He Goes Before & He Directs Our Steps (A Night to Breathe Event) - Sarah Mae
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He Goes Before & He Directs Our Steps (A Night to Breathe Event)

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It’s a funny thing, this directing of steps.

Ever since handing Allume over to my dear friend Logan three years ago, I have been content (and happily so) to not run events. In fact, I have done more than a few happy dances celebrating that I no longer have the stress of running a conference.

I still have no desire to run a conference.

However, recently I have felt compelled to do something to encourage moms where I am and with the capacity I have. I have felt the stirring of something, a simple something that could, maybe, bring relief to some moms in our area.

A night out, perhaps? A night of dessert and coffee (or tea), friendship and talks that encourage and offer hope from the stories of fellow moms?

I shared this compelling with my always-has-a-good-word friend Amy (mom of five). She said she also felt the desire to offer hope to moms.

We talked and dreamed and prayed and we decided that we could take a night to lift up and serve fellow moms who just need some time to breathe.

We came up with simple evening, made some calls, and picked a date.

I believe that God has laid this evening on my and Amy’s heart in order to help moms to keep on, but I have to tell you that just a few minutes ago before I began typing this post, I asked the Lord again, “Are you sure? Are you with me? I don’t want to go ahead of you on this.”

I opened up my devotional and read today’s reading. The scripture?

The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

Deuteronomy 31:8

It is with that final affirmation (there have been so many), and my husband’s unwavering support, that I go forward with this simple offering. And you guys, I am really excited about it. 🙂


A Night to Breathe

When Amy and I dreamed up what we wanted for moms, we thought about what we really wanted.

One of the top things? Time away from the noise in order to have some time to think and pray and just be with Jesus. We also would want cake, because CAKE, and coffee or tea and someone to encourage us to keep on in this motherhood thing that is beautiful and crazy and precious and consuming. Also, time to have actual, uninterrupted conversations with friends. Laughter is a must. Grace, of course, because we are all just doing our best. Yea, that’s we what we could really use.

And so it is. A Night to Breathe is an evening (and hopefully morning) for you to get away so that you can get refreshed in order to go back home with your spirit lifted, your soul nourished, and a plan for keeping your sanity, enjoying your family, and being intentional as a mom, wife, and woman.

In keeping with our own desire to have a full morning to ourselves of quiet and actual full thoughts, we are encouraging everyone to stay in the hotel overnight in order to take the whole morning to relax, sleep, breathe, pray, REST, and plan (plus CLEAN SHEETS). Because of this ache for some quiet time and brain space, we found a hotel that was willing to give us an incredible room rate of only $89 a night. If you can swing that, we think it will do your soul good. If not, grab a friend or two, and your whole evening, including ticket and a peaceful night and morning away, could be only $70. We think it’s worth it. However, it certainly isn’t required to stay overnight! To book your hotel room, click HERE.

Details and Tickets

Who the Event is For: This event was designed with the mom in mind who is tired, could use a rest, and wants to be spurred on to keep on. While an older mom with teens might benefit, it is really for those moms with younger children (say, under 11).

When: March 28th, 2015 (Less than two months away!)

Where: The Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel, Harrisburg, PA (Book your room HERE)

Time: 7-10pm (But we HIGHLY recommend you spend the night so you have all morning to breathe, process, pray, and plan for your soul and your family)

Speakers: Sarah Mae (hi, that’s me) and Amy Smoker (you will ADORE her)

Tickets: Tickets are $40. There are 100 spots available. Tickets include access to the talks, dessert, coffee/tea, a vision planning sheet, and a gift. To get your ticket, go HERE.

Eventbrite - A Night to Breathe
Hotel Room Rate: If you would like to stay overnight (encouraged), we have secured a room rate of only $89. To get this rate, you must book by March 6th. You can do that by clicking HERE.


We hope that you local area moms can join us. We are just honored and excited to be able to serve you and encourage you and be with you. Here’s to the exhale!

Love, Sarah Mae

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  • katie

    Help! It will only let me buy 10 tickets!!!!! I don’t need 10 tickets!

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      All fixed! 🙂 So sorry!

      • katie

        Thanks! I’m in! Can’t wait!!!

  • Ashleigh Lindsey

    I’m with Katie here…I tried buying just one, but it only lets you buy ten. I don’t need quite that many.:O)

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      All fixed! 🙂

  • http://www.marybonner.net/ Mary Bonner

    As an empty nester, this isn’t really designed for me, but I will be praying for you, Amy, the attendees and the event itself. Glad you are following your heart and His guidance.

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      Thank you SO much, Mary!!!! 🙂

  • Robyn

    Question- I have a 5 month old who is nursing and won’t take a bottle. Can I bring her?

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      Robyn, we will have very limited childcare, but there will be an option to get it. I’ll post details soon!


    Can’t wait. My sister and I just ordered our tickets..Will be booking hotel tomorrow!

  • Erin

    Um, this is amazing. Except I live in Southern California.

  • De Anna Morris

    I am excited for you and Amy!! I met Amy at Allume and she is delightful!!! I will not be able to attend, and besides, my boys are all grown up now.. but I KNOW you will be a great encouragement and inspiration and the event will be a HUGE success!!! Blessings!

  • Jess

    Hotel is not ready to make reservations for this event yet… apparently they are waiting for a contract back to finalize the event. Please let us know when we are good to make reservations, I’m so excited about this event! Thanks!

  • http://www.fieldstonehilldesign.com {darlene}

    Got my ticket!!!!!! Let the Pitcher-filling time begin! xoxoxo

  • KWoodsMK

    I’m in! Can’t wait!

  • MomofTwoPreciousGirls

    Sounds so lovely! If it goes well maybe get some fellow bloggers to do it all over…GA to PA is too far!!

  • Emily

    Yay! Just a heads up–I tried to book a hotel room today and they said they didn’t see that group rate. They thought maybe the contract was still going through? I’ll try again in a few days but I just wanted to let you know. Thanks! Soooo looking forward to this!

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      It should be good tomorrow! 🙂

  • Maureen

    Sarah Mae – Will you let us know when the tickets get close to selling out? I am trying to make arrangements with several friends before ordering my ticket and I want to make sure that the event doesn’t sell out 🙂

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      There are 38 tickets left as of now. 🙂

  • FMT

    I called the hotel today and they still don’t have the special room rate listed. I assume it would be listed in association with “A Night To Breathe”, or “Sarah Mae and Amy Smoker”? They didn’t have either of those listed.

  • Christal

    I am super excited ….I have my ticket!!! :)Sarah Mae thank you for organizing this fun night! Lord willing, I look forward to meeting you!

  • Dad

    Awww darn…I’m going to miss it! HaHaHa!
    Have a great time, my beautiful Daughter! I’m very proud of you, as you should be of yourself.

  • Jenni

    Sarah, do you need any help with the event? Setting up or checking people in or anything? I live in York and am coming by myself. I could come early if you need help that night. Or if I can help with anything beforehand too, I would love to help. Let me know! Looking forward to this special night!

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