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Walking to the future

Okay, so I have some news.

And it’s news that I’ve been wanting to share for about the last six months but haven’t been able to for a variety of reasons, many of which involve my fear of putting myself out there and facing potential rejection.

But first I’m going to tell you the shortest version I can manage of the whole story. If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time you know this would be a good time to get comfortable, maybe grab a pillow and some caffeine. Because, MY WORD, at the wordiness. Especially when I’m trying to find all the right words.

Three years ago (Do you see now why you might want a pillow? You’re probably thinking CUT TO THE CHASE, NANCY.) I went to a conference called She Speaks. The official reason I went was to teach a little course on blogging, which in and of itself is hilarious, but when Lysa Terkeurst invited me she mentioned it might be a great chance to put together a book proposal and meet with some literary agent/publisher type people. I wasn’t sure how I felt about the whole thing and had no idea how to translate my unique ability to write about nothing into some type of book format, but I decided I’d give it a whirl and came up with a proposal.

While I was there I met with an agent named Bill Jensen and liked him immediately. He promised to look over my proposal and said he’d try to get back to me in a few weeks. Then I met with a publisher who let me know she wasn’t interested. AT ALL.

Thank you. I will just go curl up in the fetal position and cry now.

And so I decided to let the whole book thing go. Until several months later when I received an email from Bill Jensen asking if I wanted to talk to him on the phone. So we talked. And then we talked some more. And then I kind of freaked out and felt overwhelmed by the whole thing and sent him what I hoped was a very nice email thanking him for his time but explaining that I was slightly neurotic and completely incapable of thinking about writing a book.

I’m a blogger. I blog. That’s what I do. And it allows me to talk about the kind of chips I bought at the grocery store and the cute shirt I found on sale at Anthropologie and I think we all know that Jane Austen never wrote a book about any of those things.

Of course Jane Austen also wrote fiction and I don’t do fiction because I prefer real life. She also wore petticoats. And probably wore her hair in a bun.

But over the last three years, the book thing (as I refer to it) has been the thing that God has not allowed me to let go of. I’ve gone through months where I’ve hardly thought about it at all, but then have had other days where the weight of it sat on me so heavy that it was like I’d forgotten to do something really important, like pick Caroline up from school or record Rachel Zoe on the DVR.

It’s just been there. Hanging out there. Like a big matzo ball.

Then I went to the Deeper Still Conference in Birmingham last December (You should feel thankful that I just fast-forwarded you through three years of tears and agony and conflict. It’s been like an episode of Dynasty in my head.) and that Saturday night went to a Compassion Bloggers’ reunion dinner. I had the opportunity to meet Ann Voskamp in person for the first time. Ann and I talked for a few minutes and she was every bit as wonderful as I knew she would be and then she asked, “Whatever happened to that book you were going to write?”

Dang. Ann Voskamp just softly dropped a hammer on me and she had no idea.

It took everything in me not to just put my head in her lap and cry, but instead I think I said something eloquent like “I don’t know”. And then she encouraged me to write in the way that only Ann Voskamp can encourage you. I will be forever grateful to her for that.

So I began to pray about the book thing and around mid-January I just knew I was supposed to email Bill Jensen and ask if he still had any interest in working with me. And I kind of told God that if I didn’t hear from Bill then I was going to drop the whole thing. Because, yes, I’m in charge.

Two months later I hadn’t heard a word back from Bill and I began to wonder if I’d said something in my email to offend him. I searched my sent items folder for the email and quickly discovered I’d sent it to the wrong email address because I’m an idiot who can’t be trusted with responsibility. So I re-sent the email and, I KID YOU NOT, five minutes later I had an email from Bill in my inbox asking when I’d like to talk on the phone.

And I think God was up in heaven kind of laughing at me.

Over the next few months, Bill helped me put a book proposal together and answered all 82,132 questions I had about the entire process. I spent weeks upon weeks at Starbucks typing my little heart out until the smell of coffee began to make me feel like I might have a seizure.

But here’s the moment in the whole thing that I will never forget as long as I live. About a week before we sent out the proposal, Bill and I were talking on the phone. It was mid-August and Caroline was sitting in the back seat, waiting on me to finish my conversation so we could go into Subway and order some truly mediocre sandwiches.

After I hung up the phone I said, “Babe, thanks for being so patient. That was an important call about the book.”

“Mama?”

“What, sweetie?”

“It has taken you a really long time to write a book.”

Since I’m never one to miss a teachable moment outside of Subway, I replied “Yes it has. But you know what? Sometimes in life the things we have to wait on the longest or work the hardest for turn out to be the sweetest things in the end.”

And then she said something that I know was God speaking through her right to my heart.

“Mama? Sometimes we have to walk to our future even when it feels like we want to run.”

Dang. My own daughter. Where did that wisdom come from? Whose kid is that? Is that one of Ann Voskamp’s kids in my back seat?

It was all I could do to not break down and cry right then. Because it has been a journey and the book has been a dream I’ve had somewhere deep down for as long as I can remember.

The proposal went out about a week later and I held my breath and told myself it didn’t matter one way or the other, that I had done what I felt like God had called me to do and the rest was up to Him. Honestly, I half-expected that maybe someone would offer to let me pay them $10 to get it bound at Kinko’s and sell it out of their garage.

But that’s not what happened.

When I got home from the airport on Sunday afternoon, I saw that this had come in the mail while I was gone.

That’s my official contract from Tyndale House Publishers. They’re going to publish my first (last? only?) book tentatively titled Sparkly Green Earrings. It’s going to be a memoir-ish type book about family and God and motherhood.

And now I have until April 1, 2012 to finish writing it. Which means if you need to find me I’ll be the one in the corner chair at Starbucks hyperventilating and typing furiously.

I’m excited. I’m overwhelmed. And I’m a little scared. But I am beyond grateful for those of you who show up here every day and encourage me so much. I am not kidding even a little bit when I say that none of this would have happened without you.

Thank you.

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  1. 1

    Fabulous!! I can’t wait to read it, I absolutely adore your writing style. It’s humorous and heartwarming and inspiring all at the same time.

  2. 2

    I read this post in its entirety which means I’m entitled to a free copy when it’s published, right? (Also because I think you are very, very funny and because April is my birth month so it’s a sign, right?) In all seriousness, how tremendously exciting for you! I can’t wait to read it!

  3. 3

    How exciting!!! I can’t wait to read your book. Perfect title. May it be so successful that you will be able to buy any sparkling green earrings you desire!

  4. 4

    AWESOME-SAUCE! I can’t wait to read it!!

  5. 5

    Wahoo! That’s awesome!

    I’ve been haunted by the writing a book idea since graduate school in 1993 when my advisor told me to write a book. After I started blogging, I had an old friend who writes and publishes books whose wife reads my blog, contact me. (clearly I can not write a grammatically correct sentence…) He told me that he likes my style of writing and that I should consider writing a book. Weird, huh? Well, it is easy for me to dismiss over and over again, trusting that God will drop it in my lap when and if that day ever comes. Yet your post makes me nervous. :0)

    I tell myself I’m too much of an extrovert to be quiet for long periods of time and write.

    I tell myself I have nothing to say. I’m wrong–I say plenty. So now I tell myself I’ve nothing to say of any consequence to anyone besides my mother.

    But look at you! Totally writing a book! Scares the pants off of me, but you, my dear, will do great!! Congrats!!

  6. 6

    I didn’t know it was possible to be this excited for and proud of someone I’ve never met. Your blog is a treasure and I can’t wait to read your book.

  7. 10

    Rejoicing with you!! Phil. 1:6

  8. 11

    Oh. my. heart. That is so very way exciting, and even though I knew pretty early in that you were going to say that, I was still holding my breath. So, is it done yet? Are you finished? Because I’m ready to read it!!

    just kidding. Take your time. But hurry, k?

  9. 12
    Juliet in SoCal says:

    Congratulations! Knew something good had to happen after all the disappointment over the SEC and the whole college football conference realignment! lol You make me laugh and you inspire me. Can’t wait to buy your awesome book!

  10. 13

    That’s awesome news – congrats!

  11. 14

    That’s awesome news – congrats!

  12. 15

    Yay you!! I am soooo proud of you, girl!

    Mary

  13. 16

    I don’t comment too often, but I read your blog every day. And now you tell me there will be an entire book of Big Mama wonderfulness? I am thrilled. For me. And all of your other readers. And you too;)
    This morning I read Prov 18:16 and after hearing your news, you came to mind. Many, many blessings on you and your gift.

  14. 17

    Congrats! I can’t wait to read it. You make my day better so often that I should probably pay you! Lol

  15. 18

    Congrats!!! That is very exciting! I love reading your blog and can’t wait to read the book!

  16. 19

    Woop woop! How super awesome! As you are my HANDS DOWN favorite blogger, I know your book will be superb. Can’t wait :) And I loved the line from your daughter. How profound is that?!

  17. 20

    The sweetness that comes after a long wait is the best! And, what a happy day for the fans of Big Mama! Can’t wait and have no doubt that this book will be a delight. Your talent is most evident.

  18. 21

    Oh , I cannot wait to see it on the shelf at barnes and Nobles!

  19. 22
    Amy in Italy says:

    “Mama? Sometimes we have to walk to our future even when it feels like we want to run.”

    Please thank that kid for me this very day.

    Congratulations on your book! Will pray against you having “a spell” on Starbucks floor between now and April.

  20. 23
    Debbie St Cyr says:

    Oh I’m doing the happy dance for you!!!! I can’t wait to get a copy…:)

  21. 24

    Oh my word. I’m so excited for you!!!! I know you want to *pinch yourself* to see if this is REAL! I have no doubts the book will be fabulous….because your blog style is fabulous! Thank you for being real….for being you….for sharing your precious Caroline with us….and for remembering us *little people* when you are famous!!!!:)
    Nonny

  22. 25

    Oh my goodness, that is AWESOME! Rock on! Congratulations!

  23. 26

    YAY! So excited for you and can’t wait to read your book!

  24. 27

    Congratulations!! Can’t wait to read it.

  25. 28

    What! What! Look at you! Oh dear me, I am so excited. And between that comment out of Caroline’s mouth combined with the one about UK’s Day of Shame- she is too much!!

    Also, because I had been meaning to share this with you- we’ve had to move on from Team Dickerson for security reasons, as you would say… Because-

    http://westboundtwenty.blogspot.com/2011/09/nous-sommes-ici.html

  26. 29

    What exciting news!
    You MUST use C’s quote in your book somewhere! Maybe in the dedication?!
    That is a keeper.
    Can’t wait to read.

  27. 30

    Congrats!!!! It will be great!!!

  28. 31

    What a fabulous story! Can’t wait to read your book. And your sweet daughter, my word, what a mature insight that one brings to the table. I’ll think about her words all day long!

  29. 32

    I read your blog first thing every morning. Congrats, I cannot wait to read your book!

  30. 33

    I just wanted you to know that the Lord spoke to me thru your sweet daughter’s words as well. I think we all want to run all the time, but sometimes we have to walk or even sit completely still, while the Lord works out all the details. Can’t wait to sit and laugh and be touched by your book as I am your blog!

  31. 34

    I am so happy for you! I read your blog every morning with my coffee. I feel like we are friends (my daughter would say that is stalker-like) Everything to her is either “sketch” or stalker-like”! (she is 13) I live in Atlanta and teach pre-school. There are other passions I have, but sometimes there are different seasons in life and the timing isn’t right. I am so glad you answered your call because you have a true gift. What you think is ordinary life stuff that you write about is the very thing that makes it so easy for people to relate yo you. I have printed things you have written and shared them at devotions with the teachers at school. You have such a heart for God and you are so real about it! Thank you for what you do. It means so much to so many people. Keep writing and we will all be rooting for you. It is going to be great! I can’t wait for you to visit Atlanta so I can meet you and have you sign my book! Love and Prayers, Krysia

  32. 35

    Congratulations! That is wonderful news.

