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Things you might want to know and a giveaway!

My day got off to the best start ever yesterday. My friend Laura texted me a picture of a freshly baked chocolate croissant from Trader Joe’s around 7:00 a.m. And I jokingly texted her back “What time are you bringing one over for us?”

About ten minutes later there was a knock on the door and Laura’s daughter stood there holding a bag with two warm chocolate croissants in it.

I don’t really know that life gets much better than that. And y’all weren’t lying about them because I took one bite and was transported to a bakery in France.

Which is really weird when you factor in that I’ve never actually been to a bakery in France. But I have been to La Madeleine several times and that’s like France and this was better than that.

Okay, I just have a few quick things today, but the last one is a giveaway so make sure you read until the bitter end.

1. My book

Um. It’s less than a month until Sparkly Green Earrings is released. And I alternate between being excited and wanting to throw up. It’s kind of like pregnancy but without a good excuse to eat a dozen donuts in one sitting and wear pants with an elastic waistband.

So here a few book related things (Is this becoming an outline? It feels very fancy.)

A. I have a Facebook page for the blog and book stuff now. Please let’s not call it a fan page because belch. (I meant to type “blech”, but I’m going to leave it as “belch” because it seems equally appropriate.)

Anyway, I’m going to try to post all book related news there, so you can like my Facebook page if you want. It’s Melanie Shankle-The Big Mama Blog.

My publisher is also working on setting up a few book signings for anyone who wants to meet me and buy a copy of the book at one of the stores I’ll be visiting. Let me clarify that this is not quite a nationwide tour. As in, I’ll be in San Antonio and Houston. I’ll be driving to them in my 2006 Volvo station wagon.

As of now, I’m doing a signing at Barnes & Noble at San Pedro in San Antonio on Tuesday, February 12th at 7 p.m.

And one at Books-A-Million at Katy Mills in Houston on Saturday, February 16th at 1 p.m.

The good news is if you show up we can probably hang out and visit since it will just be you and my dad.

(You’ll be able to know it’s me because I’ll be the one sitting at a table reading Beth Moore’s book So Long, Insecurity.)

2. DotMom Conference

I drew the winner of the two tickets to DotMom in Frisco on February 22-23. So if you haven’t received an email from me that means you didn’t win.

But I really wish you’d still attend. It’s going to be amazing and I guarantee you won’t be sorry. Tickets are still available, but going fast. You can find out more here.

3. Lauren Chandler – The Narrow Place

My friend Lauren Chandler, who is married to Matt Chandler from The Village Church in Dallas, has recorded the most beautiful album called The Narrow Place.


I downloaded it about a month ago and have listened to it over and over again, especially while cooking dinner at the end of a long day because it takes me to a happy place. Even though it’s a Narrow Place.

(Get it? I made a little joke.)

Anyway, you can download it for only $5.99 on iTunes, but I also have three copies to give away today. All you have to do for a chance to enter is leave a comment on this post. I’ll leave it open until Sunday and then choose three winners.

Even though you’re all winners to me.

By the way, I think my finger is a little bit better. Just in case you were wondering.

See y’all tomorrow.

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  1. 1
    Heather Andrews says:

    Congratulations on your book!

  2. 2

    So fun – I love reading your blog and look forward to your book!

  3. 3
    Melissa H says:

    I am really happy for you and want to congratulate you on your book.
    I plan to buy a copy because you are a gifted writer and also because I want to thank you for brightening so many days with your humor and of course the fashion advice!

  4. 4

    You make me wish we had Trader Joe’s in coastal NC! Have a blessed day!

  5. 5

    Can’t wait to read your book! I have been praying for Matt Chandler since I heard about his cancer diagnosis a few years ago. God has been so merciful to him!! What a beautiful family!! I have listened to one of her songs and she’s amazing. Pretty soon they’ll be introducing him as Lauren Chandler’s husband!!

  6. 6

    So excited about your book….you are such a neat person!

  7. 7

    Looking forward to your book!!! I would totally be a groupie who would be at a book signing…. Except I am in Georgia. So, best wishes for successful signings!!

  8. 8

    I cannot wait to read your book. Your writing is so honest, so refreshing – you make me feel like the goofy things I do are normal and okay. And that’s a good thing! :)

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    Jennifer Weston says:

    Super excited for your book! Wish I could make the book signing, but living in PA…that would be quite a drive. And thanks for the opportunity for the giveaway.

  10. 10

    Can’t wait to read your book! :)

  11. 11

    Can’t wait for your book and a visit to Trader Joe’s!!!!

  12. 12

    Would love to hear the cd! Congrats on the book!!

