I speak. Out loud. And not just to tell my kids, “I’ll be out in a minute,” and “I know your brother hit you,” and “I know you were sitting there doing nothing at all, and he hit you for no reason, and you NEED me, but please stop sticking your fingers under the bathroom door, and I promise I’ll be out soon.”
I also speak at charity events, conferences, retreats, churches, camps, writing workshops and regularly to myself in front of my computer.
If you’d like me to speak at your event, send a message and details to FiveKidsIsALotOfKids@gmail.com.
For a list of topics, see the sidebar to your left, especially the sections On Being a Mom, On Finding a Village, On Authentic Faith, and On Depression. Other favorite topics include Parenting and Imperfection, Parenting Kids With Special Needs, Adoption, Body Image, Building Community, How to Tell Your Story Deliberately, and Writing.
I’d also love to see you at one of the events listed below.
In order to create more writing space in my schedule and prioritize the Magic in the Mess Writing Retreat and Grace and the Grime Spiritual Formation Retreat events, I’m accepting very few other speaking engagements. Feel free to send me your pitch, though. Just don’t be surprised if I have to say, “GAH! So sorry!”
PREVIOUS SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
(This is not a complete list.)
January 19-23, 2017 — Magic in the Mess Writing Retreat 202
November 10-14, 2016 — Grace in the Grime Spiritual Formation Retreat
June 16-19, 2016 — Grace in the Grime Spiritual Formation Retreat
June 12-15, 2016 — Magic in the Mess Writing Retreat
January 28-31, 2016 — Magic in the Mess Writing Retreat
November 12, 2015 — Speaker, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Florence, South Carolina: “Jesus in the Mess”
August 2, 2015 – Speaker, West Hills Friends Church: Kindling Conversation, “The Church Isn’t Dying, It’s Being Reborn”
May 14-17, 2015 Magic in the Mess Writing Retreat, May 2015, Oregon Coast
November 2014 – Speaker, Silverton MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), Silverton, Oregon
13 October 2014 – Speaker, Newberg MOPS, Newberg, Oregon
17 August 2014 – Speaker, West Hills Friends, a Christ-centered, welcoming Quaker community in Portland, Oregon.
19 June 2014 – Speaker, Newberg Early Bird Rotary Club, Newberg, Oregon.
13 May 2014 – Panelist, Make the Most of Summer: A Busy Parent’s Guide. The Oregonian Plus Speakers Series with The Omamas and Beth Woolsey.
26 April 2014 – Speaker, McMinnville MOPS Ladies’ Luncheon & Silent Auction, McMinnville, Oregon
14 April 2014 – Speaker, Newberg MOPS, Newberg, Oregon
15 March 2014 – Speaker, REST Charity Event, Auction & Raffle, 4th Street Brewery, Gresham, Oregon
7-8 March 2014 – Session Speaker, Faith & Culture Writers Conference, George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon
1 November 2013 – Panelist, McMinnville MOPS, Topic: On Motherhood and Comparison
31 January 2013 – Speaker, Women’s Bible Study Fellowship, Newberg Friends Church, Topic: On Living Authentically, Even in the Church
8 October 2012 – Speaker, Newberg MOPS, Topic: On Authenticity and Community
26 August 2012 – Guest Preacher, North Valley Friends Church, Topic: On Living Authentically, Even in the Church