whole posse of amazing Catholic women at the NW Catholic Women’s Conference in the breath-taking Bend, Oregon area.

Seeing women of all ages and seasons — single, married, religious, widowed, retired, students — gathered together to celebrate our common faith makes me really, really happy.

In fact, you might say that women’s events are my love language. 

It’s almost like Saint Elizabeth of the Visitation knew what she was doing when she became my Confirmation saint or something …

Anyway, event founder and superwoman Scout and her team did a fantastic job, and I hope that many kind and benevolent souls will step up to support this faith-building endeavor for 2019 and beyond.

High praise hands for speakers Sr. Maximilian Marie, Mary Lenaburg, and Lorissa Horn for inspiring, challenging, and informing!! I’ll be unpacking the truth bombs they threw down for weeks, if not months …

I feel extraordinarily blessed that, through a little thing called the Internet and a conference I used to run, I’ve found some amazing women who are now like sisters to me.

Some might think it’s weird that I find besties online, but then again, that’s where I found my husband, so at least I’m consistent!

However you find your people, community is so important. I keep praying that every person (women, especially) has or finds someone with whom they can have Visitation moments — times when they feel completely seen, known, and loved.

While we’re talking about community, have you listened to the wonderful Danielle Bean’sGirlfriends podcast from Ascension Press lately? She talks about all sorts of things you and I are interested in, and she welcomes some pretty fantastic guests, too (hint, hint).

I was first introduced to Danielle when a Moms’ group at church went through her Momnipotent study. I credit Danielle’s super-helpful content as well as the love and support of new friends for helping me navigate my first-ever postpartum depression diagnosis after our fifth child was born. Needless to say, I wrote my first-ever Amazon review for Momnipotent, and I’m a Danielle fan for life.

For those who are jonesing for the very first ever interview containing exclusive scoop about my first book Death By Minivan(now available for pre-order! /commercial – haha), and how in the world my husband and I felt called to large family life, this is the podcast for you! We had a really fun conversation, and I hope you’ll listen! I can’t wait to talk to Danielle again closer to the book release date.

More soon, friends. Hoping your summer is filled with a whole lot of peace and a generous helping of joy.

With joy and gratitude,

heather

P.S. Some photos from this weekend!

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Reunited and it feels so good … with fabulous keynote speaker and dear friend Mary Lenaburg at the NW Catholic Women’s Conference

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Finally met the amazing Lorissa Horn IRL — in real life! What an inspirational woman, speaker, and small biz owner. Can’t wait to work with her again!

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Sr. Maximilian Marie shared about how her serious boyfriend broke up with her because he thought he was called to the priesthood. He did not, in fact become a priest. His biological sister, however, did have a call to the religious life, and is part of Sr. Maximilian Marie’s order! Sometimes he visits his biological sister, and “It’s … awkward,” said Sr. Maximilian Marie with a smile.

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Gorgeous view from our retreat location in Powell Butte, Oregon

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Breathtaking sunset in the high desert of Central Oregon

So in love with the mountains. This is Mt. Hood, Oregon

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Inspiring things for now + later {Link-up with #5Faves}

Inspiring things for now + later {Link-up with #5Faves}

Linking up today for the first time EVAH with #5Faves, hosted by sweet Jenna!

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And awaaaay we gooo! From left to right:

1) Three words come to mind when I look at the crazy-awesome logos created for my under-construction site and this here blog by my amazingly talented new friend Erica at Be A Heart: Beautiful. Incredible. Mine. It’s enough to make a girl cry from joy.  Shhh … don’t tell anyone!

2) My pal Fr. J. recently traveled for a vacation + pilgrimage to Hawaii. Man. Some dudes have all the luck. Well, between the two of us, DH and I are celebrating some special stuff in 2016. So … I am hoping … and praying … and wishing … we can return to the place of our honeymoon next year. It is nice to reminisce …. and ponder the possibilities. #DreamBig

3) There are so many reasons I’m inspired by the #BISsisterhood right now – the daily devotions, the instagram photo challenges, the blog link-up – it truly is alllll good. If you’re in need of an authentic female Catholic community online, I invite you to check it out.

4) It takes courage, sometimes, just to live life – laundry, tantrums, misunderstandings, lack of motivation, soup on the floor and poop in the pants, having tough conversations, illness, feeling unappreciated/unloved/unseen, going to Adoration when I’m tempted to just go to sleep, staying off Facebook and skipping the chocolate. St. Teresa’s words inspire me to have courage for all the things (big and small) that come my way.

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Annnnnd ….

5) Who wouldn’t be inspired by these happy smiling faces? A fun moment where everyone was contently slurping their smoothie at the mall last weekend. #BirthdayBonanza

Until next time.

heather

 

 

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