Thursday, July 2, 2015

across America for the American Heritage Girls Conference w/friends

I keep a birthday letter for each of my kids on my computer and as I was typing out this one it occurred to me that friends might want to see our memory as well, here ya go. 

What an amazing memory we made this year.  Early in 2015, the AHG annual convention was being advertised.  Every 5 years, they include the girls, otherwise, it's just the leaders.  This year they said they would have a special recognition for Level Award winners.  Both of you happened to be earning your Award this year (Kensey Sacajawea and Kay Lewis and Clark). 
Your daddy thought we really should go.  However, it was in Anderson, Indiana at Anderson University.  Over a 1,000 mile drive.  So your dad encouraged me to see if anyone from the troop would want to make a road trip of it.  Our friends said they were up for it. 
It was such an amazing 6 days.  While on the road, we earned our 20th Anniversary patch, finished up our swaps and read, watched movies and listened to Odyssey & a Laura Ingalls Wilder biography.  We also worked on Inspect-a Insect-a badge, Music Appreciation badge and Travel badge.  There were lotsa giggles (the Laffy Taffies were born) and many miles were traded back and forth between Mrs. H and myself, not to mention caffeine. 
At the conference, we learned how to meditate on God's word from Mrs. Dannah Gresh, how to turn scars into God Marks from Linda and Jennifer Barrick, how to stand on God's word no matter the cost from Rifqa Bary and how to be God's girl from Jamie and Cherub Grace. Mrs. Patti Garribay (the founder of AHG) presented your Level Award Recognitions in person, pretty cool.    Swapping swaps, touring the exhibition hall and the birthday party were pretty cool highlights as well.  Girl workshops were a chance for you to hang out with other AHG girls at your level from all over America.  Mrs. H and mom were able to sit in on Leader Workshops where we learned some of the ways we can improve our troop.  We got to sleep in college dorm rooms and get in lotsa steps on the Anderson University campus.  

On our trip, Kay offered to help with the driving the next time we go to conference, in 5 years, She'll be 17 then.  Wow, she'll be able to and I'll be glad to let her.

So thankful for AHG in our lives, what an amazing organization.

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