As you all know, I started writing for the Tommy Nelson blog earlier this year - and last week Tommy Nelson flew all of the ladies who write for their blog out for a meet up! I have never done anything like this before, and it was so exciting! Here are some of the things we did.
On Thursday they flew us in, and we got to meet Tommy Nelson's amazing marketing team - the ladies we work with regularly, and who planned this wonderful trip!
(They had these goodie bags waiting for us in our rooms - I felt like a VIP!)
We settled in the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Resort - and I just have to say, it was beautiful. The rooms were spacious, and out room had a balcony that overlooked one of their three gardens!
Before dinner, we took a boat ride through the river system that runs through the gardens - it was so cool. Then we went out to eat and it was so neat to meet the other bloggers in person!
On Friday we went to the Thomas Nelson offices and had meetings, and we got to meet so many people from the Tommy Nelson team. I was just so impressed and encouraged to hear everyone's heart for reaching kids for Jesus through the books they publish, and it left me even more honored to be able to work with this company.
(All of us with the Tommy Nelson team!)
We went out to Puckett's Grocery for dinner that night.
(Me with my roommate, Whitney from Rambles Of A SAHM.)
Then we walked around Broadway - we did not go into any of the honky tonks, but as we were walking past I could hear the live music in each one. It was quite the experience! Then we went to a boot place that had an amazing deal on cowboy boots. Derek has been wanting a new pair for a long time, so I got him a pair, and I couldn't resist getting myself some too.
(See, the turquoise on my boots? I couldn't pass that up.)
(Gorgeous night in Nashville.)
On Saturday we went out to breakfast at the Loveless Cafe! The biscuits were so good. I don't think I've ever tasted a biscuit like that. I'm serious.
(They had these custom Tommy Mommy Meetup t-shirts made for us! That is my Twitter and Instagram handle on the back!)
(All of us at breakfast.)
We went shopping at the Opryland Mills that afternoon, and then Johnny Rocket's for dinner!
(Sporting my new boots.)
After dinner we went to the Grand Ole Opry to see a show! I am definitely a country music fan, so I really enjoyed the artists!
At intermission a lady came up to our rows and had us follow her, and we found out that we were getting a backstage tour! We got to see the back entrance where the stars enter, the dressing rooms, and the green room.
(That guy on the left in this picture is Jonathan Jackson, one of the stars of the show "Nashville".)
We watched a song from the side of the stage - it was so cool!
Then we got back to our seats, and Vince Gill came on! It was so cool to see him perform!
The whole Grand Ole Opry experience was so cool, a once in a lifetime thing!
We went back to the hotel and I had to get a picture with my roomy, Whitney. She was so fun to hang out with on this trip, and we actually have a lot in common! We stayed up way too late on Saturday night talking - I was so glad I got to room with her!
The next day we flew back home. I was excited about getting to see my kiddos again, but sorry to see the trip end - everyone at Tommy Nelson made us feel so special and planned everything so well! I am proud to be a part of this group!
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