Forty years ago I (Linda) could never have imagined in my wildest dreams that I would be standing on the stage of the Kent Concert Hall on the Utah State University campus, speaking at Time Out for Women to a sold-out audience about parenting with our beautiful daughter Shawni who is now the mother of five children of her own. As an introduction to our speech I talked about what a thrill it was to be on the same stage where I played my violin in innumerable orchestra and choir concerts as a string education major so many years ago. Alarmed that I said forty years, Shawni reminded me that she was not yet forty and I reminded her that all that happened the year before she was born. Where did all that time go?
I am always amazed at the quality of music and the spoken word at these events. Somehow these dedicated “Time Out” organizers produce about 20 major events every year across the US to sold-out audiences ranging in size from 1400 to 4000. The feeling from the audience is always electric! That many women each hungry with her own reasons for nourishment to her soul, all gathered together at the same time and the same place produces a lot of woman power!
Shawni and I are so blessed to be part of this group of extraordinary people! The Friday night event included speeches by the always-engaging Laurel Christensen and Dean Hughes along with the incredible musical talent of Macy Robison. On Saturday we were inspired by the music of Mercy River and the stunning story of Mariama Kollon, creative Merrilee Boyack, the incomparable Michael Wilcox and the always engaging Emily Freeman.
Wish this was everyone in the picture below, but some took off before we got a chance to “huddle”.
Mariama and her spectacularly beautiful friends always light up the day! Mariama’s heart-wrenching story of tragedy and faith never ceases to inspire us!
The show was run seamlessly by Angela Folsom, a ten-year veteran.
This mom (2nd from the right) gave tickets to TOFW to her daughters and daughters-in-law for Christmas. How fun to see them and myriads of other family units at the event!
Shawni and I were delighted to be there with our oldest daughter/sister Saren and our sister-in-law/ Aunt Karen.