Yesterday, Ted, Chase and I attended a “mckgathering” at Focus on the Family, where we met Jenniger Mckinney aka MckMama and her husband Isreal. I’ve been following her blog since I was about 3 months pregnant and it was so nice to meet this amazing, inspirational woman. She, and her family of (almost) 7 have walked through a lot. Her perseverance alone inspires many, including me. She also inspires me as a mother and a blogger.
There was a Q & A time as well where they answered questions about blogging, their family, where God is leading them, etc. The thing I loved the most was how real they were about their life and hearing of how she began blogging and why.
Some of you know of her and follow her blog. So what is MckMama like face to face? She was very personable and I could tell she cared about meeting us. During the q & a time, she was so real, honest and raw about their lives, their family and their struggles. I know if we lived close, we would be friends.
In fact, I felt like I had finally met my friend, because I knew so much about her through her blog!
Now I know what it is like for our friends (who we know personally) that read our blog but that have never met Chase. A few of them have met him after reading all about our journey of pregnancy, his delivery, etc and have told me they felt like they knew him personally. That was how I felt when I met Jennifer.
We weren’t able to stay for the hangout and tour of Focus on the Family afterwards, but we were able to be apart of the group photo which you can see here. We are on the far left, 3-4ish people in. I am not looking, but Ted is. Hopefully I will be able to get that photo for memories sake.
I am SO grateful for the opportunity to meet her, but if it weren’t for Ted I never would have!
I didn’t have the courage to do it alone. Silly, I know…but if you know me, you know how I can be :) When I first told him about the “mckgathering” he told me we should go because he knew she was an inspiration to me. He said if he has an opportunity to meet someone who inspired him in photography or blogging, he would definitely do so. He encouraged me and even took the day off to make it a family outing!
And, Chase did awesome! There were many mothers with their kiddos, so Chase was entertained just watching them run around. Okay, just wanted to share!
The Mckinneys are in incredible family, if you’re interested, please check out their site and read the amazing story of their son Stellan!