  13. 13

    so excited about your book! i am sure the books signings are going to be awesome and full house. that’s only to be expected when a great writer is there. {i mean you, just to be clear :) }

  14. 14

    Looking forward to reading your new book.. I have never been to Katy Mills, but I know that it is not too far from where I live.. Hopefully I will be able to make it there to say hi. Congratulations on this grand achievment!

  15. 15

    I need some uplifting, music almost always picks me up.

  16. 16

    I would LOVE to win the album!! I am needing to be transported to a happy place these days after work….completely stressed and hate bringing it home to the fam! Enjoy reading your blog daily!!

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    Stephanie says:

    Chocolate croissant?… oh my! I’ve heard rumors that OKC might get a Trader Joe’s in the next year or so.

    Looking forward to reading the book!

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    Daphne Petrey says:

    My sister-in-love pre-ordered me a copy of your book for Christmas! That made me three types of happy! And I would love some new music for our iPod. I love reading your blog every day – you make real life just seem “normal”. (except that no one would ever show up with warm croissants at my front door since the closest Trader Joes is almost two hours away)

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    I so wish you had a signing in Dallas! I’d love to hang out with you and your dad!
    So proud of you Melanie! As proud as anyone can be of their Internet best friend they have never met! *hugs*

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    courtney sloane says:

    I’m really excited about your book! I’d love to attend a book signing, but unfortunately, I’m not gonna be able to swing a trip to Houston from my abode in western North Carolina.

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    Can’t wait to read your book!,,

  22. 22

    Thanks for the reminder, I need to find my gift card so I can pre-order the book. So excited. And new music sounds fun!

  23. 23

    I cannot wait to read your book – and I might just have to get myself over to Katy Mills to get it signed too. That is not at all un-doable.

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    I made the blog!!! My life is complete. So did you share one or just go ahead and eat both? I preordered my book (actually I think I ordered 2 or 3 to pass out with chocolate croissants) and I can’t wait to read it.

    Have a wonderful day!

  25. 25

    Read this while eating my breakfast of … grr…. shredded wheat! Those chocolate croissants sound much yummier! And to top it off, there is no Trader Joe’s within a hundred, or 500 miles of here. But you brightened my day at the end of the post with the great news about your finger!!! Good luck with your book. I’ll look forward to reading it!

  26. 26

    I can’t wait to read your book!

  27. 27

    I wish you wouldn’t write about chocolate croissants before I’ve had breakfast! Any resolve I had to eat healthy today just went out the window.

    I was worried about your finger and I’m thankful it is getting better. :-)

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    Marianne Tabor says:

    Melanie, please come to the DFW area for a book signing! I would so get up early and wait in line to visit with you AND your Dad. You’ve been my early morning friend for several years now.

  29. 29

    Congrats on the book! Cant wait to read it. Thanks for the cd opportunity.

  30. 30

    Please come to georgia for a book signing!!! And pick me for the free music. I love free music!!!

  31. 31

    Facebook and a book tour, now that’s fancy!

  32. 32

    I found your blog from another blog. Now I am anxious to find out about your book. Have fun with your signing.

  33. 33

    Dang- Why can’t I live in TX so I can go to one of your book signings and meet my WWF buddy!!!! :( So can’t wait to read your book!!!!!! :)

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    Sallie Baker says:

    I was Lauren’s Kindergarten choir teacher at church in Longview, TX….
    so I am very proud of her beginnings! Beautiful girl . . . inside and out!
    Come to Ft. Worth or Dallas for a book signing….???

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    ikarentee says:

    Congratulations on your book! And thanks for the giveaway too!

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    Please do come to Georgia for a book signing!
    I am so excited about your book. I am so, so proud of you! I cannot WAIT to read it! I have been reading your blog several years. You were painting your back house – whenever that was – when I first started reading. I cannot even tell you how much joy you have brought me. So much laughter. You and your blog have truly been a blessing to me.
    I would love to win Lauren Chandler’s music.

  37. 37

    Would love to win the cd. Cannon wait for your book to come out. Mine has been ordered..

  38. 38

    I have already prepurchased copies of your book for myselfvnd for gifts!

  39. 39

    oh, i need a happy place these days!

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    Ashley Corbett says:

    HI, I’ve never heard Lauren Chandler so I’m excited to be entered. I was linked to this page from Ann’s “A Holy Experience” :) Thanks for entering me!!

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    Congrats on the book!!!!!!

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    Spiritmom says:

    Can’t wait for your book!! And I promise your dad will have TONS of people to talk to!!

