pearls and grace

by Edie Wadsworth on December 30, 2011

And the winner is: Diane4529!

Please email me Diane and I’ll email you the confirmation of the paid ticket.   Let me know if something prevents you from coming so we make good use of the ticket!  Congratulations Diane!

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Before you fill up that brand spanking new 2012 calendar, I think you should consider a little road trip with me to Nashville on March 10.

My darling sweet-as-sugar friend Sibi has announced Pearl Event II—The Double Strand, a gathering of women for a day to connect through stories and share through vulnerability and encourage our fellow sisters in our various vocations as women.

My knees are already knocking.  I’m supposed to share my story.    Whilst standing upright and speaking into a microphone.  And ideally without disintegrating into a puddle of tears.

I said yes right away and then got chest pains and hyperventilated.   Then I ate some fudge and felt better.

And then I did hitch kicks because PAIGE IS GONNA BE THERE TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

{I don’t know if I can wait until March.}

So I really hope you’ll join us.   We want to meet you and love on you and make sure you know what a pearl of great price you are to our Father!

Sibi’s friends Sarah and Jane will be there as well sharing their stories.  I have lots of new friends to make!

And then Sibi herself will tell her tender story of struggle and faith.

{{Side story:   I met Sibi at Blissdom 2 years ago and I think she  may very well be an angel in disguise.  You’ve never met a  more  sweet or gracious southern belle.  Her description of meeting me cracked me up—she said I was a cross between Paula Deen and Beth Moore, carrying a plate of cupcakes (true story) and dressed like a scrapbook page with heavily applied eye liner (true that as well) }}

Here’s the nitty gritty:

Saturday, March 10, 2012

9:00 ~ 4:00

The Opryland Hotel

Magnolia Ballroom

Nashville, Tennessee

You may purchase a ticket for $25 here. There is limited space so don’t hem and haw around like I’m want to do.

I’ll be getting to Nashville on Friday so we can eat lunch together and shop at Anthropologie and get our smoky eyes done at the MAC counter for free.

I’m so excited to meet you in real life that I’m buying a ticket myself and giving it away to you!

Just leave a comment and I’ll pick a winner at exactly 12:00am on January 1st 2012.

Who am I kidding.  It’s very likely I’ll be asleep but I’ll pick a winner soon, how’s that?

Pencil in the Pearl Girls.

Mwahhhhhh!

xoxo,

ms. edie shaking-in-her-cowboy-boots wadsworth

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1 www.lovebeinganonny.com December 31, 2011 at 2:09 am

I’m so excited!!! I’ve bought my ticket….can’t wait. Shaking-with-excitement nonny

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2 edie wadsworth December 31, 2011 at 5:39 am

meeting you will be such a treat!!!
can’t wait :)
xoxo

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3 Vanessa December 31, 2011 at 2:11 am

Sounds like fun! I am a Pearl Girl from way back! :-)

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4 Kristen Miller December 31, 2011 at 2:15 am

Oh pick me! Pick me! :)

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5 Runningtogether4 December 31, 2011 at 2:15 am

Pick me, pick me. ;)

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6 jennibell December 31, 2011 at 2:15 am

I’m still waiting to hear from my girlfriends if our 2012 Florida trip will happen that weekend or not. . .if “not” then I’d love to attend :)

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7 Denise Voccola December 31, 2011 at 2:16 am

You will do great!  I may have to take a trip to Nashville to see you sincend I never see you around our own town.  :)

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8 edie wadsworth December 31, 2011 at 5:39 am

yes, i LOVE kelly’s idea!!! road trip :)
miss you.

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9 Jan December 31, 2011 at 2:16 am

What a dream it would be to make it to Nashville,  meet you, and hear you speak. If only I lived a little closer. I’ll be praying for you from afar. I know you will be splendid. 

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10 edie wadsworth December 31, 2011 at 5:38 am

awwww, thanks ms. jan!  i soooo wish you lived closer too.  
i guess at least we have the interwebs :)
xoxo

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11 Sweetsadiemarie December 31, 2011 at 2:17 am

Holy Guacamoleeeeee… I would love to come!  I think we met for the first time that year at Blissdom too!

