I spent my weekend at the Dallas Mom Heart Conference with Sally Clarkson, which was a bit of a dream-come-true for me!
Thanks to Jeremy holding down the fort at home, and the Lord working out some last minute details for me, I got to attend the 18th annual Mom Heart Conference in Dallas, along with my friend Janel from church.
On Friday, we ended up getting pounded by a Texas-style blizzard (that would be five whole inches of snow), but we all survived and enjoyed the adventure!
Here’s a peek at my weekend at Mom Heart in Dallas, along with the top nine things I most enjoyed about the conference:
1. The PossibiliTea
A tea party with Sally Clarkson? Yes, please!
This was probably one of the biggest highlights of the entire weekend for me. I absolutely would have braved the trip to Dallas just for this!
The PossibiliTea is an up-close and personal time with Sally, where she shares about how moms can mentor other women.
Sally has a new guide, Taking Motherhood to Hearts, to help moms reach out and start a Mom Heart group in their community. You know I bought the book, right? 🙂
2. All the CHOCOLATE!
Sally Clarkson knows how to get to a woman’s heart… there was chocolate EVERYWHERE at this conference!
(I should have taken a picture for proof.)
It’s no joke that Sally’s team brought suitcases of chocolate for the 600+ women who attended Mom Heart, and there were pretty bowls and platters of Dove chocolate all over the place.
Oh, happy day!
3. Connecting with Other Women
It was so fun to experience this event with my friend, Janel, as well as get to meet lots of other moms!
We made friends with women from other states, met ladies who are nearly our neighbors, and got to meet several bloggers (which I thought was awesome!).
Sara Elizabeth is a blogger buddy who has become a very special “real life” friend. I love this sweet lady!
4. Meeting Sally (and getting to say “thank you”)
I had to meet Sally.
Had to tell her “thank you”, in person, for speaking into my life!
5. Being Surrounded by Beauty
If you’ve ever read any of Sally Clarkson’s writings, then you know that she’s a huge believer in cultivating beauty in every day life.
She certainly did that for us at the conference!
Fresh flowers, candles, beautiful center pieces, tea and coffee (and chocolate) were everywhere.
We were treated to an elegant dinner on Saturday. No cooking, no meal planning, no clean up!
6. The Real-ness
The sessions and speakers were inspiring, but what made them great is that the ladies were real.
I felt like there were no masks. No “big I’s” or “little you’s”.
They spoke to us from real life struggles and issues, and it just made sense.
7. Sally’s Sense of Humor
I love the fact that Sally Clarkson isn’t stuffy!
She’s actually very funny, expressive, and doesn’t seem to take herself too seriously.
As a slightly stuffy gal myself, I find her light heartedness very refreshing.
8. Seeing the Clarkson Family in Action
Sally always talks about her husband and four kids and how they have all worked together over the years with the Whole Heart ministries, but it was pretty amazing to see it in action.
Two of the Clarkson kids were at the Dallas conference, and they are obviously an integral part of the family’s ministry. Sally’s husband , Clay, led worship with his guitar before most of the sessions.
Coming from a ministry family myself, I loved watching the Clarksons serve together as a team. Their example encouraged me to make it a priority to engage my five children in ministry along side my husband and myself.
9. A Vision That I Can Own
Nothing at Mom Heart would have mattered beyond a fun weekend getaway if the message hadn’t been something I could take home and own for myself.
As a young mom still in the trenches, I need practical teaching. As much as I love idealism and tend to seek out perfection in my life, what I really need from mentors like Sally is every-day-wisdom.
I love the fact that the Mom Heart speakers shared Biblical principles along with real life experience. I can relate to that! I can “get” that!
I’m sure I’ll be sharing more about what I gleaned from the Mom Heart weekend as we explore our Titus2 Mentoring theme a little deeper in the weeks ahead!
Have you ever read Sally Clarkson’s blog or books?
Kristy Howard is a pastor’s wife, second-generation homeschooling mom of five, and a passionate believer in friendship, coffee, and quiet time! Kristy writes about motherhood, ministry and life at KristysCottage.com.