After I attended the Edel Gathering last year, I came home and shared how I felt like the shy girl surrounded by over 200 of her best girlfriends, many of whom were her blogging heroes. So many beautiful women, connected by a sense of community grounded in faith and the beauty of womanhood, touched my heart that weekend and invigorated my soul to face the everyday drudgery that often plagues me. The weekend of fellowship, heartfelt connection, and laughter was a balm that would never be replicated.
I was right. It couldn’t be replicated. As it turns out, though, it could be improved upon. The reunion with old friends and the genesis of new friendships made this year’s experience more enriching than the last. Color me stunned.