A Place for Moms Who Write

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I’ve started a little something for mom writers. It’s called Moms Write {#MomsWrite}

If you’re a mom who likes to write or would like to write, but struggles with the juggling of homemaking, mothering, and trying to find writing time, this is for you. This is an ongoing space for encouragement, tips, and accountability for moms who write and want to keep mothering well through it all.

Come join us?

Allume – the Best Year Yet

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I have had the incredible privilege of being able to attend Allume every year it has run (which began as The Relevant Conference).

Last year I set out to the {then} Relevant conference ready to be all about myself. Let me tell you, I left that conference feeling terrible. I left empty and completely unfulfilled. The conference was fine. It was beautiful! But my soul was screaming at me for being so selfish.

But this year was different.

This year I was part of the Allume team–and at first glance you might think that something spectacular because of the title. You may think of me as some “big wig” superstar.

I’m not.

I’m just me.

What made this year so unique and so rewarding for me was the awesome privilege of being able to serve you.

Allume is a fantastic avenue to connect Christian women bloggers and I am so passionate about it’s vision, that being a part of it is  more than exciting for me.

God used Relevant last year to speak to me about my own gifts. I’m a writer, yes. I love to string words together and organize my thoughts and ideas. But I also enjoy {in a strange kind of way} organizing details and working administrative projects. It’s something I discovered of myself in high school.

Through a series of emails, God made a working connection between Sarah Mae and I and the next thing I know, I’m an administrative assistant (er, crackerjack) on the Allume team.

I am not in this position because I wanted to be part of a “big name”. I’m in it because I wanted to be part of a “big God” and I don’t believe it was an accident that He placed me here.

So, working behind the scenes and answering, literally, thousands of emails throughout the course of the year, and then seeing it all come alive as each team member did their part was nothing short of amazing.

The best part? Serving you. I have never had a more rewarding year, and being able to put faces to the email addresses I’ve conversed with was just wonderful. To hug the beautiful necks of ladies I had worked with on blog consults and have conversed with on Twitter and in Facebook groups was such a gift to me, that sometimes I’d grab women in passing whom I’d already hugged to hug them again! I just wanted to soak up everyone!

Furthermore, I got to meet and work with the amazing sponsors throughout the months and see their hearts behind their ministries. Each company represented at Allume is much more than a company alone. They have great vision for serving others, too. That’s what makes them such a great fit for Allume. Our goal is one in the same; to serve.

Thank you to those of you who stepped out and came up to me to say “Hello”. I really appreciate it and am sometimes really bad at recognizing people from their photos!! Apparently that’s not the case for me since people recognized me even when I didn’t have my name tag on! In fact, Sheila Gregoire shocked me by knowing me and my blog name!

So what is my take away from Allume this year?

Serving others is much more rewarding then serving myself.

That may be an obvious truth to some, but for me, it took real experience and regret for me to learn that.

Ann Voskamp is not wrong when she says you need to stoop lower to get the reward. That’s where it is…it’s not in reaching for a platform of people who will serve you (by making your numbers climb)–instead it’s reaching out to the people right in front of you to serve them. I reached out to help Sarah Mae and she accepted.

Many people throughout the weekend spoke the same truth in different ways. Trina Holden talked about fully serving the people already on your blog rather than going out to find more.

This space is meant to serve you.

My vessel, my life is meant to serve others so that I might worship Him.

21 Ways Postponed

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Happy October!!!

So I ordered my book over a week ago and it still has not arrived yet! So I will be postponing 21 Ways to Connect With Your Kids until next week.

If you are interested in joining in, you can sign up here. This will give you some time to order the book if you desire to join in!

You can also check out the awesome 31 Days series that bloggers all around are joining in on and writing up wonderful posts for. The possibilities are endless!

Also starting today is “A Holiday Ready Heart” that you’ll want to check out!

Have a wonderful Monday!!

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How to Build a Tribe

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Today I’m at Allume talking about tribes, what they are, and how you can build one. Come on over? :)

Blog Stats

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Today I’m talking about blog stats over at the Allume blog. What do they mean? How can we look passed them?

Stop by and take a peek!

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An Invitation to a {New} Pursuit of Proverbs 31

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Do you ever just get frustrated with the Proverbs 31 woman? Do her ideals intimidate you or make you feel like a failure because you just can’t seem to measure up?

