Five things from the HPE conference . . .

14 Jul

We just wrapped up the HPE Conference, and there’s so much to tell. I’ll share more in the coming days, but here’s a few things that are especially memorable to me:

1. Sammy has a twin, and his name is Andrew! Prior to the conference, I had never seen a picture of Andrew, so I had no idea that he was a Sammy Yammy impersonator! Steve and I were able to spend a little bit of time cuddling with him, and we both intend to visit Andrew in West Virginia for more one-on-one cuddle time with him. As soon as I have a photo of him, I’ll have to share it.

2. My van was used for transporting several of the families to and from the airport, and it gives me a warm feeling whenever I drive my van now knowing that such amazing families and living miracles have had a presence there.

3. Gas prices need to come down so that I can hit the road and visit some of our families. With 43 families in attendance, it was difficult to spend much one-on-one time with anyone. Of course, two moms and I did stand outside our hotel rooms talking until 3am on Saturday morning, and that seemed to be the best way to catch me.

4. One of the siblings gave me a beaded bracelet with the word “HOPE”, and she told me how much she missed Sammy. Another sibling told me that Sammy meant a lot to her.

5. I’m exhausted, but fulfilled.

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