When she speaks encouraging words.

I woke early Friday morning to catch a 7:30 flight that would take me from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City to Dallas, all for the glory-ness of Hope Spoken. It had been a l o n g time since I traveled to a blog conference. Long like almost 18 months, but I was equal parts excited and nervous. My sister-in-law flew in the night before and Bauer & Maxwell kept her busy on Friday (although rumor has it Bauer slept all day). I imagine the two of them just soaked each other in :) I love so much that she is here right now with us a couple more days.

So much great happened over the weekend in Dallas. Great speakers. Great food. Great friends hugged. Great mental rest. Great-full.

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Ashley of The Vanilla Tulip + Casey Wiegand + Ruth of Grace Laced

It’s almost hard to type this out, but then I re-read my notes and decide it to be true: my most memorable moment from the conference is when Shauna Niequist spoke on “more love/less busy”. And yes, I was taking notes because it was just that good. And one more thing, can I be honest with you? What Shauna said on Saturday totally had me in tears… for most of her time on stage. What she shared was so inspiring:

- Dr. Henry Cloud said it first, “No” is a complete sentence

- Doing more and more and more will not bring you more

- Will saying “yes” allow me to live a less frantic life?

- Exodus 18:17-18

- Psalms 16:5-6

- Mark 8:36

- Luke 10:38-42

- Don’t be afraid to: become irresponsible, stop hustling, be the person God created you to be, stop being frantic

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Joy Prouty + Dee of Red Letter Words

But a close runner up, my second most memorable moment from Hope Spoken, is being able to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. There is just something so fulfilling about spending time with women that desire to know God more. When she speaks encouraging words about Him, they stick around for quite some time.

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Many asked me how I was handling being away from Maxwell — this was my first overnight trip without him.

So to be honest, it was such an easy weekend for me. I knew Maxwell was loving his time with his aunt Tiffany. I knew he was going to go hiking on Saturday. I knew his Sunday afternoon was going to include church and the flea market (and turns out, also a trip to the cupcake shop).

But perhaps the real reason I had such a great weekend is because everyone in our family wanted me to be gone. Their support blessed me. They knew this time away would be so good for my heart, not just my mama heart but my Maggie heart, too.

And Hope Spoken it was.

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^^ oh, hello BRAND NEW Gussy product (the Envelope Clutch)

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There’s no denying it: fabric is totally my thing and every time a new batch arrives in the mail I have to stop everything and cut into it. Fabric makes me feel happy. It reminds me of what we can accomplish when we say yes to trying something new.

Spring is right around the corner. Yeah, I’m talking to you — my Midwest friends :) I promise, it’s coming. Let’s get a jump start on celebrating the fresh, vibrant season with the help of a new Gussy.

We have eight new fabric designs in the shop including a totally BRAND NEW product that’s so, so fun.

See you in the Gussy shop?

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Let’s kickoff the weekend with a fabulous springtime giveaway! There are over $300 in prizes to be won — yippeeee! Wanna know what’s in the bundle? A Bold Taza table runner ($45 Value) from Silly Mama Quilts, a $100 gift card from Rodan + Fields Dermatologists via Karla Gust, 3 custom canvases ($60 Value) from The Roo Pouch, a pink dress & headband ($50 Value) from Avry Couture, and a $50 gift card to Caroline-made.

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PS. Remember when I teased yesterday about “something great up my sewing sleeve“? Come back tomorrow to see what I’m talking about. xo