Did you know that is not the intent of these Proverbs 31 verses?

Pursuit of Proverbs 31

Come on…let’s take a journey…

Amy has captured the heart of these verses and here at Joyful Mothering, Amy and I are going to lead you through this study, answer your questions, and empower you to understand your purpose so you can live it out.

Amy has the courage to go against the grain of what seems like the most obvious way to interpret the Proverbs 31 woman. But in fact, she is much better than we imagined. She really isn’t all that different from each of us–it’s all about perspective, friends. But it’s also more than that.

Pursuit of Proverbs 31

I invite you to discover the unveiling of the myths and replace them with truth.

On Monday, March 5th, we are going to begin right here on Joyful Mothering, with chapter 1.

There will be exclusive videos of Amy, sharing her heart with you and even including some things which are not in the book.

There will be printables for you, and the community here is open for the taking.

Pursuit of Proverbs 31 releases on February 27th. But before that, FIVE of you will win a pre-release copy (Giveaway closed) to get a little head start. ;)

If you are interested in joining the 10-week study hosted here each Monday from March 5th – May 7th, sign up on the linky below. You will need a copy of the eBook, “Pursuit of Proverbs 31″. It is only $4.99 and releases on Feb. 27th. You do not need to have a blog to participate. If you need a URL to insert, you can use your Facebook or Twitter account if you have one, or just put my url in there. But please include your email address so I can contact you if you win the book. I will also send out one reminder email of the upcoming study.

Another wonderful way to stay up to date is to subscribe to Joyful Mothering so new posts are delivered right to your in box.

Giveaway will run until Wednesday, February 22nd.

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(in)RL Conference

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Have you heard? Have you seen the news around the blogsophere about (in)courage putting on a conference?

(in)RL = in real life


This isn’t your typical conference. You don’t need hundreds of dollars to attend. You don’t need child care. You don’t even have to leave your home, if you don’t want.

Here, check this out:

You can host a meet up, or, find a meet up near you.

Whichever you decide to do, be sure you register for the Beachcast (it’s only $10!), and you get a neat t-shirt, the Simply Marvelous card pack, and access to the live footage that will stream April 27-28.

If you choose to host, there is all kinds of hosting help for you.

There fun things that can go with your meet up (if you choose to host) and things for your guests. These are specially priced for the (in)RL event!

I have signed up to be a host — even though I feel like it’s waay out of my element. I am not a naturally hospitable person. Not that I am naturally “mean” or “rude”.

Rather, I don’t automatically think of the things that gifted hospitality artists would think of. But I’m going to do it anyways. Because if I constantly remain in what is comfortable, I will never fully live. I will never reach out and the gifts I do have to offer will never be given.

So, I chose to step out of my comfort and hope for the best!

I want to encourage you–challenge you even–to become part of this event. Connect with those real life friends around you and show them what (in)courage is if they don’t know!

Have questions? Go here to have them answered (or ask more)!

Will you be joining me?

Announcing Allume Social!

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Think cupcakes and coffee; community and connection. As women who have influence through avenues of blogging and social media, Allume Social brings us together in order to learn the best way to reach out. Allume Social is a conference for the practical, but also connects the hearts of women in an intimate way.


Allume Social is what was formally The Relevant Conference; a re-birthing into new light. That’s what “allume” means: light, in French. It’s the very thing we are called to be.

But this conference has become more – it’s most definitely an ongoing community of women who share struggles, prayer, scriptures, stories, laughter and life.

If you have not had the opportunity to be part of this changing event, I invite you to consider coming to Allume this year. It’s being held October 27th-29th in Harrisburg, PA.  Tickets go on sale March 1st at midnight – and early bird tickets sell out quickly {as in, about 3 minutes or less}! Space is limited so don’t miss out on this opportunity if you are interested in joining us! Please join us? Visit Allume Social for more information. :)

We’re all sorts of crazy and fun!

Allume Social is an extension of:

 I invite you to join us tonight on Twitter for our #Allume Launch Twitter party! We will answer questions, give out prizes and have a great time just chirping it up! It all starts at 9pm EST.  Follow hash tag #allume. We’ll be giving away an Allume Social Conference pass FREE!

Come visit us around the web:


Allume Social

Allume on Facebook

Allume on Twitter

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