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    Congratulations!! Super-duper exciting. :)

  44. 44

    Congratulations on your upcoming book release! Would love to hear Lauren’s music…

  45. 45

    Chocolate croissant???? Dang! I’ve never seen a chocolate croissant at my Trader Joe’s. Are they frozen and she baked them at home? Now I have to go to Trader Joe’s today. Must investigate ASAP. Congrat’s on the book. And that is just silly the publisher isn’t sending you out on a tour, but then again with the flu hysteria and all, maybe it’s just as well.

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      Vicki B-
      In the frozen section with other breakfast stuff. You let them rise overnight and just bake and serve. REALLY good and I think they are only like $3.50 for 4. But from what I hear, products vary from store to store. Good luck!

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    Mary Craig says:

    Ooh ! I would love this! And can’t wait for your book!

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    okay – I’m totally adding those croissants to my shopping list! I’ve not tried them before but have always been impressed with Trader Joe’s and the various goodies they offer. :)

  48. 49

    Congrats on your book!

  49. 50

    Come to Austin for a book signing! We are getting a TJ in 2014, so you got me all excited now! Sorry about all the exclamation marks! :)

    BTW, your book trailer made my husband and I cry. We have an only child, too, and she is the light of our lives! Totally relate.

  50. 51

    Would love to win! :)

  51. 52
    Lisa Pickle says:

    Love your blog! Can’t wait to read your book!

  52. 53
    Lauren A. says:

    Can’t wait to get your book!

  53. 54

    I’d love to win a copy of the CD…maybe you could deliver it at a book signing in Tulsa?

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    Hi, Melanie!
    Listen, I’m putting the Houston signing date on my calendar, yay! It’s not that far and who would EVER give up a chance to go to Katy Mills Mall? Oh, and yes, I’d love to win the album!!!

  55. 56

    I am looking forward to reading your book!

  56. 57

    Congratulations on the book, would love to win the album!

  57. 58

    Congrats on the book. Can’t wait to read it. I’d love to win some new music.

  58. 59

    I preorder my book just this week and then gave it a shout out on my blog yesterday! Absolutely can’t wait to read it. Wish I lived in TX so I could get an “autographed copy” LOL!

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    So long insecurity? hahahahaha I literally laughed out loud at that one. Thanks for a chance to win!!!

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    missy owens says:

    I sure could use a happy place!

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    Hello! I’m so excited for the release of your book. It’s been pre-ordered and will arrive the day it comes out! If I lived in TX I would totally come to one of your signings and try to force you to become friends with me, but that might make you a little uncomfortable, so it’s probably for the best.
    All this Trader Joe’s talk means I’ll be making a trip there this weekend. I’m preparing by writing a list of necessary items (such as chocolate croissants and cookie butter) now.

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    I would love a copy of the CD!

  63. 64

    The cd sounds wonderful!

  64. 65

    So excited for your book. If I live west of the Mississippi I’d be at your signings In a heart beat!

  65. 66

    Pre-ordered your book on Amazon the other day!

  66. 67

    Melanie, I’m so excited for you. Can’t wait to read your book. If you were going to be up in the Dallas area I would try to show for your book signing…I imagine it would be a lot of fun.

  67. 68

    I would love to win a CD. I need a happy place right now.

    I love your blog so I’m looking forward to reading your book.

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    I can’t wait for the book, and I would love the cd!

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    melissa larson says:

    love the idea of “happy place” music.

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    Can’t wait to read your book! Come to San Angelo {home to Julio’s Chips & Salsa!} for a book signing.

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    Stephanie says:

    I’m excited for you and your new book coming out. Wish I was closer and could actually make the book tour =) But I;m guessing Idaho probably won’t be one of the stops.

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    Kimberly M. says:

    First off, I am pretty sure you should add a trip to College Station for your “book tour”, because I don’t think it would be fair to leave your old stomping grounds out. Also, because I would love to see you in person so that it seems real instead of my family thinking I have taken up with imaginary friends. :-)

    I’d love to win the CD…I can use all the happy place music I can get!

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    I’m glad to hear that your finger is improving and would love to have a copy of the CD!

  74. 75

    I always enjoy your writing except scorpions maybe. I look forward to your book and I’m with the others who want you to come to Georgia. Gainesville would be a great place.

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    Kim Johnson says:

    I can’t wait to read your book!

    Kim J

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    Would love to hear that CD – thanks for the giveaway.

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    New music would be great, but a copy of your new book would be an even better give away!

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    Please please please do a signing in Austin!

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    Yay for a book and music…two of my favorite things!

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    Excited to read your book!

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    I’ve been wanting to listen to this album since I heard of it, and this would be the perfect chance. Thanks!

