A Community Under One Roof

I have spent the past several days in Nashville at the Blissdom Conference and while I head home today, I am both glad to be returning to my family and sad because I am leaving a lot of friends behind. This weekend has been one where I have ranged the spectrum of emotions – from complete, unabashed, rolling on the floor with laughter JOY to heartbreaking sadness as MckMama shared the story of her son, Stellan.  In between there was hope, migraines (thank you, Mother Nature. No REALLY, you shouldn’t have), exhaustion, and at times, a feeling of being completely overwhelmed and trying to just BE in the moment.

I follow a lot of people on Twitter. I read their tweets and their blogs and comment on their Facebook status updates. I know their lives by their words – and then suddenly, so many of those people are under one roof and it’s kind of an awesome thing. You see someone across the room and think, “Hey, that person looks familiar” – check out their name tag, and when it hits you that the person standing in front of you is @WhoeverThatPersonMightBeInThisInstant, it’s a rush – a huge sensation of, “You’re REALLY here.” Suddenly, imaginary internet people become very real. The moment when someone goes from “that person who blogs” to “the woman I shared caramel corn with” or “the one who rocked out on karaoke” or “the one that made me laugh so hard my abs hurt” – THAT MOMENT is why I’m here.

There will be another post later, one where I tell you how awesome the sponsors are (they are!), and how I think that Alli and Barbara really outdid themselves (they did!), and how I didn’t sleep very much for several  days and worried my lovely roommates (true story!), but… not yet.

Right now, I’m still in the moment. After filling my days so completely, I slept hard last night and I wake up knowing that while I’m so glad to be returning home to my family (a little less enthused about that airplane part), I am going to miss a lot of people a whole lot.

About sarah

Sarah is a book nerd, a music lover, an endorphin junkie, a coffee addict. Oh, and a goof ball. She writes, she tweets, and she sings off key.


  1. Sounds like you had a memorable time. Can’t wait to read more details! Enjoy seeing your kiddos & hubby ! 🙂

  2. it was so fun seeing you this year! and spending more time with you…now back to skype to see what you are saying… hehee

  3. So happy you had a great time and were able to interact with those whom you developed a friendship/bond with!

    • Yeah, it’s pretty awesome… It’s almost surreal when you figure out who someone is, sit and talk and it’s like, “I *KNOW* you, but now I really know you.”

  4. Finally laughing with you was one of my favorite things!! xox

    • Mine too – cannot go another year without seeing your sweet face. Be sure to let me know if you will end up in the Chicago-y area any time soon. Would gladly make the drive down there to see ya!

  5. Sounds like you had an amazing time!!

  6. Wasn’t it so fun to meet people we’ve followed on Twitter in real life? And to know they are so down to Earth, just like us?

    Thanks for linking up!


    • Thanks for your comment, Tamara! Somehow, I just noticed that it got trapped in my spam folder. OY! Thanks for stopping by!

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