Wow, what a week it has been! It has been so full and I have to admit I am terribly homesick for my kiddos, my husband, and my normal life. Which is good, right?
In fact, when my kids dropped me off at the airport they were hanging all over me, smothering me in hugs and kisses to the point that that I had to push them away in order to even get out of the car. As I got my bags out I thought to myself, "Oh, I'm going to be glad to have a break from them!", but by the time I'd gotten through security and sat down in the terminal to wait to board the plane I realized I already missed them.
Though I do have to say that staying at the Grand America for a whole week has really had some perks. I've never stayed in a hotel this fancy before and it kind of makes me feel like a movie star... a big round pregnant movie star... but a movie star none the less. I think the highlight of the week was when my friend Becky came up to visit and to cut and highlight my hair. When she got to the hotel she realized that she didn't have enough foil to highlight all my hair and so we called the hotel room service to see if they had some aluminum foil we could use. They said they did and that they would send some up in about 10 or 15 minutes. Three minutes later Becky answered the door (I had foil in my hair) and there was a waiter holding a large silver platter, covered with a white napkin, with three pieces of aluminum foil sitting on it. Talk about fancy! Becky was kind of in awe when she came back in and said that moment had just been the pinnacle of her hair styling career-- to have aluminum foil delivered to her on a silver platter!
The World Congress of Families has been a very interesting, eye opening experience for me. It has been such a mix of people and viewpoints and has really pushed me to figure out what I believe and what I stand for. It has been way more conservative than I expected it to be which has been interesting. I consider myself to be a moderate and I've been to lots of liberal and secular conferences before but I've never been around a super conservative crowd before. I feel like I got quite the education this week!