Meet Me at the Online Barn

world's worst barn

Last March I talked about how we had a dream. A dream that involved our whole family, Mom and Dad and my sister and her husband– Emily and John. It started with having some property and a gathering place for you and us and we thought we’d slowly move towards it in the coming years. Four months later we made an offer on 12 acres with the world’s worst barn. Renovations on the barn start next week!

We hope this barn will be a place for you to come hang out with us. A place for swap meets and craft days and parties and serious encouragement, hope and change.

But we know not everyone can come to us here in North Carolina.

So we wanted to offer something that anyone can be a part of. Something that offered hope and encouragement in the best place possible–right where you are, right where we are.

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We’ve realized that when we work together we have a lot more to offer than when we do things alone. We wanted to offer something deeper as a family to this online community that we have grown to love and appreciate.

hope*ologie

So we are starting something fun and new– as a family in addition to our individual blogs. It’s a membership site and you are invited to join us. I am so excited about this new adventure I can hardly sleep! Y’all we’ll have podcasts (I get to do podcasts with my sister!!!), videos, a progressive gallery wall (Hope*wall) that we’ll all make together and add to every month with printables and art that we help you with, a notebook (Hope*book) that we’ll work on together with worksheets and fun ideas and so much more….

hope*ologie

Come on over to Hope*ologie now to learn more and sign up to join us in a journey of Hope.

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If you sign up, be sure to follow the directions on paypal to be taken back to Hope*ologie so you can complete your order and confirm purchase, otherwise you won’t be able to see the full content. A few people accidentally closed their paypal page before their order was complete, you might even think you are in but can’t see any content, we’ll be emailing you shortly with instructions :)

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Comments

  1. baileywife says:

    I love this!!!!!!! Hope-ologie….that is an awesome word. So THIS is your secret lil project!?! I’m SOOOOO IN. ~ Kim

  2. Genius! And Beautiful and wonderful. All of you in one place (yes, I read your dad’s blog too!) is maybe just too much to handle. I couldn’t sign up fast enough. Many blessings!

  3. so excited for ya’ll.

  4. I’m sorry but I have to say I’m really disappointed at the cost of a “ministry driven” website. I wonder how many of your very loyal followers can afford $10.00 a month. I know you have to make a living but it feels just a little off to me. I have enjoyed Nesting place for years and I hope the blog will continue. You have always been “non commercial” and best of all “non self promotional”. That’s what I have found so wonderful compared to so many other blogs. I don’t mean to offend you, just felt the need to share my reaction. I’m a firm believer that anything to do with ministry should be free to everyone. I will continue to follow Nesting Place as long as it continues to speak to me and my creativity.

    • Hi Ohio, I wanted to share a different perspective regarding your comment.

      Take Pastors, for example. They serve in ministry yet they are paid for their “service”. Pastors, just like non-pastors, have bills to pay, families to tend, callings to answer, and receiving a salary, no matter how great or small, is critical to them continuing to serve. The amount of time Pastors invest in their work is immeasurable, so I believe it to be beyond fair they are paid for their time and service.

      I’m taking that same perspective and am applying it to Hope*ologie. The people behind Hope*opogie are providing a service. And while this service is their choice, it’s still a blessing to many (and more importantly, God). I’m not sure when the expectation began that gifts and talents and “second jobs” aren’t to be compensated for. I think they most certainly should.

      I was reading on the Hope*ologie site that the content shared there won’t be duplicated on their blogs, so if that was a potential concern, take heart — it won’t be crossing over.

      The Nester is incredibly talented and I’m so happy for her and her new venture with her dad and sister.

    • Oh friend … ministry people have the same bills that you and I have, the same mouths to feed, the same roof to put over the heads of their children, the same doctor bills to pay.

      They are flesh and blood people, too.

      Grace. Grace.

      To see this family put their collective giftedness together? Beautiful.

    • 1 Timothy 5:17 states that those who rule well are worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching. Biblical scholars generally agree that the original word used for honor in this passage translates to wages, stipend, or reward. Also, $10 per month is extremely reasonable and probably still doesn’t cover the time and resources that this family will be investing in this new venture.

  5. To say that I am thrilled for you would be such an understatement, but it’s worth saying anyway: I AM THRILLED FOR YOU. Of course, I just joined. And so now I’m thrilled for me.

    God bless you, sweet lady. I’m so glad for all the Morlands/Smiths/Freemans. Much love to you all!!

    • Richella, I already commented on Emily’s blog that “hope” is my scariest word. Even typing it is hard for me. Because of that, I’m taking the plunge. $10 a month is a sacrifice but I think this is going to be worth it.