    And, I love what Caroline said…

  33. 36

    Congratulations!! Your blog is one of my few daily MUST reads and I am so excited to read your book.

  34. 37

    Congratulations! I love reading your blog and I cannot wait to have your book in my hands! I love your writing and you really deserve this!

  35. 38

    Wow!! Can’t wait to buy it!!! Congrats, and WAY TO GO!

  36. 39

    Congratulations:)! I Can’t wait to read it !!!

  37. 40

    I am so happy for you! I read your blog every day and now I have a book to look forward to. Congratulations and God bless.

  38. 41

    Exciting! I am sure it will be wonderful and Christ will walk with, and carry you, all the way! I am totally printing off that little nugget of wisdom:)

  39. 42

    Woohoo!! SO very happy for you! It will be great! Can’t wait to read it! I will proudly place it right next to Ree’s when I finish reading it! At the ready to be re-read many times!!

  40. 43
    Hoosiermama says:

    How wonderful and exciting! Best of luck to you!

  41. 44
    Pat in Birmingham says:

    WOW! This is so awesome, and your bloggie friends are all so excited for you…and us, since we get to read the book. I read your blog every day, and can’t wait for the book.

    Have you realized what a big year this is? A&M moving to the SEC AND a book deal in the same year. Like I said…..WOW!

  42. 45

    Love it! So proud of you!!! Love you!

  43. 46

    Long time reader…first time posting….SO EXCITED for you! What a journey and what a blessing. Can’t wait to read it……praying for you as you continue and finish your race…..your walking race that is!

  44. 47

    Congratulations…I love your style of writing..and your blog is one of my favorites. Can we call you Miss Skeeter now?

  45. 48

    What exciting news! Congratulations! Your blog is one of my “can’t miss” reads and now I can’t wait for the book!

  46. 49

    That is so awesome………congratulations….can’t wait to see it in print so I can read it…….love your “go with the flow” approach to life. I know your book will be amazing, filled with smiles and tears and those unspoken “teachable” moments.

  47. 50

    YES!!!!! Can’t wait to buy and read it!!

  48. 51

    I can’t wait I can’t wait! That’s so far away!!!

    You bring tears to my eyes and laughter to my soul!!! Congrats!

  49. 52

    Congratulations! Very happy for you.

  50. 53

    Whoop! Way to go!

  51. 54

    I am actually crying right now .. just so happy for you! You have a writing style that is so amazing. You make me laugh, you make me cry, you make me think (wow, Caroline… loved her statement!). I love your blog and I read it every single day unless I don’t have any internet access… and then I go to archives when I get my internet back.. Anyway, thank you for making those of us who follow you each day feel like we are part of the journey.. You have even taken the time to email me to mention something you read in my comment, and that has always just amazed me. You are an amazing writer and woman, and I’ll be proud to buy your book as soon as I can!!

    (and again, welcome to the SEC Aggies!!) Go COCKS!!

  52. 55

    Yay for you! I love your blog and will totally buy that book :)

  53. 56
    SassySouthernSweets says:

    How exciting! I know your book is going to be great.

  54. 57

    Awesome!! Can’t wait! Sounds like Starbucks should sponsor your book! :)

  55. 58

    Can wait to pre-order eight copies for the Tuesday morning bible study.

  56. 59

    Oh Melanie, this is such amazing news! Congratulations! I’m so happy for you and can’t wait to read your book!

  57. 60

    So very excited for you! Congratulations!

  58. 61

    Cheering for you! I can’t wait to read your book :)

  59. 62

    Congratulations! Awesome news. Can’t wait to read it!

  60. 63

    Yea!!!!! I am so thrilled for you and cannot wait until your book comes out! Much love to you!

  61. 64

    Oh. My. Word. You have NO IDEA how excited I am for you!! Your daily blog posts are the highlight of my morning and I can only begin to imagine what a whole book would be like! :-) This is proof to me that God’s plan is better than ours and that if He wants something to happen, He’ll make it happen in a way that will make it clear that YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING X and not, “Well, maybe…” And I noticed another poster up there said that she read through the whole post so that entitled her to a free book – and since I did too, I agree. ;-) Again, congratulations and have fun writing!!

  62. 65

    Well. I just sat here and cried over a person I don’t know, the dream I didn’t know she had (yet does not surprise me at all because she is so talented), and the amazing work God is doing in her family. And I cried because I saw you at She Speaks that year. And I cried because I have a book in my heart too, but I don’t know where to begin and I’ve been hanging out in the pastures like David, waiting for my turn. Thank you, Melanie, for sharing your story of God’s goodness and for inspiring me.

  63. 66

    Sorry about that! My name is Meredith, not Meredithstil. HA!

  64. 67

    That’s so awesome! Congrats!

  65. 68
    Sallie Baker says:

    It will be wonderful! Your blog is my first cup of coffee every morning….
    Will be proud to have it!

  66. 69

    Congratulations! That is so wonderful! I can’t wait to read it!

  67. 70

    This is so great Melanie! When can we pre-order? ;)

  68. 71

    I am so happy for you and will be one of the first to buy the book. You are an awesome writer and I always enjoy reading your posts!! Way to go!!

  69. 72

    Big Mama, I am so excited about your book! I’ve always thought you should write one. Your writing definitely makes me laugh out loud! Way to go Big Mama! : )

  70. 73

    Oh my word, I am so excited! I read your blog EVERY morning with my coffee, my husband also asks what you talked about when he walks in the kitchen haha! He is a hunter and loves all the hunting dialogue since he lives this life with me as well:). I am thrilled for you and cannot wait to buy it!

  71. 74

    Well I am completely teary-eyed on my train ride this morning out of complete happiness and JOY for you!! As stressful as the next handful of months could be, take the time to breathe and savor the process– it’s a part of the journey you’ll never want to forget! Best wishes for minimal writers block :) And I shall be one of the first in line with a copy if “Sparkly Green Earrings” in my hand!

  72. 75
    Cindi In Boston says:

    Congratulations, Melanie! I can’t wait to get my hands on this book, I’m sure it will be full of wit, just like this blog that is my coffee-read every morning.

  73. 76

    Dang. I knew what I was going to see as I scrolled down but I still got chills when I saw it.

    And who knew Caroline was such the philosopher?

    Congrats and I can’t wait to get my hands on a first edition!

  74. 77

    Wow! How exciting – congratulations! I’m already in line at the book store to buy my copy.

  75. 78

    Ooooh!! I am very excited! Your blog is my very favorite, and that’s saying something, as I spend way too many hours on the computer reading other people’s innermost thoughts about chips and reality TV.
    I even forward some of your tweets along to my husband on his cell phone because though he’s on Twitter, he doesn’t quite know how to use it.
    Anyway, I love your writing, your wit, and your accent. Can’t wait to read the book with it in mind. :)

  76. 79

    So excited for you -and can’t wait to read it!

  77. 80

    What your daughter said is so profound, so God. Ministered to me this morning. No better place than right where God wants you. Congrats!

  78. 81

    I haven’t commented here in a long time, but this deserves a comment….praise God, hallelujah and congratulations!!! So excited for you and it doesn’t surprise me at all. You are one funny lady. And, watch out, I think a little someone is close behind…and if she runs to her future you just might be left standing in her dust. Evidence of some great mothering. Keep up the good work!

  79. 82

    Congratulations! I am so beyond excited and happy for you!!!! I will be first in line to buy it…in Kentucky anyway!

    And Caroline’s comment absolutely blew me away. What an amazingly insightful little girl you have.

    Can’t wait to read it – COME ON 2012!!!

  80. 83

    I’ll buy every copy they put on the shelf at the local Barnes and Noble. So excited for you. Congratulations.

  81. 84

    That Caroline!! She is wise beyond her years … and she just brought me to tears on a Wednesday morning!

  82. 85

    Oh my word, I have tears in my eyes reading this — I am so, so excited for you and will be in line the day it comes out. Thank you for the many years of pouring your heart out to us online, even if just to talk about chips. May you be blessed with peace and strength through the process.

  83. 86

    This is great news! Congratulations! I really like Caroline’s quote…something to think about.

  84. 87

    I’m astounded and so terribly excited for you and can’t wait to get that book in my hands! I will be pre-ordering, standing in line, whatever I need to do to get a copy! Like someone else commented, it’s a little weird to be so proud of someone I’ve never met, but I am. And I’m okay with that. You will do great things – no doubt. Thank you for listening to God… and your daughter. Our daughter’s are the same age and I am sure they would make great BFF’s if they lived in the same place.

  85. 88

    YAY!!!

    Love that girls wisdom, straight from God, and love the fact that yo listened and now we get to read your book.

    I am actually sobbing right now, so touched by God’s goodness and direction. He is SO good! I remember the email you sweetly sent to me after you left your job in pharmeceutical sales. I emailed you, crying about wanting to quit too, and you were so sweet to take the time to reply and encourage me. Love how God had this in mind for you all along, and because you stepped out of the boat in trust He was able to bring this into your life.

    I am so encouraged by your faith and this story. Cannot wait to read the book!

  86. 89

    That is so wonderful! I can’t wait to buy it!

  87. 90

    Oh my word! Melanie!!! This is amazing. If ever there was a book written by a blogger, yours would be the one I want to buy. :) You weave humor and storytelling so well. And the title?! Get out! Can’t wait. :)

  88. 91

    Woo-Hoo! Can’t wait!

  89. 92

    It’s about dang time! Love it!

  90. 93

    Yeeeehaw! (that’s for you since you are a Tx girl.) very exciting! I can’t wait to read it.

  91. 94

    excellent. Excellent. EXCELLANT!

  92. 95

    That is so neat!! Congratulations..God for sure wants you to write this book!! Praying for you :)

  93. 96

    Well, it’s about time! I can’t wait to put your book on my Barnes & Noble wishlist! Congratulations!

  94. 97

    All I can say is it’s about doggone time!!!!! Could not possibly be any more thrilled for you!!!!!!!! So awesome!!!!!!!!! :) God is good!!!!

  95. 98

    I’m a long time reader but first time comment. Sort of like the longtime listeners, first time callers to Casey Kasem, except I’m not calling to dedicate a song to my love who had to go away to prison but I love him and will wait for him. Anyway, I wanted to let you know that every morning when I get to work, I get my coffee and read your blog. It always encourages me, makes me laugh and gets my day started. I’m really excited to read your book.

  96. 99

    well well well, look at you. All busy gettin’ literary on us and us not having a clue. Isn’t God so very incredible in His ways? And doesn’t He love to rock us with His amazing plan for our lives? Yes…He is and yes, He does. I am just very grateful, Big Mama, for the fact that when He called, you listened. It doesn’t really matter all that much that it took you a spell. It matters that you heard His call, saw His hand move, and obeyed. You would have been feeling a certain emptiness inside if you had not. I wonder how many are out there who have let fear dictate their lives and have regrets? Thanks for being obedient. You will be in my prayers as God and you finish what God started.

  97. 101

    So exciting! I’ll buy it!

  98. 102

    I am THRILLED for you. And I’ll buy your book as soon as it comes out.

  99. 103

    Oh how wonderful.. Can not wait. I think you are a wonderful writer.. I am so happy for you…

  100. 104

    AHHHHHHH I’m so excited! This news just made my whole week! I am going to pre-order your book, and order one for all my friends, and suggest it to my book club to read together.

    I love reading your blog so much. Your honesty and quirky writing style are like a breath of fresh air. I have no doubts that your book will be just as awesome. So glad you stuck with this!

  101. 105

    I am so thrilled for you. I can’t wait to hear tidbits about the process and read the final product. I will be the first one at the bookstore!!!

  102. 106
    Stephanie K '98 says:

    This is wonderful news! I can’t wait to read it!

  103. 107

    Amazing! Gods working!!

  104. 108

    Congrats! I can’t wait to read it :)

  105. 109

    As one of my writing mentors once told me, just WRITE, dang it. Keep putting those words on paper, and it will come. You have a beautiful gift, and I can’t wait to see the results.

