Saturday, September 19, 2009

Conference Wasn't Meant For Me

Jenn here. When I first made the decision that I wouldn't attend the ACFW Conference this year, I wavered, wondering if I was making the right decision. It's so tempting to cast aside the reasons for staying and go anyway. Now that the time is here, I know I made the right decision, and it had nothing to do with writing.

All week my daughter and I have been struggling with a cold. On Thursday my sister had her first baby. I had planned to throw her a baby shower this Saturday, but little Sara came a few weeks early, in perfect health at 7 lbs and 12 oz. I couldn't make it to the shower I'm supposed to be hosting, and I haven't been able to see my little niece.

This morning my daughter woke with a fever and it spiked in minutes. With her history of seizures, we always have to be careful. Her daddy took her to the doctor and the diagnosis is Swine Flu. The doctor thought I probably have it as well since I have all the symptoms except a fever. Can you imagine if I had gone to the conference? I could have inadvertently infected dozens of people.

While I made the decision to stay home for a different reason, it turns out that I have my affirmation in knowing I made the right decision. Sometimes we feel led to do things that don't make sense at the time, but later come to understand when the time is right. I plan to nurse my daughter and I through this, catch up on some much needed sleep, and work on my revisions during energy spurts. In the meantime, this Taylor household is under quarantine.


  1. Jenn,
    Praying that your family heals quickly!! Take care, girl.

    And yes, God does work in ways that we don't understand. I also had affirmation that I was supposed to be here.

    I love God and His wisdom.

  2. I am so sorry to hear that you and your daughter are sick and pray that you get over it soon. And thanks for the lesson to listen to those voices and gut feelings about making decisions when they go against what we want to do. God does have his reasons, even if we don't get it at the time.

  3. Hello Jenny, I'm praying along with you and your family and do hope that you recover very quickly...

    Just wanted to comment that you have spoken with such faith (sounded like your lifestyle in fact) and it is really encouraging.

    God bless you


  4. We so missed you, Jenn, but I am glad you had the peace to make the decision you did. We'll be so much closer next year in Indianapolis :-)

    Get well,

  5. Jenn, I'm so sorry you and your daughter are sick! We missed you at conference but God knows where He needs us to be. I'll be praying that you and your daughter are healed quickly!

  6. they would not be for me either, I can't take a crowd of people but I don't have to worry about it because I am not a writter LOL


  7. Oh, Jenn, I hope you're both up and about soon!! I'm so sorry you're sick. We missed you.

  8. I appreciate everyone's prayers. We got my daughter to the doctor in time for her to get the Tamiflu and her fever has come down considerably, but she still has a low-grade fever. I plan to be home with her the next two days. I'm starting to feel a little better as well. My head isn't hurting as much this morning as last night.

  9. Jenn, I'm glad you're both doing better.

  10. Amy and Bola, We're so glad you stopped by!

  11. Edna, the crowds can be overwhelming. Especially when a lot of writers are introverts! :)