  6. Robyn Broughton says:

    All the best with your venture. I live on $30 a day so won’t be signing up but I am sure there will be a lot of wealthy people interested in joining your venture.

  7. IT’S CHRISTMAS!!! I’m so excited about this and am so proud of you for all the hard work!
    Can’t wait to dig in.
    Mucho love,
    e

  8. I’m in! I think this is a wonderful way for your family to blend your gifts together and a wonderful way to reach more people than would be able to travel to you! I wish you the best and am excited to see where it leads over the next few months. I have been a fan of Nesting place since 2008 and found Emily soon after – you have both been a great inspiration to me. Seeing your family work together last November at the Barn Event lets me know that your hearts are in the right place and that you will give this your all. God Bless!

  9. That looks like so much fun! You’re lucky to be able to work with your family on something you are all passionate about.

  10. Melanie Miller says:

    I think this is just the coolest thing EVER. The concept, the name, living out a dream with your family; well, it is so beautiful. Thank you for stepping out, including us (I’ve never been a charter member of anything before now!) and for being so warm, welcoming and real. You inspire me and I pray it is Grace all around. Many blessings to all of you!

  11. I am on both sides of the fence excited and disappointed. Nester, you have actually changed my life by freeing me from my own expectation of perfection, because of that I am thrilled for more encouragement from you! On the flip side I am disappointed that I may not be able to join. However I do support you in this new endeavor. I am new to following blogs and I have always found it strange how all this fabulous information and ideas are at our fingertips with out any cost. Today as I sit down to pay bills I will be overlooking my budget to see where I may be able to squeeze out the money to join. Becuase of the positive impact you’ve had on my life I will sacrifice something else to continue to be encouraged by you!

    • Tricia I so SO hear you. And even though clearly I think the information is very valuable, obviously paying your bills is at the top of the budget list. It’s not worth not paying a bill, EVER! :) So know that there will always be encouraging words here at Nesting Place (especially once we get our wonky country internet fixed in the next week or so!) nothing will be removed from the blog, nothing will change here, it’s only additional content (and videos and podcasts and such) at the new site.

      • I found a $13 credit on my paypal that I forgot about so I signed up! Yay!

        • yippie!!!

          Don’t forget, it’s a monthly subscription, so cancel before the end of the month if you don’t want to come out again–new content every month!

          xoxo

          • Anonymous says:

            Yes, yes I saw that. I think every month I can shrimp and scrape it together. :) You are SO honest!! Question: does pay pal charge the 9th of every month since I stared on the 9th or is it at the start of the month?

          • Oops. Forgot to put my name and I meant scrimp and scrape up the money not shrimp and scrape. Eww that sounds gross.

  12. hey friend. love it. excited to start my own hope book. love the heart behind and the wisdom in the project. thanks so much for dreaming and then sharing. xoxo

  13. Here’s what I just wrote over at Emily’s but I had to comment here too.

    I am flipping out right now. You guys! You’re geniuses! All of you! {Apparently !!!s are contagious.} I cried when I read this post. No idea why. Maybe it’s because redemption, imperfection, acceptance, and hope are my heartbeat too. {When I wrote the About Me section for the new blog, these are the things that all rallied together and emerged as the theme.} So of course I am all over this. Hope, in all its many forms, is the story of my life and the story I love seeing lived out in the lives of others.

    Cannot wait. I listened to the Podcast you and your Emily did with Tsh. I was all giggles while folding my laundry. I actually even thought to myself, “they should totally do this together.” No lie. And now you are. : ) Huge congrats on all of this awesomeness!

  14. Myquillyn, I have no idea why, but as I read your post tears flowed. Maybe it’s because I’m really low on little “h” hope….but know big “H” Hope personally.
    I LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. the name “Hope*ologie.” Seriously…you all are geniuses. I cannot imagine the delight you all have in working together, either.
    It will be a while before I will be joining you. But, know I’m looking forward to it (Remember Hope never disappoints!!) and believe God is going to do some amazing things with this amazing new venture!
    Godspeed, girlfriend!!! Keep us posted on the progress here. ;)
    {{hugs}}

  15. Aren’t you guys so clever and creative to dream this up?? Love it. Count me in! :)

  16. I’m in, I’m in, I’m in! I am so excited to have another way to be blessed by your words. Totally selfish, I know. ;) But I’m excited for you and all the other people too.

    And I really like the word “charter.” I am a charter member, hmmm…so cool.

    May God richly bless this new ministry! I will do everything I can to help him. and you. :)

  17. I wonder if there is any way you guys can do commenting over there or have a FB page or something? I am a total lurker but I love reading what others think of things and would love to hear how they are incorporating your ideas in their lives!
    xo

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