  106. 110
    Jennifer in Ohio says:

    This is fantastic and amazing! You will do a wonderful job, and you’ll have fun along the way. Thanks for being my morning dose of fun every day.

  107. 111

    Yay! I can’t wait to read it.

  108. 112

    Congratulations! yes… I am a lurker who hasn’t commented before – found you through @3girlsmom. First.. your descriptions/comments about Ann Voskamp are right on and your daughter… that does sound like something one of her kids would say! Too funny and just perfect. Second… I live where Tyndale is … so, if you ever need a “blog” friend when you come up this way I’ll treat you to some fun up in these midwest parts! Can’t wait to read your book! woo hoo!

  109. 113
    Kathryn Ward says:

    Melanie, that is so wonderful! I’m so proud of you and excited for you! Here’s to peppermint white mochas getting you through!:) Good luck, and I can’t wait to buy your book one day! You’ve been such an inspiration to me every morning – I don’t know what I’d do without your hilarious blog to start my morning in the corporate world:)

  110. 114

    i can’t wait to read it!

  111. 115

    Congratulations! I have been a lurker on your blog for years, and can’t wait to read your book!! Your first book, very worthy of my first comment. Psalm37:4

  112. 116

    Praise the Lord! I’m so excited for you!

  113. 117

    Oh my, what a profound little girl you have.

    Congrats! I’m looking forward to reading your BOOK! We’ll all be able to say, “We knew you when…”

    :)

  114. 118

    Awesome! Congratulations. :)

  115. 119

    Woo-hoo! I will be pre-ordering as soon as it’s available for pre-order! So, so excited for you!

  116. 120

    So happy for you….love you!

  117. 121

    How wonderful! Congratulations! Can’t wait to read it.

  118. 122

    Yeh!!!! Congratulations!!!

  119. 123

    How exciting! I can’t wait to read it. Congrats!!!

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    Melanie, I am a daily reader of your blog and this news makes me very happy for you. You are a gifted writer and I look forward to purchasing and reading your book. Caroline’s wisdom reminds me that none of us have to figure out the future–God will do that for us. We just have to be willing to let go of “me” and follow Him, and you did. Congratulations!

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    Debbie in Tennessee says:

    I will be reading that book! Love and Blessings!

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    Congratulations! I am so excited for you….and us, because we get to read it!

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    Rachel Gray says:

    Congratulations! I’m a long-time blog reader and I think you are hilarious and witty. Every single one of your stories about Caroline make me laugh out loud! Can’t wait for your book to come out!

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    So excited for you!! I will be first in line for a book signing when you are in Dallas~ You’d better get your outfits in line for the tour…; )

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    This is wonderful news!!! I can’t wait to read your book (I’m sure it will not be the last). I love reading your blog!!!!

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    Wow, I can’t wait to read it. Ever since San Antonio when I learned about your blog it has been part of my day. Always a good start to my day!

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    I love you so much, Mel. My heart is bubbling over with joy for you this morning. The title is perfection, and I’m praying they keep it as is.

    And I’m totally stealing the “is that Ann Voskamp’s kid in the back seat?” line (not that I’ll have to use it very often, and I’ll probably NEVER use it while I’m homeschooling Ava). Sweet Ann would be so mortified.

    I love you!!! And Caroline too!!

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    Congratulations to you! I just want to know one thing… When is Caroline going to write her book?

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    This is the best news ever! I’m a lover of the books. Can’t wait to read it!! I’ll be praying for you!

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    So happy for you and how old is your daughter?!! Wow, words of wisdom right there. I love the title.

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    Congratulations! You just make sure you do one of those pre-order things from Amazon so I can get it as soon as it comes out!

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    First of all, a huge congratulations!! Second, thanks for sharing the story of how this all came to be. There’s something in my own life that I’ve attempted, put away, only to have it never leave my thoughts. I’m in the process of acting on it now because I felt God really wanted to use it in my life, so your story was very encouraging. And that daughter of yours?! What a testament to the foundation you guys are setting in your family. So good. :)

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    Strawberryrose says:

    That is wonderful! I am tearing up right now. I am so excited for you!

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    Oh my gosh! I am SO excited for you! Yay! Congrats!

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    congrats Mel

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    Oh, honey, that is all kinds of awesome! Make sure your publisher puts out an e-book version!

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    Goodness gracious! What exciting news!

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    Congratulations! It’s so great to see God fulfill a dream in someone’s heart…He is so good!

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    Well, here I am crying happy tears for someone I have never even “met”. But I am just tickled to death for you!

    Ya know, I really think the hardest thing EVER is putting yourself out there, being vulnerable, and saying ‘ya know, I am not sure I have any idea what I am doing here… but it’s my dream and I intend to pursue it.’ That’s boldness, sister.

    Your writing and your heart are GOOD, and that’s a formidable combination. So excited for you!!!!!

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    The biggest WOOT possible to you! I’d also do a herky (sp?) for you if I wasn’t fearful I’d kill myself and anyone within a 10 ft radius.

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    I have thought so many times while reading your blog that I would love to hear your whole story. When I first read your blog I went back and started from the beginning. I have one daughter who is younger than yours, so I am always interested in your parenting stories. Don’t take this the wrong way, but even if your book sucks, we will still all go out and buy it because we support you and we appreciate your daily stories in our lives. I really think the book will be good, but I want you to know that your readers like you no matter what you do. :) (Does that take any of the pressure off?)

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    Congratulations! Your blog is the first one I read every morning….and although I rarely comment…I laugh out loud almost every post. You have a gift, so glad that God has directed your paths to a book…can’t wait to read it!

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    OH MY OH MY OH MY!!! I am so excited and happy for you! I cannot wait to read YOUR book (I love the title, by the way)! I’ll definitely be saving up my babysitting money for it. :) I will pray for you as you type and hyperventilate away.

    I’m also available to bring you chocolate and chips with dip if you need them. ;)

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    Oh, wow! Cannot wait to purchase this book!

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    Way to go! There have been so many times when so many of your faithful readers have asked — when oh when are you going to write the book?! — and now you are. So happy for you!

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    I am so excited for you and your family! You are the first thing I read every morning with coffee. You make me smile, laugh out loud and sad, in a good way! Can’t wait to read the book! Congrats!!!

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    I only came across your blog a few months ago, but you always make me smile. I’m so happy you have a book deal and I hope the rest of that journey makes YOU smile. Best of luck and I look forward to more great blog posts, too.

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    christine weeks says:

    Yay for you! I don’t comment much, but if your book is anything like your blog….it will be witty and humourous and down right educating! I can not wait for it to be in bookstores!!! You should be very excited…… :)

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    YAY!! Although I tell myself I don’t have time to read anything longer than a magazine article (thus why I read blogs) I will make time to read your book! Congrats on everything. There is nothing like wisdom from a young one’s lips to get you moving sometimes. I will never fully comprehend how God can use them to teach us so much, but it happens every day.

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    Well shoot howdy!!! I am so excited! I will pick up that book faster than you can say Bob’s your uncle. I don’t know where this vernacular is coming from today. Blame it on excitement. And how amazing that Caroline had such poignant words for the time. I always pegged her for a little, wise one. Congrats! I cannot wait to read it!!

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    So excited for you!!
    But I have to say… Best line in the whole piece: “is that Ann Voskamp’s kid in the back seat?!”. LAUGHED. OUT. LOUD.
    Seriously, what’s up with the wise words from the mouths of babes?!?
    Clearly, the apples don’t fall far from the tree at the Voskamp home.

    Love Caroline’s wisdom as well.
    So excited for yout book!!

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    I am already so excited to read your book. I love reading your blog and never fail to laugh. You crack me up constantly!! Your blog is the one I look to first to see if there is a new post when I open my google reader. Good luck in writing your book!!

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    Hooray! That is great….good luck!

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    AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! I am soooooooooooooo excited for you!!! That is so awesome and glorious! Seriously, I am so excited that God doesn’t give up on us and His dreams for us. He is so great like that. And don’t underestimate what you’ve taught Caroline and what God has taught her through you. He wants her heart for Himself as much as you want her to want Him and He’ll pursue her and teach her too. There’s my 2 cents. Anyway, congrats!!!!!

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    So thrilled for you!!!

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    Oh, Big Mama, I am just THRILLED for you! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now, but I’ve never commented. I have been blessed by your humor and writing style, and I cannot wait to buy your book! That precious Caroline and her words of wisdom touched my heart. I will keep you in my prayers as you travel this exciting journey!

    And my all-time favorite post of yours…
    “And lo, an antelope of the Lord appeared…” HILARIOUS!!!!

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    Your post made my day!!!! I can’t wait to read the book! You are so funny! I wish you and Boomama could do a television show together. It would surely be a hit! I know your book will be a hit, too! Praying that the words come easy for you! Thanks so much for sharing your life with all of us!

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    Simply cannot wait! Hoping there’s a book tour in there somewhere. Congrats.

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    MELANIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OhMYlanta! I’m so thrilled for you! What a marvelous story, this story of your life. And I love that you took **this many** words to tell it…just perfect :).

    Can’t wait to see it in print. Oh, I know it’s gonna be a great read!

    :) & xo

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    I have only been reading your blog for a few weeks, but you never fail to make me laugh! Congrats on the book, I can’t wait to read it!

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    Congratulations! Your post made me cry, and I don’t do that often.

    Your story gives hope to all of us who have a dream.

    Bless you as you write. We will be waiting to buy!

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    You and Beth Moore are two women who can make me laugh 1 second and cry the next. And you both make me love Jesus more. Props! (just be glad God is only asking you to write a book and not do live simulcasts in front of 180,000)

    I love your writing and your heart and can’t wait to market your book to all my friends and family. ;)

    And I can’t help but think there may be some kind of metaphor between Caroline’s observation and your Couch to 5K journey? One of the things I love about you (yes, I realize we haven’t ever met) is that your life is similar to mine in that: I always feel somewhere between the couch and the finish line. AND YOU ADMIT IT, instead of rainbowing life and trying to make it seem like you have it all under control. Thank you.

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    I can not wait to read it!

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    Yours was the first blog I ever read, and your blog was what inspired me to start my own. When I saw that picture of your publishing contract, I felt so proud of you- and I don’t even know you! ‘Congratulations’ seems like an understatement, but I’ll say it anyway: CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! (There. The caps helped a little.) I am so happy for you!

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    I was at .Mom this past weekend and wanted to come find you and tell you that I think you are hilarious and wise (what a wonderful combination!!!) but thought I would likely make a fool out of myself trying to introduce myself. Anywho…this is so exciting. When do we pre-order?

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    Congratulations!! How exciting!

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    So excited for you! Congratulations! (You should totally quote that awesome daughter of yours!)

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    I AM SO EXCITED!!! I can’t wait to buy your book the first day it comes out! I don’t comment very often, but read your blog every day. I love your style and how you make us feel like we are sitting at your kitchen table listening to you tell a story.

    Congratulations! May God’s blessings be on this whole process. :)

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    This is the best news! I will be one of the first in line to get a copy. Your blog is the best pick me up, as you are encouraging and funny, and it makes me want to have a good day. I wish you the best of luck!

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    I can’t even tell you how excited I am for you!! And yes, I’m crying over what Caroline said but that should surprise no one that knows me. I will be keeping you in prayer over these next months and just KNOW God will speak through you!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!

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    Melanie– I just wished I’d hugged you a bit harder this weekend and whispered a prayer in your ear. Girl, God has a WORK for you and like Caroline said, sometimes you want to run, but He has planned this out for you. Walk in it.
    You make me laugh and think and cry — you have a gift and this is just another way of sharing that gift.
    Enjoy every moment today — rest in the glory of where He is leading you and then sit your fanny in the chair and WRITE it!!
    I’m so thrilled for you!!

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    I knew you could do it.

    I rarely buy books (I check them out at the library:) but I plan to be first in line at my local bookstore the first day, venti skim mocha in hand.

