The past two years God has been slowly opening door after door to new opportunities. Ones that I’m passionate about, ones that I feel like make a difference in this world, ones that fill me up as a person outside of motherhood. Ones that I truly feel are my calling.
Sometimes it is through writing, like here or here, sometimes it mentoring a young mom and encouraging and providing for her on her journey or connecting to a birth mom who needs some emotional support. Sometimes it is speaking (gulp!). Public speaking gives me such jitters, but when I’m done it is such a high of accomplishment. Kind of like birth. Thinking about it leads to fear and dread, but the challenge and outcome is worth it on the other side. (Am I the only one that relates things to birth constantly? Yes?)
I was honored to be asked to be a part of the birth mom panel in Dallas, Texas this June for the Pro-Life Conference. I am so excited to get to share our adoption story amongst many people and show what it can look like nearly 11 years down the road. I feel like God is going to use this in a big way, in so many ways, and I look forward to seeing the fruits of that whether it is evident here on earth or in Heaven later. I’m also looking forward to connecting with new birth momma friends that I’ll be on the panel with and others that I admire over social media (like Amy Ford who wrote A Bump in Life and started the Embrace Grace church groups supporting young mommas which are popping up all over the USA). Exciting stuff. This is going to be huge.
And of course, let’s be honest here. This momma of 4 gets a b-r-e-a-k! Time away to refresh! Sleeping through the night, not having to make dinner, or try to put a dint in the never ending laundry. Daddy O gets those duties for a few days 🙂 It’s going to be fun!
Will I see you there?
P.S. I gotta take a minute to thank those who helped fund this trip so that I could go (and my husband for supporting me!). I didn’t think I would be able to make it financially, but the Lord answered prayers and made it clear I should be there. Thank you! You know who you are 😉