This weekend was absolutely incredible and full of love. Usually I wouldn’t cheese up Valentine’s day but this weekend was actually really special to me.
Friday and Saturday I went to the Women of Faith Farewell Tour at the Sprint Center. Their theme was Loved and it was one of the most encouraging conferences I have ever been to.
Most of the women who did this conference had been traveling and speaking together for twenty years. Several of the speakers were over sixty years old. It was incredibly encouraging to see women completely command that space, share their testimonies, and be still working and serving God to an incredible extent at their age.
I haven’t seen a lot of women preaching so it was awesome to get to hear their multiple styles and see much more strength and humor than I ever expected.
Plus I got to spend the weekend with my Mama.
I was really happy that she brought me. She’s been to several of these conferences and knew of the speakers already. It was so sweet of her to take me and to buy me cotton candy which is also sweet.
Most of the messages were about the revolutionary nature of God’s love. There was a large comparison made between adoption and God’s love for us. I also enjoyed the aspects in which they discussed the deep human need to be loved and to love. It was things I had heard before but they stated it in new ways which really made me think, including in some short dramas which was awesome to me since I travel to churches doing skits with Action Pact.
The conference as a whole impacted me the most through the experiencing of very powerful women who were also absolutely hilarious. I could see myself trying something like this in the future if God will allow me. It was something that I logically knew was a possibility but to see it in action in front of me will be a memory that I can really hold on to.
Sunday, following the conference was Valentine’s Day. For most of the day Quinn was off singing with Voices of Praise so I had an awesome day Co-leading Youth Group at Faith Journey church, going to service, making a Chipotle run, then going to my college small group.
Around dinner time though I got Quinn back! Woo!
He was able to come over to my house (I grew up five minutes from campus) and got to experience a DeVault family Valentines Day.
For years my mom has made a yummy Italian dinner and decorates the table with pretty red table cloths and hearts. We get together, drink sparkling apple cider out of wine glasses, and eat by candle light. Dad gives my mom roses which also help to decorate the room and mom gives all of us boxes of chocolate.
I was thrilled that Quinn was able to join my family this year.
After family dinner Quinn and I got to do our Valentine’s Day tradition.
Quinn and I started dating roughly three years ago on February 10th. Since this was only four days before Valentine’s day we decided to do something super low pressure. So on our third date ever, we went to Starbucks to talk and exchange homemade Valentine’s cards.
This was our fourth Valentine’s day and the tradition is still going strong.
We have so much fun just talking and making each other smile with our “wonderful” artwork. Plus then we have something to keep to remember our date.
And we save money so that’s pretty awesome 😉