    Congratulations!

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    SEC and book announcement in one week! You must be beside yourself with excitement! Congratulations!

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    Mel,
    I am so excited for you!! I will begin praying for you as you write and I know that you are a gifted writer and this book will be a blessing to us all! I love what Caroline said about walking into our future. At times, God will speak through our children to teach us. For as much as you share and pour out on your blog for us, we can give back to you by praying for you as you write your book!
    Much love,
    Patty

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    Why haven’t I seen your blog before today? I don’t know! But it may have something to do with God using you to drop a hammer on me! Thanks to @PenseiveRobin for pointing me in your direction this morning~ your daughter’s words about walking to the future..well, it’s more profound than I even know. In the last couple of days God has been teaching me to wait. Actually..in the past couple years. But for some reason He’s telling me to wait specifically this week. And I will likely blog about this later but I just wanted you to know that God is already using you and I love how this story is turning out!

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    What great news! I am so excited for you! I actually got tears in my eyes while reading this. Dreams do come true…and this has obviously always been in God’s plan for you. Congratulations and much love!!

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    FINALLY!!!! I have been thinking for the longest time, “Dang, that girl should write a book.” Congratulations, I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Thank you for all the mornings of laughter, reflection and fashion advice.

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    Well of all the blogs I read… and I read a lot… you are the one that can make me laugh out loud and tear up in the same paragraph!!! I am so happy you are following your heart and doing this!!! I don’t buy very many books, but I WILL be buying yours!!! GOD BLESS!!!

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    Congratulations!! I can’t wait to read it.

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    This makes my day! Your blog is the only blog of the many, many I claim to follow that I read every day. You are funny and encouraging in a way that I can’t explain. I think it is the realness. I think all your readers feel like they could sit down and have lunch with you and then think we are all best friends! I can’t wait to have a whole book from you! Congratulations!!

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    Fantastic news!!! You are more than “just a blogger”. You share wisdom and insight wrapped up in laughter. I can’t wait!

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    Woohoo for you. That is very exciting. I have read your blog daily for quite a long time and love your writing. I bet the book will be great!

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    Great news, Melanie! Congrats! I look forward to reading it.

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    The quote from your daughter was the very thing I needed to hear today! Cannot wait to read the book!

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    Wow! Now this is the best news I have had in a while. I am so excited for you and for all of us readers who can’t wait to get the book!! Congratulations and God bless :-)

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    Congratulations! I have been having that pressure of book-writing tumbling around my noggin too for several months now . . . but I’m not as brave as you!

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    Melanie- you GO Girl!
    God’s hand is on you..sparkly and all!!
    xxxooxx
    praying you thru!

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    I said it on the Twitter and will say it again here… I am so stinkin’ happy, proud and excited for you!!!! Can’t not wait to pre-order a gazillion copies of it. I love you big friend and know He has big stuff ahead for you and your sweet family. So grateful for your obedience to His call. XXOO

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    I am tears of joy for you! I know you have no idea who I am! I am so excited for you. Looking forward to hearing more about it and of course, I can’t wait to read it.

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    I read your blog everyday it always makes me smile. It’s nice to know that other moms need wine to get through homework too. I am so happy for you! I can’t wait to ready your book!

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    Cannot WAIT!!! I’ve been hoping you’d put out a book or ten. :) I’ll be in line to buy it! :)

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    Oh, I am so happy for you!! You are one of the most faithful bloggers I know–thanks to your OCD or whatever, you always have something to share every day. Always. And that makes me think of Luke 16: 10, “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones.” The book and the experience are going to be wonderful because of who you are and Whose you are!

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    I have tears of joy for you! I know you have no idea who I am! I am so excited for you. Looking forward to hearing more about it and of course, I can’t wait to read it.

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    Where can I preorder one?!?!?

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    Congrats! I hope you’ll do a signing here in SA!

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    Shut the front door!!!!
    CONGRATULATIONS!! So exciting- can’t wait to read it!

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    Love your blog and I’m sure your book will be fabulous! Congratulations!

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    Congrats! You can do it! Excited to read another book by a blogger (they’re my favorite).

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    WooHoo!!!!! Can’t wait!!!! Will be praying for you through this process :)

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    Congrats! That is so awesome! I wish you all the best and can’t wait to read it. I’m sure it will be just as hilarious as your stories here on the blog.

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    Congratulations. Can’t wait to read it and buy it for my daughter. Probably more pertinent for her stage of life than mine, but I read your blog everyday and feel that we’re best friends. ha So excited for the book and for you. Although Woooo Pigs Soooiiiieee this weekend.

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    Awesome! Congrats, I am so happy for you!! It’s amazing who/what God uses to get through to us and that little girl of yours is a gem!!

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    Yay!!! I am so excited for you!

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    i just smiled & even teared up
    & then i said ACCKCKCKK outloud , really i did
    because YOU will ROCK it girl!
    & i will say thing like – i know her-buy this book-you will smile & tear up and laugh & pee in your pants because SHE is that good.
    oh my gosh
    i’m so excited

    ann voskamps kid. that was hysterical

    & in more seriousness
    please tell me you & boo mama will be celebrating via podcast. very soon.

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    Even though I already know this story, I am sitting here crying like a baby while reading it. I can’t even begin to tell you how proud I am of you! It is so wonderful to watch you on this journey of accomplishing your goals! I can’t wait to get my copy signed by the author! I will REALLY be crying then!! If you ever get writer’s block, I know a room you can hide in that is dark and cold and great for sleeping and writing!

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    wow,wow,wow,wow,wow! Holy cow, girl!! {Not to be confused with holy cowgirl} I am truly so thrilled for you… and I’m coveting as well so I better get on with this. What a well deserved honor. You never fail to bring a bit of levity and laughter to my day and I love that you can make a day of laundry, grocery shopping and homework entertaining. Thank you!

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    Go, Big Mama, Go! I can’t wait to read your book. Blessings to you!

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    Oh wow. I read your blog first thing every morning and have myself a good chuckle or two. And now you’re a real author. Bless the Lord, O my soul! Spring can’t get here fast enough…..and by the way, does this mean you’ll be doing a giveaway and can I be the first to win? Just wondering….

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    Wow and Wow!!!

    That is awesome!! I love how you can make me laugh out loud and bring tears all in the same post and you do that ALL the time!

    Good for you for stepping out and doing this and listening to the LORD!

    Can’t wait to read your book!

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    Congratulations! That’s just so exciting! I can’t wait to read it!

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    That is so awesome! Thanks for being an inspiration!!!

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    Wow! Congrats!! I am also amazed by the wisdom that Caroline has at such a young age. God was truely speaking to you through your precious child. You will do wonderful and my prayers are with you as you walk to your future!

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    Fabulous!! Can’t wait to read it.

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    Michelle Thompson says:

    CONGRATS!!! I have been reading your blog for a very long time, but not sure if I have ever left a comment. Again congrats, and just keep doing what you have been doing. God Bless!!!

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    AWESOME!!!! What a wonderful blessing. Although I hardly ever comment, I want you to know that I read your blog almost every day and love your style, your sarcasm (not that I know anything about sarcasm…ahem) and your precious Caroline. I am so very happy for you!

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    I have never commented before but felt compelled to today – CONGRATS! I can’t wait to order a copy when it comes out!

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    ANXIOUSLY AWAITING!!!! Congratulations!

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    Wow, Congratulations! I have been reading your blog for years, first thing in the morning after my cup of coffee. I too love your writing style, sense of humor and funny stories about life. Yours is one of the blogs I can always count on to make me smile and laugh, all without being too careful to overstep anything serious you want to say. Your stories about your daughter and husband are so well told.

    Thanks for sharing it all with us. Best wishes on finishing your book. I too will be buying a copy!

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    Fantastic! Can’t wait to see it!

    And good gracious if that Wisdom O’ Caroline didn’t leave me with a lump in my throat. I’m a jump in a do it NOW kind of person, and waiting for God’s timing is not even close to my strong suit. Amazing!

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    Like everyone else, I am so happy for you! I’m so happy that on that day several years ago I decided to follow a link from Sophie’s blog over to this corner of the blogosphere. :) There’s always something in your posts that makes me smile or laugh. Sometimes, I’m even moved and convicted. You’re just so relatable! I can’t wait to hear when the anticipated release date is.

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    That’s amazing! I am very excited for you. Can I pre-order now?

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    JulieinMichigan says:

    I’ve followed you for over a year and think I’ve rarely commented, however, I do read your blog every single day and I thank you daily for the laughter!
    Way to go on your book, I cannot wait to buy it!!!!

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    I just love your blog and can’t wait to read your book too :-) congrats!

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    Delurking to say HOW WONDERFUL!!! I can’t wait to read it!!

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    I adore your blog and I’m not sure if I’ve commented before, but I just had to say congratulations!!!! I’m sure your book will be a huge success! Enjoy the journey!

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    I am OVER THE MOON happy for you! Now….I am going to have to purchase a diaper to read the book because I know I am going to pee-my-pants at the funniness….Go Big Mama, Go Big Mama, It’s yo Birthday or yo first book! Can’t wait to get my hands on it!

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    Bill Jensen is a wonderful, caring agent ~ and a great God lover.
    Your title ~ Sparkly Green Earrings ~ is fabulous.
    Praise be! Congrats!

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    I couldn’t be more tickled for you…for us…for the world. :)

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    I’m thrilled for you!! Congratulations! (And I love Caroline’s line about walking when you want to run. Very wise that girl of yours!)

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    Amy Dubose Bramhall says:

    This is so exciting! Now I can saw I know a REAL published author! God is Great!

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    So excited for you. Congratulations!!!

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    Wow! So excited for you!

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    I have to say that I’m thrilled to death for you but I’m not the least bit surprised. It seems to me a natural progression from blog to book for your writing skills, and I know the end product will be killer!! Many congrats!

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    Kimberly/OKC says:

    SO!! HAPPY!! FOR!! YOU!! You can do it!!!! God is in it!!!

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    Janet, aka JT says:

    OHMYGOODNESS!!!!! I am thrilled for you!!!! This is beyond exciting!! Thank you for being obedient, Mel. We will all be blessed for it!!

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    I just found your blog and I look forward to following along with you on this book writing journey. God bless you as you go forward.

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    Jenna Hilton says:

    Congrats! I can’t wait to read it :)

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    Wow. I am excited, for you and for me. Cuz I am really looking forward to it, and let me just say that I look forward to your blog every day. Or three.

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    I haven’t been a follower for long ( a good friend recommended I read your blog and haven’t missed a day since), but I can’t wait to read your book in the future!

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    Congratulations! So happy for you!!! And those words your daughter spoke? They made me cry. So precious.

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    Very, very cool. Way to go.

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    I have been a reader for years and never commented until today. But I had to say YEAH! So excited for you and all God is going to do through you. Walk on:)

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    Yay!!! What great news!! I can’t wait to read it!

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    Congratulations Melanie! Your writing style is so easy to read… and with your humor, I’m sure it will be a best seller!

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    That is awesome. I look forward to reading your blog everyday. Congrats!!

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    Congrats!!!! Will definitely buy; been reading your blog for a few years and you are so entertaining!

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    Memori is my favorite genre, and yours will be awesome!

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    Hi!!! I’ve never commented before but I just wanted to tell you CONGRATULATIONS!! I am a college student at the University of Alabama and blogs are kind of my escape from studying and all the other aspects of college world (I know, it’s a hard life, but somebody’s got to do it).. and yours keeps me laughing!! I love how you combine your great sense of humor with a genuine love for Jesus. I feel like we would be kindred spirits if we ever met in real life. :) I’ll definitely be buying your book! LOVE and BLESSINGS from Alabama!

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    Well, it looks like you will sell at least 247 books to those who have left comments before me, so WOO HOO! So happy for you! I’m sure you are nervous and all sorts of other things, but if you do it here every day, you can surely do a book!
    Congratulations!

