Conference Weekend in Port Townsend


Last weekend I got to enjoy watching General Conference all by myself in a little motel in Port Townsend. I was feeling really stressed after a few sleepless nights with a sick Mason, so Ryan suggested I go have some me time. This would be my only chance to get away before I have the boys to myself for two weeks while he’s off at a work training, so I booked a last minute room and headed out on my little adventure!


My room was definitely nothing fancy, but it gave me some alone time to be able to hear myself think. That’s all I needed. I enjoyed listening and receiving guidance from the Spirit. One impression that stood out to me was that I needed to change the way I blog. I love blogging to document our family stories, but occasionally I get sucked into the concept of trying to make it a job and earn money from it. I felt specifically that I needed to provide for the spiritual needs of my family, and the Lord would provide the rest. For that impression, I am very grateful.


My stay in Port Townsend wasn’t your typical dreamy day on the beach – the whole town was covered in a heavy layer of fog. I took a walk along the beach and the fog was so thick I couldn’t see the waterline! It was kind of spooky and cool.


Even though it was foggy, I took several walks and enjoyed being out and about going for a mini adventure on my own. Safeway was a 15 minute walk from my hotel, so I enjoyed walking there to get groceries and lunch. I ordered a “big grilled cheese,” which was basically a heart attack on bread. The first few bites were sooooo good, then I suffered through the rest. I should have asked them to hold the bacon.


While I was gone, Ryan took the boys on a little adventure of their own.


After 24 hours by myself, I felt desperately homesick. Sleeping alone in a strange place was a little scary, and I missed my warm cozy bed. I missed my loud boys, and I realized that home noise is way better than the noise of strangers. I could hear a baby crying in the room next door, and it made me long to hold my own babies. I was supposed to stay for two nights, but I ended up cutting it short and driving home to my family. It felt so good to be reunited, even after a short time away.

The next day, we all lounged on the couches and watched the Sunday sessions of Conference together.

Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God; Doctrine & Covenants 88:119
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