29 April 2013

Highlights from West Virginia



Here are a few highlights from the conference in West Virginia (Danny and I were asked to speak there over 3 days at a singles conference at this beautiful, woodsy lodge.):



1.  MEETING NEW PEOPLE.  Oh man.  This part was just really cool.  I don't know how it happens, but every time we find ourselves in one of these situations, we end up just feeling a real exchange of love and friendship with the people we meet.  It's really kind of amazing.  And actually, THAT is what makes us the most excited if we get asked to something like this.

Here are a few pictures people sent us...










2.  THE BEAUTY OF WEST VIRGINIA.  We went nuts over every farm and rolling hill that we saw.  I guess we just don't get out of New York City enough.  :)  The highways were just full of these lavendar blooms and green, green, rolling hills in every direction.   Really, you know it's great when you want to take photos from the car...even though they never do it justice.










3.  BEING THERE WITH DANNY.  That man makes me melt.  We walk into a room and he's just gone in two seconds - out speaking to people, sharing love and encouragement.  I have never seen anything like it.  He just teared up so many times out of love for these people that we've never met.  And he really is one of the best teachers I've ever seen.  I just LOVE getting to hear him speak.  And he was also just so supportive of ME, too, before and during our talks.  He just gave me all the confidence and support in the world.  




  
  






4.  THE DANCE.  So- on one of the nights they had a dance.  And well, Danny and I dance crazy in our kitchen and stuff...but I guess we just haven't been to very many dances together.  :)  So it's actually a new experience to slow dance with Danny.  haha.  You guys, I totally got butterflies!!  :)  I swear, the world just stopped while dancing with him.  He is such a good dancer - and just knows how to handle a woman.  :)  :)  :)  I just love it that he knows what to do - and is just so smooth and manly about it all.  It felt amazing.  And I totally teared up right then and there to have him dance with me and look at me the way he does.  And well, the whole weekend was just crazy romantic.  I just loved returning to our little cottage together each evening.  :)





5.  "COUNTRY ROADS...TAKE ME HOME..."  After the dance, they did something that blew our minds.  There is a tradition in West Virginia where everyone gets in a huge circle and sways, arm to arm, while singing "Country Roads...take me home...to the place, I belong..." as loudly as they can.  Oh. my.  I have never experienced anything quite like this.  You can't imagine the WV pride these people have.  :)  It was just one of those amazing American experiences that I'll never forget.



6.  SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY.  That is REAL, you guys, and so cute.  Holy smokes. They were all as welcoming, accommodating, gracious, and generous as can be.  On our way out, we received a stack of cards and gifts from people!  It was SO sweet!!!  I just couldn't believe it. They gave us a basket of local goods - blown glass, local lemon honey, a vase, handmade coasters.  And....they even surprised us with two Fiestaware mugs, made in West Virginia.  :) And later I bought one of those Fiestaware pitchers I've been wanting (seen at Red Farm restaurant in NYC). They're on a good sale right now at Macy's that ends today (4/29)! They said in West Virginia, it's tradition to get Fiestaware when you set up a new home or move out, get married, etc.


P.S.  Our recommended playlist for road trips through the country:  Grateful Dead, Cat Stevens, Ray LaMontagne.  :)


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13 comments:

  1. It looks like an amazing, inspiring weekend! It looks like you two have a real gift of engaging people and bringing people together. Any trips to Canada on the agenda?

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  2. Two things:

    1- Those photos of Danny looking at you so lovingly are adorable.

    2- I love your striped scarf! How did you knot it like that?? It's so cute!

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    1. ah - thank you. So...the scarf. It's just a regular long, rectangular scarf. I looped it around my neck once and then tied the two ends in the front. But - I first grabbed two of the corners and tied them. Then grabbed the next remaining corners and tied those. I hope that makes sense. :)

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  3. When a man has the ability to make you feel confident in yourself, now that man is a keeper!

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  4. The way you two look at each other is so special! Thanks for sharing your love through images too :)

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  5. awesome! looked like a beautiful weekend!! random question, mara. how do you say your name? is mara as in marker? or mara as in america? make sense?

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    1. :) It's Mara as in "marker" and kofoed is like co-fed.

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  6. Oh Mara and Danny, thank you so much for this post and these pictures. I still can't believe how wonderful this conference was!

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  7. Yay! Reading this made my day! Guess what! (Oscar is getting baptized on Saturday! =)

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    1. Wow - that is amazing news. SO happy for him. Wish we could be there. Send him our best!!

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  8. It is great that you keep inspiring people out of the blogsphere too. I can see so much love and easiness between all those lovely people and you two. Working great as a couple is a gift too. You two make a wonderful team (seems like in everything you do in life).
    I cannot help but bring it up once more that the way Danny is looking at you shows so much admiration and curiosity and love and kindness. You two are a strong tied sailor's knot :)
    Happy May!

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  9. It was wonderful to have you here. Thank you for coming!

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