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    You are awesome, a great writer, and I am soooo happy for you! I love reading your blog and hope to buy your book if I can (hubby is out of work).
    But Yay! for you. God is good all the time.
    Amen.

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    Holy Cow! Good for you!!

    (when you are rich and famous and your picture is on all those magazines at the check out in the grocery store. . .don’t forget all us little people, your internet friends).

    Happy for you.

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    So tickled to hear of the exciting book news! I have been creeping on this hilarious blog for a while. Can’t wait to read this book!

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    So so proud of you! I love you, love your blog, & know I’ll love your book!! If I could pre-order it today, I would. I’m so excited for you! Congratulations!

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    I am so excited for you! Your blog is how I get started in the morning, besides my coffee and Bible devos, of course. I have enjoyed reading it every morning. I’ll be praying that the words for your book come quickly and easily.

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    WooooHOOOOO!! So happy for you. I am a daily reader and a very sporadic commenter!! Had to take a minute today and say Congrats!! I start my morning reading your blog and every morning, you make me laugh!!!

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    Donna Edwards says:

    I rarely comment, but faithfully read every day. Congratulations!! I am very happy for you and will be one of the first in line to buy your book! Thanks for sharing this with us. :)

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    I swear I was about to cry by the time I got to the end of your post. Not because it was so long but because I was just so happy for you. You can count on me to be the on the internet preordering your book when it’s published. You are a joy to read everyday. Congratulations!

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    Caroline’s comment spoke to my heart as strongly as it spoke to yours.

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    Congratulations!!!

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    This is amazing news…congratulations! I will be one of the first to buy your book. I have loved reading you here and look forward to reading you “there”!

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    I, like so may others, have read your blog “forever” but this is my first comment. Congratulations on both the book and having A&M join the SEC. Gig’em from Tennessee!

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    Seriously. Coming to read BigMama every day has caused me to wonder— there is some amazing potential in this woman. God, just what will she unleash for you? She is this beautiful woman of God, and I feel like I’ve been on the edge of my seat the last few years waiting to see a purpose God is going to birth through your season of motherhood. I’ve felt led to pray for you from time to time for something bigger God has for you. This is exciting! I will definitely buy your book :)

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    That is AMAZING!!!! Congratulations!!! I love you blog! It inspires me to write, just to write….

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    Big Mama, that is HUGE!!! Our LORD is HUGE-ER!!! May the One who brought you to this place continue to lead you until the day that book hits the shelves! I can’t wait!!!
    “Do not fear, for I AM with you!”

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    Congratulations! Can’t wait to read it.

    I cannot get C’s words out of my head “walk into the future….” Amazing message spoken from the mouths of babes.

    Praying for you as you walk into the future.

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    Amazing!!! That gave me chills!!!!

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    Yay for you Big Mama! So exciting!!! Can’t wait to read it!
    Leslie

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    YAY! YAY! YAY! I am so excited for you!! When can we pre-order? :)

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    I’ve been lurking around your site for several years now, and I am so very excited for you. Looking forward to reading it, just like I do your blog.

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    Yippee! When I read the title of this post I had a little inkling it would be a book. You’ll do great! I can’t wait to read it and if you do a book tour after it’s released you can bet I’ll drive hours and hours to stand hours and hours in line to meet ya :)

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    Lorinda Morey says:

    Yay!! I am so proud of you. You can do it! And Caroline… what can I say? She rocks!

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    Congratulations!!! You made me cry & I’m at work!!

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    Teresa Stout says:

    Congratulations! I will be delighted to read your book insomuch as I read your blog every day.

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    Wow, this is fantastic!!! I cannot wait to read it. I love what Caroline said and I think I should post it somewhere to look at everyday. It also reminds me of what my 12 year old son tells me every once in awhile, “Mom, sometimes you just need to jump in without your floaties.” Ain’t that the truth.

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    OH MY STARS MELANIE! I am so excited for you! And I mean, the title includes the word “sparkly.” So it’s going to be amazing.

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    I’ve been reading your blog for a couple years now and I have thought MANY times “she should write a book”! Your writing is very enjoyable, funny and honest. Your ability to “write about nothing” but make it very interesting is not easy to do, and I love checking in 5 days a week to see what’s on your mind. Good luck!!!

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    Congratulations!!! You may have walked to the future, but you have done so with grace and dignity. When you’re in the corner at Starbucks, know that we are all pulling for you and wishing you the absolute best. Way to go!!!

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    I really needed to hear that convo between you & your girl :) thank you! And congrats!!!

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    YAY!!! YIPPEE!!! WAHOO!!!
    Ok can you tell I am excited for you!!!
    Praise God for He is in charge and has plans for us that are
    WAY BETTER than we could ever imagine!!!!
    I look forward to buying my copy
    Much love!!

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    WAY TO GO!!!!! Can’t wait to read it.

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    I’ll be first in line to buy it. Congratulations!

    Nate’s Mom

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    HOLY COW Mel !!!
    You’re amazing!! A book ;) how awesome
    I cannot wait to read it!!!!!!!

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    OK, so I’m comment 300 or something so you will probably never see this, but I am SO EXCITED that you are writing a book. I cannot wait to get my hands on it so it will be a long sixish months for me. I am so proud of you (and we don’t even know each other). Congrats!

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    Hooray for you! This is awesome. Your blog has been a bright spot in the Internet. I know it feels like you write about “nothing,” but that’s not true. You bring laughter and fun to the daily stuff, and that’s where we all do most of our living. So happy for you!

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    woo-hoo!! can’t wait -

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    That is the best story ever and this would be why I will be buying your book. So excited to see God’s hand working so clearly in your life and thank you fro sharing it with all of us.

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    This will truly be one book that I can not wait to read!!

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    Michelle Washington says:

    Wow, Wow, Wow! Congrats! It just goes to show that everything happens in God’s time and not ours!

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    Way to go Melanie! The book is going to be great and I can’t wait to buy it.

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    That is so awesome! Seriously! How cool is that?!
    God really does have ways of getting our attention & prodding us to step outside our comfort zones.
    I’m soooo glad that you’re stepping towards this!

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    I am so so happy for you! I haven’t checked in on your blog in a while, and I know it was no accident that I did it today (as I procrastinate some writing I’ve been putting off for a while). Sometimes writing is so excruciating that it seems better to let the ideas collect dust in the corner, but you are moving forward! Walking or running, you are headed in the right direction. You have courage; you have discipline; you are following your calling. I am so excited for you and so looking forward to the book. And Starbucks should be thanking their stars to have a celebrity in their midst!!

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    So, does that mean that it will be available on April 2, 2012? Because I *cannot* wait to read it. :)

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    O……M…….G! That is the most amazing news I’ve heard all day (and thanks to Caroline for making me cry at my desk…again). What wisdom from a child. Sometimes I think God gave me kids so I would finally listen to Him! I am so happy for you! I know you’ll give us all the details because I will definately buy a copy!!!

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    Melanie, I’ve never met you (which is a real shame) and I don’t know much more about you than what you reveal here on this blog, but I’m telling you, I chocked up some tears reading this. I’ve been waiting for you to write a book for three years now!!! Maybe secretly I’ve been praying for it in the back of my head. I know there are quite a few wonderful bloggers I admire that have had a book published in the past year or two, but none of their books made me as excited as your news. The title you’re giving it has me all giddy and on bit of pins and needles (ok, I’m just a hormonal prego girl with two toddlers at home… hope I”m not making you feel overly uncomfortable. I don’t wear braces and my hair is now uncontrolably curly, in case you’re woondering.)

    Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

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    I cannot wait for this book! This blog is the very first thing I read every morning when I get to work! I’m so looking forward to this.

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    Melanie that is awesome! I KNOW it will be a best seller. I love reading what you write! I can’t wait! Congrats girl!

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    Congratulations! I’ve been reading your blog for about 4 years now and know that your book will be fabulous. I can’t wait to read it!

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    Celeste Hill says:

    I remember the first time I saw you at “Siesta Fiesta” oh so long ago. Your wit, humor and candid frankness have delighted me. Not to mention that twitter thing!
    Many congrats and cheers from me to you on such a beautiful thing that the Lord has birthed for you. Cherish the moments and revel in His Grace.
    Oh and your precious baby girl she is on her way as a P31 little lady!
    Much love to you
    Celeste

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    So proud of you Big Mama!! Congratulations on walking and not running to your future. I love it when we learn from our children.

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    Congratulations! Since I have read your blog for a while, I know you will do great!

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    Is it too early to pre-order “Sparkly Green Earrings” at Amazon? I will fight my place to be first in line! Please promise a SoCal stop on the book signing tour. I promise, no spectacularly mediocre Mexican food!
    This is outstanding news, Melanie – congratulations! I simply LOVE watching how the Holy Spirit unfolds amzing things in peoples’ lives! You’re going to be fantastic and I will be praying for you on this venture!! Blessings!

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    Woo-hoo! I will for sure be purchasing a few copies. Keep us updated. Congratulations!

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    Kirstjen Pratt says:

    That is so exciting! Congratulations!!!

    Will we get to read it as a book club selection on here?! :-)

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    It better be available in Canada!! Congrats!

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    Where can I place a pre-order? :)

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    I have been wishing for a book from you, I LOVE your blog and your blog posts aren’t nearly long enough for my reading pleasure:). Congrats, I’m ready to buy it!

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    Better get to writing, sista!

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    Shannon Wilson says:

    From another long-time reader, first-time commenter (a nice way of being a blog creeper):
    You are not “just a blogger”. The Lord has used your blog to minister to many people (including me) and that is evidenced by the hundreds of comments on this one post! I have no doubt that this book is going to be another way that God is going to work through you. Enjoy the journey!
    You better let all of us know when we’re able to pre-order our copies. I will be snatching it up the day it comes out! Considering that I screamed out loud when I realized that you had started following me on Pinterest, you could say I’m doubly excited about this book. :) Best wishes and prayers to you during this time!

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    I’ll read it either way, but I sure hope the book includes pictures of things like the antelope of the Lord. Congratulations, and best wishes as you keep walking (or speed-walking, if that’s OK) toward April!

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    YAY! What exciting news! I’ll be signing up to get it. Keep on walking, Girl!

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    Leah Del Signore says:

    Congratulations!

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    Joelle @goldenchances says:

    The three words I can think of are YES, YES, and YES!!!! So excited and happy for you (and us)! Your writing style makes me laugh out loud!! Every bit as funny as Tina Fey (and with fewer F-bombs). I can’t wait to read your book!! Gig ‘em, Sister!! :-)

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    YEAH!!! This means there might be a Big Mama book tour and my friends and I (who have read your blog for YEARS) can finally meet you in person!!!! Can’t wait to read your amazing book! P.S. Put Dallas on your book tour!

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    Two things: A) I got a chance to say hello/meet you and Sophie at the end of dotmom and I think I mumbled something about having twins and then snorted. It was really a shining moment for me. I hope that you will strike it from the record and if I am ever graced to be in your presence again, we will pretend it is the first time. Aside from the unfortunate fact that there is photographic proof that we met, I think the plan should work out nicely. (Also, kudos on the witty banter. Really.)
    B) A book? Sign me up. Seriously. I’m so ready. Very exciting news and I’m believing that God will when you can’t. Amen.

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    oh my goodness-i’m so very happy for you! i know ‘sparkly green earrings’ will just fly off the shelves! i love your blog-it always brings a smile to my face. you have a way of writing that makes it seem like we’re just good friends chatting, despite the fact that we’re hundreds of miles apart and have never even met. i also totally enjoy ‘fashion fridays’, and have bought too much cute stuff from those websites you mention. i love that you’re an aggies fan, and your conversations with caroline remind me so much of when my girls were younger. so i guess you could say that i’m a fan, and i am glad that you will impact the futures of many, many others by simply writing from your heart. keep inspiring us to be better Christians…..can hardly wait for the book!

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    I think I started reading your blog and Boo Mama’s blog at about the same time, way back in the day before I even had my own Google Reader. I don’t “know you” know you just because I read what you write, but you’ve become a little part of my everyday routine.