Much love…
Megan @SweetSadieMarie

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12 edie wadsworth December 31, 2011 at 5:37 am

yes we did ms. megan!!!! hope you make it dearie :)
xoxo

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13 Debholstein December 31, 2011 at 2:17 am

Would love to make this amazing day. Planning on a road trip, even if your ticket giveaway doesn’t have my name on it.

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14 edie wadsworth December 31, 2011 at 5:36 am

yaaaaaayyyyyy!
roadtrip to nashville is one of my faces :)
hope to see you there!

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15 Diana Furey December 31, 2011 at 2:18 am

That sounds wonderful!  I’m on spring break that week and I could actually make this work.  :)

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16 Kristen Miller December 31, 2011 at 2:19 am

Oh pick me! Pick me!

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17 Angel/TaDa!Creations December 31, 2011 at 2:20 am

Sounds fun!  Don’t be nervous, you’ll do great and everyone will love every minute of it. :)

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18 Sherri December 31, 2011 at 2:27 am

Oh I would love to win a ticket!    

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19 Kayehaun December 31, 2011 at 2:31 am

That sounds like a blast! I would love to come! 

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20 Joy December 31, 2011 at 2:32 am

Oh, I would love to be there!  Sounds like it will be an awesome day!

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21 Jessie December 31, 2011 at 2:34 am

Road trip? I’m in! March in Minnesota is no laughing matter, and I will grasp at any chance of escaping to a (more) southern climate!

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22 edie wadsworth December 31, 2011 at 5:34 am

oh you definitely should ms. jessie!
march in minnesota is not even funny.
come on down south:)

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23 Jennifer M Benson December 31, 2011 at 2:34 am

OOOH! I would love to win because I am bad about waiting until the last minute!! So excited!!

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24 Kelly Lynam December 31, 2011 at 2:35 am

I would love to go!  Maybe I’ll get my mom to join me and we’ll make it a girls weekend!  Hugs!

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25 edie wadsworth December 31, 2011 at 5:33 am

yes yes yes ms. kelly!
it’d be like old blissdom times :)

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26 bebba December 31, 2011 at 2:42 am

Make that ticket MINE!!!!   I would love to go. Thanks….

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27 Adriane December 31, 2011 at 2:56 am

First step: Pearl Event. Next: Issues, Etc.

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28 edie wadsworth December 31, 2011 at 5:31 am

well meeting the fellows is on my bucket list.  but being on the show, not so much!
you, on the other hand, should be a regular :)
mucho love 

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29 Fieldstonehill December 31, 2011 at 3:14 am

oooh! pick me!!!!!! Edie, you will be such a blessing to others as you share what God has redeemed!!!

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30 edie wadsworth December 31, 2011 at 5:31 am

love you.   nashville knots or not.
xoxo

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31 Bethany Tharpe December 31, 2011 at 3:20 am

don’t know much about the pearl event, but i’m up for it – and a weekend away in nashville would be nice :) 

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32 edie wadsworth December 31, 2011 at 5:30 am

i’d be so happy to meet you bethany!
hope you can make it :)
xo

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33 Anonymous December 31, 2011 at 3:32 am

That would be lovely.  Really lovely.

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34 edie wadsworth December 31, 2011 at 5:30 am

it’s about time  you and i take this relationship to the next level renee!  come on.  me, you, nashville, loretta lynn?  what’s not to love!!!
xoxo

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35 Anonymous December 31, 2011 at 10:18 am

You just made my day! 

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36 Miranda Pike December 31, 2011 at 3:34 am

I’d be so thrilled to come and see you in person, I’m sure you will be great!!  Praying for your nerves already!!

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37 Miranda Pike December 31, 2011 at 3:34 am

I’d be so thrilled to come and see you in person, I’m sure you will be great!!  Praying for your nerves already!!

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38 Miranda Pike December 31, 2011 at 3:35 am

So, I’m Miranda Pike and shall try this again…if you pick me…PLEASE email me @ sippycupsandfingerprints at gmail.  Thanks!

