I am so pleased to call Jennifer Morris my friend.
She is a darling, Godly gal ad someone who I wish I could know better – alas we live hundreds of miles apart… but that did not stop her from attending the PFM launch party back this spring!  I have asked her to guest post for me and to tell you all about her upcoming event, The Gathering…  I WISH with all my heart that I had been able to say “yes” to her request to guest speak… hopefully next year.  Thankfully the LORD knew how full my plate was going to be at this time when she asked~  I could have never imagined all that has transpired (see previous post!).  But here’s Jennifer… and you can read her other writings on her blog and in PFM.
Bon Weekend – Angela


s’attrouper is the french word for “to gather” (or at least that’s what my handy english/french online dictionary tells me so I hope it’s right!)

Tonight I am writing a guest post for my friend Angela Reed’s blog: Parisienne Farmgirl. I am so honored to have this opportunity and mostly because Angela & her blog are part of what The Gathering is all about.
As many of you know this weekend I am co-hosting with my lovely sister in law an event to remember called The Gathering. This day has been in the works for MONTHS but really the sparks for this type of event started YEARS ago.
As a young mama who has always loved vintage & torn items, as well as getting my hands dirty either in the garden or in the craft supplies, there was never enough time or room on my kitchen table to reconnect with my creative side. As my boys got older I would steal a few moments of the day to work in the flower beds or arts & crafts time to get messy. And as the boys got even older I began to seek out classes or events where I could feed my need for adult conversation and learn a new artistry. I discovered that these types of events were few & far between & usually way out of my budget. I did find a few offered an hour away from my home and I began to attend these classes.
From that time of sweet bliss (the quiet car ride even was medicine for the soul) I unearthed pieces of me that I had forgotten about and never took the time to cultivate. I met AMAZING women who inspired and encouraged me. I began to discover blogs at this time and Angela’s was one of the first that I subscribed to. Her gorgeous home and european influences sparked my forgotten dreams. And her down to earth values and honesty resonated with me. I began to see in her and other women that I can be who I want to be (artist, chef, decorator, well read, etc) at the same time I was mommy 24 hours a day.
The joy and satisfaction I came home with after a day of crafting with friends, or even alone, fueled my desire for more. When my favorite place to take classes quit holding them I truly felt the void. And so my dear sister and I decided instead of traveling once a year to the coast for our creative fill we could host our own for other Midwest gals.
And so here we are…..4 days before the big event……and so very excited. My only disappointment is that I cannot take all of the amazing classes we are offering. We are having fabulous vendors with vintage finds and junk glam wares. Delicious food from a local eatery. A guest speaker on finding your bliss and even a live radio show from Kansas City’s Junk Mafia. If you happen to live anywhere in the Midwest particuarly near Kansas City we would love to see you September 29, 2012 between 9-5 at 2606 Sycamore Court Saint Joseph, MO. It really is a coming together of other creative souls.
I am so thankful to Angela for letting me share my event with you both on her blog and in her magazine and I hope that no matter where you are in life or what your interests may be, that you discover them and embrace them and enjoy them. 
-Jennifer