This evening I attended a conference created for military wives. It was wonderful. I had hesitated going because I hate fluffy, emotional speakers, and I was scared that this might be something like that. But I asked General Bradshaw and he had a friend who said it was really good and worthwhile and so I went. And I am so glad I did! The evening started with a delicious meal and dessert. There were tables set up for eight, and so we sat and talked and got to know each other while we ate. Once dinner was complete they welcomed us and then had a short time of praise and worship through singing. Next came the first speaker of the evening - Judy Rossi. She spoke on building a strong military marriage - basically just key elements to any good marriage - respect, commitment, support, encouragement, assurance and communication. I enjoyed hearing her ideas and thoughts on how those concepts can be done while your husband is deployed. I hope I never have to use those ideas, however they are stored away in my mind should I ever face that challenge. She also covered attitudes and actions that women can do while their husband is deployed to make it easier on them self. The second speaker was Doris Mincks, the founder of Wives of Warriors. She was widowed a few years ago, and just two weeks ago she remarried. The man she married is her sons wifes father. Which means her daughter in law is now her step daughter and her son is married to his step sister! We all got a good laugh out of that one! Doris spoke on the inevitable changes that military wives go through and how God never changes and He should be our support. She covered a variety of things that change can result in (bad stress, depression, etc.) and ways that those things can be dealt with. The conference is finishing up tomorrow morning, and I am really looking forward to going back! I highly recommend this conference to any military spouse or fiance!! It is excellent.