It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been to any writing conferences. And I confess that it was with not a little fear and trepidation that I embarked on my journey to this year’s ACFW conference. But once I was there, it felt like being home again. It’s been 10 years since I joined this organization. I wouldn’t be published today without them. And now I have so very many friends with whom I’ve walked this writing road that when I see them (or meet them!) face-to-face, our conversations go immediately to deeper places. What a joy to encourage and to be encouraged, to hear and to tell what God is doing both in and through us. Those conversations are my favorite part of being with other writers, of connecting with old friends and making new ones. I can’t even name all the people that made this weekend so wonderful, and I didn’t take nearly enough pictures! I’m already looking forward to the next time the Lord will allow us to connect in person.