  82. 83

    load that Volvo up and head to Nashville! bring me a copy of your book when you come :)

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    I would love to win a CD! And I can’t wait to read your book. Any chance you might come to TN for a book signing????

    And chocolate croissants?? What a great friend!

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    Louise in NE OK says:

    Would love the music and love to read your blog each and every week day morning! Looking forward to your book!

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    Our nearest Trader Joe’s is an hour away. It’s sad.

    I would like new music that takes me to a happy place. It sounds lovely.

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    Wow! I can’t believe your book is about to come out. Congratulations and I am sure there will be more than two people at your book signings. Have fun!

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    We would love to have you for a signing in Indiana! I pre-ordered my book on my Kindle. I’ve never pre-ordered anything on it before and it makes me super excited to think that one day it will just appear there, ready for me to read! I’m not a mom (well, I’m a dog mom), but I’m definitely looking forward to reading your book. Between you and Sophie, you girls have given me a lot of entertainment (laughs AND tears).

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    Just me and your dad! Lol, I’m sure you will be surprised how many people show up. You are an internet sensation afterall!

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    Can’t wait for the book!!

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    Oh I’m so excited!!! I will definitely be at your book signing in Katy, even though I’m on the other side of town. Can’t wait to meet you, although I don’t think you’re right about no one being there. There are WAAAAYYYY too many of us who wait expectantly for your posts and now your book! It’s going to be great! Don’t be nervous. I see “best-selling author Melanie Shankle” in your future.

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    Gabrielle says:

    The lovely cover on that music makes me want to listen to it right now! (And as for the chocolate croissant – YUM!) Thanks for being a bright spot in my days. : )

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    I am really looking forward to your book! I really hope you will reconsider your statement – “I plan to post all book related news on my Facebook page.”

    I’m not on Facebook (I know!). Is there any way you’d post the news, or at least some of it, here, too? Or even, you could have another page on your blog site, kind of like you do for the book now, except it could be book news?

    Something, somehow, I hope you will talk about the book experience here, too, please! :)

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    Pick me, pick me :)

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    Amanda Yates says:

    I wish you would come to Birmingham for a book signing!! I can’t wait to read your book!

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    Lauren H. says:

    Congratulations on your new book!! So happy for you!

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    Going to check out your Facebook page now!

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    Can’t wait for the book and am going to “like” the facebook page right now!

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    I stumbled upong your blog via the “Pioneer Woman” blog and I have to say I just love it! I have been reading every day! I am going to have to get your book…can’t wait!

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    I love music that takes you to a happy place!

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    I’m hoping to win the Narrow Place! But I’m also really excited about your book and buying it as soon as it comes out. Any way I can convince you to come do a book signing up in the DFW area? I could probably gather at least 7 people to go with me, which, according to what you’re expecting, would be a huge crowd! ;)

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    Beccalouloubell says:

    I can’t wait to read your book. Congratulations. The CD sounds great.

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    Found this blog through Ann Voskamp’s- intrigued by the title of your new book. I’ll have to read it! :)

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    Andrea in Aggieland says:

    i can’t wait to read your book! BTW, I think you should do a signing in Aggieland. You can always do it during baseball season since you’ll probably be here at some point during the season anyway. Just a thought…


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    I would love to hear this CD!

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    Erin Baker says:

    You are so funny; you make me laugh daily. Can’t wait to read your book! God Bless!

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    Why don’t you have a book signing in NEBRASKA? Then, you could wear sweaters and coats and still never be warm! And be miles and miles from Trader Joes and Target… Life on a cattle ranch. Can’t wait for your book and would love to win free music.

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    I just realized this morning that your book was available for pre-order, so I promptly went and pre-ordered it. Come to KS for a book signing!

    The cd looks like a great thing to win, so I’d be delighted if you picked me. ;)

    Pretty sure there will be more people than just your dad at the book signings. And I could go for a chocolate croissant about now.

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    I can’t wait until your book comes out! You are downright hilarious and a breath of fresh air! Yay!

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    Outline …
    A. I’m kind of new here and didn’t know you were writing a book, but …
    B. I will definitely buy it!
    C. I am severely bummed that I will in Nashville visiting Son 1 on the date of your Houston signing. Somehow, I doubt you will be alone.
    D. I’d love to win the album!

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    Congratulations on the book coming out! You should check out Book People in Austin for a signing. Austin is closer than Houston :) and Book People is incredibly supportive of authors.

    Glad to know the finger is getting better! We old-fashioned doctors like to check up on our patients. :)

  111. 112

    I pre-ordered your book for my Kindle, but would love it if you could come over to Austin too!

