Coffee Chat Episode 27 | no longer live, but just as fun

Okay, so I feel a little dumb for starting something new and then quitting after only trying it twice … but, coffee chat live was just not the best fit. For me, and maybe for you, too.

We’re going back to the old way – a 10ish minute video every couple of weeks posted on a Friday. Because maybe I’m a little bit of a creature of habit and maybe it just works better this way.

In today’s video, I’ll tell you more about why the live coffee chats were not quite right, I have a stack of books to tell you about and what’s coming up this weekend. I filmed this one on a slightly sunny day (hallelujah! non-gray skies don’t happen much around here in the winter!) on our big comfy couch with my sick baby #2 upstairs (ugh, this flu season is bad).

So grab your cup of coffee and let’s chat!


Thanks for watching, friends!

If you have anything you want to talk about in an upcoming coffee chat or as a blog post, please reply in the comments and I’ll do my best to get it on the schedule.

32 Responses to Coffee Chat Episode 27 | no longer live, but just as fun

  1. Emily K March 9, 2018 at 12:16 am #

    I love that you love the Olympics as much as I do! And this year, I even watched curling, which I always skipped before…I feel like it was a big year for curling, like a lot of people discovered it (maybe because it was the main sport on after primetime?) Did you watch the gold medal game? It was amazing!

  2. Lori Morlan February 25, 2018 at 10:49 pm #

    Oh Emily, what a joy and delight you are. I love the way you make me feel welcomed in your life. Thank you for that! And thank you for using the gifts the Lord has given you to connect and inspire! Hope you have a lovely day!

    P.S. Do you have a hidden library? I’ve never seen what you do with all the books you read. Our family loves books but we always have so many I don’t know what to do with them. Books are hard to get rid of!

    • emily April 25, 2018 at 11:59 am #

      I read most of my books on the kindle app on my phone :)

  3. Sherri Len February 15, 2018 at 5:05 am #

    I like your current format best. Live ones are distracting. Just my opinion. Keep it up, and don’t feel dumb for quitting….you tried and that’s more than what most of us have done!

  4. Donnie February 13, 2018 at 10:16 am #

    Personally like this format better. The live chats it seemed like you were distracted – this to me is much more conversational. Always make me smile.

    And – thank you for the idea about turning off the text alerts – followed your example – oh my goodness – what peace it has brought. I HAVE to get email alerts because of my job – but now there is not the constant pressure to check and see what just came in. i find myself looking at the text messages and realizing I have two texts and there is no urgency or regret that I did not respond immediately!

    Love the Olympics, as well.

    Have a good week. Looking forward to the next chat.

  5. ashmasterflash February 12, 2018 at 12:34 pm #

    I would love to hear you share lessons you learned about starting your business like “what I wish I would’ve known years ago” or how you’ve scaled it! I remember filling out your survey at the beginning of the year….were you and Ryan going to do a business coaching series? Would love to learn more!

  6. Keri Karsten February 12, 2018 at 9:10 am #

    Coffee Chat Request!

    Hi Emily,

    I’m Keri Karsten and we’ve been internet friends for 9 years. :). So dear, have you starting to think about your garden, landscaping, plant(?) plans? Are you trying anything new this year? How early do you start planning? Do you have any books on topic that you love and would recommend?

    Talk soon,


  7. dondi February 10, 2018 at 9:02 am #

    I pre-ordered the love stamp love stamps, so that I would have enought to use for my Daughters wedding. The RSVP cards are a moss green and the main envelope is plum and they looked stunning on both.

    • emily February 11, 2018 at 6:20 pm #

      Those sound perfect!

  8. Jenn Anderson February 10, 2018 at 7:22 am #

    Mercy Watson! Yeah! So funny! I remember reading those when my boys were younger. I love kids books and miss having someone to enjoy them with. I highly recommend ND Wilson’s books for preteen/early teens – 100 Cupboards and Ashtown Burials series, also Outlaws of Time series. Not that you asked for recommendations. 🙂 They just came to mind. Thanks for sharing books here! I enjoy your 10 minute coffee chat videos and was not able to do the live ones. Enjoyed watching this one today!

  9. Jenny February 10, 2018 at 6:13 am #

    Hey Emily! I loved this video! You seemed very relaxed, organized and confident in your topics. No worries on no more live, you do what works best for you and your fam! Thank you for being so open about your faith! I’ll take more Jesus, faith, fellowship talks anytime… bring ‘em on ☺️

  10. Helaine February 10, 2018 at 12:50 am #

    Olympic lover here and we started with the curling too. My six year old kept saying “ oh.. a beautiful shot” 😂 it was entertaining to watch him so in to a sport that is not terribly exciting. In a couple weeks for your next chat I’d love if you mention some of your favorite stories from the games! We recently moved to France so while we are still watching we don’t really understand all the commentary. We’re learning french, but will have to wait til the next round to understand all the chat. :) thanks for the videos-10 mins works much better for me too. :)

  11. Teri February 9, 2018 at 11:02 pm #

    Fellow Olympics lover here!

