When I went to bed on Sunday night after hitting Publish on the post about this conference idea, I’d begun to second-guess the whole thing.
As I tried to fall asleep, I kept thinking: What if there’s no need for an event like this? What if this is just some weird thing that only Hallie and I would want to do and we’re about to be hosting a very expensive two-person party for ourselves? Gah! We never should have put down that deposit. That’s what I get for listening to the Holy Spirit!!! (Pray for my spiritual director. He has his work cut out for him.)
I eventually assured myself that surely at least a few other women would like to come to an event like this, and optimistically thought that I could probably expect to see a handful of encouraging responses to the post.
I honestly never saw it coming when I grabbed my phone the next morning, and it was exploding with texts and emails, all of them containing the word “conference” and a lot of exclamation points. I checked comments to see them pouring in one after another. Hallie called to read the flood of Facebook messages in support of the event.
To sum up what Hallie said in her post today:
This is going to be seriously awesome.
Now. A few administrative things:
- We’ll be ready to make an official announcement with the name, speakers, location details, ticket price and sale dates, and all that good stuff very soon (within the next couple of weeks).
- We are thrilled by all the kind offers of help. We are currently racking our brains to make use of as much of this wonderful volunteer army as possible, and will get back to you all as soon as we can.
- The event is targeted to the needs of Catholic mothers, but all women are welcome to join us!
- Here’s the biggest thing: Seating is not unlimited. In fact, because we waaaaaay underestimated the response we’d get, the venue is quite small. I don’t think we’re going to be able to accommodate even a fraction of the number we want to. We’re exploring all our options for expanding the capacity, but it looks like there’s only going to be so much we can do this time around.
But here’s the good news: Now that we’ve seen how much everyone wants something like this to happen, we are going to get this figured out. Whether it’s through satellite parties and live streaming this year or a much bigger venue next year (or all of the above!), we are determined to find a way to host a super fun event that can hold anyone who is able to attend.
There will probably be some bumps in the road along the way. Right now we are reeling from the response — in a good way! — and are scrambling to keep our heads above water as we take in all this new information. I thank you for your prayers and your patience as we get this all sorted out.
This is going to be so much fun. We cannot wait for you to join us.