TOFW | Oklahoma City

I was so thrilled to have the opportunity to perform in Oklahoma City with Time Out for Women a couple of weeks ago.  I've never been there, and though I was only going to be in town for less than 24 hours, I was hoping to get a chance to see a little bit of the town and what it is like. The delightful lady who picked me up at the airport was kind enough to stop off at the Oklahoma City bombing memorial on our way to the hotel. I've always wanted to see it, and I brought my camera just in case I had time to go over there.

I'm so glad I did.  It was amazing.

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(To learn about the symbolism behind the outdoor portion of the Oklahoma City Memorial, you can read more at the official memorial website.

And my friend and accompanist Whitney Johnson wrote a beautiful post about her experience at the memorial that really got me thinking. Take a minute and read it.)

Oklahoma City was delightful. I was able to perform on Friday night with Virginia Hinckley Pierce and Emily Watts. They are both so brilliant, and it is such a blessing to be there and hear the presentations and learn from these amazing people. I was really excited to get to see a lot of the Saturday presenters on Friday night as well.  I needed to get home on Saturday morning, so I didn't get to hear everyone's presentations, but it was so fun to see Mary Ellen Edmunds, Hilary Weeks, Mariama Kallon, Michael Wilcox, and Wendy Ulrich there in the audience. And I was really excited to meet Linda Eyre and Shawni Eyre Pothier.  I've read the Eyre's books for years and follow Shawni's blog. And because of them, I actually got a photo of myself at an event! (And Linda wrote a blog post about the event as well.)

And it was such fun to meet everyone in the audience - a friend from my home ward I hadn't seen in years was in the audience, one of my friends from Boston was there with her family, and I got to meet some of Super Kimmie's family as well. As always, I'm so humbled to meet the women who attend these events. Everyone is so kind, and I'm so honored to have the chance to meet these women and hear their stories.

One more event this spring! Here I come, Pocatello! I think the last time I was in Pocatello was for Young Ambassadors tour in 1993. I have a vague memory, and may possibly have a photograph of my friend Ryan trying on all the wigs in the show backstage...I need to start digging through scrapbooks for that one.