  12. Amanda Marshall February 9, 2018 at 4:54 pm #

    I am such a fan of Paul David Tripp. His New Morning Mercies has been such a sweet addition to my devotions. Have you read his newest parenting book, Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family? I am half way through, but it is amazing! I am recommending it to everyone. :)

  13. Sara February 9, 2018 at 4:46 pm #

    Love your coffee chats and your book recommendations. Just wanted to let you know that the season of Lent begins actually on Valentine’s Day which is also Ash Wednesday.

  14. Ruth February 9, 2018 at 2:46 pm #

    Hi Emily! Thank you for sharing your reasons for discontinuing the live coffee chats! When I first saw that you had, I was disappointed but when you explained, I agreed that all of your points totally made sense and were completely understandable. I wasn’t able to make the live time on Tuesdays, but I watched them the next day, and while I agree that the video quality wasn’t the best, I found that watching the interaction between you and the listeners gave me a better picture of your personality and I felt that I got to know you even better than through the pre-recorded coffee chats, so thanks for that! I even watched all the way to the end both times and loved it ;) This is not to make you feel guilty for stopping WHATSOEVER, I just wanted to give you some positive feedback on your live venture! It actually reminds me of Emily P Freeman’s podcast awhile back called “Quit Something” (#13, I think) where she said that an intentional ‘no’ can make room for a life-giving ‘yes’. That is something that I am working on in my own life, and I admire and applaud you for quitting something that wasn’t working for you and your schedule, despite feeling awkward about discontinuing it so soon. You obviously can recognize what is essential in your life and listen to Jesus’ gentle nudging toward what is His best for you. Blessings, friend!

    • emily February 9, 2018 at 4:36 pm #

      Thank you so much, Ruth! I love that you enjoyed the live coffee chats – I actually really did enjoy the interaction. It makes me want to incorporate something like it in the future … maybe live (in person) events? I’m not sure …

      And, thank you also for affirming me in quitting :) As you know, I love Emily Freeman’s wise words and hope to not only make those choices in my own life but encourage others to do the same. Maybe by me publicly quitting something it will help others feel the freedom to do the same in their lives. xoxo.

  15. Danielle February 9, 2018 at 12:43 pm #

    Thanks for the tip on the stamps – SO cute! Good luck at the party this weekend and have fun 😁 I will have to check out your book picks!

    • emily February 9, 2018 at 4:37 pm #

      Ha! Wish us luck! Actually, Ethan has really great friends and we are happy to have them over :)

  16. K February 9, 2018 at 12:38 pm #

    Good decision. I like this so much better. Hope you have lots of sunny days ahead.

  17. Lucy February 9, 2018 at 12:12 pm #

    Oh, we just adored Mercy Watson. Buttered toast for everyone! Another book your older kids might like is Cardboard by Doug TenNapel. It’s a beautifully done graphic novel with a lovely (but sometimes emotionally heavy) story. My son, a reluctant reader, charged through it.

    • emily February 9, 2018 at 4:37 pm #

      Oooh, thanks for the recommendation! I will go check it out now.

  18. Jennifer Gallizzo February 9, 2018 at 11:22 am #

    Please don’t feel dumb for trying something new! It take inspiration from the graceful and honest way you honor yourself!

    • emily February 9, 2018 at 4:39 pm #

      Thank you, Jennifer :)

  19. Angela February 9, 2018 at 11:20 am #

    I love that you tried something new – even if it didn’t work out perfectly. Thanks for still continuing to make videos. They are fun to watch! You mentioned your son’s bday. Are you a big party planner? I picture your kids’ parties really crafty and well decorated 😁

    • emily February 9, 2018 at 4:41 pm #

      I am not a big party planner :) When the kids were younger we did a few fun parties (most are documented on the blog!). For this party, Ethan invited his friends, I’m making dinner and they will be outside for most of it! No decorations, just an open home, lots of food and friends – which I think is really what 14 year old boys want more than anything!

  20. MollyS February 9, 2018 at 11:13 am #

    I’ll be at the JI event and look forward to meeting you in person! Yay!

  21. Cheryl February 9, 2018 at 11:10 am #

    Love the Mercy Watson series!! Who doesn’t need more buttered toast in their life?!

  22. suzanne February 9, 2018 at 11:05 am #

    yay for you deciding what works for you and what doesn’t – and leaving space for yourself to change at some future point if you want to. i can’t make the 1 pm (my time) on tuesdays most weeks. now i don’t have to be sad that i’m missing it live!

  23. Jesse May Danson February 9, 2018 at 10:49 am #

    Thank you for sharing the Rifle Paper Co. Love stamps!! Can’t wait to pick some up…especially if I can get them in time to mail Valentine’s Day cards to grandparents. :)

  24. Cori February 9, 2018 at 10:36 am #

    Glad you went back. I couldn’t do a 45 minute video, no time with little kids. 10 minutes works for me! Thank you

  25. Laura February 9, 2018 at 7:06 am #

    Three cheers for trying something, finding that it didn’t work, and trying something new! Brilliant.

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