in real life

There are things that happen when you get together in real life. We learn ourselves in groups in ways we cannot learn ourselves alone — the way she laughs more fully than everyone else, the way she closes her eyes when she answers a question, the way she interacts with her baby girl, the way her eyes light up when she talks dreams, the way her voice changes when she speaks of story.We came to Hilton Head Island this time last year to dream about what it might look like to have a gathering of women hosted by (in)courage. We talked a lot about hosting a conference for you and what that might look like. But even there, so many are left out. Too much money. Too far away. Too many on the waiting list. So instead of making you come to us, (in)courage has crafted a bench for you to find each other. (In)courage (in)real life is now live and we hope you’ll stop by and find a meet up near you.

Resort Rentals of Hilton Head Island generously provided beautiful beach front accommodations to enable us to plan and dream together. DaySpring took care of all the incidentals and meals for each of the bloggers. Special thanks to Jessica Gardo from the Hilton Head Island Chamber of Commerce for helping coordinate our trip and for going above and beyond every expectation. As you well know, my family and I have been coming to Hilton Head for over 10 years now, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

May your weekend be filled with touchable friendship, warm togetherness, and deep, genuine laughter. May you set aside the worries, if only for a night, to enjoy the sounds of home and the gift of grace.


  1. says

    Looks like such a beautiful locale, with beautiful women (inside AND out). I’m so bummed that the conference is when I will be on a Washington DC trip with my daughter and her class! But I know many women will have such a ball.

  2. Destiny says

    I bought Grace for the Good Girl this afternoon and can not wait to begin reading it.

    When I quickly flipped through a copy at my local LifeWay store, I opened up to the page about Julia Sugarbaker and was sold. I’m a girl, living in Metro Atlanta, who can quote that speech verbatum. As a result, I am intrigued to read your take on it and how it applies.

    I can grant grace easily to others, but tomorrow afternoon, beginning with Chapter 1, my own journey to grace will begin. It’s a long time coming and I’m open and ready…

  3. says

    It wasn’t face-to-face, in-real-life time, but I took your book along while traveling last weekend, read it on airplanes, recommended it to the good girls I visited, and finished it in the airport on the way home. Thanks for taking off the mask, speaking to spot where my soul usually hides, encouraging, emboldening, refreshing me.

  4. says

    love your photos, in this post and next… so exciting, all this good happening to you. will you be heading to blissdom again this year?? can’t wait to scoot over to (in)courage, too and see the happenings there!

  5. says

    I haven’t visited your site since the day your book arrived in the mail. You are a true inspiration to me. I know the desires that I have in my heart for my future and stumbling upon pages like this fuel it. Many Blessings to you dear sister as you continue to keep your eyes on Him. xo

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