Wednesday, January 18, 2012

DUGGAR MANIA!!!!!!!!!!!!

And while a few weeks have already passed, I am still totally stoked about it!
The Duggar family (you know, the family from Arkansas with 19 kids and one on the way ?) were guests at the Fresh Grounded Faith conference held in Springfield Nov. 11-12.
When I heard they were going to be so close, I snatched a group of tickets so I could take some pals with me to meet my favorite T.V. stars.

And they did not disappoint!
Friday evening, the Duggar children serenaded the crowd with several a capella songs on numbers on their violins before their parents spoke to us. The group’s film crew from their TLC show was also filming —  it was quite a site!
Afterward, the family was set up in an area so their devoted fans could get autographs and take pictures and, of course, I was totally there (with both of my Duggar books)!
*I need to interject a THANK YOU to the special women I rode with who are not as Duggar crazed as me but willingly waited until after 11 p.m. so I could meet the family.
The line was long but me, Wendy and Melissa were determined to make it through.
Several of the children were lined up ready to give autographs.
One of the boys (I think it was Justin) had a several different colored Sharpies.
He asked me, “What’s your favorite color?”
“Green,” I answered. (If you could see the picture at the right in color, you would see that I was wearing a brighter than bright yellow shirt.)
He looks at my shirt, “It doesn’t look like it!”
We all laughed. I was in pure Duggar heaven.
When the line finally made it to the parental Duggars we were instructed to say a short something and then quickly step behind them to take a picture. But when we finally got to that point, there was a little confusion with the “bodyguards” and we were escorted behind the couple before we were able to say anything to them. Jim Bob caught sight of Wendy’s very pregnant belly and began talking about pregnancy with her and then Melissa, who is also pregnant chimed in. Me being the only non-pregnant woman around (don’t forget, Michelle is pregnant again) didn’t have much to say. Plus, I don’t think I could stop smiling long enough to conjure up a competent thought let alone speak!
They took the picture and then we were quickly whisked out of the room. I don’t think I was on some sort of “Watch these crazy people” list, but it sure seemed like the people in charge were in a hurry to get rid of us. Or maybe it was the stupefied, glazed expression I couldn’t take off my face.
It wasn’t until we were leaving the building until it hit me: I didn’t say ANYTHING to them!
My grand plan was to shake their hands, look them squarely in the eyes and say: “Thank you for being a light in such a dark world.”
I had been so wrapped up in actually seeing them so up close that my brain waves stood still.
What a missed opportunity!
I felt like Ralphie in the movie “The Christmas Story” when he freezes on Santa’s lap and then is “nudged” down the slide.
Unfortunately, I didn’t race back in and demand to tell them my rehearsed line. I guess I was just too afraid of the guys with the ear pieces.
Oh well, it was still such a thrill to meet the family I’ve become so fond of. It was such a pleasure to see them in person and see with my own eyes that they are the real deal.
And next time, I will NOT freeze up. Hopefully.

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