The Delta area of The Opryland Hotel
I will write another post by the end of the week with more information and details about the event, as well as a link to the new web-site. We are still "working on it" or I am just a nervous wreck about pressing the "Go Live" button. I really wish one of you lived next door and I could just ask you to come over here and press the button for me. Pray for me :)
I wanted to share that this year we are charging a small ticket price and actually using a vendor to handle the tickets for the event. We hosted the event last year completely free and loved doing so and our heart was to do that again this year. But in reality, we just could not do that again and need to cover the costs. I don't want that detail to keep anyone from attending who would really like to attend so if there is a need, please e-mail me and I will do everything I can to get you to the event!
The second reason that we decided to use a ticket vendor was to bring order. I love order. Mainly because I have very little of it here with four children under the age of 7! And when I say order, I simply mean an organized way of keeping up with the Pearl Girls.
Last year was a little hectic. I kept up with a list (by the grace of God) that went something like this.....
Suzy's hairdresser is attending.84
Now only Aunt Jane can attend- cancel Suzy.83
Suzy is attending now84
Mary Catherine's teacher is attending85
The friend of Aunt Jane that she used to work with can't make it 84
Can I just say how excited I was/still am that anyone wanted to attend? I wanted everyone to be there who wanted to be there. I was amazed and thankful and humbled beyond words. But I didn't do a very good job of keeping up with a list like that....and when you are giving a head count to a hotel, well you need a good list. Hopefully this helps to explain the few changes and I will keep you posted as I have more information.
But here is what I have so far .....
The Pearl Event
June 26th, 2010
(We will have a group rate for the hotel if anyone would like to stay the night and I will pass that information along as soon as I receive it. )
We also wanted to organize a blogger meet-up before the event! What do you think? I know how exciting it is to meet your blogging buddies in person~ there is really nothing like it! So since we are hosting in the South this year I decided that a "Sip and See" was in order. Only now I believe we are changing the name of that little gathering to a "Sip and Tweet" since so many of you are on Twitter now!
This Blessed Nest felt that it was a good idea to share with the blogging community who was planning to attend by listing everyone on a blog roll! I thought that was a great idea and that way you can all connect before hand. I haven't posted a blog roll in a very long time because I was worried that I would hurt someones feelings or leave someone off by mistake, but I just love the idea of a Pearl Girl blog roll so you have the opportunity to visit with one another before the event.
Hopefully this helps with planning and such and I just want to say again, thank you for everything. Please keep this special night in your prayers. We need every single one.
Have a beautiful and blessed week!