I’m Going To The Big D – And I Do Mean Dallas (Plus A Giveaway)

One of the biggest highlights of the last couple of years – for me, at least – has been emceeing dotMOM with Melanie. It is such a fun, laid-back event – such a great blend of solid teaching and worship and encouragement for women who are at all stages of motherhood.

This week I’m heading to Dallas for my first-ever out-of-town dotMOM (both of the previous dotMOMs have been here in Birmingham), and I cannot wait. Priscilla Shirer, Vicki Courtney, Angie Smith, and John Croyle will be teaching, and Travis Cottrell is leading worship. That means that over the last couple of weeks I have dedicated way too much energy to thinking about what kind of jokes Melanie and I can play on Travis, but in the end I’ve decided to take the high road and behave and maybe try to talk Travis into letting me sing back-up.

For the record, I am not a strong singer. But I try not to let that little pesky detail get in my way.

Regardless, this weekend in Dallas (February 22-23) is sure to be just the thing for a weary mama’s soul. Or even if you’re not feeling particularly weary, dotMOM will still be a great place for you to sleep a little later than normal and soak in some refreshment for your mind and your heart. I also think it’s safe to say that you will laugh. A LOT. Because wherever two or more women are gathered in His name, laughter surely follows.

And while I know that this next thing isn’t going to convince anyone to join us, I think I’ll share it nonetheless: last night I was washing clothes, trying to figure out what I’m going to pack and whatnot, and based on that process I think it’s safe to say that any dotMOM attendee is also going to enjoy the sweet privilege of seeing me recreate some of Maude’s most memorable ensembles.

Seriously. The layering is going to be epic.

I know that there may not be many people reading this post who can get away for a couple of days this weekend – especially if you don’t live near Dallas – but if you can make it work and you’d like a couple of free tickets (or if you’d like to give tickets to someone who lives in or around Dallas), you have come to the right place. Just leave a comment on this post, and you’ll be entered to win. I’ll draw for a winner on Tuesday so that you have time to make any necessary arrangements.

Hope to see some of y’all there!


This giveaway is now closed. I’ll notify the winner via email tonight (Tuesday).

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  1. Oh “Maude,” I sure would love to go to this conference! I’ve heard so much about it, and I’m pretty sure it would be super beneficial. Regardless, I hope you ladies have a wonderful time in my area!

  2. I have some people in the Dallas area who would have a blast at dotmom.

  3. I want to go so bad!

  4. I would love to go!

  5. Cindy Smith says:

    Would love to take my daughter!

  6. Yes, please!

  7. Would love to go!!! I saw Melanie this past weekend at her book signing – it may be almost too much for me to take if I got to see you too :)

  8. Would love to go AND in live in Dallas!!

  9. Oh how fun – I would love to go!

  10. Cynthia Stuckey says:

    One of these years, I will go!!!

  11. Ashton Threadgill says:

    Love to give the tickets to my mom!

  12. My daughter lives and Dallas and I would love for her to get to go. We are huge BooMama (and BigMama) fans!!!

  13. *That should have read ‘lives in Dallas’……..little too early this morning!:)

  14. Would love it!!!

  15. My daughter lives in the Dallas-area and could use a few good laughs this weekend!

  16. Sign me up for some free tickets!!! :)

  17. I would love to go! I’m in Fort Worth!!

  18. Would love to go!

  19. It sounds so fun and I would love to get away and have some “Mom minus kids time!”

  20. I would love to go!!

  21. No Downton commentary? Can’t wait to see what you thought of the finale!

  22. I would love to go!

  23. We don’t live too close to Dallas but my hubby has actually already booked a hotel there for a trip he is taking this weekend… maybe I could tag along!

  24. I would LOVE to go!!! I live about 2 hours from Dallas.

  25. Kimberly/OKC says:

    Hi Sophie, hey, got a question for ya…I am not going to be able to go to the dotMOM conference like I had planned (boohoo) but I have reserved a room at the hotel where the conference is (not at the conference rate ($) however) but still REALLY convenient and there are no more rooms available at that hotel. Are you or anyone you know interested in taking the reservation before I cancel it? $159 a night. I have reserved it for two nights but the second night can be cancelled. It’s a KING CLUB FLOOR NONSMOKING which means one king bed in a suite…I think she said it has a couch/living room? Let me know…. I don’t have to cancel until 24 hours before which is Thursday at 4:00pm.

    • Kimberly/OKC says:

      Embassy Suites Dallas-Frisco/Hotel Convention Center and Spa
      7600 John Q. Hammons Drive
      Frisco, TX 75034

  26. Please enter me in the drawing! I would love to go.

  27. Would LOVE to go! I live very close by! :)

  28. Christy Paganoni says:

    Would love to attend dot mom and meet you and Melanie! And Kelly Stamps… Her blog led me to yours! This Memphis girl is ready to make a roadtrip with a girlfriend to the big D!!!

  29. Niki Hughes says:

    Would love to go!

  30. I have a friend I would love to win a couple of tickets for :)

  31. Judy in MI says:

    I have a cousin in Dallas that I would love to win a couple tickets for! ::fingers crossed::

  32. I live in North Dallas. :)

  33. I’d so love to go!! After the finale of Season 3 DA it’s evident that I need this. When I start to think (um, a lot) about the lives of fictional people and how they’ll go on with life — it’s time to reach out for the help I clearly need. It would be pure delight to see you and Melanie and sleep in a bed without a preschooler climbing on top of me at 6am. I live in San Antonio but could get there in a jiff. Thanks for offering these up.

  34. Me, pick me!!

  35. Reagan groom says:

    I’m within driving distance and have friends in the area as well. Would love to check this out. I have heard so many good things.

  36. Heather Reeve says:

    I want to go to this so much but haven’t had the funds and I live in Dallas! Pick me !

  37. Heather Reeve says:

    I had so hoped to go to this but didn’t have the funds! And I live in Dallas! Pick me!

  38. I live near Dallas and will be there that weekend and would love to go.

  39. Michelle in Dallas says:

    I would love to be able to go.

  40. PIck me! Pick me! I’d much rather join you than go to the in-laws (as planned). ;)