in which I tell you what happened yesterday

Sunday I drove down to Charlotte by myself, straight south down I-85, took the exit right before Concord, headed east for a million years until I pulled up on my sisters land. It’s the first time I’ve been there since they moved their furniture in and I didn’t take a single ding-a-ling picture of her house.

sistersShe took this one of us, though, and you can kind of see a ceiling fan in the background. I know, that doesn’t count as “furniture.” Especially since she’ll be taking that out once she gets the big stuff done. You know, like putting in a kitchen and all.

I was only there a few hours as we had a few things we needed to work on for the Barn event because it was almost time to start selling tickets. She’s helping me with my barn event and when she has hers, I’ll help her, too. I need all the help I can get.

Have I mentioned I’ve never sold a ticket for any thing in my whole life? Except that carnival we had with Missy and Shelly in the backyard when I was in second grade at Smith Elementary School in Columbus, Indiana? And that carnival had rides like Tire Swing: 10 cents! And You can pet our kitten if you give us a nickel. 

Needless to say, I didn’t know what to expect.

Yesterday morning I sent out an invitation to my newsletter subscribers to go ahead and buy their ticket to join us At the Barn in November, planning to open up registration here on the blog today.

And would you know that we sold half our tickets in the first hour?

By dinner time the other half were gone. So today I come here empty handed but also full because you guys!

I’m totally shocked. And thankful. And excited. And terrified because people have paid real, green, legal money and that means we kind of have to actually do this thing.

If you were hoping for a ticket, here are a few things I want to say. Thank you. And depending on how this one goes, we really want to do this again. Sooner than later. If you want to add your name to the waiting list, send an email to join us at the barn at gmail dot com and put waiting list in the subject line.

If you thought you were signed up for the newsletter but you never got an invitation yesterday, it’s possible you are actually only signed up for blog posts which is something different. Blog post emails come to your inbox every time I publish a new post. Newsletters only come monthly and/or when something special like At the Barn comes up.

You will have to go to the last email you got from me with the blog post in it, scroll to the bottom and manage your preferences to check on your status there.

So that’s where we are with the Barn event. Thankful to those of you who are coming, those of you who wanted to come, and those of you who emailed sweet support and excitement.


  1. says

    Emily! So awesome! I’m looking forward to The Barn. What a love note to you from all of us who read your words and are excited to receive the upcoming ones in AMLW.

  2. says

    So thankful I planned ahead to buy tickets early. I actually checked in a couple of times early in the morning just in case you had the post up super early! My husband is coming with me – we have decided to make a weekend trip that includes your event. It is our early Christmas present. I have wanted to go to a blog or writers conference for a while now, but have never committed, so I thought this smaller venue with one of my favorite bloggers would be a good way to dip my feet into the water. We are in transition with our lives right now – we gave up a ministry position a few years back for my husband to return to school. School is over, but we are still waiting on what comes next. I feel that this event will somehow encourage us to embrace the future possibilities of what God has in store – it may even help us to think outside the box and not be afraid to try something new. Ok, lots to think about and and I don’t want ramble (I think I just did). Just know that I am excited for this event for so many reasons.

    • says

      Glad you got your tickets, Teresa – it sounds like you are both in the perfect place for the sort of encouragement we hope to offer. Look forward to seeing you.

  3. Anna says

    Sadly I am just too far away to come – the other side of the Atlantic but how I would love to! I don’t suppose you’d want to sell a recording if you’re going to do something similar again but I’d love it…!!!!
    I pray it’s really blessed for you and everyone coming. You’re brilliant Emily – you contribute something really special and make Christianity different but real. I’m grateful. XXX

  4. Yuko says

    Hi Emily,
    I’m so excited my husband and I could get the tickets and we are coming from upstate NY!

    Does anyone know a good inn or B&B to stay in the area? Any information would help – thanks!

    Looking forward to it!!

    • says

      Hi Yuko! Look forward to meeting you – I’m traveling this week but when I get back in town I hope to send out an email to attendees with more information on the area, etc. – mainly for those coming in from way out of town, of which there are several.

      So glad you got your tickets!

  5. says

    So amazing! I’m not a bit surprised you’ve sold out already — I pray it’s a beautiful time for all. And can I say I’m just a wee bit envious that you can just hop on the interstate (though a bit of a drive) to see your sis? That’s a gift!

    • says

      It’s pretty great – except I’m totally spoiled because we used to live only 14 houses away from each other – so now it seems like she lives SO FAR :)

      • says

        I can commiserate with you on that one. My sister lived around the corner for four glorious years, and now she lives way too far across the country. Those sisters are so great. :)

  6. says

    Sweet Emily, I am SO. VERY. HAPPY. for you! This is incredibly exciting and I don’t think I am surprised it sold out so quickly. I was very interested but knew that was not a good time of year for me. All the best and I’ll be praying for you and the event.

  7. Jessica White says

    Hi Emily~
    I was so excited for you when I read your email yesterday!! I think the get togethers are such a great idea. I live in Pennsylvania so I won’t be able to come…but I did google-map it to see how far it is from my home. (about 6 hr drive). I can’t wait to read about how awesome the event was!

  8. says

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