Monday, September 12, 2016

About the Conference

Last Tuesday I promised to write a post about the CWBN Conference that I attended. Well, friends, this is that post! I had a splendid time. The speakers were excellent, the food was delicious, the babies were cute, and my fellow attendees were friendly and encouraging. There were door prizes, swag bags, and delicious homemade fudge. It was such a pleasure to see several friends from last year's conference and make new friends.

It was nice to spend time with Rita again!


I have read several conference recap posts that are excellent and summarize the day beautifully. This post is not that kind of post. However, I will link to all those lovely posts at the end.

During the talks, I only wrote two things down on my paper. The first was from Mary Lenaburg. Her talk focused on three mothers - the Blessed Mother, Mother Teresa, and Mother Angelica. It was an excellent talk, and I didn't want to miss anything by continuously jotting down notes, so I just sat and listened. Near the end, I wrote "humility, mercy, grace, and fortitude." The three mothers lived lives full of those attributes, and that is how we, as Catholic wives, mothers, and writers, should be living our lives, too. It may seem difficult at times, but the good news is that we have these wonderful mothers to intercede and pray for us.

The second thing I wrote down was "live and love your life." That gem of information came from Elizabeth Foss. She encouraged us to step away from our computers and smart gadgets, to spend time with our family and friends, doing things that make us happy and helping those around us that need care. Only through living the life that God has called us to live are we able to write the stories that He wants us to tell.

Good stuff, right?

Now I want to share with you some more good stuff. Our conference was blessed by many wonderful artisans and sponsors, many of them small businesses run by busy Catholic mothers. As a crafter, I understand the amount of time and money it takes to create beautiful, useful items. I appreciate the dedication these women have to their craft, and it would be remiss of me not to highlight them here. Check out their shops and websites, and please consider supporting them during the upcoming holiday season and treat yourself and those you love to handcrafted items.

A huge "thank you" to all of our sponsors.

Little Praying Hands donated a Rosary Chew (I am excited to tell you that I won it)

Rakstar Designs donated a necklace or print (to be determined by the winner)

Faith and Fabric Design donated a necklace

Annerys Handmade donated Rosary Roses 

A Blog For My Mom (Rosie) donated an item from her Lilla Rose shop

Mary Lenaburg, writer at Passionate Perseverance, donated two lovely Saint quote prints

Colleen Duggan donated a copy of The Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion

Jenny Ryan, writer at Mothering Sunshine, donated a copy of her book Love With All My Might

Our swag bag was full of lovely items and coupon codes from Call Her Happy, Dovetail Ink, Tiny Saints, Holy Heroes, and Tan Books (if I am missing anyone, please let me know so I can add them to the list).

Rachel, writer and photographer at Three Little Cupps in a Cupboard, donated her time and talent to taking headshots for any of the attendees that were interested. Initially, I was not going to have my picture taken, but I am so happy that I did because I think it turned out well. Plus she also took a lovely pregnancy picture of me. 

I think the group picture turned out nice, too. 

For more conference recaps please visit Not So Formulaic, Open Window, Laundry, Learning, and Liturgy, and Joy in the Morning

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