A Night to Breathe Event Update (Childcare, Hotel, and Tickets Left)

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Happy Monday!

I cannot tell you what a joy it is to be planning A Night to Breathe. Amy and I are so excited, and it is clear the Lord has been completely before us. We are grateful to serve you all as we prepare a night for you to exhale.

Updates

Hotel:

Many of you have called the hotel and have not been able to reserve a room. I am so so sorry. I talked with my contact at the hotel this morning and she said there was a glitch in the system, but that they are working on it first priority this morning. Lord willing, you will be able to make your reservation later today or tomorrow. When you call in, make the reservation for “A Night to Breathe Event.”

UPDATE: You can now make reservations through THIS LINK.

Childcare:

I remember when I had wanted to go to moms event and there was no childcare and I thought, “I am desperate for the encouragement, but I can’t go because they don’t have childcare.” I don’t remember the specifics, but I must have had a nursing baby that I couldn’t leave, because my husband had always been wonderful about me getting out when I needed to. It was with this in mind, and Amy’s tender heart towards nursing moms, that we decided that we would offer very limited childcare.

If the only way you can come to the event is to bring your nursing baby, we want you to come! We can provide childcare for up to six nursing babies. To inquire more about this option, please email me at sarahmaewrites (at) gmail.com. The cost for this is $15 for the three hours during the event.

Tickets:

Several people have asked me how many tickets are left. As of right now, there are 38 4 tickets left to purchase. To get your ticket, go HERE.

Please keep us in your prayers as we plan? Thank you, friends!

Love, SM

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Day 11 – Sweep and Wash the Living Room Floors! Plus a Paperback Update!

Yes, I’m behind a bit with 31 Days to Clean, but that’s okay! Every day I get to begin again! :)

I finished up the bookshelves yesterday (see the AFTER pics HERE), and then had CAKE! Yep, I celebrated my 35th birthday with my favorite people in the world…

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One more quick thing! The edits just came back for the paperback version of 31 Days to Clean, thanks to Next Step Editing, so the paperback should, Lord willing, be available sometime next week!

Now back at it!

Today is a simple thing:  Sweep, vacuum, and/or wash your living room floor!

After pics to come!

The Online Friends Who Clean Together, Stay Together

Or something like that.

If you want to join the challenge using your social media channels, use the hashtag #31DaysToClean. I’ll be posting updates on my Facebook page, Instagram account, and Twitter account! Also, if you are blogging through the challenge, feel free to leave the direct link to your blog post in the comments!

Love, SM

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

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You can enter your name on the waitlist here.

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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.

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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.

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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

P.S. Come back here later because I will have a pretty little event poster/picture for you to share with your friends!

P.P.S. Sorry for the late 31 Days to Clean posts, but I was working on this! :) They’ll will be up soon!

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Less Than 50 Spots Open for the Fair Trade Friday March Box!

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Just quickly popping in to let you know that there are only 50 spots for the March Fair Trade Friday box!

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The Fair Trade Friday club is run by Kristen Welch (We Are THAT Family) and it “exists as an avenue for women to empower women.  We are tackling poverty through job opportunity and empowerment rather than enablement. 100% of the proceeds support the artisans, more than 300 women and their children from all over the world. FTF is a ministry of Mercy House Kenya, a non-profit organization.”

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Kristen sent me a box to check out and when I opened it, I was so impressed. The items are beautiful! My box came with the sweetest pink earrings that I adore (above), boot cuffs, a bracelet, and a keychain. (Each box comes with different items.)

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What comes in a Fair Trade Friday box?

  • 3-4 unique fair trade items
  • signature one-of-a-kind handmade bag
  • a product card with information about each of your fair trade items and the artisans who made them
  • a gift tag in case you love an item so much you want to give it away

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Want to give it a try? Just click HERE!

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Love, SM

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Day 10 – Organize the Living Room Bookshelves! I LOVE This Job!

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Today we are cleaning off and organizing the living room bookshelves! I LOVE organizing my bookshelves!

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What you don’t see here is that there are random puzzle pieces strewn on this shelf. Also, the basket is a mess of things!

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The books don’t look too bad, but again, the baskets are a mess inside! I’m going to get my organize on! WOOT!

Here’s the plan:

  • Get a big box or trash bag on hand for books you are going to giveaway
  • Take all the books off your shelf and begin to sort, putting giveaway books directly into the box or bag
  • Dust your shelves
  • Place the books back on the shelves
  • Clean out anything else that needs cleaned on your shelves (like the baskets)

After Pics!

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The Online Friends Who Clean Together, Stay Together

Or something like that.

If you want to join the challenge using your social media channels, use the hashtag #31DaysToClean. I’ll be posting updates on my Facebook page, Instagram account, and Twitter account! Also, if you are blogging through the challenge, feel free to leave the direct link to your blog post in the comments!

Love, SM

Click HERE to see all the posts in this series!

Want to join in the 31 Days to Clean challenge?

Just follow along and get your copy of 31 Days to Clean, the REVISED version on Kindle or as a PDF!

The book includes daily readings to motivate and inspire you, Mary challenges to engage your heart, and Martha challenge to get you cleaning!

31 Days to Clean, the REVISED version is available now for only .99 cents!

This post contains affiliate links. You can read my disclosure policy here

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