Family Economics Conference

In early May, my family and I were blessed to be able to attend the Family Economics Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. We had a wonderful time together, heard excellent speakers, met many new friends, and also got to go to the Creation Museum for the first time. 

Here area few pictures of our trip.

Yvonne on the flight to Missouri. 
Heading into the Conference. We got to St.Louis a day early so we could settle in before the conference, and so Evan and I took advantage of the extra time, and played about 2 hours of Basketball, and 2 hours of swimming. 

The speakers were very motivating and encouraging. I especially appreciated all the real life examples from experienced business owners on the subject of starting a business. 

 On the way to a session. My Mom, Evan & I volunteered to help during the conference, and we really enjoyed the opportunity to get to know more people. Dad and Yvonne were pretty busy for most of the conference judging, and preparing for the Business plan competition that took place on Friday. Yvonne had had the idea for doing a family Business Plan Competition for several years now, so it was really great for her to see her ideas come to life at this conference. 

Mom and I in the main hotel which was attached to the convention center. 
There were live plants and waterfalls in the hotel, and all the rooms opened out to the middle, and the roof was glass so that the natural light could come in. It was beautiful, and it felt like a tropical jungle. 
The open glass roof.

A view of the plants and waterfalls from above. 

My favorite part about the conference which was unique to any other conference I've been to, was the family night activities. For the last session of each of the four nights of the conference there were interactive activities for the whole family to participate in. The first night was this family dance, which we watched, because there were so many people dancing. At the same time, Facing the Giants was being shown in a separate room, so I was really glad we got to see some of that as well. 

On one of the other nights, there was a trivia time for families to answer questions about family businesses throughout history, and have an opportunity to win prizes. 

On one of the other nights, there was a historical reenactment of Patrick Henry's "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech, that was impressive. 

My personal favorite from the family night activities was the skit the Swanson family did on a "Day in the Life of the Swanson Family". It was hilarious, and at the end of the skit after having a more than full day of hospitality, family businesses, and activities, they realized that they forgot to Homeschool. :)

On the second to the last day of the conference, for the family night, 6 families were awarded prizes for the Family Business Plan Competition. Each of the plans were well thought out, and allowed the entire family to have a part in the business. Pictured here is my Dad Awarding the first place winning family.

Evan heading to a session. Evan was a great help to volunteer to be a room monitor for many of the sessions, and he also helped clean up after the conference. 

One of my favorite things about traveling to conferences is getting to meet new friends. We all really enjoyed meeting the Schultz family ( some of them are pictured above) and spending time with them. 

On the last day of the conference, most of the people from the conference went to a nearby park to enjoy some food, fellowship, and game time. It was a wonderful close to a amazing conference, and really made it hard to leave. 

Speed Volleyball was a big hit at the game time, and it was great to be able to get out some energy and warm up a little as it was only about 50 degrees outside. 

After playing games for quite a while, we sang some Sacred Harp music, and spent the rest of the time fellowshipping with the remainder of the people. Finally, when we couldn't bear the cold anymore, we headed back to our hotel with a few friends, and played games. 

After the conference, we headed off to the Creation Museum, and spent two days at the museum and really enjoyed our time there. 

I love this picture of Mom at the Museum. 

My first time to see a Camellion. 

After we toured the amazing Creation Museum, and watched a spectacular movie about the stars, we headed outside to walk in the beautiful gardens surrounding the museum. 

Mom and Evan in the garden.

We were so blessed to be able to go to the Creation Museum, and we hope to be able to spend more time there in the future. 

Yvonne found a white goose on the path through the garden. ( or maybe the goose found her) 

On the way to the airport, the next day, we had just enough time to stop by the World's Largest Air Museum, and see all the buildings that we didn't have time to go though. I was really disappointed, but I'm sure we will make time to tour the museum in the future. 

After a wonderful trip, we were blessed by a safe, and smooth flight home, and were very surprised by how many roses were out in our yard after being gone for just a week. I'm so thankful we were able to go to the Economics Conference, and spend time together as a family. God is so good!

"How excellent is thy lovingkindness,
O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.
They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house;
and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.
For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.
O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee;
and thy righteousness to the upright in heart." 
Psalm 36:7-10 


  1. Sounds like you had lots of fun! So glad the Lord blessed you with this opportunity. :)

    1. I'm so glad we got to go. When I look back on this trip, I realize how God has worked though it to help me grow closer to Him.

  2. Wow- that conference looks like an absolute blast! Goodness....

    Looks like you had a ridiculously fabulous time! :)

    1. It was really fun. You all should come to the Ecconomics Conference in Washington, in October:) that would be really fun to see you all again!