  112. 113

    I would come to your book signing to meet you and your dad if I lived in Katy. Love me some Lauren Chandler!

  113. 114

    Found out about you from Holy Experience and read the story about the sparkly green earrings. Looking forward to reading your new book!

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    Laughed so hard at the “(You’ll be able to know it’s me because I’ll be the one sitting at a table reading Beth Moore’s book So Long, Insecurity.)” part! You are hilarious!

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    You and your blog bring joy to me daily. Thank you!

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    I wish you’d do a signing in Dallas! I’d drive over to see you. But juggling my littles makes SA and Houston a little too far for me. :( blech

  117. 118

    Please, please do a book signing in SA on a Saturday!!!! I would LOVE to meet you and get a signed copy but can’t drive up unless it’s on a weekend. :)

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    tia bennett says:

    Come to Indianapolis for a signing! I am sure you have a HUGE fan base here ;)

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    Amanda Weems says:

    Can’t wait to read your book! Just reading about your every day life on the blog blesses mine in more ways than you’ll ever know. It would be awesome if you could come sign books in Abilene, TX. We’re just four hours from San Antonio and you’ve got lots of fans up this way!

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    I have your book on pre-order! : ) Would love to win!

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    jenner lee says:

    It is supposed to snow here in NC today. I would love to be snuggled up on the couch reading Sparkly Green Earrings, while eating a chocolate croissant and listening to Lauren Chandler’s The Narrow Place! Glad your finger is better : )

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    How cool that Ann Voskamp mentioned you in her post yesterday! I’ve had my copy of your book ordered for a while and I can’t wait. God bless you!

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    Congratulations on your book!!! Love reading your blogs!!

  124. 126

    Sounds like a fun February! I was gardening and got something in my pinky and it was a little bump and it would get red, itch and hurt and then kind of go away and then get red and itch again, for two years. I finally asked a doctor and then got an x-ray and about a month later it went away! Weird. She said that sometimes things get in and the body does not work it out like a splinter. Fascinating, right;) To have had it out may have been a bigger problem. I hope your finger continues to improve!

  125. 127

    Oh, how I wish you would come to South Carolina for a book signing! I’d love to meet you and your dad :)

  126. 128

    I wish we had a Trader Joe’s so we could join in the fun…Love your blog!

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    Erin Seaman says:

    So long, Insecurity! Ha!! You’re secure enough to write a book which is more than most of us can say. Wish you were coming to Dallas; I could introduce you to the best TexMex outside SA. Grilled avocado anyone? Mmmmmm……

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    Best of luck to you! I wish I lived in Texas so I could come to your book signing!

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    Glad your finger is feeling better! I’m pretty sure it was the chocolate croissant that made it better. You should probably eat more just to be sure it heals fully.

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    Michelle in Dallas says:

    Can’t you come to Dallas for a book signing? Would love it.

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    Heading to FB to like your page! Congrats on your book..and your finger!!

  132. 134

    Come to Ft Worth, would love to meet you in person! Excited to read your book!!
    Blessings! Kara :-)

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    Your Beth Moore “So Long, Insecurity” joke made me laugh out loud. :) And now my four year old is asking me (over and over), “What’s funny, Mom?”

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    Michelle Pharis says:

    Can’t wait to read your book. Thanks for the chance to win. You have one of my favorite blogs. Love your humor and realism.

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    Love your blog — always makes me laugh. Well, except when I’m not supposed to. I’m sure the book will be a big hit. My nephew’s book was just released, Super Center Savior, (a shameless plug) and he said the same thing about his book signing. But, people did show up. You’ll be surprised. Good luck.

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    Jo the teasnob says:

    I’m so glad your finger is better! You make me laugh every day, love to you!

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    Would love the music! I am very excited about your book. If I weren’t 12 hours away I’d come to a signing!

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    So excited about your book! I look forward to reading and laughing! Thank you for keeping it real, Melanie. You truly are a breath of fresh air.

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    Sounds great! Thanks!

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    Heidi Roseman says:

    Hi there – ummmm well I just met you yesterday thanks to a little mention of you by the one-and-only Ann Voskamp ;) I have NEVER written on somebody’s blog like this – so you should feel honored. And if we could meet – we would be friends – I’m just sure of it :) You crack me up!!! Anyway – I have no link….yet :) I’m just a facebooker, contemplating being a blogger, so you can be my friend at Heidi Murray Roseman. That would be cool :) Now I shall press “post comment” and see if this actually works…..

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    Just pre-ordered your book on Amazon! Yay!

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    Would love some new tunes to listen to. Congrats on your book!

