Maybe you bought one. Maybe you didn't. Maybe you wish you could go but you can't.
You don't have the money.
It's a conference for moms and you aren't even married.
You would much rather have a quiet time of prayer than a loud dance party.
Even if you could swing the $280 ticket there's no way you could pay for the hotel and the air fare.
You're an introvert anyways and you just wouldn't fit in...
I get it.
$1,000 is what it would take for me to get to Charleston and attend the conference. Unless someone suddenly asks to fly me to the area to speak on JF's miracle the evening before or after Edel (which is one of the ways I was able to attend Edel '14) I will be staying at home, wishing I could be with Jen, Hallie, Kelly, Rachel, Jenny and the rest.
|So what if I pretend that* if only* Rachel Balducci lived next door to me she would be my bff / mentor mom? That's not weird.|
It bums me out a bit, I won't lie. The Edel Gathering is an amazing experience and some of my favorite internet people are going to be there. I wish we had the money, but we don't so I won't go.
And you know what else I won't do? I won't rag on the event or the people who are going. I won't gripe about the cost or belittle the gathering.
It takes a lot of money to pull off something as nice as the Edel Gathering, but there are cheaper events in our dioceses so maybe you and I can attend those.
Or maybe you'd enjoy FOCUS' Seek'15 Conference that's coming up. Jim Gaffigan will be there and honestly, I wish I could be there too.
A quiet day of prayer is more your speed? The Sisters of Life have some really awesome retreats coming up - maybe you can make one of those.
Of course, I'm still holding out hope that someone will invite me to speak at a parish in the area, paying for my flight and giving me enough extra to cover the cost of the ticket, but since that probably won't happen I want to end with two last things:
Jen and Hallie, thank you for all the work you are investing into the Edel Gathering. Thank you for doing this to build up your peers and to glorify God.
To all the women who are able to attend Edel '15, I hope you have a blast. I will be praying for health in your homes, safe travels, renewed spirits, warm hearts, and a lot of fun for you.