So This Is A Development

As hard as it is to believe, Melanie and I first started emceeing a conference called dotMOM back in 2011. I realize that’s just four years ago, but it feels like a sweet forever. It’s practically three decades in bloggy years.

Now in the interest of clarity, this is probably a good time to mention that dotMOM isn’t a conference for techy moms. It’s not a conference for moms who blog. It’s not a conference for moms who enjoy polka dots. It’s just a conference for moms. All ages, all stages. Young moms, moms-to-be, middle-aged moms, older moms, grandmoms, great-grandmoms, moms of one, moms of many, ALL THE MOMS.

All righty. I’m glad we’ve had this talk.

ANYWAY, a few months ago Mel and I got the for-sure dates for this year’s dotMOM (September 25-26), and while we’ll still be doing our normal emceeing fun and revelry, we’re also teaching one of the main sessions together. We’re excited about the teaching part because we loved getting to do some speaking together this past year. Plus, over the last 8-ish years we’ve learned that pretty much everything is more fun if we’re together, with the only possible exception being something like bike riding, but we’d probably even give that a chance if you told us that there’d be some chocolate and about four episodes of The Good Wife waiting on us at the end of the (imaginary) trail.

All that to say: we’ve been just as tickled as we can be about dotMOM 2015.


This afternoon I was sitting in the kitchen with David, debriefing the day like we normally do, and my phone started to ring. I didn’t answer it because I was trying to be a good listener and not let my phone be the boss of me, so it was 20 minutes later, probably, when I looked and saw that I’d missed a call from Melanie. We’d talked earlier in the afternoon, so I figured she must have some news (or maybe just an urgent question about a TV show), and I was just about to call her back when I saw that she’d also texted me.

This is the conversation that followed.


I mean, Y’ALL.

I believe I’ve made it very clear where I stand as far as Christy Nockels is concerned.

And where I stand (preferably) is close enough to see the radiant moonbeams that dance in her hair when she sings in the voice of an angel.

I also stand far enough away that there is never a need for some sort of security task force.


And seriously. I LOVE HER VOICE. She is an absolutely phenomenal worship leader (if you watched the live stream of Passion or IF this year, you know exactly what I mean). In so many ways she has been the Amy Grant of my 30s and 40s but certainly has not taken Amy’s place because that would be impossible. She has honestly just ministered to me (and to the other people in my family) over and over again through her music, and I AM BESIDE MYSELF that she is leading worship at dotMOM.

We are all in for such a treat.

And Melanie and I may have talked earlier tonight for one or thirty-five minutes about how thrilled we are about the whole dotMOM line-up. It’s a little over 7 months away, and I can’t wait.

So, if there’s a possibility that you can be in Nashville on September 25-26, we’d love to have you with us at Brentwood Baptist Church. It’s a great location if you’d also like to do some shopping or some eating out, and I personally think that dotMOM makes for a near-perfect girls’ weekend. You get to worship and listen and learn and talk and pray and visit and laugh like crazy.

And I don’t know if I mentioned this, but CHRISTY NOCKELS WILL BE THERE.

Hope some of you will be, too!

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  1. Oh Sophie! This is so exciting! That is my birthday weekend and I can’t think of anything I would rather do than be at this event! I’ve already txtd Teresa and she said YES immediately! Now I have to calm down enough to sleep tonight! Cannot wait!

  2. Oh my- this must be the Lord’s way of confirming that I MUST be there this year! I wanted to go last year, but ended up being weeks shy of having our littlest guy. So exciting!

  3. She lead worship while 9 months pregnant at reCreate 2014 and it was life-giving and changing. She is SO talented and super sweet!! And her love for the Lord is so strong!!

  4. I cannot wait!!! Also, will The Good Wife EVER COME BACK?????

  5. Kelli Green says:

    Reading anything and everything you place into words makes my heart swell. I have this little freckled face girl grin on my face as if I’m a child at Christmas opening up my very first gift. Anyway…I cannot put into words how thrilled I am having learned about another event where I’ll see not only the fabulous Sophie but Melanie, too! This news has really pushed my excitement into overdrive. By the way, thank you for this! Cannot wait! #thrilled

  6. I don’t know if you noticed, but your bio is right under her bio which clearly means that you are destined to be besties 4 lyfe. I assume you will be reporting back to us on what kind of magic makes her hair, well, her hair. Does she have access to the same little wizard elves that Connie Britton does? Does living in Nashville or, in Connie’s case, working on a show by the same name, turn one’s hair into a national treasure? THESE ARE THINGS WE NEED TO KNOW!

  7. I need you to know that I now have Amy Grant’s “Galileo” stuck in my head.

    But with lyrics like this, why be bothered?

    In the year of fourteen ninety-two
    When Columbus sailed the ocean blue
    Had he landed on India’s shore
    You might never have come to knock on my door

    I mean. My 90s girl heart is so full of joy.

  8. Booked and ready to go!!!

  9. SOPHIE! Can I come take care of you and carry your purse and water bottle? Cause seriously.. you and MEL leading and then CHRISTY NOCKLES.. I might faint. and I will bring the Big E. XOXO

  10. Just have to let you know, I downloaded “A Little Salty” and read it so fast, laughing out loud, quoting it to my daughter and husband. I am an East Tennessee Southern, but oh my gosh – we could be sisters! Thank you for the laughter, the memories, the “Southern”. I told my coworker (who is from Michigan, but has lived down south for 20 years) that she had to read your blog just so she could understand where I’m coming from! Keep sharing and writing!