The reason I didn’t have a blog for you all last Friday was because I was in Austin, celebrating my two year anniversary with my husband! We chose Austin because there was a conference being held that both of us really wanted to go to, Idea Camp: Human Care. (We also went to Austin for BBQ. And Tex-Mex. And Donuts.)
It was a great time to reflect on the last two years and where we’ve come from, what we’ve learned. But Idea Camp, for us, was to help clarify the future. Where do we go from here? We met in Africa in 2009, and were both working for non-profits. We have a very fun story, great for parties. But sometimes, I feel a little embarrassed to tell it because people look at us expectantly, their eyes saying, “So…what are you doing now?” And I’m always afraid that our answer to that question isn’t enough – it doesn’t quite live up to the way our marriage began.
We went to Idea Camp hoping to get a little direction about the next steps for us here in Denver. Our church provides so many different ministries to be involved with, as does my work, and we are trying to figure out where to focus our attention as a couple. Adoptive families? Foster parents? Single moms? Refugee families? Addiction? Homelessness? What will our legacy be? Where do our giftings lie? (P.S. “Giftings” is such a Christian word that spell check doesn’t even recognize it.)
Anyway, I thought I would share with you some big takeaways from the conference. There was SO MUCH good discussion, follow the hashtag to see more of it. But it was inspiring to listen to people ask difficult questions and enter into difficult conversation. I saw someone sum it up by saying, “Idea Camp was about little egos and big burdens.” And it’s true. Caring for one another means thinking about ourselves less and carrying the load for our neighbors when they can no longer handle the weight.
Below are my favorite comments from other people that I tweeted. I’m not organized enough for notes, but I sure can tweet, :). If you want more detail about any of them, leave me a comment and I would be happy to respond!