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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

influence & somethin' about me.

Hello my sweet readers! 

 I hope that each of you had a beautiful Labor Day weekend. And to those who may be visiting from the Influence link-up today, welcome! As I've shared before, in October I am privileged to attend Influence Conference. This conference is a gift from God to me - not just because I'm sure it will be totally encouraging but also because it truly was that: a gift. Early this summer, on May 20th to be exact, I remember praying about going but there was no possible way. On a difficult weekend full of tears and struggling with trusting the Lord for His provision in my life (on many levels, but specifically financially) I received an unexpected e-mail. An e-mail I will never, ever delete. The sender? Annie, one of my sweet bloggy friends. The subject? "Influence Conference Purchase." I looked down at my iPhone as I opened the e-mail, and tears spontaneously began to fall. The message simply read, 

"I'm excited to meet you in October, Erin. This is for you." 

 Yes. She bought me a ticket. And I was completely overwhelmed with thankfulness. 
 You can read more of the story in this post. Because of my precious friend's generous heart and also because of my sweet kindred spirit, L's thoughtfulness and kindness (read her encouraging blog, here) I am going to Influence. Annie and L are two of my roommates, along with the amazing Chelsea (she blogs here) and I am SO counting down the days until this amazing conference! Yeah, it's totes on my phone. See? 
38 days, people! 38 days. (And yes, those are my roommates!)

If you're attending the conference, I cannot wait to see you there, give you a big hug, and get to know you better through reading your blog now. Here are my answers to the link-up's "Get to Know Me" questions.

If you're not attending, please don't feel left out! I pray that you would somehow find fresh encouragement and a sweet reminder through my story - a reminder that our God is big, amazing, and knows our hearts. He answers prayer, He works in unexpected ways, and He has some really, really beautiful daughters who reflect Him in profound and precious ways. I pray you are encouraged to believe in the impossible. To hope for what seems hopeless. And to keep on listening to His whispers. And may you smile as you read along - and maybe get to know me a little better! 

3 "get to know me" things

1 // I love Jesus. I'm grew up as a homeschooled pastor's kid,  a worship leader for ten years, and attended a Christian college & majored in Home Economics-Family & Consumer Sciences. I love ministry, and specifically have a heart to minister to women in the area of purity - chasing a lifestyle of sexual purity in mind, body and spirit - whether single, dating, engaged, or married.

2 //  I grew up on a 350 acre horse ranch in Southern California. People always call me a girly girl. Yet, at heart? I'm just a country farm girl who kinda wishes she had a Southern accent :)

3 // I adore the color pink. Someday, I dream of visiting Prince Edward Island (yes, where "Anne" lived.) I have a big heart for orphans. I love country music. Watching a good game of football with my dad makes me smile. I love red nailpolish. And dancing. 

2 things i'm looking forward to about the conference

1. // The stripe party. Yes, I said it. I love themed parties. And stripes. And big get-togethers where blog friends become real life friends

2. // Meeting and hearing from Casey Wiegand. I love her blog. I love her heart. She's been an inspiration to me this past year - to dream big, take risks, and be myself. Love her!

1 thing i can't leave home without

// TEA. I know that sounds weird. But I seriously take tea bags everywhere I go. I have this little tea pouch my grandma sewed for me & I always have little packages of my favorite tea with me. So, if you see me whip a tea bag out of my purse when we're standing in the coffee line together, you'll know why.

Influence sisters, I can't wait to meet you. 
And to all my sweet readers and blog sisters - I love ya. 



// outfit stats // 

top: Forever 21
shorts: Gap
necklace: Forever 21
watch: Michael Kors
anklet: bought it on a special trip years ago in Athens, Greece
wedges: H&M


  1. Okay, so..

    1. You are gorgeous girl!

    2. I totally wish I was going to Influence! It sounds like it will be amazing! Maybe in the future I'll be able to attend a similar conference. In the mean time, I'll be praying about it :) I know you'll have an amazing time!

  2. I can't wait to hear about the conference! It sounds amazing!


  3. Wow, sounds like such an amazing conference! I am so excited to hear about your experiences and the friends you hang out with and meet. Such a blessing from the Lord that you are going!


    P.S. I love your tea love :)

  4. I want to go to Prince Edward Island also! SO BADLY!!

  5. I wanna go to this conference!! I wanna meet you!! :-)
    I love how you carry tea every where you go. I would do the same. Your gma should make those to sell and call them tea buddies lol
    So I've been wondering, what do you do now for work since you have a degree? Just curious
    Love ya!

  6. a stripe party!?!? How cool and what a fun theme! I can't wait to hear about it and what you ladies learn and how you grow and Christians, bloggers, friends, etc.

  7. That is SO amazing that you get to go to the Influence conference, and what a generous gift! How exciting that you get to go! I'm considering going to Blissdom in the spring, but I'm scared to pull the trigger.

    Absolutely loving that tea pouch - so stinkin adorable, and such a great idea!

  8. Ay yay yay, I carry tea too!

  9. A stripe aprty sounds amazing. I hope you have fun. :) And i share your love for tea, but i think its adorable that you carry around tea with you.

  10. I hope someday I can attend. I have followed the conference for a few years and it seems like such a blessed amazing opportunity! Praying for you while you travel :)

  11. That's so awesome! Yes, the tea pouch is tickety, and your grandmother SHOULD start selling them. Gals would buy them. Do they come in hot cocoa size? ;)

  12. Influence sounds like its going to be a blast! i wish i knew about it earlier and could go. guess i showed up to blogging too late haha. and how awesome that you always have tea with you! that little pouch is adorable! my grandma sewed pillows and quilts instead usually. we keep one of her pillows on our couch all the time.

