My husband and I headed to the first Parents For Liberty conference after a late night drive to Austin from Dallas and a horrible night's sleep in our hotel room. Despite our excitement for the event, getting out of bed was difficult that morning. Thankfully the event location was easy to find, right off the highway, and had signs directing us to parking and the entrance. We were greeted at will-call by Justin, Jessica and their family with smiles and hugs. Their excitement was infectious; the atmosphere very welcoming. Coffee and breakfast were provided, which was infinitely superior to the free breakfast offered at the hotel. We entered the event room to find an intimate setting with round tables set just feet from the stage. At each setting was placed a copy of "Are We Good Enough for Liberty?" and "Great Myths of The Great Depression", graciously provided by FEE, as well as a program and pen for taking notes. We mingled with the other guests, perused the materials, and settled in to our seats, ready for the presentations to begin. I admit, I was a bit worried about my ability to focus through the entire day considering what little sleep I got the night before. That worry was quickly put to rest as Max Borders, author of Superwealth, began the series of invigorating and enlightening presentations.
thought-provoking, mind-stretching presentations each ended with a
question and answer session, and were balanced with timely breaks for
meals and personal discussions. The speakers were seated in the audience
as well, and very approachable during breaks. I was so pleased to talk
more with John Bush about his presentation, as well as meet Dr. Mary
Ruwart who signed my copy of Healing Our World. By the time featured
speaker Michael Strong took the stage, I could hardly believe the day
had passed so quickly and energies were still so high. Keynote speaker
Dr. Larry Reed spoke on courage, leaving me with renewed conviction in
how to conduct my life and also in how to raise my children. The event
ended with heartfelt thanks from Justin and a song sung by Jessica which
left the audience in tears.
We left having forged new
friendships and with contacts and continuing conversations with the
speakers. My only regret is that we couldn't stay longer. My sincerest
thanks to the Arman family for creating Parents For Liberty and for
putting together this event which brought an amazing line-up of speakers
together with an audience of truly fabulous people. Each and every
speaker was inspiring; the event provided us with an energy to go out
and make great things happen.