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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: In-Law(s) (05/08/08)

TITLE: Three and Me- The WOF Adventure
By Annora Williams
05/14/08


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I had never heard of Women of Faith- also known as WOF- until a few years ago when my mother-in-law invited me to attend a conference with her in South Carolina. We were to be joined by her sister and her other daughter-in-law. At first glance this may seem like an ordinary girls’ weekend but there was more to it.

You see, besides the fellowship, prayers, songs, and presentations by the ladies of WOF, this was to be a weekend of connections. I had seen my mother-in-law only a few times in the ten years I had been married to her son and most of those had been within a year of this ground breaking invitation. I had just recently met the other daughter-in-law so I barely knew her, and I had never met my husband’s aunt. This adventure was to be a “getting to know you” quest and I was the one who knew the least about my companions and whom they knew the least about.

To say I was apprehensive would be a gross understatement. As I drove out to meet my cohorts for the weekend, I was filled with anxiety. I couldn’t help but wonder what I had gotten myself into. I was nervous about fitting in, being liked, finding common ground and the conference itself both intrigued me and frightened me. I was also excited about just being included in such a trip. And so I drove on to see what would transpire, both with trepidation and excitement.

Once we met up and began our trek from Georgia to Charleston, my nervousness grew. I did not join much in the conversation but was more of an observer. The other three knew each other and therefore already had some stories and memories. I felt somewhat like an interloper; someone who had stumbled into a private party. As the miles passed, I slowly began to loosen up and topics came up that I could add tidbits to and my worry eased some.

Over the next two days, we attended various sessions, heard different speakers, saw some of the city and started to connect more with each other. Or at least I was no longer feeling as much like an outsider. I soaked up the warmth and grace around me and began to feel more comfortable in my surroundings and with my companions. I listened to the speakers and felt moved by some of the stories. I was looking at things differently. I felt more connected with myself, my companions and my faith.

Despite my earlier worries, the weekend turned out to be both fun and fulfilling. On some level I had connected with these three women from my husband’s family and had gotten to know them a little better. I am thankful for the invitation that gave me the opportunity to share something special with those three women. Although today those bonds are a bit shaky we did create a few good memories together.

I am also grateful to my mother-in-law for introducing me to Women of Faith. I have since been to a couple more conferences and I have enjoyed reading several books written by the speakers. That conference opened the door to my own involvement in the church that I had simply been attending before, and pushed me to look closer at myself and my faith.

Maybe it’s time to make another road trip together to WOF to build those bridges back and mend some fences. I know I’m game. Anyone else?


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Fiona Dorothy Stevenson05/16/08
A very good time and place to make connections and get to know seldom met family members. Thank you and God bless you.
Joshua Janoski05/16/08
I appreicate you sharing your story. That is great that you were able to not only get to know your mother-in-law better, but you also foudn otu about Women of Faith in the process.

I saw a few commas missing in spots, but I only bring that up to make you aware in case you didn't notice. Very minor thing that didn't detract from the story at all.

Thank you for sharing your story. I hope that you can continue to grow the bond between you and your extended family. :)
Joshua Janoski05/16/08
Oops looks like my last comment had some typos in it. I guess I better proofread my comments better huh? Sorry about that. :)
James Dixon05/20/08
Thanks for sharing this personal story.

I think it would have been more immediate if you let us walk in your shoes and saw it through your eyes- I would have liked to have seen and heard what your experienced.
Joanne Sher 05/23/08
Congratulations, Annnora, on placing ninth in your level with this piece. Great job!