  13. that little tea pouch is amazing!! love.

    And love that you'll be at influence!!!

    can't wait to meet you!


  14. Beautiful story-God is awesome!! Looking forward to meeting you in person!

  15. That tea pouch is too cute! That would be incredibly useful for me... My tea bags get smashed in my purse & backpack. I'm so excited to hear about influence conference! God is good :)

  16. Oh goodness... Erin Elizabeth you are adorable!!! I will go with you to Prince Edward Island!!! And it too :) What college did you go to that has home ec as a major? I went to Westmont college in Santa Barbara :)Can't wait to meet you!!!

  17. i can't - i just can't. we are going to cry and the entire midwest is going to have to evacuate in fear of the floodwaters.

    i didn't know you grew up on a horse ranch! was it a working one?

    after we go to influence we should plan a trip to PEI together! i've wanted to go there for years!

    reading about how you carry tea made me laugh out loud. love you, friend! i am so excited to finally, finally meet you!

  18. YOU seem soo sweet! Thanks for stopping by and saying "hello"! Your heart for God just shines through your posts. I would love to meet up with you and chat about your heart for orphans and other outreach ideas. Looking forward to seeing you!

    -Michaela :)

  19. I wish I could go sooo badly! But I'm only 17, so I doubt it'll happen. But, even aside from the Conference, I really wish I could meet up with you sometime because you are so sweet, gentle, and pure, and you are an amazing Christian girl. You, like me, base all of your opinions on what the Bible says rather than what society says. I just adore you so much. <3

  20. Aw I'm so glad you're going to Influence! Wish I could be there (and meet you!!) but I'll be on vacay then. Someday we'll get our teatime!

    I take tea everywhere too! and I'm obsessed with red lips as of fun!

  21. I just spent about 10 minutes going through your blog. I adore it. You are such a sweetheart and I am so happy to have found your blog.

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  22. Hi, Erin! That's so great that you'll be at the conference! I look to seeing you there!

  23. Ah this is cute! My favorite tea of all time is Good Earth's Sweet & Spicy! :)

  24. love, love your outfit.

    and when i was really little i told people i lived on a horse ranch because i thought it made me sound fun. and i thought my little pony was my pet. needless to say, i'm JEALOUS that you grew up on a horse ranch!

    can't wait to meet you at the conference!

  25. Hi there, Erin! I cannot wait to say hello at The Influence Conference. ;) What a great story of how your heart was filled up just when you needed it. I love when we get to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Bliss.

    ...and the tea pouch! Just too cool. I love it. Can't wait to see you in a few short weeks.

  26. I'm totally jealous...but that's okay. I hope you have the bestest time EVER!!! :)

    Haha, of course Erin can't leave the house without her tea! It's totally...her. :) Love you so much!!!


  27. I'm so jealous of everybody getting to go. Maybe someday.
    That's an amazing story of how you got there - God is faithful!

  28. Kindred Spirit! "I'm just a country farm girl who kinda wishes she had a Southern accent :)" Same here! My parents picked my first and middle name because they thought it sounded southern but I grew up way up North so I don't have a Southern accent at all. See you at the conference. :)

  29. Kindred Spirit! "I'm just a country farm girl who kinda wishes she had a Southern accent :)" Same here! My parents picked my first and middle name because they thought it sounded southern but I grew up way up North so I don't have a Southern accent at all. See you at the conference. :)

  30. Wow... I am so thankful that you found me blog because now I've found yours and I am in love! Your heart for the Lord and your mission of helpin women seek lives of purity is something so refreshing and special. I can't wait to read more of your beautiful posts and to hear all about your trip to that amazing conference next month! I'm a new GFC followed of yours now, as well! :)


  31. Hey Erin!
    Thanks for coming by Happy Homemaker Me! I love the timing of this post, because I got to know you a little bit pretty quickly through it!

    I also grew up as a homeschooled pastor's kid :) My heart is 100% at home near the ocean, but God is stretching me by bringing me inland where He has called my husband to work as a youth pastor (I'm a Southern California girl, too!).

    I'm pretty sure that anyone who has a love for Anne and a desire to visit PEI someday is a kindred spirit of mine :)

    Blessings to you as you serve God through this blog, and have a *wonderful* time at the conference!!

    ♥ Bethany

  32. We can try to get a southern accent to rub off on you in three days ;) But honestly, I am so grateful that God worked everything together for this conference, for our room, and to get to know you better through this. He is so good!

  33. what fun to get to know you more!! I love your heart for purity ... I used to teach a small group of jr high girls and the bases was purity ... there are not enough people teliing young ladies to take a stance for abstinence it!

  34. Hey, how about a big high five for Annie and God! That's so awesome. I remember you writing about this before. I am so happy for you Erin. It's things like this that make you believe in friendships again.

  35. I can't wait to give you a big loving hug in October! xo

  36. Oooooh I love red nail polish too girl! Can't wait to meet your cute self next month! What an amazing story of generosity and God's hand in providing your ticket to Influence. LOVE LOVE LOVE hearing stories like that. God Bless! ~Bri~

  37. Love all those pictures! You are so pretty!

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  38. Hi There!
    I can't wait to read more of your blog! Thanks for stopping by my mine. I'm following you back from What's Cooking in the Burbs. Have a wonderful Sunday! :)

  39. Thank you for your comments on my blog! I hope you have an incredible time at your conference! The Lord obviously wants you there!!!!

  40. I am PUMPED to meet you!

    Oh... and room with you! :D

  41. Erin!! You are such an inspiration and a blessing and I PRAISE GOD that He instilled in your friend to buy you a ticket! I can't wait to meet you! 2 1/2 weeks!!


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