Charlotte. A list.

on August 16, 2012 in AnnieSpeaks, Girls of Grace with 7 comments by

Let me make a list of reasons I am excited that Girls of Grace heads to Charlotte this weekend. Everybody cool with a list? Me hopes yes.

1. This new banner.

Do you love it or WHAT? I know. I’m dying with happy. Jonathan Rush designed it and it is just plain adorable. Also, it will help when people are like, “Oh, that girl on stage. She’s the one with the book.” Because, you know, prior to that, they may have been confused. You never know.

2. I have family in Charlotte. Particularly a cousin who is hilarious and we like a lot of the same things and we hung out in Scotland and laughed and I get to see her. So that’s neato.

3. While I put on a pretty rockstar front to you guys [no I don’t], I still think some of this new job with Girls of Grace is BEYOND cool. Example? I get to ride the tour bus to Charlotte. I like tour buses. I think they are fun. And I love when all my friends are trapped in the same place with me and have to hang out [see: camp, retreats, buses, airplanes, foreign countries].

[Someday soon I should tell you how amazingly cool it is to be on tour getting to speak on weekends and hang out with cool speakers and musicians and POINT OF GRACE. I’ll make a note of that for a future blog post.]

I know I live in Nashville and I’m supposed to play it real cool about the tour bus and everybody in this town does this for a living and yadda yadda yadda. So in public, I’m playing it cool. But here at the blog when it is just you guys? I’m totally being honest and saying SQUEEEAAAALLL. [But don’t tell Nashville, okay?]

4. I love the Carolinas. Except their SEC football team [ahem gamecocks]… but otherwise, love.

5. Amber is out on this same tour and I cannot say enough what a gift it is to travel with a bestie.

6. This is the last event before Perfectly Unique officially releases [insert panic here], so this will be the last group of gals to get the book in their paws early… I’m excited to start hearing what the readers have to say!

7. There is a new band out with us this weekend- For King & Country. Two [attractive] gentlemen from Australia… not mad about it. And then, of course, the ever lovely Meredith Andrews and my new favorite people ever, Group 1 Crew. So that will be a blast.

7 is my favorite number, so we’ll end right there. [Well, if you want to get technical, 7 is my favorite prime number. 21 is my all-time favorite number, 3 x 7…. oh man I’m a dork.]

. . . . .

Exciting news! I have two tickets for Saturday’s event to give away! So if you are in / near / like to drive to / want to fly to Charlotte, North Carolina, leave a comment and tell me who you would bring with you! A random winner will be drawn at noon EST on Friday… mainly because that’s when the tour manager needs the names for the comp list.

I know. A tour manager. A comp list. Don’t tell Nashville about this one either, but SQUEEEEAAALLLL.


  1. posted on Aug 16, 2012 at 8:47 AM  |  reply

    1) Your “best case scenario” of having a lot of people trapped in the same place? That is my worst nightmare. I hated summer camp (no escape). I refuse to get on a boat (no escape). I like to drive myself places so that there’s no chance I’ll be stuck with no escape. You are the more social Annie. 🙂

    2) I hope you see Jef, Emily, and Ricky.

    • Joanna
      posted on Oct 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM  |  reply

      He lives at Phillips Place

  2. KR
    posted on Aug 16, 2012 at 10:14 AM  |  reply

    What fun! If I won I would totally give the tickets to my 2 nieces, Hannah (to whom I gave your original book) (she’s 13) and Sara (15). We have family in the Charlotte area. I know it’ll be awesome!

  3. posted on Aug 16, 2012 at 11:05 AM  |  reply

    I love that you love Charlotte cause I love Charlotte too. I’d love to go and if my friend “nester” is in town, I’ll totes bring her. But if not, my friend Karrie;)

  4. posted on Aug 16, 2012 at 4:10 PM  |  reply

    Seven reasons I love this post:
    1. I can’t help but get excited when you’re excited! You’re highly contagious. Stop it already. [Don’t really.]
    2. I love the pic of you and your banner! It’s great and you look so cute in your outfit and your fashionABLE scarf. Rock it.
    3. I love Charlotte too! Have a few friends there! Friends with babies I’ve yet to meet, so I’m also on the slightly jel side of this one.
    4. I’m excited, because you reminded me that your book is coming out very soon! And that means I’m moving fairly soon after that! And that little book is going to be my first little purchase all up in the Nash.
    5. I love the styling loveliness that is Amber Lehman!
    6. So jel of the whole For King & Country thingy.
    7. Seven is my fav number too! I think it’s just because I’m the 7th child. But I really do like all odd numbers and can’t explain why.

    Hope you have an awesome time in Charlotte!

  5. Valerie
    posted on Aug 16, 2012 at 5:03 PM  |  reply

    Oh. My. Gosh! We are actually going to be in the area for the weekend. If I won tickets, I’d bring my sweet daughter.

  6. posted on Aug 19, 2012 at 11:33 AM  |  reply

    Annie- Thanks for your uncompromising commitment to proclaim God’s unchanging Truth. As soon as we loaded into our car after yesterday’s “Girls of Grace” celebration in Charlotte, Caroline began reading her personalized copy of “Perfectly Unique” and hasn’t put it down! You are loved. In His grip- Tara Reeves

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