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    I just learned about Sparkly Green Earrings from Ann Voskamp’s post yesterday and CANNOT wait to purchase and read a copy-it sounds so wonderful and hilarious-what a blessing!

    And the Narrow Place CD sounds perfect for while I am cooking too :)

    Thanks so much for the fun giveaway!

  144. 146

    I can’t wait to move to Ft. Worth, so I can experience Trader Joe’s. Congratulations on your book release!

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    Hey! Just caught wind of your blog from Miss Ann Voskamp’s blog, very interested in looking around when I get a chance – but read the first post, and found it humorous. This could be the beginning of a beautiful blog-ship. ANyway, just wanted to throw my hat in for the drawing! Looking forward to discovering more!

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    Would love this CD!! And I cannot wait to read your book and if I didn’t live in Alabama I would SO be at your book signing!

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    I wish I lived in Texas, because you can bet I’d be at one of your book signings!! I’ve pre-ordered my copy and can’t wait to read it!!

    Your droll wit makes me laugh out loud every day!! Thanks for the fun!!

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    Karen Hall says:

    I would love this CD! Can’t wait to read your book!!

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    Congrats on your book, I can’t wait to get one! Please come to Tampa, I would love for you to sign mine. Don’t you need a little vacation anyway! (Wink)!!!

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    Melanie, Congratulations on your book. I live in Texas and will do my best to make your Houston book signing. I love reading your blog, I save it until its the last blog I read each day because I enjoy saving the best for last.

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    Tisha Ward says:

    Congrats on your book!!! I can’t wait!!!!

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    Marilyn Long says:

    I just discovered you yesterday, and have been reading past blogs–it is comforting to find a soulmate with the same (warped) sense of humor as I. :) I am looking forward ti many more smiles along the way. It is so wonderful to belong to a family of sisters in Christ.

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    I wish I lived in SA or Houston!
    An also I like free music. :)

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    i’m pretty sure you’ve been to nashville enough times to have a book signing here, right? i can’t wait to read it!

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    I pre-ordered the book! And I’m a tad tempted to drive the five hour round trip from Temple to San Antonio to have you sign it…

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    I still have dreams about those croissants from Trader Joes. We got them while on a girls trip to California last spring. My life will never be the same. When are you coming to Dallas?

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    I am definitely coming to the SA book signing!

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    I was introduced to your blog by a dear friend. We might be moving to San Antonio in the summer and she said I just had to get acquainted with your blog. So glad as I am reading it everyday. Excited to see the book released. Can’t wait to read it.

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    Cindy Hosea says:

    This album sounds wonderful! So excited for your book…planning to come to a signing!

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    Congrats on your upcoming book, I’m sure it will be hilarious!

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    I laughed out loud at the “So Long Insecurity” comment. I have your book on pre-order and if I were anywhere Texas, which I am not, I would come visit and get it signed. I know there are ladies like me in Texas and i can’t wait for the post about how great the signings were.

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    Mandy Monson says:

    Oh PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE could you come to Alabama for a book signing?!?! I live in Montgomery, but could certainly drive to anywhere in AL or eastern MS or western GA! I’ve read for your blog for a few years now and am dying to get my hands on your book….and a copy of The Narrow Place. Thanks for the great recommendation!!

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    Melanie… Congratualtions on your book! I would love to win the music also :)

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    I’ve never wished more that I lived in Texas! Congrats – I bet you will be amazed at the turnout!

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    Always putting a smile on my face during my lunch! Thanks

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    Please come to DFW for a book signing!!

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    Meredith W in TX says:

    I can’t wait to read your book, I pre-ordered it on Amazon so it will arrive the day it’s released. So excited you’re coming to Katy. :-) I”ll keep you company so you don’t have to read So Long Insecurity!

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    Praying for you as you near your book’s release. I can feel the anticipation with you. Can’t wait to read it!

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    Pretty excited for your book! If I lived in Texas and not in Washington State, I’d totally come hang out with you and your dad for the book signing. :)

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    Debbie Karwoski says:

    I’m a first time visitor today.

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    Congrats on the book! What a wonderful accomplishment.

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    Hey Melanie,

    I’m glad your finger is a little better :) I would love to win a copy of the CD!

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    Blessed Mom says:

    Congratulations on your book! I love reading your blog, I’m sure your book will be awesome.

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    Can’t wait to read your book!!!

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    Shellie C says:

    You have made me smile or laugh everyday since I found your blog. You are so blessed in the writing department. I cant wait for your book to come out.

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    I’d love a copy! I follow you from South Carolina. I am a Texan living in SC. I follow your blog from an Aggie friend. I am a Baylor Bear, but we can still be friends. Since we both have a Heisman winner, you know?

