I am so excited that this year the TOGETHER FOR ADOPTION CONFERENCE is right here in our home town of Austin!!!! I love this because #1 we don't have to travel anywhere. #2 I get to sleep in my own bed each night (although I love a good hotel room bed!!). and #3 I am excited about my adoption friends experiencing Austin.
Last year I headed to this conference in Nashville and it was awesome. I met some new friends and old friends while there and once again I'm looking forward to that again! My kids are already hooked up with some fabulous 147millionorphans products. They look so stinking cute in them! I think they'll have a booth there, so bring your money for some cool looking clothes!
Amos & Cayden even wore their matching shirts to school the other day!
I hope that you will think about joining us at this conference. Aaron and the guys will be leading worship, there are some fabulous breakout speakers, main session speakers and Carlos Whittaker will be there hosting the event.
There is still time to sign up! Head over to the T4A website to get signed up!
If you are going to be there, send me your name and blog link and I'll get you listed here so we can all meet and greet at the conference!
Troy & Tara Livesay from Haiti/MN/Waco- Haiti
Mark & Kristen Howerton from Cali – domestic & Haiti
Debra Parker from Houston – Haiti
Bec is coming from Australia
Alice from Austin
Julie from AZ – Ethiopia
Gwen from TN – China & Africa
Christine from TX (Gonzales) – domestic (Haiti)
Heather from MO – in process Ethiopia
Helen from Australia
Katie & Shaun from Austin – in process Columbia
Mattias from Sweden
Angie from Texas – Haiti
April & Scott from VA – Haiti
Mary from Idaho – Ethiopia & Korea
Anna – in process Ethiopia
Kristin from Austin – in process Ethiopia
Elizabeth from Austin
Jessica & her friend Caren from Austin
Ronnie – KY
Krysta – foster parents
Julie & Matt from Austin – adopted from Russia and now in the Ethiopia process
Stephanie – college student from Ohio
Missy – adopting from Ethiopia
I am coming. I am staying with Ginger for a night.
Yippee Debra! So glad you are coming!
I’m coming from Australia. Can’t wait!
I’m gonna be there and I’m so stinkin’ excited!!! I don’t know anyone else who is going except for you so I’m hoping I can hang out with you and your crew for lunch and dinner 🙂
(I’m going to the sessions on fostering and the ones on missional communities and orphan care)
I’m coming from AZ. Part work (World Orphans) and lots of fun!
alice – glad you are going. my crew (kids) will be gone for the weekend! YIPPEE! aaron’s leading worship and i’m leading a team. i hope we can hang. 🙂
I’ll be there, from Gonzales … er … the boonies.
CHristine – Yippee!!!! So glad you are getting to come as well! Look forward to hanging. You bringing your man or coming alone?
I’ll be there. Would love to say hey to you and your fam!
p.s. I promise I didn’t copy the conference design. Just a strange coincidence…
coming with Bec from Australia too… so excited!
I will come to T4A Conf in Austin!
Mattias fron Sweden
My husband & I are going for the first time! Any conference tips for the newbies?
Meghan – HAVE FUN! meet people. talk to people. introduce yourself. ask about their families. have fun! have fun! have fun!
so excited about the conference!!!! Praying we will have our referral before then 😉
I’ll be there!
Mary in Idaho, mom to 10, including 4 from Ethiopia and 2 from Korea
I will be attending/volunteering at the conference. We just started the process in Ethiopia. I hope I get a lot out of it.
I’m coming!!! Hugs.
We’re coming and very excited!
I’ll be there! And I don’t have to go too far since I live in Austin and intern at the Stone 🙂
My friend Caren and I will be there and we live in Austin. Our church partners with the Stone in renting the Village Center (local outreach to the refugee community) and we know of your story through people at your church. We help widowed Burmese refugee mothers earn a living through Hill Country Hill Tribers. I read somewhere the other day that the UN defines orphans as having lost at least one parent, which changed my thinking about many of the children of widows we work with. I’m really excited about the conference both for our work now and in the future when we adopt. I hope to meet you and other great people!
I’ll be there! Coming from Louisville, KY. Can only attend Friday…but am very excited and expectant of what God’s going to do 🙂
We will be there…so excited!! We have 2 biological children, ages 7 and 4. And we are waiting for our referral from Medellin, Colombia.
I’m coming! And I’ve signed up to come to you blogger luncheon. We are foster parents.
I’m a college junior. My hometown is Northern Virginia, but I go to Cedarville University in Ohio. I’ve not adopted yet, but I plan to. Actually, I plan to move to Uganda (Lord willing) after graduation and live there as long as He has me there. Anyway, I’m stoked for the conference (stoked enough to drive 19 hours one way… by myself. haha.) and will be attending the college track. Can’t wait to meet others that have passions similar to mine. (Sorry that this turned into a novella.)
I’ll be there tomorrow!
PS adopting from Ethiopia
Man I wish I was at this. I have been reading the updates at Mary Ostyns site and it seems like this is one thing that I might have needed to see. We have court today or I would have moved heaven and earth to be there. I have a similar family as yours, two bio, two adopted (but one domestic and one from the Bahamas). My son has similar struggles to yours. I cannot tell you how many people have asked me if I have read your blog or if I know you. Apparently, we write a similar story (just a different cast of characters… and I don’t mean that in a wierd way, we are just both outgoing moms that have adopted children who have some struggles and a similar point of view on adoptions, we both write and we both are unashamed Christians, etc. I am sure that is where the similarities end…). I have wanted to touch base for a few months since I started reading your blog. 🙂
I hope you take really good notes and then write them down on your blog so the rest of us can benefit. I am going to this for sure next year.