    And so I’m proud of you. I can’t wait to buy my copy.

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    Yay and YAY!! I hope that you will take a very proud and excited congrats from someone you do not even know exists, but has been your “friend” for years!

    The internet is weird.

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    I am looking forward to reading it!! So excited for you!

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    AWESOME! If you write it, they will read it!

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    Congratulations! I am so happy for you and I can’t wait to read it!

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    Congratulations! I’m so excited to read your book. Wish I could pre-order right now!

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    I have 3 things to say:
    1. WOW!!!
    2. Is it okay if I steal Caroline quote, because oh my, it is WONDERFUL?!
    3. YAY!!!!

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    Blessed Mom says:

    Congratulations! Not sure why, but reading this made me teary eyed. Thanks for obeying God’s nudging, can’t wait to read the book. I love that quote from Caroline.

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    So thrilled for you and excited. Congratulations. I always love to hear stories about how God keeps putting things in our mind and heart. First, with a whisper, then with a loud voice; and sometimes it takes a scream (or a hammer) to get through. BUT IT GETS THROUGH, and then in God’s perfect grace and timing, it all falls into place. So awesome. Again, Congratulations.

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    Yay!! So happy for you, can’t wait! Also, I think you deserve a new raincoat :)

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    I am so happy for you and you totally deserve this. As a SAHM to a small guy my connection to the outside world is somehwhat cut off now. I love reading blogs and have followed yours for a few years now. You crack me up daily and I will be looking forward to reading your book. CONGRATS you are very talented.

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    YAY!!!!! Yay, Yay, Yay!!!!!

    I’m a long time reader who has never commented before (does that make me a stalker?), but I just had to tell you . . . YAY!!!!!!!

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    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…SO happy for you friend…SO happy!! :)

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    I’m so stinking proud of you. I can’t wait to read it. I love you!

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    Wow, wow, wow! I’m so excited for you! Can’t wait to read it!!

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    Melanie, I am so excited for you and proud of you. God will honor your obedience to His call, and we will all benefit from that. And we will laugh, I’m sure, as we read ’cause you are just so funny. You are a bright light in the blog world and you’ll be a bright light in the print media world. I can’t wait! Love you!

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    WONDERFUL!! I kid you not, tears and goosebumps when I saw the letter. So excited for you. I’ve always wanted to write a book, but like you – wondered who would want to read about my days. Can’t wait to see your words in print in a book! God is so gracious, and I know he is blessing you on this walk to your future. WOW!

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    I read you through an RSS feed so I’m not sure if that counts as showing up here everyday. But you’ve kept me laughing and reading now for a couple of years. So I had to stop by your actual page today to tell you how EXCITED I am for you, and how I’ll be one of the first to grab a copy of Sparkly Green Earrings!! I’ll have to pick up a few for my friends too…. :)

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    You go Big Mama! Can we sign up for the pre-order now?

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    That’s amazing! It just makes sense that you would write a book, and I can’t wait to read it and LOVE the title. I’m so happy for you!!

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    That is so awesome! Congratulations!!

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    How wonderful! Congratulations! I can’t wait until the book is complete and we can have an online book party to celebrate!

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    That’s really exciting news! My two daughters and I are longtime fans. They are too busy to read you every day but I often send them emails of the posts I think will resonate with them! We love God and families and love to laugh and that’s a big part of what you write about. Oh, and we love that you’re not perfect, either! There are blogs out there who write about similar things and are inspiring but who can just seem to have it all so together that it can sort of be too much to bear. But you are down to earth and honest about your failings and foibles and inner struggles and that refreshes. You also have a way of putting things that just cracks us up! We will look forward to this book and send some prayers. You can do it! (…with Him to strengthen you, that is!)

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    Congratulations! I am a long time reader and few time commenter, but I had to come out of hiding to tell you that I will definitely be buying your book! I know it will be fantastic.

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    Oh my word…

    We soooo need to talk. I have the same nagging voice and a story that NEEDS to be told that is quite unlike any other that I think your contact may be interested in.

    I’ll off to email you…

    Donna
    signmakergirl@hotmail.com

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    Go get ‘em, Mel!
    I can’t wait to read it!

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    I forgot…

    CONGRATS! I know the feeling so very well… oh my..

    Donna

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    OH MY GOSH OH MY GOSH OH MY GOSH!

    YAY YAY YAY!

    My favorite blog writer ever is writing her own book! My joy knows no bounds. I can’t wait to purchase that little treasure and read it until my sides hurt from laughter. I love you and all that you’re deciding to do despite your initial inclinations!!! Ahh.

    Love, Jenna

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    Congratulations! This makes me so happy for a couple of reasons. First, because I can’t wait to read your book! And second, I am in the midst of walking (crawling?) to my future and it is incredibly inspiring to see examples like this of dreams coming true. Thanks for sharing.

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    Way to go, Melanie. Way.To.Go.!!!!!

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    I’m so happy for you. Congrats!!

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    Wonderful news from my favorite blogger. I know it will be a doozie and I can’t wait to read it! Congratulations, friend. =)

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    Michaelann Seiders says:

    So excited for you, can’t wait to read it!! You truely are a inspiration to all of us and I so look forward to you each and everyday! p.s. nothing better than the little nudges that God gives, and who better than Caroline to deliver!

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    OH!! MY!! GOSH!! Melanie….I am SOOOO BEYOND happy for you!!! What an awesome feeling!!! I CAN’T wait to read it and I am just SO proud!!!!!! CONGRATS!!! CONGRATS!!! CONGRATS!!!

    XOXO–JANIE

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    Whitney in Austin says:

    You’re a rockstar and I’m so proud of you. You can bet your bottom dollar I will buy a copy and no doubt laugh and cry along with you!

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    Congratulations!! I just know God will be your partner through your writing journey, and He will lead you in what to write! Go girl!! :)

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    Wow. First, I’m stupidly jealous. You and how many other bloggers get signed up, kicking and screaming, to write a book, while other writers sweat blood just trying to get a hearing. Sigh.
    Second, I’m crying, because walking to the future when you feel like running is exactly where I am right now. Studying ethics (without the bible) and spirituality (without God) and other intellectual pre-requisites before I can get into the real courses of Occupational Therapy… dang, it’s a slow hard walk, and it’s going to last five years, and I want to get there yesterday.

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    Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!!!!!!!!!! He is amazing, isn’t He! I pray you finish the book on time because I am looking forward to reading it as much as look forward to your blog each day.

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    Awww! Congratulations and how exciting! I’m where you were a few years ago. No desire to write a book. I just don’t think I have a book in me. I’m content to write blogs, articles, and columns. Unless God changes my path someday. But for today – I’m happy sitting where I am. :)

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    That’s wonderful! Thanks for sharing the great news with us! I am so happy for you and can’t wait to read the book! I enjoy your writing style and love to laugh as I read. Thanks for the humor you insert and being real about life!

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    I am thrilled beyond words for you!! May God give you each and every word you need!!

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    No, thank you!

    You will write an awesome book. I know I will laugh, cry and cheer for you!

    Susan

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    WOO HOO! Congratulations, Melanie! Where do I pre-order?! Can’t wait.

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    I don’t comment very often, but I get home from work every day and will immediately read both your and Sophie’s blogs–you both bring a smile to my face and very often I am laughing out loud as my husband looks over at me with raised eyebrows. Then he understands after I read him your blog entry. He especially loves hearing about Texas–he is from Houston and knows exactly what you are talking about most of the time. So very happy for you and can’t wait to read the book!

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    Melanie Miller says:

    Good for you!! That’s very exciting news! You are a gifted writer and I can’t wait to read a whole book by you! I will be praying for you as you go through this. Awesome!

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    Huge congrats Melanie! That is awesome and wonderful. So happy for you. It will be fabulous I know it.

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    I’m not a big reader of books (not sure where people find the time!), but I’ll make time to read this one. I’m a long-time lurker, and you crack me up! congrats!!

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    Melanie, Congratulations! Happy Writing!

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    Good for you! I stumbled upon your blog about a year ago and have been a fan ever since. Read every post! Your doing something right! Can’t wait to read your book! It’s gonna be great..I just know it! Congrats!

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    Yeah, YOU!!! I’m so happy for you! I can hardly wait to buy my very own copy of your book. That Caroline, she’s a genius. Don’t tell her I said that.

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    Your blog has most definitely been a “must read” for me! I have it as a “favorite” on my listing!! I read this post and am so incredibly excited for you! Caroline made such a wonderful quote (maybe you could put it as your “dedication” in the inside cover!)–beautiful. I will absolutely look for it, purchase it, read it and look forward to your NEXT book! Thank you for sharing yourself with others…you have quite a writing talent! Will be praying for great success for you and your family as you feel blessed through this process! God bless!

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    No wonder you have had insomnia lately! What exciting news and even though we have never met, I am thrilled for you and look forward to being one of the first to buy your book and share it with my friends. I always enjoy reading your blog and quite often wish that you were part of my world, because I truly love and “get” your sense of humor. You and your darling daughter make me laugh A LOT, except when you make me think and sometimes cry. Thank you.

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    Congratulations!! I can’t wait to order my advance copy!

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    Melanie! I am SO happy for you! What awesome news. I can’t wait to read it!!!

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    Wow! I can’t wait to read it!

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    Congratulations! I have been a faithful reader of yours since Caroline was in Kindergarten, I think! Can’t wait for it to hit the shelves…. I’ll be buying it for sure! Maybe you’ll have one of those fun book-signing party-thingies and I’ll finally get to meet you since I live in Texas and all.

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    YAY!!! I am so excited. I’ve been hoping this was going to happen. Now if Boo will just write a book! Seriously, congratulations. I will be first in line to buy a copy!

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    I am so so so SO excited for you and SGE! :) C is so wise. And I think she gets t from her Mama. :)

    So happy, Mel! I’ll be buying your book! You make me laugh. You make me think and I just love ya even though I’ve only met you one time. And it was at THAT Deeper Still! :) I have a crazy eye inthe picture but now I’m just rambling. I have some walking to do of my own. :) Congrats!!

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    I am so excited for you, and for myself to get such a good read next year! : ) Also, were those aforementioned sparkly green earrings something from Anthropologie, or a Jane Austen movie, or Old Navy? Because I need to get in on that action, I think!

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    Oh, Melanie. I’m so stinkin’ excited for you I can’t stand it. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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    Melanie!!!! I am so happy for you and proud of you!! Yes, you are a fantastic writer, who has an amazing way with words, but more than that, you have always honored Him in your writing and He is just expanding His territory (through YOU!! How cool is THAT?!!) Congratulations!!!!! I cannot wait until the book – YOUR BOOK!!! – is published. I have one tiny favor – IF it comes up in the storyline, can you just maybe gloss over that darkest of dark times in your life where your cute animal print coat got stolen in my home town?!! : ) Much love and admiration!

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    Congratulations! I love the title, love your blog, so I know I will love your book!! I love Caroline’s quote about walking to our future. Such wisdom, she must be an old soul.

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    I am SO excited for you Melanie. And for me. i am pretty darned certain that I posted a comment or two on something you had written saying, “you are so funny and such a good writer, you should write a book.” And if I didn’t say it exactly that way, I thought it many times. I think you are hilarious and even if you write about the way an ant crawls into your house looking for non-existent food, I’m sure I would roll on the floor laughing. Good luck!

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    I am so excited for you, Melanie!!! That’s just, that’s just, well, beyond awesome. I love the way it all came together for you, although I can imagine it’s been a long three years praying about what to do. Tyndale should be good to work with, too. Congrats again!!!