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    I just wanted to say I’m so excited for your book, and if I lived close by I would totally go to your book signing (kind of a far drive from Indiana!)! I can’t wait to hear about them on your blog at least!!

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    Completely relating to the doughnut and stretchy pant thing since I’m 28 weeks pregnant tomorrow. :)

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    I would love the CD. Can’t wait for you book.

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    Courtney Stakel says:

    Can’t wait to read your book!

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    It’s like you are Teresa Guidice but without the big hair, heavy eye make up and family drama.
    Can’t wait to read the book and hopefully catch you at dotMom-Chattanooga in the fall!

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    Amanda D. says:

    I’ve pre-ordered your book and can’t wait to get it! I would also love to win that album, sounds lovely.

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    I ordered your book the other day & can’t wait for it to arrive :) Is it weird to tell you I’m so proud of you? Well, I am!

    p.s. I’m so, so glad to hear the good news about your finger :)

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    Celeste Hill says:

    Thanks for the delightful, witty and laugh out loud moments (always laughing with ya)

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    Nicole Ross says:

    Thank you for the giveaway! Nicole

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    Looking forward to reading your book. Wish I could make it to your book signings, but the great state of Texas is a little out of the way for me. I am wondering, though, will you be wearing sparkly green earrings to said signings??? : )

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    I got all excited thinking you were in NM..even tho you said you weren’t doing a big tour. You said San Pedro in San Antonio and we have two streets here in Albuquerque named that, that intersect. So I was confused and excited but now I’m calm and realize I’m just a dork.


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    A couple of things…..wish we had a Trader Joe’s here in Colorado so that I could get my hands on one of those chocolate croissants and also wish your little volvo could travel here for a book signing:) Can’t wait to read the book!

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    I would love to win a copy of the new music. I used to live in Katy and I would totally come to meet you at Katy Mills (which is an awesome mall by the way) if I still lived there. Been reading for years. Too bad I live on a different continent now!

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    Rebecca Osman says:

    So so glad to read your finger is getting better!

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    1. Congratulations on your book!

    2. It would be nice to win a copy of the music.

    3. It would be fun to meet you and your dad.

    4. Have you tried soaking your finger in hydrogen peroxide? It seems to help when I have an “oachie” on my finger.

    5. It’s snowing in North Alabama.

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    I enjoy your blog! Wish I had a Trader Joe’s close by. Blessings.

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    Melissa Lynch says:

    I just liked your FB page in Alcolu, SC!

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    Can you please come all the way up to Michigan for your book tour? PLEASE:))

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    I’m new. But, have already put you in my favorites. I’ll be back.

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    Already pre ordered the book! Can’t wait to read it, girl!!

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    I would LOVE to win her album! What a blessing. Happy thursday! :o)

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    Music for the end of a long day? Yes, please. :)

    Looking forward to your book!

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    Congrats on your book! I would definitely go to a signing if I lived close enough to drive there. I’m wanting some new music, so would live to win this. May have to get it whether I win or not!

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    Cynthia M. says:

    Looking forward to your book! Congrats!

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    Ooh! Would love to win–I need some new music in my life. So beyond sick of my 17 year-old’s obsession with Muse.

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    I am a fellow San Antonian and love your blog! I added your Feb. 12th signing to my calendar and cant wait to get your book :)

    p.s- I too wind down to cooking and music at the end of a long day… I just add a few glasses of wine as well ;)

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    Glad your finger is feeling better.
    Wish I lived in Texas so I could go to your book signing. :( I’m sure you will have a great turnout. I am so ready to get my copy!!!!!!
    OH and I would love to win!!! Thank you!

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    Can’t wait to get your book! (I pre-ordered it as soon as I read about it.) Also, thanks for sharing about Lauren’s music. Her voice is just heavenly, isn’t it?!

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    I sure would like to have “The Narrow Place,” as nothing on my body is narrow after holiday eating. I need to pipe something “narrow” into my ears! And, because I am a college child of the 90’s, I was temporarily in love with Chandler on “Friends” . . . not that such a fact would have any bearing on this giveaway.

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    You make me laugh! Congratulations on your book—and I am a fan!

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    You crack me up!

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    Me, me, me!! (And, I can’t wait for your book to grace my mailbox!!)

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    Excited for you and about your book. Gonna pre-order it tomorrow (payday) for myself and for my college roommate who’s currently receiving chemo treatment. I want to give it to her because I know it will make her feel better!!

