meet emily freeman

Welcome to Chatting at the Sky! I’ve been writing in this space for over seven years, sharing my own photos and personal stories. I hope you see something hopeful here, something that calls courage out from places within you that maybe you forgot were there, something that resonates with you as a person.

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Why Chatting at the Sky?

If you already know that the title of the blog was inspired by a song written by Sarah Masen called Tuesday, then I automatically like you. People who like Sarah Masen music are always cool.

My Family

I live in North Carolina with my husband, John. We have been married for twelve years and have three children: twin girls who look like him and a son who looks like me.

My sister is The Nester. My Dad’s blog is here.


I’m deeply curious about the mystery of Christ, the gracefulness of the everyday, and the sacredness of our inner lives. Everything I write or speak about comes from this curiosity and the deep conviction that every need, desire, and expectation is met in the person of Jesus Christ.

Sometimes when blog readers meet me in real life, they are surprised by my personality. I am a quiet, contemplative writer with a loud, obnoxious laugh and an emotional allergy to small talk. Technically I’m an introvert, but from the outside you probably wouldn’t know it.


You can find me writing here several times a week as well as once a month over at (in)courage.

Emily's Books

My first book is Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life (2011)

My second book is Graceful {For Young Women} (2012)

My third book is A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live (2013)


I am energized when I have the opportunity to serve and interact with any combination of the following groups of people: writers, dreamers, contemplatives and recovering perfectionists. Here is my schedule for 2014 as well as a list of past events.


If you are interested in having me speak at your event, simply fill out this request form.

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Top posts at Chatting at the Sky

If you are new around here, you might want to check out a sampling of my most visited posts:





Just Breathe

Parenting and Ministry

House-y Stuff

You can also check out my blog archive to find more posts that might be of interest to you.

Compassion International

philippinesIn the spring of 2011, I was a part of a team of bloggers who travelled to Manila, Philippines with Compassion International. We blogged about our experience in order to raise awareness for the need to support children and families living in poverty around the world. Telling parts of their stories helped me see that though we can’t do everything for them, we can do something.

ugandaIn January 2014 I traveled with a team of bloggers traveling to Uganda with Compassion.  You can read about our experiences on that trip here. My family and I continue to sponsor children through Compassion and you can too.