Serenity Now & Haven Blog Conference

I have much love and respect for Amanda, the blogger who writes Serenity Now blog.  She was one of the first bloggers I developed a friendship with, and even though it was via the internet through her thoughtful comments and emails encouraging this new mom, I have since considered her a friend.  Amanda was the first blogger to ask me to guest post on her blog! and while she is out of town, I’m happy to guest post on her blog again!  I’m sure she’d appreciate you stopping by for a visit.  🙂  I posted an easy and healthy summer recipe from Honey We’re Healthy, Quinoa Caprese Salad.

Speaking of blogging and relationships, I am very disappointed that I will not be attending the Haven Blog Conference as planned.  I need to be home with my family and I feel good about this decision, even though it means missing out on getting to connect face-to-face with people I was REALLY looking forward to spending time with.  Online relationships are still relationships, but nothing beats getting together with friends in person and connecting on a more personal level.  I have to thank Cassie, Courtney, and Carmel for being so gracious and taking on my speaking role on our social media panel. They completely support me and it makes my heart melt.  The Haven organizers (Beth, Chris, Rhoda, Sarah, and Traci) have also been so kind to send personal notes of prayers and support.  It makes me want to hug their necks even more.  But, there’s always next year. 🙂
I continue to appreciate your prayers for my family as we deal with my dad’s illness.  I know God hears those prayers even if you haven’t been able to comment to tell me you are praying.   I feel the peace and comfort through that.  We are enjoying time together right now and that is what matters most.  All things considered, he is doing pretty well.  I love these people.

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  1. July 31, 2013 / 4:47 pm

    Megan, as you know we are praying for the entire family. May you all feel God's love surrounding you during this time. And yes, Amanda is such a beautiful person. She has always been such an encouragement to me, and I love that she keeps things so "real".
    And, while I know you are disappointed not to be attending Haven…knowing many of those who are, you will be thought of often and prayed for by many.

    • July 31, 2013 / 5:11 pm

      Lauren, I don't know how it always seems you know just what to say. Thank you so much for always offering a kind word.

  2. July 31, 2013 / 5:09 pm

    You're a girl who has her priorities in order. I'll be praying for your Dad.
    Looking forward to meeting in person at next year's conference!! 🙂

    • August 1, 2013 / 8:19 pm

      Thank you Susan. I'm looking forward to going next year and I'd love to meet you in person!

  3. July 31, 2013 / 7:08 pm

    What a beautiful picture of your parents! Your mom looks to be as pretty as you are.

    Thinking about you and sending you love!

    Annie XO

    • August 1, 2013 / 8:19 pm

      Such a sweet compliment! Thank you!

    • August 1, 2013 / 8:20 pm

      Thank you Kate- I appreciate it!

  4. July 31, 2013 / 7:44 pm

    I'm sorry to hear about your dad. Praying for him and your family.

    • August 1, 2013 / 8:20 pm

      Thank you Francis!

  5. July 31, 2013 / 10:54 pm

    prayers from VA, you're doing the right thing! There is always next years conference.
    Lauren

    • August 1, 2013 / 8:21 pm

      Thanks Lauren. It was a hard decision since I'd been looking forward to it for months. You're right though, next year!

  6. Emily A. Clark
    July 31, 2013 / 8:15 pm

    Hate to hear that you won't be there, but totally understand. Praying for you!

    • August 1, 2013 / 8:20 pm

      Emily, I'm so bummed we won't get to meet this year! I'm looking forward to the recap and lots of pics! 🙂

  7. August 1, 2013 / 2:06 am

    Hi Megan! I am new(ish) to your blog and my spare time these days is filled reading posts from your archives. You have a lovely family and a beautiful home.

    Praying for your dad and I hope his health improves!

    • August 1, 2013 / 8:23 pm

      Hi Priyanka! I'm so happy you like my blog! I appreciate your prayers very much!

    • August 1, 2013 / 8:23 pm

      Thank you Ashley!

  8. August 1, 2013 / 2:52 am

    Hi Megan!! I'm so sad that you have to miss the event, but I know you made the right choice. Continuing to pray for your dad and your family!!

    • August 1, 2013 / 8:23 pm

      Crystal, thank you so much. This time at home really is a blessing.

  9. August 1, 2013 / 2:53 am

    You definitely made the best decision, I was wondering if you would go after you had posted your dad was ill. I am sure you being home means so much to your parents. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. BTW,That is a beautiful picture of your parents 🙂

    • August 1, 2013 / 8:24 pm

      Thank you Jennifer. I love that picture too! 🙂

  10. Jennifer Flores
    August 1, 2013 / 1:25 am

    You are where you need to be. Praying for you and your family. Let's be newbies at Haven together next year, m'kay? xo Jen

    • August 1, 2013 / 8:22 pm

      Perfect Jennifer! I'd love to meet you face-to-face finally!

  11. Allison
    August 1, 2013 / 1:31 am

    Megan, I am so sorry for the difficult time you and your family are going through. I continue to keep your Dad and you in my thoughts and prayers. There is always another Haven conference. You are where you need to be now and time together with your Dad and family is very special. Sending you a hug.

    • August 1, 2013 / 8:22 pm

      Hugs back to you Allison!

  12. Carmel - Our Fifth House
    August 1, 2013 / 4:29 am

    We're going to miss you! Sending you big hugs and praying for your family!

    • August 1, 2013 / 8:24 pm

      Carmel- I'm so thankful to you guys for being so supportive. BIG hugs to you! Y'all are going to do great!

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