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39 Holly Bertram December 31, 2011 at 3:42 am

I would soooo love to go! I love this blog and your black eye liner! :) 

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40 edie wadsworth December 31, 2011 at 5:27 am

it’s one of spiritual gifts.  the eye-liner that is!
hope to see you there holly:)

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41 Diane4259 December 31, 2011 at 3:55 am

It sounds like just what I need in my life right now, I could use a little backup from some great ladies!  I would love, love, love to meet all of you.  Thank you so much for this opportunity.  Best of luck!

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42 edie wadsworth December 31, 2011 at 5:27 am

hope to see you diane!

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43 Mail December 31, 2011 at 4:24 am

I want to go! but only if Ruthanne will drive me.

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44 edie wadsworth December 31, 2011 at 5:27 am

oh pleeeeeeeaaaase!!!!!!!!!!!!!
it’d make my year:)
xoxo

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45 Mail@melissastover.com December 31, 2011 at 4:26 am

leaving a comment is hard on your phone. mail is code for melissa stover.

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46 Elizabeth Highsmith December 31, 2011 at 4:32 am

ms. edie shaking in her cowboy-boots wadsworth-i simply love you!! you know i’d be happier than a credit card in anthropologie to attend!

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47 edie wadsworth December 31, 2011 at 5:26 am

i’m officially making it mandatory that you come.
there shall be no getting out of it dearest elizabeth.
i’m glad that’s settled!
xxoo

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48 Jenicoppage December 31, 2011 at 4:40 am

I would love to come! Especially since it’s my birthday weekend:)

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49 edie wadsworth December 31, 2011 at 5:24 am

i could serenade you with some loretta lynn.  but don’t let that scare you away!!! :)

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50 edie wadsworth December 31, 2011 at 5:24 am

i could serenade you with some loretta lynn.  but don’t let that scare you away!!! :)

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51 Tricia December 31, 2011 at 4:46 am

I would love to attend the conference.  Have only been to Nashville a few times….twice with my runner girl daughter for the Country Music Marathon.
I have it on my calendar and a free ticket will be the icing on the cake…love your blog, too!

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52 edie wadsworth December 31, 2011 at 5:24 am

sweeeeeet!  can’t wait to meet you tricia! :)

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53 edie wadsworth December 31, 2011 at 5:24 am

sweeeeeet!  can’t wait to meet you tricia! :)

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54 Sarahslhome December 31, 2011 at 4:47 am

Well of course I want to attend…please pick me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…OK I don’t think they make enough exclamation marks to show my excitement. If there is anything on my calendar, I’m cancelling it tonight. Nashville is a big plus. Looking forward to being a part of this great weekend.

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55 edie wadsworth December 31, 2011 at 5:23 am

YAY for us!!!!!  And I can’t wait to meet you Sarah!
xoxo

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56 edie wadsworth December 31, 2011 at 5:23 am

YAY for us!!!!!  And I can’t wait to meet you Sarah!
xoxo

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57 Steph Duford December 31, 2011 at 4:53 am

Edie, I would love to be a part of such a special event.  I will be turning 3o’ at the end of Feb.  What a great way to celebrate with such inspiring ladies!  xoxo Steph

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58 edie wadsworth December 31, 2011 at 5:22 am

we’ll all pretend we’re thirty and celebrate with you!!!!

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59 edie wadsworth December 31, 2011 at 5:22 am

we’ll all pretend we’re thirty and celebrate with you!!!!

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60 Gravesnloudon December 31, 2011 at 4:54 am

Pick me pick me….lol. Sounds like an amazing event. I would love to be there to meet and hear some amazing godly women. Happy New Year! Love, Lisa Graves

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61 Brooke Phillips December 31, 2011 at 5:01 am

OOOOOhhhhhh, how I would LOVE an opportunity to hear your story and hug your neck once more!!!  There hasn’t been a woman I have felt more drawn to than Edie shaking-in-her-cowboy-boots wadsworth…maybe because you loved me after knowing my story…  You are all that wonderful description and so much more ;)  It would be an honor…and I might just have to bring my mama too, she’s heard all about that woman in Bean Station that I had to attend a blog conference to meet!

