One year ago, I was a sad puppy, and I sat at home watching (with my sad puppy eyes) all my favorite bloggers attend Haven. I promised myself that I would make it there next year no matter what.
Well, I wasn’t expecting to be pregnant. And I sure as shootin’ wasn’t expecting to be on bedrest.
On New Year’s Day, I camped out on my computer, and made sure to snatch up my conference ticket and book my hotel.
Four months later, I got the best surprise of my life. Two weeks ago, I had some rough times. Pregnancy is different for every lady. I’ve had all kinds of things from severe cramping, to continued throwing up (even past the first trimester), to throwing up blood.
Going to Haven was down to the wire. I needed to take care of myself and this baby. Could I do that at a blog conference? I wasn’t sure until the night before. Aaron insisted that I go, even if I didn’t leave the hotel room. I needed to leave the house. Why? Because breathing drywall dust from sanding mud, and trying to rest in a construction zone isn’t the most zen-ful activity. My mom came with to take care of me and make sure I didn’t over-do it.
Thursday morning we flew to Atlanta. And boy, were our arms tired! (insert cheezy joke drum sequence followed by symbol)
Checked in, and THIS was on my tv. I felt like a star.
Along with a super fancy room, of course.
That night, I got to go out with my dear friend Tracie from Middle Class Modern. She took me out for an authentic Atlanta experience.
She is so gracious, good-humored, and absolutely charming to be around!
Friday morning I woke up, fully ready to be a Haven Maven to the max. But……. I got sick. So much. There was no way I could make it down to where all the fellow Mavens were. So I sat on Instagram, looking at everyone’s Haven pictures, feeling left out and bummed. ESPECIALLY since I was so close.
That afternoon I finally felt up to going to some classes. I learned so much and was able to start talking to so many people! But that night, when everyone was cocktailing it up, I was back in my room, eating my Jason’s Deli potato.
But Saturday was a good day. I was able to go to classes from every block. Which to me, was an accomplishment. NO BARF! I figured I would celebrate by taking a baby-bump mirror picture.
Bloggers are amazing. There is something so magical about meeting them in person. I was able to connect with Mandi from Vintage Revivals a little more. She and my older sister know each other. We went to the same elementary school, middle school, and high school. We hail from the same hood. So that was fun to discover.
One of the very best parts was hanging out with Beth from Sawdust and Embryos. I LOVE her. She was the very first blog I started reading. When she reached out and started talking to me, I would get heart palpitations. She is now one of my really close friends, and I’m incredibly grateful for her friendship. Meeting her in real life was the icing on the cake.
My mum is hands down the most amazing lady. It meant so much for me that she would tag along to make sure I behaved myself.
Before we left, I got to have breakfast with one last blogger friend from Georgia. Bethany from The Sepia Puppy. She is so genuine and lovable. It was wonderful.
You guys. I love blogging. It’s such a creative outlet for me. It’s therapy. It’s seen me through some really tough times. I enjoy putting my time and effort into it. But the very very very best thing that I have received from blogging is relationships. I have made some deep and lasting friendships with other bloggers and readers. It’s such a great platform for finding people with similar interests. Bloggers are real people. They aren’t actors. And when you get us all in one place, it is magic. Even though I spent a good portion of Haven in front of the toilet and laying on the bed watching HGTV, I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything in the world.
And if you follow my facebook page, you know that there were some CRAZY things happening at the house while I was out of town. And this week is just about to get crazier.
Thursday-Monday come the cabinet installers.
Saturday comes the tree removal company (which includes a crane, and permits to close our street)
Monday-Tuesday come the roofers.
Tuesday comes the counter top templater.
Wednesday comes the slab of counter.
I hope you’re ready for some juicy juicy juicy posts!