This past week I was blessed with the opportunity to spend time with two of my families: a portion of my writing family while I attended the Romance Writers of America conference and my immediate family, including a husband and three teenage children that are growing up far too fast.
The conference was wonderful! I picked up some great marketing tips (my mind is spinning with new ideas I hope to implement soon – stay tuned), some valuable craft insight, and my favorite part – networking with others involved in my industry. There were around 2000 romance writers in attendance at the conference this year, so it was a joy to carve some time out for my inspirational romance friends from Bethany House. Raela Schoenherr, one of the editors from BHP, arranged lunch for the five of us who were attending. Regina Jennings, Jennifer Delamere, Kristi Ann Hunter, Elizabeth Camden, and me. What a wonderful time we had chatting about the world of books. It was even more fun since we all just happened to be historical authors!
Yet, as wonderful as the conference was, spending time with my family was even more precious. My daughter is 19 now, and I’m really starting to feel the impending arrival of the empty nest. So whenever I get the chance to manufacture time for all 5 of us to be together, I do it. Since we are all Disney fans, a conference in Orlando meant a trip to Disney world. And as it happens, the last time all 5 of us were together at Disney, it was in July 2012 at Disneyland when RWA was in Anaheim.
I had fun recreating some of my favorite pictures and comparing how much the kids have changed in 5 years. Goodness! They grow so fast.
Can you tell we’re Star Wars fans? Ha! We’ll definitely have to arrange another family trip once they have the new Star Wars Land open.
What was the last family vacation you took?