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62 edie wadsworth December 31, 2011 at 5:22 am

you are precious dear friend and i’d be whistling dixie to see you again.
and YES, you should bring mamma!
xoxo

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63 edie wadsworth December 31, 2011 at 5:22 am

you are precious dear friend and i’d be whistling dixie to see you again.
and YES, you should bring mamma!
xoxo

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64 sandy December 31, 2011 at 5:03 am

I would lovvvve to go….sounds amazing, it would be great to meet you guys in person!!!!  Your blog is truly a blessing… thanks for sharing your story.

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65 Emily Woodley December 31, 2011 at 5:21 am

That sounds so fun! I’d love to go :)

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66 Emily Woodley December 31, 2011 at 5:21 am

That sounds so fun! I’d love to go :)

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67 Lori B. December 31, 2011 at 5:23 am

And I thought I was going to have to leave town to meet you! I’m the other LCMS homeschooling mom in Tennessee ;) can’t wait to meet you!

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68 Lori B. December 31, 2011 at 5:23 am

And I thought I was going to have to leave town to meet you! I’m the other LCMS homeschooling mom in Tennessee ;) can’t wait to meet you!

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69 Jody R. December 31, 2011 at 6:29 am

I’ve never been to Nashville.

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70 Kirsten Smith December 31, 2011 at 7:05 am

Life has been one *adventurous* ride for our family over the past almost-three years. Soo…maybe this would be a phenomenal refresher in life, love, laughter and tears. ;) Sweet blessings to you tonight, Edie.

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71 sheri December 31, 2011 at 12:45 pm

I can’t wait!  I’ve already bought my ticket!

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72 Jackandtese December 31, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Sounds wonderful!!  Would love to be part of this!!

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73 Ruth Emond December 31, 2011 at 2:16 pm

I truly wish it would be possible for me to attend. What an amazing time it would be listening to these stories of God’s hand in each life through the darkest moments. Unfortunately, I will not be able to make it there. Let us know if it’s recorded. I would love a cd. Absolutely wish i was able to go shopping with you and having lunch. Wouldn’t you love to plan a trip to New England. We could visit John & Abigail Adams’s home, Louisa May Alcott’s home, and C.S. Lewis College. Then we’ll fit in some shopping at Anthropologie and lunch. Sounds like fun.
Ruth

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74 Andrea December 31, 2011 at 2:39 pm

oh goodness, what a wonderdul day to spend with sweet ladies in a fun place! I do hope that I win! I would love to come!

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75 Celesta December 31, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Would love to soak my soul in this wonderful event. 

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76 DeannaHunt0301 December 31, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Yes yes yes! Sounds like a wonderful day!!

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77 Ruthiepearlsgirls December 31, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Ok, I need to go.  I live South of Nashville, near Franklin….just a “hop skip and a jump”…..oh, and my little business I am building is called “Ruthie PEARL’s girls”….cause that’s my Mama’s name and that’s what we are! :))
New Year’s Blessings!!!!!
Amy

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78 Jenn from FL December 31, 2011 at 4:07 pm

In my wildest dreams would I love to meet you and these wonderful ladies! 

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79 Tori December 31, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Pick me! pick me! pick me!!

-Tori
torigjohnson@gmail.com

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80 Judith December 31, 2011 at 5:18 pm

I would love to go! Ever since I drove through Tennessee when I moved to DC as a newlywed I have been itching to visit Tennessee. I remember how green the grass was…this Texas girl is used to shades of brown grass…I just wanted to stop the car and linger there. :) I already told hubster we should plan to celebrate our 7th anniversary in Nashville! We haven’t been out that way since Fall of 2005…a trip to see the blue grass is long overdue! :)

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81 Tiffiny December 31, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Oh my gosh!!  I would LOVE to go!!  Me Me Me!!!!  :)

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82 Carole Tidwell December 31, 2011 at 5:53 pm

I’d love to win this, and then I will buy a ticket for a friend of mine so she can share in this!  She needs a getaway and a renewal of her soul as much as ANYONE out there!  And I’d certainly not pass up the opportunity, myself!  Bless you, Edie!
 
