Here I am bursting with the news I’ve been dying to tell you for weeks:
No, I’m not pregnant (seems like a reasonable caveat with my track record.)
The BIG NEWS is about the Edel Gathering organized by lovely and wonderful ladies, Jen Fulwiler and Hallie Lord. It is going to be an AMAZING weekend of renewal and fun for moms (and conversation with other grown ups!) in Austin, TX July 25th and 26th. It’s like all my favorite Catholic bloggers are congregating into an awesome explosion of good times: Jen and Hallie will be there. Dwija and Cari will be there. Ana and Grace will be there! Check out the web site to be introduced to the whole fantastic team. Ahhhh! I wouldn’t miss this for the world. And not only will I be there, but….well, let me tell you a funny story:
A few weeks ago I got an email from THE Jen Fulwiler which was in and of itself enough to completely make my afternoon. It was about the gathering Jen and Hallie were brainstorming about (I had recently mentioned on Carrots that it seemed like a Catholic womens/blogging conference was really needed.) And my first thought was, “Oh my gosh! Jen’s organizing a shindig! And she’s letting telling me about it! She’s going to let me attend her event! This is awesome!”
Then my jaw dropped. Because Jen and Hallie were asking me to SPEAK at the conference. As in, be a speaker. Stand up in the front and talk. This can’t be right, I thought. So I checked to make sure she hadn’t accidentally cc’d me when she was emailing the person she ACTUALLY wanted to invite to speak…..But it did say “Haley” at the top of the email. Must be the wrong address! Must a DIFFERENT Haley. That explains it! So I did some very methodical google searches: “Haley catholic blogger” “Haley Stewart blog” “Haley Stewart catholic”, etc. Just me. Then I re-read the email approximately 25,000 times and noticed that she did reference “Daniel” and the fact that everybody had been sick at our house….so unless there was another Catholic blogging Haley Stewart with a husband named Daniel inhabiting a house of 3 currently ill children, she was actually asking me to speak at the event.
But I did make Daniel read the email, too. Just to be sure, before responding with a a bunch of exclamation points that yes, I would speak and I couldn’t be more excited about it.
So…….I’m speaking at the Edel Gathering! With some amazing women and please, pretty please, come hang out with me in Austin and eat tex-mex!
And if you don’t want to wait til July to hang out, you should definitely join me and some other Janeites tonight for the Motherhood and Jane Austen book club meeting. You can follow along on YouTube and we’ll be discussing Pride and Prejudice. So fun!
Also, today is the LAST DAY of the 40% off sale of our ebook, Feast! So, grab yourself a copy while it’s still $4.99!