What if you opened the door of your favorite beach house and discovered nearly 6,000 of your closest friends inside?
That’s a lot like how we felt this weekend.
Meeting you all – (in) real life. It was our second year hosting this upside down conference where women tune into a webcast from home on Friday and on Saturday step through their computer screens and connect with other (in)courage readers and new friends right in their own neighborhoods.
There were 590 meetups in 20 countries.
This remarkable glimpse into the women and hearts and lives and smiles and stories of the (in)courage community awed us!
You. Are. Beautiful.
And many, many, many more than we could possible fit into just one post.
You all? You *are* (in)courage.
Let’s hear that again – You. Are. (in)courage.
And as we read your tweets, watched your comments, scrolled through your photos with lumps in our throats and tears on our cheeks, well in the words of Kristen from Mercy House – this day of world wide meetups? This day of 6,000 women tuning in to encourage each other? This day of social media connecting us across borders, time zones, and past hurts?
This day of Jesus bringing together His daughters in a celebration of community?
This was a day and a moment that only God could sign His name to.
We are humbled. We are exhilarated. And yes, we are already planning for (in)RL 2014!
(in) real life goodies for 25% off through Friday May 10:
In the meantime, you can order the (in)RL 2013 DVD over here (use code: INRL2013 for 25% off through Friday May 10!)
And there are a few other goodies that make great mementos of this weekend and good reminders to keep you (in)couraged to continue pursuing community.
The (in)courage ((together)) necklace also 25% off through Friday May 10 with code INRL2013.
The customizable word cloud prints were a big hit at the meetups – snag one at 25% with code INRL2013 to keep a memory on your wall of this weekend.
The (in)real life totes are Freeset bags, each tote handmade by women of Kolkata, India, and when purchasing these totes, you help to make a difference in bringing real freedom to their lives and to the lives of their families. Global sisterhood!
We love these because they are mementos as well as great conversation starters. Use use code: INRL2013 for 25% off all of them through Friday May 10!
And now we’d love to hear in your own words what (in)RL meant to you. Won’t you leave a comment or link up your stories below? Let’s listen in and continue to learn from and be encouraged by one another.
Have we told you lately how much we love you?
A lot multiplied by 6,000.
Come link up your (in)RL recap posts over here – we’d love to listen in!