The last trip of Summer 2013 was to Salt Lake City, Utah for Antioch's US Church Planters conference that happens every other year. Josh's brother lives in Utah, so we planned to stay after the Yellowstone trip and drive down to spend a few days with him, his wife, and our niece before the conference started. Sadly, he was deployed on very short notice to Afghanistan a few weeks before we arrived. We were still thankful to crash in their house for a few days in between vacation and the conference and Hope loved playing with her cousin's toys!
The conference was a blast. Some of our very best friends who are now church planting in Houston were there, so it was fun to reconnect with them along with many old friends from college. There were 300 people at the conferences, representing 30 Antioch church plants all over the US. It was so encouraging to hear what God is doing across our nation through this movement and hear fresh vision for where God is taking us as a people. We were stirred, challenged, and re-envisioned for the road ahead.
The conference was "no kids allowed" but our childcare fell through after we had purchased tickets, etc., so the conference staff was gracious enough to let Hope crash the party. She enjoyed getting to hang with all the adults and was pretty well-behaved throughout it. Either way, by the time it was over we were more than thrilled to be home for good - sayonara suitcases!
Summer 2013, you were good to us. Can't wait to see all that the Lord will do this fall!
We go wayyyyy back.
Love getting time with my bestie!
Hope enjoying the mountains.
Love these two.
Hearing from Jimmy is always a highlight! So thankful for this man!