Asheville, NC – Not all souvenirs sit on a shelf!

At the end of this week, I will be loading my daughter into my car and making the trek from Pensacola to Asheville, North Carolina for the Type A Mom Conference.  A few months ago, I dreamed about heading to Asheville for the Type A Mom Conference.  I am excited to meet some of my imaginary friends (as my husband puts it!), get the answers to some of the questions that I have about blogging, but most importantly today I am dreaming of visiting a town that is almost as important to me as my family.

About eight years ago, my husband and I decided that we were ready to start a family.  We had a few years of marriage, lots of travels and two great jobs under our belt.  One year later, we found ourselves stressed out, making doctor’s appointments, and just generally unhappy. 

Friends of ours were heading up to Asheville to relax in a cabin and invited us along.  We didn’t hesitate for a second imagining that this would be the perfect medicine to our sadness and stress.  We spent four marvelous days hiking to waterfalls, wine tasting at the Biltmore, reading books and just reconnecting. 

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Every place we have been is a colored-in state or country on our map and holds amazing memories of delicious food, gorgeous sites, and family bonding.  Asheville is not just one of the many destinations we have colored in on a map.  Six weeks later, our infertility appointment turned into a pregnancy confirmation.   

To me, Asheville is a symbol of hope, love, and family. 

A little under seven years later, I am excited to return to Asheville with my youngest child but sad that my husband and son won’t be making this trip with me.  I am excited to return to that same winery at the Biltmore to stock up on our favorite Pinot Grigio and let my daughter run around the grounds.  I am looking forward to exploring downtown Asheville.  I want to walk hand in hand with my daughter, celebrate the love our family has for each other, and make new memories in Asheville.

If you are going to the Type A Mom conference, drop me a note so I can be on the lookout for you!

Comments

  1. 1

    That is a wonderful story of love… and a pretty great souvenir. I hope to catch up with you this weekend.

  2. 2

    I WILL spend more time with you this weekend! I’m glad we met last week at Travel Blogger 10 but sad we didn’t really have time to connect!

  3. 3

    I’m not going to the conference, but I just wanted to say how beautiful I think this post is. Thanks for sharing it with all of us.

  4. 4

    I’m headed to Type A Mom ….. and am so glad it’s in my backyard! {I live 20 miles away}. My friend Jenny and I are throwing a “Mystery Meet Up” on Saturday afternoon. There will be snacks & surprises of all kind. I’ve posted the invite {witha tag of #typeamom} … we’d love for you to join us!

  5. 5

    What an awesome story! My husband and I met each other while I was working at a camp in the Asheville area, so it is a speical place for me as well. Hope to see you this weekend.

  6. 6

    What a fabulous story!! I look forward to meeting you and your little miracle this week!

  7. 7

    Asheville certainly is a magical place. So glad that you get to return. The Type-A Mom conference will surely add more magic memories for you. Hope to get a chance to say hello!

  8. 8

    Sweet story. I hope you have fun at Type-A. Can’t wait to hear the report.