I am married to an amazing man! I truly am! He's always been amazing, but there are certain times when he goes above and beyond his normal "amazingness" to really blow me away. This was one of those times!
At the end of August, my across-the-street neighbor, Melanie (and her family), pulled out of the driveway one last time as they trekked across the country to settle in Montana. The day they left, I'm pretty sure a piece of my heart left with them. Our boys played together almost daily, and Melanie had very quickly become a close, meaningful part of my daily life. We were all SUPER sad to see them go, but none more sad than me.
Fast forward about a month. Melanie had plans to go to Salt Lake City for a few days to attend the doTerra Essential Oils Conference. Missing Mel, and being new into the "oil biz", I really wanted to be in Salt Lake. On Wednesday afternoon, Melanie texted Darron and told him he should surprise me and put me on a plane to meet her (and her good friend from AK, Sara....whom I had just met) in Salt Lake.
Enter my AMAZING husband. He worked all afternoon, between meetings with clients, and found me a ticket to the SOLD OUT doTerra convention, bought me a plane ticket using air miles, and arranged everything with Mel (in Montana).
I was in the kitchen cooking dinner when Darron came home from work. He walked over and gave me a big hug. With his arms wrapped around me, he told me I would be getting on a plane at 8 a.m. the next morning for Salt Lake. What??? I was in shock!! I immediately started crying. The most giving and surprising part of this plan??? I would be gone until Sunday evening....Darron's birthday was on Saturday! That's right....he had arranged for ME to be out of town with girlfriends on HIS birthday. I was speechless. And overwhelmed. And grateful. And excited. And a tad bit nervous about spending four days with a new friend and an even newer friend!
The trip was everything I thought it would be and more. Although I didn't get to spend a lot of time with Melanie before she moved (we didn't really get to know each other until a few weeks before they left), I couldn't have asked for a more fun, relaxing, informative trip. Mel and Sara and SO FUN to be with. I never once felt like a third-wheel or out of place. We attended the convention during the day, and had relaxing, enjoyable dinners at night.
We walked everywhere, of course. It had gotten really late one night as we were walking back to the hotel and we were so tired. These little bike taxis were everywhere so we treated ourselves to a ride home. It was so fun! After almost running over some pedestrians, we learned it was our drivers first night! Ha, ha! Of course it was!
The wild side of these two...riding pigs! I think we had been sitting in a conference center too long at this point!!
So blessed by the friendships of these two beautiful ladies!
On Saturday, just across from our hotel, a GREAT Saturday market was spread out. We decided to buy some local yummies for our dinner that night. We enjoyed a beautiful Saturday night eating a quiet, delicious dinner from our hotel balcony. Pure bliss!
The conference itself was incredible. I learned SO MUCH and I'm in love with this company and the way the oils are helping my family stay healthy. And I'm super thankful to Sara and Mel for answering my thousands of questions and really getting me "in the know"!
Sadly, Sara and Mel both left Salt Lake Sunday morning, but my flight wasn't scheduled to leave until Monday. I was planning to enjoy a day to myself laying out at the hotel pool, but of course it poured down rain on Sunday....and Sunday only!! So what's a girl to do other than get a manicure, a new haircut, shop, eat, and have dessert in bed? :)
I am so thankful for this trip. So thankful to learn more about using oils for the health of my family. So incredibly thankful for the time to bond with my dear friend Melanie, and add a new friend Sara to my life. So thankful for the memories made. And so beyond thankful for a selfless husband who chooses to love me in ways that I can't even comprehend.
doTerra Convention in Salt Lake City for 2015 is already booked and THIS girl can't wait!