Preparing to Speak in West Virginia

A few months ago, we were asked to speak at a conference for single adults in West Virginia.
Every time we do something like this, it turns out to be such an amazing experience, one that we wouldn’t trade despite the work, time, and emotional energy that goes into it.

So next weekend is the 3 day conference (Fri.-Sun.) at Jackson Mill.  We’ll be speaking each day.  And our hearts feel very full as we prepare.  As always, I just hope to be able to say something that is helpful and applicable to someone’s life.

I found this photo that was taken in West Virginia.  It’s so appropriate for what we’ll be talking about: Looking up.  Anchoring yourself to light.  My goodness, it still blows me away to think that I would ever be speaking at a conference.  This is just crazy.  I mean, it’s just a miracle to me to feel like I have anything to share at all.

By the way, anyone is invited to attend the conference (please let me know ASAP if you’d like to attend and I can let the organizers know and also send you more details!)  The people formally invited are Mormon congregations from all over West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Virginia, and Maryland.  But we hope that our message could be applicable to anyone.

Also, we decided to drive to the conference, just for a good old fashioned road trip… (very excited about that part!)

If anyone has recommendations for places to stop along the way (restaurants, sights, shops, etc.) – we would so love to hear.  One detour we want to make is to Fallingwater, the home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (in Pennsylvania).  And I don’t know if we’ll have time, but I want to try and make it to one of the Fiestaware outlets in West Virginia for one of those vintage reproduction pitchers from 1936 (and maybe some mugs).  It turns out Fiestaware is actually made in West Virginia!

Hope you all are having a great weekend!!


P.S.  My apt. has been clean for like 4 days straight.  This has never happened since I started the blog.  I think it’s the infertility drugs.  Or maybe the thoughts of possibly adding a little human to this household  🙂

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  1. Charity April 13, 2013 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    Sounds like it'll be a wonderful time. Take lots of pictures and bless your hearts for deciding to drive. It sounds like it'll be a wonderful experience though. I am driving to VA tomorrow night to see my new adopted Goddaughter. Super excited to be taking trip even though I despise road trips.

  2. Liz April 14, 2013 at 3:58 am - Reply

    Looking up. Anchoring yourself to light. I don't know if I could love that any more. I think light is my theme for 2013 because it keeps coming up everywhere. I wish I was free this weekend to hear you guys talk about it! Enjoy West Virginia, it's beautiful!

    • Anonymous April 14, 2013 at 4:40 am - Reply

      You MUST stop at "Vegan Treats" in Bethlehem,Pa. the peanut butter bomb is the BOMB!
      Pam Sack

  3. Emily April 14, 2013 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    This would be a serious detour, but if you decide to take a different route, you should visit terrain in West Chester, PA. It is the most amazing garden/lifestyle store! It's so worth a visit!

  4. LuAnn April 15, 2013 at 2:10 am - Reply

    Hagerstown, MD is a random stop, but there is a ribbon outlet with insanely cheap ribbon. I got a huge spool of red and every package last Christmas was tied in red satin ribbon and I've got enough for Christmases to come. I think the huge spool was $5. It is the Berwick Offray Ribbon Outlet. If you want to detour through Lancaster, PA you can explore Amish country. Downtown Lancaster is also quaint and historical. And since this is A Blog About Love, an obvious stop in the vicinity would be Intercourse, PA. 🙂 Be sure to try the homemade root beer. I thought it was gross, but the bottles are so cute. Travel safe.

  5. Anonymous April 15, 2013 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    This is not exactly having to do with this post, but I wonder if you've experienced this too: I'm in the midst of a big, big trial, and I'm actually the most-calm and most-joyful that I've been in months and months. Is it sick to actually be sort of enjoying this trial because it's making my vision of what's important and what I "need" so clear? Just saying, I'm feeling the message you all are sharing!

  6. Anonymous April 15, 2013 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    The Amish indoor market (PA Dutch Market) in Hagerstown, MD is a great place for lunch, but is only open Thursday through Saturday.
    Shepherdstown, WV is a really nice little town which would be worth taking a detour !

  7. Liz April 16, 2013 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    For a great view of WV, you can make a quick stop at an overlook right off of I-68 (it's on your route just before you reach Morgantown) at exit 15 called Coopers Rock. Here is a sample of the views:

    I grew up in Fairmont, WV, which you will drive through on I-79 (northern WV, just after Morgantown). It's where Mary Lou Retton grew up (I had a couple of her brothers as teachers) and where Father's Day began! 🙂

  8. Jessie Dage April 16, 2013 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    I'm not sure if this is on the way or not, but my family drives from Detroit, MI to Charleston, SC about once a year and we always stop at Tamarack "The best of West Virginia" on the way. It's almost exactly halfway between our two stops.

    They have all kinds of hand crafted art – wearable, usable, edible, you name it! There are even artisans working in studios where you can watch them. ( ) We love it!

    I think this is my first time commenting.. but I'm so encouraged by your lovely blog. 🙂

  9. Jessica Brown April 18, 2013 at 2:27 am - Reply

    There is an awesome Fiesta outlet on the outskirts of Stroudsburg, PA.

    There's a picture here….

  10. Robert April 20, 2013 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    I also highly recommend Coopers Rock on top of Cheat Mountain just outside of Morgantown, WV. The scenic overlook is three miles off I-68 and worth the drive through the woods.

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