This and That–Australia, Relevant and life!

I get to see my wonderful son,Joel, composer,  and such a cherished friend, and studies in Boston! Can’t wait to squeeze his neck and plaster him with a mama kiss.

I do think this is the busiest time of my whole life–and I have said that many times. But, it really seems to be a new kind of busy—many wonderful ministry opportunities, finishing Joy’s last year well, and spending hours on the phone with my three oldest–still training, loving, advising, praying and keeping up, and searching for time with Clay alone, and my sweet groups of moms here and writing–and of course eating and drinking tea every day–and I just can’t seem to get on top of it all. I especially feel badly that I am not writing some of you wonderful friends back–my email boxes are full. Please forgive me if I do not write back–it is not because I don’t care about you, but I am just trying to ride the waves of this season and keep centered on the Lord and my family and somehow my correspondence seems to keep building and building. But I do read my comments and emails and you all keep me going-and I pray for most everyone who writes to me. So please forgive me, pray for me and know that I so appreciate every letter and comment I get!

History Trip

Oh, boy, oh boy, oh boy! Going on a fun history trip with my sweet friends and Joy–less than 24 hours to pack and get my ducks in a row! It is a tradition with all of my kids to go on adventures to see the places of people we have studied. Last year we went to Sweden (really Kansas!) and this year to Boston, Philly and New York–Broadway play, statue of liberty, Louisa May Alcott’s Home, Freedom trail, tea at the Boston Library with my dear Joel, Minute Man museum, Liberty Bell and Ben Franklin’s house and such, Valley Forge, museums, and lots of fun and playing and of course seeing all of you who have written where we will be speaking for one night in Philly, Boston and New York City. Please pray we all stay well and healthy.


A sweet friend, Barb Somervaille, in Australia, wants Joy and me to come to do a Mom’s conference and a Mom Heart Leadership Training in Australia in June. We are praying about this and hoping something works out. What she wants to know is if there are other moms interested in this who would help her get the word out, come to the conference and or want to be trained in how to start a group. You can email her to tell her of your interest. 

Relevant Conference 

I am so excited to attend the Relevant Blogging conference in a couple of weeks. I love Sarah Mae and have so much to learn from the wonderful women who will attend. If you are a regular follower of my blog and you are attending, I would love to hear from you! Be sure to stop me when we are there! 

I feel so very blessed to walk with God during these days. May His grace and love be real to you today! Please keep the letters coming–they keep me writing. You are all so very dear to me and make me feel like I have kindred spirits all around.

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  1. Ann says

    Bless you, dear Sally. As fellow moms, we all understand the busyness and fullness of your days. Don’t spend a second worrying over correspondence. Our dear Lord provides the time when it’s necessary. We know you have us in your heart and that means the world. I know I speak for moms everywhere. I’m deep in Seasons of a Mother’s Heart and it is such a comfort and guide as I navigate my way through homeschooling an only daughter, one who may be an extrovert (to my introvert). Today when I softened after way too many days of focusing on discipline, she said to me, “Mommy, you’re the best Mommy in the world,” and how my heart sings at those words.
    Thank you for all you do, Sally. You are such an amazing gift to me and so many others. Your light shines brightly!

  2. suzanne says

    oh i would LOVE to attend a mom conference in aus. any chance of coming to brisbane, qld, australia? i’ll have a 3 month old by then though as well as 2 other littlies so doubt i could help much or do groups :(

  3. Mary Robin Gibson says

    Sweet Sally,
    My mom and dad live near Valley Forge. Let me know if you need a home to stay in around that time.
    Mary Robin

  4. says

    Have a wonderful time.
    Can’t wait to see if you will make it to Australia. One of the moms we brought to your conference a couple of years ago just moved to Australia. I know she would love to see you.

  5. says

    Where in Australia does Barb live? If you were to do the conference in Brisbane (QLD), I’d be there for sure!! It’s the nearest city to where I live (3 hours drive). I’ve enjoyed your books for years Sally, and so have many of my friends. We would all be there with bells on!!! :D xxxx

  6. says

    Sally – thank you for sharing that this is the busiest time of your life!!! I’m feeling that way too right now – almost in a sort of “what have I done?” (or what is God doing?) sort of way. Between blogging, homeschooling, my husband’s business and my email inbox and now Relevant…well – I’m slightly in over my head. Then there’s Christmas coming – oh dear!!! lol!!!
    I just shared on my blog about 3 weeks ago that I am cutting back my posts from 5 days a week to 3. It’s hard to cut back – but it’s only for a season. My kids are only this age once – I don’t want to miss it!!
    See you soon!

  7. says

    So excited for you and your family in that you get to visit all these places! I just have to ask: how in the world do you get to graduate your kids so early? I need some guidance in this area, as homeschooling a 14 year old freshman has just begun for our adventure.
    Thanks so much!
    You’re always in my prayers!

  8. Beth says

    Am praying for you all on your trip! Give Joel another hug and say it’s from us. Praying for your speaking engagements. And that you’ll enjoy the journey amidst your busyness. Don’t bother writing–just wanted you to know you’re in my heart, thoughts, and prayers.

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