I was anxious about leaving my boys for the weekend as we haven't been apart since Aaron passed away. My sister in law Steph took their kids up to Sydney to spend some time with her family before TOFW, so my brother Eden was home on his own for a week or so. I had asked a while ago if he would be able to look after the boys, but expected he would be home looking after his own kids as well.
I felt bad that he was going to be having a quiet weekend and was then going to be lumped with my boys, but he said he was looking forward to having them and they were really excited that they were going to have a boys weekend with Uncle Eden. They were all a bit sad and teary when I left them which made me sad, but I knew they would be okay and would end up having a lot of fun.
We were excited to see lots of friends when we got to the airport, who were also going to TOFW.
It was nice to have my sister in law Becky come this time.
Carol had made up some cute little packs for her travelling buddies.
It was so nice to have my sister Nicki come this time as well. We met her and my brother Chrish at the Sydney airport and headed out to Sydney Olympic Park first which is where the TOFW event was being held. Since writing regularly for TOFW for a little while, I had gotten to know the lovely ladies who work for TOFW in Salt Lake City, Utah. We knew it would be a busy day on Saturday when the event was on, so we organised to have a quick catch up the day before while they were setting up. It was so nice to see them.
We christened the photo booth that was going to be used by the thousands of women streaming through the door the next day.
The sun was setting while we were on the ferry and it was so beautiful.
We hardly got any sleep as we were buzzing after seeing Pink, but we had to be at Sydney Olympic Park at 7am for a 'team meeting'. Nicki, Mum and I had volunteered to be 'team members' for TOFW which meant we helped to promote the event and helped out on the day. I put my hand up to be the official photographer so I think I had the best job of the day!
Brad Wilcox is an amazing speaker and I absolutely loved it when he got a beautiful girl up on stage with him. She has Down Syndrome and was such a beautiful person. She was so happy to be there.
It was so good to be around 2350 women who believe the same as I do, and who were just as excited to be there as I was. It was so strange but cool to have so many women come up to me to tell me that they read my blog or follow me on instagram, and wanted to let me know that they always keep me in their thoughts and prayers. I actually felt a little bit famous with people wanting to get photos together! It means so much to know that so many people care so much. Thank you if you came up and said hello! It was lovely to meet you all.
It was so good to be able to catch up with old friends I grew up with, and who I haven't seen for many years.
It was also lovely to see my cousins and Aunty from Queensland.
The service project this year was to bring along food items to donate to a local food bank. Mum helped out on the service project at lunch time, packing up the food items in bags.
It was also incredible to watch another interpreter sign on a ladies hands the whole time as she was blind as well as having a hearing impairment.