Monday, 21 April 2008

An amazing weekend and other things

I had such an awesome weekend! I went to the 4her conference. It was held in the Sunshine Coast which is a beautiful part of Queensland. It's a women's conference run by Christian Outreach Centre. The church I go to is the 'mother' church of all the COC's called Citipointe. I stayed with my brothers gf, Melly who lives on the Sunshine coast. It was fantastic! It was seriously life-changing. And it makes me glad that I am a Christian and a woman.

It was held from Thursday night until Saturday afternoon. Although the weather was lovely on Thursday it was raining the rest of the time which is a shame because Melly was going to take me to Mooloolaba to check out the boutiques and beach. But that's alright next time it will happen.

Melly is so sweet, she had this towel on the bed when I came. It was like a hotel having a little conditioner, lotion, a Lindt chocolate, a welcome card and pretty butterfly for my wall.

She wrote this on the white board in her kitchen. The A accidentally got rubbed off.

A sweet picture in Melly's room
I met some absolutely lovely girls who are so inspirational and beautiful people. I wish I was able to get photos with them but I forgot to charge my camera before I left so these photos from the unit are the only ones I have.

This is the view from Melly's unit balcony. I wish I could have gotten a better photo. You can actually see the ocean. It is so peaceful and beautiful up there. I can see why people from there don't want to move down to Brisbane.

I thought this was gorgeous. It's from Melly's room. From the top of her dresser.

And I thought I would share some of the lovely items from 4her.

This is a shirt I purchased. The back shows 'Love never fails.' From the well-known bible verse from 1 Corinthians 12:4-8.

This the journal and pen given to us to take notes. It was in the pack for everyone who had registered for the weekend. Melly is the one of the very left of the picture =)

They had stalls there and it was fun to look around and buy things in the breaks. These cards and other inspirational verses can be bought from Inspirational Verse. I'm going to purchase more next time.

This is another item I bought from that stall. It's a journal with poems throughout the journal and came with a bookmark and pen. It's beautiful!

This is what is looks like. I hadn't untied the ribbon until I took that photo home.

Click on the picture to see it closer. It's what inspirational verse is to her Lucinda Matheson, the creator.

Again to see it clearer, it is best to click on the photo. It's one of the poems from the journal. On the other side she explains the poem.

Ohh and I want you all to meet......

....Brenda. She's my new sponsor child through Compassion. I was so touched at the conference when they showed a video I just had to sponsor a child. I've been wanting to do this for ages anyway, I just thought I will do it now =) Plus my parents have a compassion child as well.

The last thing...Anastasia is doing a Pay if Forward so I thought I would join in as well. So here it is... to those who are interested (I took some of the wording from Anastasia).

I will send a parcel to the first 2 interested bloggers. Then on your blog you send a parcel to other bloggers to keep this going. You have 365 days to send something so it's no rush. It doesn't have to be expensive either just a nice surprise package. I'm sure most of you are familiar with this idea anyway. My parcel will be my notecards, some other bits of stationary and a few other little surprises. So let me know if you want to get involved =)

Well thank you for everyone. I hope you were able to make it through this long post. I'm just feeling so inspired and uplifted. Have a wonderful week!



Mummerina said...

That sounds like a great w/e!!!
Hope all is well with you

Anastasia said...

Hey Gracie
so happy you are playing along - cant wait to get my parcel to you...

Artifax said...

What a wonderful, spiritually recharging conference! I'm glad you had such a great time. Love that journal with the poems - just gorgeous!

Hope your package arrives in your mailbox soon! :)

Natasha Burns said...

The Sunshine Coast is such a beautiful part of the world isn't it! I love it up there and can imagine the views from Melly's place. How sweet she made you feel so at home

Carolyn said...

I was surfin' the blogs and stopped by for a visit.

I just wanted to say hi and nice blog!


Pearl Maple said...

Followed your links from Natasha's blog and really enjoyed visiting with you today. The spiritual confernce looks like it was an inspiring event and that journal collection is a perfect way of capturing all your thoughts on the event.

Thanks for sharing with everyone in the blogging world.