Over 6,200 moms descended on the Illinois State University campus this past weekend for the Hearts at Home National Conference. Hearts at Home began humbly 19 years ago when one mom, Jill Savage, began meeting with a few women to learn from and encourage one another in their roles as mothers. The National Conference now draws well-recognized speakers and teachers from across the country. This year's keynote speakers included Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar from the popular TLC TV program "19 Kids and Counting" and Dr. Juli Slattery, Family Psychologist at Focus on the Family. A number of workshops were available to help moms with all manner of parenting issues, finances, and relationships.
As one of the vey few men who gets an "insider's view" of the conference, I'm grateful that my wife attends each year. I know my own family benefits from what happens here and I often encourage other husbands to send their wives--it's a great investment!