|Oklahoma in the House! Rachel, Lisa, me and|
Stephanie pose for a pic.
Like, a really, really long day.
And I kicked off my session (with some prompting by my good friend Stephanie) with a lip-synch performance featuring the Oklahoma Women bloggers shown in this picture (though somehow Rachel skipped the festivities and filmed it. I believe it may be on the YouTubes). As one does. I figured since I was one of the last sessions of the day, it would be a great way to make sure that the participants were awake and ready!
Because after I was done speaking, it was time to get busy.
That night, the bloggers of the Women Bloggers state communities did a
It was the single most meaningful thing I did at this conference. Beyond the speakers (who were all incredible), beyond the connections, both new and seasoned, I have made with other bloggers (who are awesome), beyond the wonderful sponsors with whom the conference wouldn't be possible, beyond the wonderful hotel and the great food and all the things... we were given an opportunity to give. To be thankful for what we have and what we are able to offer.
And don't get me wrong, it was fun. It was hard work and it was great fun. Many hands make for light work, right? And great music makes that time spent paying it forward with friends even better. We worked so hard, we danced like no one was watching (even though some were periscoping) and smiled and laughed. When the gong rang and it was all over, we said a prayer to bless the food, bless the meals we came together to pack up for strangers who need them. I don't think I was the only one who cried.
|These are the bags into which our meals—all 10,000+ of them—were packed.|
|We took pictures and videos and tweeted and shared all over social media, like bloggers do. The Arlington Hotel was gracious enough to give us a beautiful room in which to pack our meals.|
|Some of what went into the packages along with the yellow funnel we used to pack them.|
|Hearing about this food ministry and the positive impact these many meals we packed will make.|
|Celebrating a job well done with Stephanie C (a/k/a Oklahoma Steph) and Stephanie B (a/k/a Arkansas Steph)|
The "Feed the Funnel" party we participated in helps to support people who are in a state of "food insecurity"—meaning there is a "limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food." Find more information on The Pack Shack on their website.