Monday Musings – DC Adventures

About a month ago, I was invited to speak at the “Road to Majority” conference put on by the Faith and Freedom Coalition which was started by Ralph Reed as a conservative organization promoting conservative values and morals.

This past weekend, I packed my bags and headed up to Washington DC!

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Thankfully, my hotel was covered, so I brought along my mom and 2 of my sisters so they could explore the city while I was attending the conference! 3:00 am on Thursday came way too quickly, but I pulled myself out of bed, made a pot of coffee, and finished getting ready. We left home around 5:00 am and enjoyed a beautiful drive!

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We arrived to the stunning JW Marriott…

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After checking in, I quickly headed over to the Ronald Reagan building to attend a luncheon!

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Several senators addressed us at lunch!

Rand Paul sat at my table for about 5 minutes while waiting to speak…

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Marco Rubio spoke as well…

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After lunch, we all hopped on a bus and headed over to Capital Hill to speak with our respective congressmen and senators. When I was riding the elevator up to lunch, I heard a lady beside me talking about North Carolina, so I asked her what part of NC she was from, and we hit it off. We ended up sitting together at lunch and then we pranced around Capital Hill together! She knew several of the congressmen personally, unfortunately, they weren’t in the office, but we dropped by and left messages!

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After vising several offices, we headed down to a reception with several more congressmen and senators!

I couldn’t help snapping a few more pictures of this beautiful building!

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Oh, I also ran into the back of John McCain…

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At the reception, Senator Ted Cruz spoke

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I also had the incredible privilege of meeting and chatting with Congressman Trent Franks of Arizona. He is championing pro-life bills and writing pro-life legislation. While chatting with him, I told him about some of the pro-life work I had done at Liberty while I was there. He gave me his business card and said to contact him!! One of the highlights of my weekend!

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After the reception, I ate dinner with a few friends and then we headed to an after hours social with some more incredible speakers!! While there, I got to meet Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee and others!

The next day, I was up early to grab some coffee and gather my thoughts before the day began! Then I settled in for the morning to hear from an all-star line up of speakers including…

Michele Bachmann

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Jeb Bush

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Paul Ryan

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I managed to snag a picture with Paul Ryan!

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After lunch, it was time to meet up with Johnnie Moore (from Liberty University) and the other panelists. Our topic was “Winning the next generation”. We briefly discussed the flow of the panel. There were four of us on the panel, and once we got situated in the room, Johnnie began the discussion. He lead the panel in such a way that I felt like I was having a conversation with friends, instead of addressing strangers. I was very pleased with how the panel turned out and am honored to have been a part of it.

Then, I quickly headed up to my room to change for a gala where Donald Trump was our guest speaker!

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It was Donald’s birthday, so he addressed the dinner guests, and then headed out, but Sandi Patti was there and serenaded us with the voice of an angel. Pat Robertson was there and received a lifetime achievement award!

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Some of my new friends

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We headed out to explore DC by the glow of the lights

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I don’t think the architecture could be any more lovely!

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A great time was had by all!

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The next morning was yet another all-star line up of speakers!

Governor Rick Perry

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Herman Cain

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Sarah Palin

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Wow! What an absolutely fabulous weekend!

I want to make one quick point! Even though I had the opportunity to meet and interact with some political leaders of the world, they are just people. One of the things I always tell myself is – “How do they put their pants on in the morning? One leg at a time – just like me!” The point being, even though they have big titles, big bank accounts, and big jobs, at the end of the day, they are just people. The ground is level at the foot of the cross!!

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