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    I’m so thrilled for you, Melanie! Thrilled is not a big enough word. And I may write down Caroline’s quote for posterity. That is some good stuff. Now quit fooling around on your blog comments and get back to work. ;-)

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    I never miss reading your blog in my google reader, but I rarely take the time to comment (I know, bad me). I couldn’t let this opportunity go by, though, to say CONGRATULATIONS!!! I can hardly wait to read it; now, get thee hence to Starbucks, and get typing! ;-Þ

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    Show-Me Sooz says:

    Wow-EE! What a thrill! I never had a clue! Just at a glance above me, though, it looks like you’ve already sold approximately 380 copies ;)

    How exciting for you, and I know your regular readers here (me included) will be counting the days until April. I love reading about (and laughing hilariously about) your life and will love reading the book even more.

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    SWEET!! I can’t wait to read it!! “Click” that is me mentally pre ordering it! :) Praising God with you!!

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    Congrats!! So excited for you. Can’t wait to read it!

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    So excited for you! I laugh at your stories about memories from growing up. I am just about a year older than you and I have forgotten so much!!! I look forward to my google reader in the mornings – yours is always first! If you go on a book tour, be sure to come to Nashville. I think you have said before it is one of your favorite places.

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    Picture me standing and clapping for you. I am so happy for you. You can do this! Keep saying that when times of doubt come. Thanks for sharing the photo. That was exciting to see.

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    Even though I’ve never commented before your blog brings smiles, laughter, and thoughts of God to my quiet life. To think there will be a book I can hold in my hands is beyond exciting. (Your post of March 7, 2011 still resonates with me.)

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    well, you already have 367 comments for today, so I could skip this, or I could SQUEEEE that I am SO happy for you!! And Tyndale House!! WOW! They wrote the bible, didn’t they? :-)

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    Melanie,
    I have laughed at your blog stories for about three years. You have brought me such joy! And sometimes you have moved me to tears. I love, love, love your writing!
    I am so grateful God gave you this gift and you share it with us.
    I am happy and excited for you and very proud of you!
    I cannot wait to read it.
    I love you! (Remember, Beth Moore said no more “Love you”?)

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    Are you FREAKIN’ kidding???? Thank you…….
    1st the book…..then the movie…….and FINALLY the reality show!!

    Seriously, very happy for you. Well deserved.

    libby

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    You are a great writer. I know you can do it!
    I will look forward to buying your book.

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    I am so happy for you!! I love your blog and will be one of the first to buy your book. And the title is great!

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    I am SO buying it.

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    Holy Cow! Congratulations! You are a fabulous writer here on the blog and I look forward to reading your book!

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    Oh yeah!

    I am loving few things more this spring, summer, fall, than reading the books published by my favorite bloggers. Is it weird that I fancy myself friends (in my head) with you all? So looking forward to it!

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    YOU GO GIRL!!!!! I will be praying that the words flow quickly and easily for you! I love that you had the dream and it hadn’t completed died inside of you. God watered the dream and poof…a book will be growing now! Yipee!

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    Hey! Congratulations- I’m from Long Island NY, I have been following your blog for a long time now and I really like how you write- Good Luck with your book, I’m sure it will be awsome

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    Congratulations! I enjoy your blog so much and am looking forward to this book.

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    Having politely stalking you and BooMama for years – I have to say CONGRATULATIONS! You have a very unique voice and point of view and I find myself coming to your site and thinking of you as a friend – of course, a friend that doesn’t know I exist, but one who has made me cry and laugh and appreciate the finer things in life like queso. I know very odd for a person that I have never met. You deserve every measure of success and I can’t wait for your book to actually be published :)

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    Amazing news.
    I don’t even read nonfiction books unless it’s Angie Smith.
    Or Big Mama.

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    OMGosh! I am soooo excited to read your book! I just know it will be wonderful!

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    Deana Lewis says:

    So happy with your news! Marking April 2012 on my calendar! :)

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    Aww, Mel I am sooo happy for you! I am literally crying happy tears! Looking fwd. to your book in April!

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    yer so funny, that’s why- ha! I can’t wait to read it.

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    Wow! That is wonderful! Congratulations!

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    Oh my goodness friend! I am just SO thrilled for you. Cheering you on and I know it will be awesome. It couldn’t have happened to a better person! xo

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    Jamie Fenley says:

    Congrats, Melanie! You are a gifted writer and God will use this for His Purposes. Praise Him! Also, love what Caroline said, she is precious.

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    I’m so happy for you! Reading your blog is like catching up with a dear, fun friend. You do such a good job of mixing the humor of daily life with little bits of perspective. Thanks for writing!

    I look forward to reading your new book!

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    So proud for you! Love it…walking into the future when you want to run…out of the mouths of babes.

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    Have I not TOLD you that you were as funny as Erma Bombeck? I feel certain I have. At least in my head. Congratulations! Be sure and give us a pre-order. BTW, I just watched a show I had DVR’s on Jo Rowling and when she wrote Harry Potter. Right before I read your blog! It’s prophetic! Please cut me a share of the royalties, wink wink!

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    Congratulations. You go girl!! Very exciting

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    Congratulations! How exciting!

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    That is wonderful!!!!! Can’t wait!!!! I’ve told so many people about your blog. Will pray for you!!

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    This is wonderful news!!! I am so excited for you and pray that you will enjoy the entire writing process. I can’t wait to pre-order my copy! Congratulations!

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    How exciting! Congrats and happy writing.

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    Melanie, I am SO PROUD OF YOU!!!! Congratulations. Just breathe. It will come…

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    YAY!!! For you and for God!! So excited for you! And me, because I can’t wait to read it!!

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    Awesome! I can’t wait to read the book!

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    Hi Melanie, long time lurker, first time commenter. Just wanted to say a heartfelt congratulations to you! Love your blog and your voice. Also love that you are such an open Christian. It is such an inspiration and I commend you for your honesty and sincerity.

    Keep doing what you’re doing!

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    This made me want to cry. In a good way. And my mascara is gone for the day, so I may just give myself happy permission.

    Go forth sister…in the mighty name of Jesus who will lead you and equip you to do this. I am so so so excited for you.

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    Eat your heart out, Seinfeld! Who says writing about nothing isn’t intriguing? So overwhelmed with joy for you! And still kicking myself for missing the dotmom conference. But next year….

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    And the adventure begins…congratulations

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    I knew I should’ve said congratulations when I was on the computer at like two in the morning, because now four hundred or more have told you, and I look like I’m a little behind! So thrilled that God is giving you this opportunity. Can not wait to read it!

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    I have a writing dream too. And so I am beyond happy for you! I actually got a little teary reading what Caroline said. Isn’t that the truth. Out of the mouths of babes.

    I cannot wait to read your book. I know it will be one that I will treasure.

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    Is it too early to pre-order?? You have brought me so many smiles and laughs over the years, and I cannot wait to buy your book! I can already tell it will be the kind of book I buy for my friends when they need the perfect combination of faith, laughter, and the sisterly bond of motherhood. You go girl!!

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    Okay, so I don’t even comment on your blog much because I never feel like I have anything witty to add (and I still don’t), but I am just tickled to death for you and got chills while I was reading this post. I absolutely love your blog and have followed it for years and get so excited every time a post of yours pops up in my Google Reader. So your book? I will be buying it.

    Congratulations! So excited for you!

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    I have read your blog every day for three years and dont think Ive ever commented. Congratulations on your book!!!! And can I also say that just last night I was laying in bed telling myself that I have “messed up” my 20′s; I did college wrong by taking too long and not picking a major and Ive done dating & friendships wrong by skipping from one social circle to another, that I havent done anything how its supposed to be done; what you (and your brilliant daughter) said is the truth and exactly what I needed to hear. And this is how I know your book is going to do fantastic.

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    Jenn Hill Watson says:

    I can’t think of anyone whose book I’d like to read more. This is a well deserved honor!! Many congratulations!

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    So, so happy for you!! Have loved your blog for a long time, and love you even more after meeting you briefly at dotmom (you and Sophie helped me find the registration desk the first afternoon) and seeing how darling you are in “real life”. Can’t wait to buy and read your book!!

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    I am so happy that you are writing your book. I look forward to reading it and seeing the amazing things that will come from it! Caroline’s comment was perfect and it is that much sweeter when you know that it coudl only be a God thing.

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    I am so excited for you.. I don’t know you personally, but with these blogs, you feel like you know the authors! I will admit that I got teary when I read that line.. “Sometimes we have to walk to our future even when it feels like we want to run.”
    Ohhh.. the wisdom of children!

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    Congratulations! You can do it!

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    Dang, girl! 433 comments so far!!! That is 433 future proud owners of the Green Sparkly Earrings book. I hear it’s a bestseller! And, OH, I just LOVE the title!! I don’t even know what it means yet–but I sure can’t wait to find out!

    I’m so happy for you!!! Oh, and I should let you know that I’ve got your book signing in Branson All. Planned. Out. But, first I need to know–do you like cocktail sausages or pigs in a blanket better? Cause in Branson, we know that a fancy party is not complete without those cute little sausages.

    You just think I’m kidding about the book signing in Branson… Branson is a must.

    Okay, one more thing. All kidding aside. For the last 6 months, I have been expecting you to announce some big news. The book wasn’t the news I was expecting…but every day I’d click over to your blog to see if you said anything that day. I don’t know…it was WEIRD when you made the announcement today, and said you’d been sitting on the news for 6 months.

    Not to sound all super spiritual, but I’ll be praying for you as you finish the book. I know God will use it to touch hearts. You have a gift of connecting with women–usually through humor. But, when you say something serious, we are ALL listening.

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    Beyond thrilled – can’t wait to buy it! I’m totally behind you unless that means blogging less frequently…:)

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    Awesome news! I can’t wait to buy a copy of the book. I am truly thankful for the internet and blogs that have led me to some of my favorite writers – you included.

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    I just read you post and WOW!!! SO excited for you and so excited to read your book! Praying for God to download His wisdom and grace during ya’lls dates at Starbucks ;)

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    Excited for you. Can’t wait to read your book:-)

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    Cannot wait for the book! Congratulations!

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    OH MY LORD!!! I am so excited! Your blog totally inspires me to keep writing! So happy for you!!!

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    Wonderful! I love your way with words!! You are saying things many of us just “think”. You are a funny chick. Thank you for sharing your testimony. Life is about the journey, and we can all learn something from yours… Look forward to reading where God takes you next. ; )

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    That’s so exciting! I can’t wait to read it and hear tidbits about the process of writing it!

    I have to share with you what a joy you have been to me. I found your blog many years ago when I had two little ones at home with me everyday and I was living far away from TX in ACC basketball land. I was longing to move back to TX and longing to watch my Aggies play some Big XII (SEC!) football. Reading your blog everyday took me home. We’ve been back 4 years now and, honestly, life is busier now with those 2 little ones both in school and my last little one still home with me, so I don’t always get a chance to read everyday, but, if I have a moment to read some blogs, Big Mama is my first click :)

    I’ll pray for peaceful moments so you can hear His voice as you work on your book.

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    Congrats, Melanie. I, too, was at She Speaks that year. And I remember saying Hi and chatting about your new bangs and your blogging class–which I didn’t take, but should have (the class, not the bangs).

    I love that you walked and didn’t run to your future. That’s a lesson I obviously still need to learn.

    Can’t wait to read your book.

    Sandy

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    YAY! YOU GO GIRL! It’s gonna be GREAT and I can’t wait to read it! Even though I’m not a mom and not into fashion but you totally make me smile EVERY TIME YOU POST and I love you for that. What a beautiful quote from Caroline. That was totally God. Wow. Blessings on you as you go through this process. I understand it’s not easy, but it’s totally of God and He will get you through.

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    Melanie,

    How EXCITING! Look at God! I too, am one who has been reading and LAUGHING since almost the beginning and look forward to seeing your face on a book cover, on a bookshelf in a Lifeway Store or Target and say … hey .. lookie there .. it’s Melanie. awwww

    Then I can recommend the book to all my girlfriends, becuase I know “personally” that the book will BLESS their lives.

    Thanks for being so open & transparent and downright FUNNY … and letting the Lord use and work through you …

    Let the church say AMEN!

