I had the privilege to attend the national convention, representing Oregon as the 2009 Mother of the Year. It was an inspiring and fun filled three days.
One of the most challenging days for me personally was Friday. That was the day the each state mother gave her three minute speech on the topic: The Home is a Garden: How I Have Reaped What I Have Sown. It was so nice to have the support of family members in the audience! (See a copy of my speech on another area of this blog.)
Saturday evening, the Gala Dinner was especially grand, with a color theme of black and red, beautiful red roses at each table and black table linens. Each participant receive a candy rose made from chocolate kisses and a cut glass heart.
For me, the highlight of the convention was the wonderful women I met and the new friends I made. Karen Schiessl (right) and I even squeezed in a trip to Powell's Books and Deseret Book. Mary Beth Scow (below) is from my home state of Nevada.