Big & Boo: Coming Soon To Two Cities That Might Be Near You

Well, I would’ve blogged more this week, but I’ve been very busy talking.

That really isn’t an exaggeration. Monday night I met some friends while Alex was at football practice, so that was non-stop talking, and then last night he had a game (more talking), and then work has been full of talking and then talking again and then talking some more.

So I reckon the bottom line has been that by the time I’ve gotten home every night, I’ve been fresh out of words.

But I’ll tell you when I won’t be out of words (HOW’S THAT FOR A TRANSITION?).

November 7-8 and November 16.

Here’s why.

Earlier this year I was speaking at a women’s retreat, and I was walking to the first session when I realized that I missed Melanie like crazy. Seriously. I know that sounds like the most random thing, but for the last six years we’ve done all sorts of women’s ministry stuff together (traveling & blogging for LifeWay, dotMOM, book stuff, etc.). We’ve walked into all kinds of new and different situations, but somehow those things weren’t nearly as intimidating knowing that we had each other.

So when I was walking into a retreat all by myself – well, I missed her.

The retreat turned out to be great simply because there were so many sweet women there, but I couldn’t help but wonder what it would have been like if Melanie were there, too. I thought about how we could’ve taught the sessions together and talked about our hair and maybe even led a discussion group about college football during the breaks.

I mean, assuming that anyone actually wanted to talk about college football, of course.

So I thought about all of these things as I drove back to Birmingham the next day, and I think I’d been home all of two hours when I called Melanie and said something along the lines of “Hey – what would you think about doing some of our speaking stuff together? Because I think it might be a ton of fun.” So we talked about some possibilities, and before we hung up the phone, I said, “Tell you what. The next time one of us gets a speaking request for something out of town, let’s just throw out the idea of us being there together, and we’ll see what happens.”

“Deal,” Melanie said. Or maybe she didn’t say “deal.” I didn’t really commit her response to memory. But she definitely agreed.

And I kid you not. A couple of days after that conversation I got an email about speaking in Charlotte. So I responded with the idea Melanie and I had talked about – and they were nice enough to invite us both.

So just look how that all worked out. WE ARE JUST AS TICKLED.

And while we’ll still be doing most of our speaking stuff individually, we’re so excited that we get to do two speaking things together this November. The first is at First Baptist in Charlotte, NC on November 7-8. I’m speaking Friday night, Melanie is speaking Saturday morning, and then we’re going to do a fun Q&A / podcast-y type of thing after lunch. If you’re in the area, we would love to see you – and you can even make reservations online. Registration closes October 22nd.

We’re also speaking at First Baptist Church in West Monroe, Louisiana on November 16th. It should be a mighty fun Sunday afternoon. There’s tea time at 3, and then we’ll start speaking at 4. There’s even a holiday theme, and that just delights me to no end. Tickets are $15 and will go on sale in a couple of days on the First West website.

Normally I don’t mention a whole lot of speaking stuff in blog posts, but since these two churches were kind and brave enough to give our little idea a chance, we want to help them get the word out. And we’d love to see some of y’all there.

Mainly because I’m hoping some of y’all will ask Melanie about her eyebrow products during the Q&A.

And while I would not dream of frying bacon in a sanctuary, I would be so happy to talk about it in a group setting.

Y’all have a great Thursday!

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  1. So fun!!!!!! Gonna try to make it to Charlotte!

  2. Oh, my goodness! I just might go to Charlotte to see you! Now for some planning!! Squeeeeaallll!!!!

  3. Sophie, you won’t believe this but my hubby actually suggested that we have a Sat morning bfast for the men (when y’all are in Charlotte) so that you and Melanie could discuss football with them. I made him listen to the last podcast and he was most impressed with y’all’s football knowledge. We can’t wait to host you both in Charlotte!

  4. I would be willing to bet you could get away with frying bacon in the sanctuary at First West!

  5. Saw the cutest little kid note today. It said, “Dear Tooth Fairy, I like money and all, but could I just have a pack of bacon instead?” Made me think of you, BooMama! :) Too funny!

  6. Are you kidding me? West Monroe? Well you know I’ll be there with bells on!! Yay! I’m so excited!

  7. Karen Beymer says:

    I so want to go to your speaking engagement in NC, however my daughter,Jennifer Heindl,
    Whom you met at the DotMom conference, is due to have her baby very close to that date
    So I dare not leave town! But hope to attend a joint speaking engagement of you & Mel at some future time. Why not come to Northern Kentucky some time, we’re just across the river from Cincinnati in a beautiful quaint community of Ft Thomas. Blessings!

  8. I am so excited y’all are coming to Charlotte! I am counting down the days!

  9. Wishing ya’ll would come to Cali (and sneak some Chuys to me in your luggage- I don’t care if it’s cold, I don’t care if it’s 2 days old- I have needs)
    And btw, SCANDAL. I have HAULED through the first 3 seasons in the last week- I’ve watched while doing dishes, life has basically stopped, and I am 3 episodes away from being caught up for tomorrow. Holy moly.

  10. What?? Two locations and one of them is in my Queen City??!! I am SO excited! I’m going to try to come to this event :). This is so exciting! You and Mel together here! Could I use any more exclamation points?! I think not!!

  11. I am about to have an all-out breakdown here in VA!! Only 2.5 hrs away from a weekend that will BLESS MY SOUL!!!

  12. I sent this to my disciple leader (a 50 something year old man who says he cracks up every day reading your blog) and we are going to see if our church in Atlanta can host y’all!

  13. Megan Bryant says:

    I would love to come see you if y’all ever come to Knoxville.

  14. Laura McGrew says:

    …..and the THIRD engagement is in San Antonio,Texas on _______!!!! :-)

  15. I was SO sad to miss Arkansas Women Bloggers University last year when you spoke… I would have been SO up for talking college football (and would have even let you talk about State… for at least a minute or two ;) )

  16. Already got our tix! And we scored the meet and greet ones as well. REALLY, REALLY looking forward to this time in Charlotte. And if you or Melanie want to talk football, Teresa and I are totally up for the challenge! : )
    See you soon!

  17. SO FUN! What a great idea! :)

  18. Please come to Ks?!!! :) Southwest Ks!

    I love the humor you and Melanie bring to life!



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