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    Yay for you!!! That’s awesome!! I’ll recommend your book to our local bookclub!! :) I’d love to read it!!

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    Yay for you!

    This is so inspiriing! I love love your writing style and can’t wait to read your book. :-)

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    Congratulations! I’ve watched your journey from afar over the years and now I get to rejoice at the stones of remembrances God is laying in your life and comfort of knowing He’s writing one in mine, too…because that’s the character of God…even if I want to run to my future, I shall walk. She’s speaks the truth. Praise God.

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    Melanie,
    I have skipped around in bloggy reading, so I read the next post about your tears before I read this one. Oh, my, bloggy friend. It brought me to tears because I am so, so happy for you. The words of Caroline sent me into a downpour. What incredible wisdom. I will start the prayers today for you to have the time, the peace, and the Starbucks gift cards to get this book completed. We already know you have the talent.
    Can’t wait to be in line at the book store when it comes out!!

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    I have tears in my eyes. Caroline is precious — as are you. I come here everyday because I know you’ll make my laugh. I.e., your comment about catching up with your daughter at her school lunch because you hadn’t seen her for 45 minutes. I’m still smiling at that comment. I’m so happy and proud for you and looking forward to holding the book in my hands. And reading it! Congratulations! Mazel Tov!

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    Mel, I’m sooooo happy and excited for you! This post had me in tears for you! It is so amazing to me how God can plant something in our hearts and then watch it finally bloom! So so so amazing! Congratulations! I can’t wait to read it!!!! *hugs*

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    Well, isn’t that just wonderful? Congratulations! I can’t wait to read it?

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    Yippee!!! I am so excited for you and look forward to reading your book. I hope that the journey to April 2012 will be wonderful experience for you and your family.

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    I am so excited!!! Your blog has been such an encouragement to me through some pretty major hurdles the last few years. I cannot wait to read your book! Praying for you!

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    when I get your book I want to be the first one in line to get your autograph. plus, are you going to use her statement in your forward?
    do you think our Siesta mother might give you a recommendation to us non-writers, to encourage us to read your book?

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    when I get your book I want to be the first one in line to get your autograph. plus, are you going to use her statement in your forward?
    do you think our Siesta mama might give you a recommendation to us non-writers, to encourage us to read your book?

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    oh what great news=) i’ve read your blog for a while but i don’t think i’ve ever commented because i don’t generally have anything profound to contribute-i just enjoy your writing in a major way. but i can’t tell you how excited i am about this. happy writing=)

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    I got knocked out by my dentist yesterday and look what I missed! WAY TO GO! That is so awesome! Can’t wait to read!!

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    Awesome news!! I cannot wait to read every every sparkly word!! Blessings and Grace my friend!!

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    Awesome! So excited for you! A long time ago, I thought I wanted to write a book. Then I got a blog. Now, I just like reading all the BOOKS my fave bloggers write! ;)

    a

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    hoping you make it to comment #464 before summer 2012…you are precious! so, so, so excited for you and all that God is doing through you and praying that this journey is sweet along the way. may the words and the stories come easy, my friend. i trust they will…that’s your gift! and if you want company at starbucks, call me. Praise the Lord…we are finally on our way to SA! :-) hope to see you soon!

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    Congratulations on your book, I’m so excited for you. I’ve been reading your blog for about four years and I can’t wait to read your book!

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    Congratulations! What a wonderful, fearful, freaky, crazy journey you’ve been on. Can’t wait to read it…yes, you will have a lot of people buying your book…no worries.

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    Congratulations! I am relatively new to your blog, but keep coming back because of your writing style. And how perfect that the time you will be doing the most writing is the time when all the best drinks are out at Starbuck!

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    Oh WOW! I’m just now reading this because I didn’t read blogs yesterday which is like the time I didn’t check-in to my gilt.com flash sale and they had JOHN HARDY JEWELRY and I missed all the good things ’cause they were sold out. Fortunately, your book won’t be out for awhile so I didn’t miss the publication at least! But great news – seems like all my blogger friends are being published – Lisa Fain (Homesick Texan cookbook), Pioneer Woman (we all know about that one!), Liz Owen from http://mabelshouse.blogspot.com/ (My (Not So) Storybook Life – out in a few days) and now YOU!!! I’m on a roll with reading winners I tell ya! Congrats big time. Now I can say I “didn’t know you” four years ago except for your blog which makes me believe I DO know you! :)

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    Congrats!! I can say I’ve been reading your blog on a regular basis for a while… And there must be a reason! Even though you and Sophie don’t know me… I feel like we are friends in a strange way… Like if I ran onto you at the AR/Aggie game I’d feel like a weirdo but I’d have to tell you what a fan I was out here! So I’m excited to hear this! Yeah for you!!

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    Congratulations on the book deal! I love reading your blog everyday and can’t wait to read the book.

    And that is such a wonderful quote from your daughter… I think I’ll be repeating that to myself often!

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    That’s so exciting! I read every day and of course yesterday, I missed it. I’m definitely buying a copy–I love your writing style. Thanks for being obedient to God’s call in your life. Can’t wait!!

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    AMAZING, WONDERFUL, EXCITING news! You rock! Cannot wait to read it….what a testimony of your faith in God and following His will! :)

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    I can’t wait to read it. I have been following your blog for a long time. I love the part about what Caroline said. That was huge.

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    This is the very first time I have read your blog! I’m hooked already… I know your book will be a blessing. I can’t wait to read it!

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    Just getting caught up and have to say (again) how happy I am for you! And if you ever get up here to Tyndale-land, and if you should need a chauffeur or someone to hold your hand, I would be happy to be that person because I live very close to that place and I kinda know some of the people over there. You’re in good hands.

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    I CANNOT WAIT TO READ IT!!!!! OH, please tell me there will be Rachel Zoe!!! (I have never watched an episode, but I feel that my knowledge of the show is pretty good, just based on your blogging alone.) I’m so excited for you!!!!! I’ve been really stressed about my own business and how it’s hard getting it going when there are fifteen different people wanting the money you just worked REALLY HARD to earn, but then I read something like this post? And it makes me so happy for someone else, that those fifteen money-grubbing hands? Can cool it for a little while. I offer any and all services I might be able to provide. Which is doubtfully little.

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    CONGRATS -O – RAMA!!!

    So proud of you. So deserving. Can’t wait to read it!

    (sorry I’m just reading this. I’ve been out of town and between that and the pressure of getting an 8 year old to football practice basically every single day for (Aggie) dad coaches who treat practices like we are playing for a shot at being asked into the SEC … well, I’ve been behind. :)

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    Ohmygoodness. I haven’t been here in so long (really.. it’s ME, not you.. i don’t visit anyone any more). And then a college friend who NEVER posts on her blog put a post there, and her blogroll has you in it, and so I clicked. And I found this. And I know that God wants another prayer warrior in your corner, just to make sure that you keep being lifted up. Trust in Him…follow the path He’s laid out for you.. and it will be all good. xoxo…

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    I just can’t say enough times how excited I am for you! Congratulations! :)

    Your blog was the second blog I ever started reading 5 years ago. I didn’t have kids but you were funny. And encouraging. And inspiring. And I kept reading. And started a blog. And met some of my best friends through the blogging world. So many thanks to you!

    I can’t WAIT to read your story. On paper. :)

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    I’m so very happy for you. Your blog is my first stop every morning. You never fail to bring a smile to my face. I love how your writing always feels like you are being you, no facade put on for the bloggie world to see. That is the quality which makes this blog so appealing to me. I know that same quality will come through in your book. I can’t wait to read it. All the best to you.

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    How exciting! I can’t wait to read it and I so want to come to a book signing:)

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    Can’t wait to read it! Congratulations!!!

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    That is such exciting news! I will be one of your groupies first in line to buy it!!

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    Wow!! Amazing how God has control of our lives, even when we try to do it on our own. Now you can run!!!

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    Alicia Hall says:

    Can’t wait to read it! So hope that it comes out in an e-version to that I can download while I’m out of country!

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    Sooooo very excited for you. Sincere congratulations! I am SURE it will be wonderful, as everything you write is!!!
    c.a.n.n.o.t. w.a.i.t.
    Have a blessed weekend,
    Kaye
    Matthew 21:22

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    Another long time reader, jumping in to say Congrats! Even though our lives don’t have many similarities beyond age, your voice and posts have made me laugh out loud or wipe away a tear more times than I can say (many more laughs than tears!). So happy for you!

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    Yay for You!!!

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    I cannot wait to read it! In the meantime, know you’re being prayed for! Thanks for being willing to put yourself out there! You deserve this success & I think the 500 comments are a great indicator that it will most certainly be a success!

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    Wow, what amazing news! So happy for you–I know it will be fantastic. You can do it!

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    Melanie, I am thrilled for you!! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of the book when it comes out! You are such a gifted writer….it will no doubt be on the best-seller list!!!!

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    Congratulations!! Enjoy the process. Even when it is tedious.

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    Ahhhh!!!! PRAISE THE LORD!!! How did I miss this wonderful news!!!??? (Always the last to know, Ha!). SO INCREDIBLY HAPPY FOR YOU!!! I love your writing style and your blog and I’m sure I’ll love your book, too! God bless you! I’ll be praying for you! :)

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    Just thinking…Big Mama…BIG GOD!!! He is so good!!! :)

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    Amazing! Love what Caroline shared with you in the car. You are a talented writer and I can’t wait to read your book! I love your blog, so I know the book will be just a wonderful!

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    You’re living my dream, Melanie! I’ve got the journalism degree and the PR/Advertising career to go with it, but my real dream has always been to write a book — a children’s book. That would be the cherry on my sundae.

    Consider yourself enormously blessed, lady! I cannot wait to read your masterpiece. Will be praying for God to put the words in your heart so you can share them with all of us. God Bless!

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    Congratulations Melanie!!! I will buy your book the first day it is out…I know it’s going to be fabulous! :)
    Blessings,
    Susan

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    Congrats!

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    That is so amazing!!! Congratulations, I cannot wait to read it!!!

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    WELL. I have just caught up on your blog and have smiled and held my breath through that whole post. Congratulations. I will be the first in line to get it way up here in Dalhart. I can not think of a more deserving, qualified, and gifted person such as you to write it.
    And we’ve never even met.
    I am grinning ear to ear for you. You echoed a sentiment that I think is in my heart too…..the dream of writing a book. Blessings to you – the next six months are going to be an awesome ride.
    Amy

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    I’m late to this party, but congratulations!!! I can’t wait to see it bound and on a shelf in a bookstore! Even better, in my bag on the way home to be enjoyed.

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    Whoop! Proud of you! Can’t wait to read it!

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    congrats!!

    i read something about this sort of thing just this morning… faking a need for clarity so that we don’t have to do something I don’t want to do or are too scared to do…

    praying for you, friend.

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    Stephanie S says:

    I’ve been out of touch the last several days so I’m getting all caught up and just read this post! That is soooo exciting! Congratulations to you and I’m so glad to know what my gift of choice to all the women in my life will be in 2012. I know your book will be AWESOME!!

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    Stephanie S. says:

    Oh, and Caroline’s comment! Whoa!!! That just blew me away. It was something I needed to hear today. Big hugs to your girl!

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    Charlotte says:

    Hi Melanie! I typically read your blog every day; it is one of my favorites even though I rarely leave a comment. I have been out of my normal routine for a few weeks and missed your blog posts. This post warmed my heart. I am so excited for you and cannot wait to read your book. Congratulations!

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    Oh my goodness!! For some reason (or about a thousand!) I haven’t been a good blog reader and am finally catching up and reading this awesome news!! In fact, I even paused my DVR where I was playing back Project Runway from earlier tonight…all that to say, I am beyond excited for you! I think your writing style is brilliantly funny and personal and just what I want to read. I feel like I’m rejoicing with a good friend, which I realize sounds super scary!! Congrats, congrats, congrats. And deep breaths…this is going to be one of those good things in life.

    Oh, and love that Caroline and her God-inspired wisdom.