The World’s Worst Barn, Why We Love it & an Invitation


When we found this house, the house wasn’t really the draw.

It was the whole package. Because we had a dream along with our family, we were thrilled to find a property that was an old sawmill. It had a handful of open tin roof structures, room to roam and an old green metal shed that we are giving the world’s largest compliment to and calling it the barn.

the barn

It’s going to take a lot of work to make this barn presentable. I dream about a big storm coming and knocking it down and wonder if that would make things easier.

the barn

But, this, the World’s Worst Barn is full of invisible potential.

the barn

We are hoping to use it for fun things–and invite you to come join us for the fun. Parties, craft days, Big Sales, encouragement, concerts by Reeve, gatherings, swap meets, a place to be listened to, a place for listening, a place to get perspective and so forth–wouldn’t that be fun!?

We’ve had this dream with our family long before we ever laid eyes on the World’s Worst Barn. Before we ever found our land, we planned and booked the first gathering to coorelate with Emily’s book that will be released in October: A Milion Little Ways. We’d love for you to join our whole family, Mom and Dad, Emily and John and Me and Chad at the small barn at the Granery for our first gathering that is focused on calling all hopers, dreamers, questioners and ordinary people.

Meet us at The Barn, be encouraged by my sister’s story, uncover the art you were made to live.

the granery

You can find out so much more about our dream and this event, written so much more eloquently at Emily’s blog today. We are planning on this gathering being the first of many where different members of our family may take the lead but we’ll all be involved. If this sounds like something you’d like to attend, save the date: Saturday, November 23, in the afternoon at the Granary near Winston-Salem, NC. There will be a limited number of tickets available and since this gathering focuses on the message in Emily’s book, her newsletter subscribers will get a heads up for tickets first (here’s where to sign up).

at the barn

Meanwhile, we’ll be getting our house liveable so that we can focus on our next project, getting The Barn usable. Angela and I are planning on having a Big Sale at our barn, for one of the first events–this time we’ll have enough room! I. Am. So. Excited.

Y’all we are gonna have a place to meet together, our home (along with The World’s Worst Barn) is located about 30 minutes east of Charlottte, NC. I hope you come hang out at The Barn sometime with us in the future. Instead of attending lots of big conferences, this introvert dreams of  walking over to the barn, decorating it for you and having a handful of people at a time come and connect in a real, encouraging and creative way.

Meet us at The Barn.


  1. Amazing dream God is bring to fruition! It’s not lost on me that Jesus, being born in a stable, would come and meet his people in a gathering in a barn. Maybe that is why I have such fascination with them – even a Pinterest board of them – and I am not alone. Wish it wasn’t so far away but who knows what the future holds : )

  2. I love the dreams you have for your barn! I’m only around 2 hours away in SC, so I just may see you at that barn :) I love following your story. I’m heading now to be sure I’m subscribed to Emily’s blog.

  3. You and your sister have put crazy swirly thoughts into my head this afternoon about my own barn and land. By the way, my barn is much worse – dirt floors and sprayed down with motor oil for decades. It is a beautiful thing, though, and sits in the mountains just over into VA. Literally biking distance into TN and NC. This gathering and the grabbing onto seeds of dreams is thrilling. Thanks for sharing all of this with us.

  4. I can truly feel your generosity of spirit! How wonderful that this is all coming together for you!

  5. That sound wonderful! If only I didn’t live on the opposite side of the country. :-(

  6. This just made my heart feel all warm and fuzzy! Not only the wonderful old building bugt also, its intended use! I love this idea and think it is so important! Hugs, Leena

  7. I am now guilty of breaking the tenth commandment “do not covet”
    I want your house, acreage, and barn!

    No, really, I am happy for your family!
    It is all beautiful and so is your testimony!

  8. With all the summer time excitement and back to school madness, I haven’t had time to read my favorite blogs lately. I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU! Your dream becoming reality and oh what a joy to see how God is blessing your family. I’m just thrilled for you guys, and I’m currently trying to figure out how on earth to get up to North Carolina for one of your super parties in your BARN! I love your scary barn. I can’t wait to see what you do with it! :)

    So happy for you, sweet friend!

  9. I am so excited! I only live 5 minutes from that venue! Checking that date on the fall football schedule immediately. My daughter is getting married in three years and goes to school in Charlotte. Maybe I could prebook the Green Barn…lol. Beautiful property.

  10. Your “barn” is beautiful! It is truly a very nice building. We would love to have one here at our country house. A house and very old open front shed are all that’s here. Thankful right along with you for the many new blessings coming your way.

  11. I can totally see how awesome that space could be as well. Amazing, really.

  12. Count. Me. IN! :-D

  13. We would LOVE to come! yes!

  14. This is perfection~! It sounds like you are literally right down the road from me now. Would love to meet you IRL one day!

  15. Sounds wonderful! I used to live 30 miles east of CLT (in Monroe) and teach in Anson county so I could definitely see going back for a visit and to hang out with a few like-minded peeps. In a barn. That will definitely become the World’s BEST Barn by the time you’re finished with it!

  16. I’m jealous but excited for you! When we moved to a place with some land I was hoping we could have something like that for me and one for him. Oh well I love our place as is.
    Wish I lived closer to NC

  17. Your barn will be your castle and will be better than you ever imagined. Why? Because you’ve loved it from the moment you saw it as a promise. Once a space feels love and cared for, it can only rise above our expectations because we’ve loved it and knew its potential. My daughter proved that promise fulfilled to me with her art classroom. When she first saw her classroom to be, it was a largel, filthy, full of junk, no storage, boring room, but she loved it. She spent an entire summer foraging through dried up markers, broken bits of pastels, old faded color paper and clay from the stone clay from the stone ages. She was in that room constantly, cleaning, freshening, organizing, ordering new supplies, having it painted and decorating it with all sorts of inspirational designs, color, pictures, nature garlands and motivational words. She spent all that time on something she loved before it was anything, because she saw a promise. During the first of school, she was rewarded with
    squeals of delight from her 440 art students, oohs and ahs from other teachers and a real sense of connection to her room. Every year, she does it all over again, something creative, something inspiring, bright and new because she knows now there will be a promised fulfilled.

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