 

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83 gretchen December 31, 2011 at 5:59 pm

This would be a dream come true!

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84 Kelly December 31, 2011 at 7:41 pm

This sounds AMAZING!  I’m already ticking off in my head the girlfriends that I would love to accompany me to this!

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85 Ashley Johns December 31, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Oh! I want to go so bad! Here’s hoping tickets don’t sell out before I can fit it in the budget. :)

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86 Mrs.B December 31, 2011 at 8:39 pm

I would LOVE to go!
It’s going to be awesome!

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87 Poodle December 31, 2011 at 8:40 pm

From the first time I read about this on Paige’s page I knew I wanted to go.  Kinda like something on my “bucket list”, but that I haven’t made one of those yet!  I do want to thank you for words that make me thirst and then fill up with faith and love.

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88 Kare December 31, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Sounds like a lovely event!

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89 Nted December 31, 2011 at 11:53 pm

Sweet Edie! Nan in B’ham feels very led to come! Am green green to all this , but love what I’m reading and seeing!
would love to meet and fellowship with All!

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90 Jessica B January 1, 2012 at 12:58 am

What a great post Edie! If I lived near Nashville I would most certainly join you all! But Massachusetts is just a bit far :) You will do great ! Happy New Year!

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91 Kgoffill January 1, 2012 at 2:44 am

I think I’m finally brave enough to write the first post on a blog name I reserved over a year ago.  So….I would love to go and learn from the “pros” and cheer you on as you share your story.

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92 Kturner January 1, 2012 at 4:14 am

I would love to attend this event! It sounds so uplifting and inspiring! You are a blessing!

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93 Kathy January 1, 2012 at 10:26 am

Have you chosen yet? I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to go. Wow. Could i actually get myself WAY over there? AND if I did could you ever get rid of me?

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94 Melanie January 1, 2012 at 12:04 pm

I hope it’s not to late to enter!

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95 Robyn Quintana January 1, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Wow you are generous! Bless  you! I think I ‘m late…as usual…but God knows…and this is FUN! YEA! :)

PS.  I’m churning over the thought of how I might react if someone said I was dressed like a scrapbook page! LOL.  That is funny stuff.  Here’s to smokey eyes! Happy New Year!

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96 teresa humphrys January 1, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Edie, I am planning right now to go, if the creek don’t rise!  I hope I get to hug your neck!
Happy New Year.  (Hope to bring my darling daughters with me ;)

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97 Kerri January 1, 2012 at 11:23 pm

I first hear about the event on Paige’s page and I had the same reaction! I practically did a backflip when I found out that YOU AND PAIGE are going to be there! I have been to Nashville once and loved every minute of it! Although I was born and raised in Boston, I am a country girl at heart!
Happy New Year! XOXO

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98 Pearls and Grace January 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Thank you for your sweet words. You bless me…..
We are all so excited that you are joining us in Nashville!! Thank you for saying “yes”  and for having a willing heart to share your incredible story even though you may be shaking in your boots!  These women are going to be so blessed!!  Now listen….about those comments of our first meeting…(You know I said to myself that anyone walking around with a tray of cupcakes at Blissdom needed to be my friend. Since, I have a little bit of Elle Woods in me and decided that I would attend my first bloggers conference with a pink notebook and a pen ….no laptop! :) Have mercy!!!AND…I said scrapbook page with the most beautiful layers and textures!! Unlike me, who wears plain ole’ boring black and white!  You forgot to mention the part about looking like the cover of Glamour magazine and how BEAUTIFUL I said you were!! Because you are!! Inside and out!!! And I’m just jealous because I can’t do a smokey eye! Counting down the days sweet friend!!!!!!! Love and Pearls!Sibi

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99 Anonymous January 2, 2012 at 11:54 pm

oh my goodness…. I’m just now catching up on my blogs since the holidays, but I just might have to go!!! I would LOOOOVE to meet you and all the fabulous gals! And since I’m only 20 minutes from Opryland, sounds like a definite plan!!!

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