a weekend getaway in Dallas with 30 other women

March 15, 2008 at 4:25 pm 3 comments


I just had a most fantastic weekend with 30 other homeschool moms who I had never met before. Pam describes the get together so eloquently when she writes about our Dallas adventure:

The tone of the weekend was so loving, warm, accepting, welcoming. It was like we had known and loved each other for a long time but had just never seen each other’s faces. Which, in fact, is exactly true!

As I look at pictures from the weekend, especially all 800 of Marsha’s pictures, all I see are happy faces. We had a blast. We laughed all weekend and just had fun fun fun. I think my favorite collection of candid pictures is at Gilda’s blog when we’re meeting in front of Big Buck restaurant Saturday night. The pictures are full of smiling faces, a few tears and lots of hugs. Gilda writes

I got to meet some of my dearest friends for the first time. Here we all are–familiar strangers. Notice how we realize who each other is. We all have name tags and as we read the tags we are finally able to put faces to the names we have known for so long.

some of my favorite parts

(in no particular order)

  • descending the stairs at the Texan Gaylord (not the hotel we were staying at) and being greeted with open arms as I met these ladies for the first time
  • laughter, just constant laughter
  • Shortly after arriving, Dody telling me that ladies had been giving her socks. “Hmm, Really?” I said.
  • Dody later telling me that she got another pair of socks. Again I said, “Hmm, really?”
  • Me wondering what Dody was thinking about the whole sock business. It would all come out soon enough. I needed to keep my mouth shut, so I just kept saying, “hmm. really?” I’m not sure how many times we had this little exchange. It was several.
  • the macadamia crusted chicken with rosetto and asparagus I had at the steak house
  • keeping the big secret
  • Pam’s arrival after flying standby
  • roommates
  • henna.jpgthe butterfly henna I got on my ankle before the trip. If you’re not familiar with henna, this picture was taken right after my henna was painted. After a few hours, the “paint” chips off and a light colored stain is left on the skin that lasts anywhere from 2-6 weeks.
  • brunch at Gilda’s
  • name tags made by Marsha (logo above is from our name tags)
  • just sitting around yakking away
  • Becca wearing her bathrobe for the moderator picture
  • singing and worship
  • a devotional by Kat
  • a sweet reminder from Corrine that we were all there because of the Lord
  • and who knew Dody could sing? Wow.
  • the best chocolate corner ever (a real chocolate corner instead of a cyber one)
  • Hawaiian coffee–man, that coffee was good!
  • chocolate covered berries from Alaska
  • the smell of lavender bath salts (my favorite scent!) in the gift baskets
  • hiding away during elf
  • the absolutely perfect fabric Marsha had found for the scrapbook covers
  • the hotel van drivers (gentleman) who shuttled us wherever we wanted to go
  • announcement.jpga beautiful lei made especially for me (Mel and her family made each lady a lei, all a little bit different)
  • the whoops and laughter from everyone when I told Dody I thought she needed a hankie because we were about to bless her socks off
  • the look on Dody’s face when I said that
    • and the highlight of the weekend: blessing dody’s socks off

      filming.jpgthe joy
      the anticipation
      we had done it
      Dody had no idea what was coming
      A GPS for her new job as a realtor
      a scrapbook with pages from lots of ladies from TLT, many of whom were not in Dallas
      another scrapbook with signature blocks made with the fabrics ladies had contributed for the quilt and the beautiful friendship quilt.

      You can watch all the fun filled, laughter-infested joyful videos from the blessing gathered all in one place at Marsha’s blog. And you can read about it in great detail and look at photos at Laurie’s blog.

      who we are

      the Tapestry of Grace loose threads group
      TLT for short
      1400 women
      a curriculum support group that gets crazy off topic
      secret sisters and recipe exchanges
      homeschooling help
      discussions about page protectors and labeling books with dots
      (I’m part of the anti-page protector, dotless sect)
      but most of all the TLT is a place for prayer and encouragement
      these ladies have really helped me the past 2 years

      the planning

      it was small at first, about four ladies from Texas
      who just wanted to meet in person
      but then more ladies wanted to join the fun in Texas
      they’d be driving across state lines
      first Oklahoma which wasn’t so far
      but then announcements started rolling in
      plane tickets were being bought
      ladies would be coming from Michigan, Washington, Florida
      flying across the ocean from Alaska and Hawaii
      how many states in all? did anyone figure it out?
      this Kentucky girl really wanted to go
      at first my husband said no
      but that was when I asked if the six of us could go and make it into a family vacation
      a few weeks later, I asked again
      I asked if I could fly there for the weekend by myself and the answer was yes
      woohoo Dallas, here I come

      the secret

      Meanwhile, even before this Texas trip took shape, a bunch of ladies were planning a surprise for Dody, the owner and main moderator of our list who was stepping down from that position. Some of them got together and formed a new group called “bless Dody’s socks off” and then invited all members of the TLT list to join–everyone except Dody, that is. We wanted to bless Dody in some way because she had been such a blessing to us. You already know the rest of the story. God was certainly in the details of this gathering of ladies.

      If you’ve been blogging about our Dallas trip, feel free to let me know. My intention was to have everyone’s posts who wanted to be included. Just leave a comment with the link(s.)


    Entry filed under: geTOGether, homeschooling, tapestry of grace.

    hair by Caleb, age 7 this is what Todd has been doing all week

    3 Comments Add your own

    • 1. Laurie  |  March 15, 2008 at 5:51 pm

      I laughed all over again! I loved your take on this…especially your being in the non-page protector SECT! LOL

    • 2. Pam in SE MI (TOG loose threads)  |  March 15, 2008 at 9:09 pm

      I loved reliving the weekend through your eyes Guinever! What wonderful memories. I sure wish I could have seen Gaylord’s. Everyone’s pictures and descriptions look/sound so wonderful! I’m so glad you were able to come!!

      Pam in SE MI

    • 3. Uncle Sam  |  March 21, 2008 at 7:05 pm

      I’m dying to hear what Todd said about the henna tattoo.


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