    I’m really interested in the Lauren Chandler’s album and would love to have it, but goodness gracious have you figured it out itunes since their latest update? I knew what I was doing before the update, but now they’ve gone and changed everything and I’m completely lost now. When I can no longer figure out the newest technology update, that means I’m old, right? God help me.

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    Looking forward to the book! I’m putting the Katy Mills book signing on my calendar and hope I can make it. We live in the Clear Lake area, so that’ll mean leaving my hubby with the kids all afternoon. And since I’m leaving him with the kids to go to the DotMom event just a few days later, that might be asking a bit much. He’s pretty nice about these things, but I hate to take advantage. I’ve read your blog for several years and would love to meet you!

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    Your book is on my gotta read list! I am a homeschooling mom of six and three year old girls, so the fact that I have a book that is about something other than an “American Girl” or a llama, says a lot.

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    Yay, yay, yay for a book signing in Katy!!!!!!! (see, lots of exclamation points!). :) Can’t wait to meet you & read your book. Congrats!!!

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    Can’t wait to read your book!

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    Kacie Miller says:

    Uhm, I think your book tour needs to take you to Aggieland too. Just sayin’.

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    #1 So glad your finger is better.
    #2 Even though I don’t REAL-EE (I, too, watch The Bachelor) know you, I am so proud of you for writing and publishing a book. I will be purchasing a copy. There were times last year that I prayed for you as you mentioned you were writing. I just know there will be God-loved nuggets that will bless me (and others) in that book.
    #3 We’ve purchased live crickets for reptalians the kids have wanted. Yuck!

    God bless you!

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    Congrats on your book! Would love to win some adult music. One Direction and Taylor Swift are overruling our house :)

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    Please come to Dallas for a signing, you can still drive there and see your friend (I think her name is Jen) who has cancer.

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    nancygirl says:

    glad your finger is better…see you at Books a Million on the 16th.

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    Can’t wait to read the book!

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    Well, if I was anywhere near Houston or San Antonio, I would be first in line and begging everyone to GET IN LINE. I have read your blog from the beginning (and met you at the last SSMT :). I am so excited for you and know God will use your book in so many ways. Can’t wait to read it. I pre-ordered my copy!

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    Congrats on your book! I’m excited for you!

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    Oh, I’d love to have the CD. And I can’t wait to read your book. You’ll do great at the book signings too!

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    I pre-ordered your book (and BooMama’s) last week. I can’t wait to read both of them. So happy for you!

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    Really looking forward to your book! If I still lived in Texas I would SO come to one of your book signings:)

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    Deana Lewis says:

    I’ve already pre-ordered for myself and a sweet friend. I would LOVE to win one of the cds! See you at dotMom! Can’t wait!

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    I’m always up for some new music. I’d love to win!

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    Already pre-ordered your book!! Would love to win a CD :)

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    Can’t wait for your book. If I lived in the area, I’d totally come to the signing :)

    Awesome about the CD, too!

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    Excited about your book!

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    I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to read your book. I review books for Thomas Nelson, Waterbrook/Multnomah, and recently signed up with Tyndale House and am waiting on my first book from them. Do you know if a review copy of your book be available? And if not, I would love to write an honest review for you if you could hook me up with a free copy!

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    Ummm…now I’m dreaming of chocolate croissants…I don’t think I even knew there was such a thing.

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    Love your blog and would love to win!

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    Get your publisher to fly you to Hawaii to sign books! You can stay with me & you can be our Muster Speaker!! Did I tell you I run the Oahu A&M Club? Yeah, I do. It’d be awesome to have a published Aggie as our Muster Speaker. :) I’m kidding but not really.

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    I pre-ordered your book before Christmas and can’t wait to read it!!! I have so thoroughly enjoyed reading all the activities of you and your sweet family :) Believe me you will be amazed at all that show up to get their books signed. You are a celebrity!! Good for you :) Please come to Atlanta… I would love to see you!

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    Congrats on your book! So exciting!

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    I could handle a happy, narrow place! Looking forward to your book!

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    I have been thinking about Trader Joe’s since I read your post a few days ago. It’s been ages since I have been. I made a list from all the comments here-so many new things I have not tried! Cannot wait to get there!

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    Wish we had trader joes.

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    Yay!! I live in Katy and plan on coming out to Katy Mills to meet you. I’m so excited!! Congratulations!! :)

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    Please tell me your book will be available electronically!

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    Would love to win this–I’m from Dallas too!

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    Looking forward to yourbook-and your facebook presence!

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    I’m always on the lookout for some good music today. :) (Today=contemporarily speaking, not only January 17, 2013)
    You make me laugh so…can’t wait to read your book!!

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    I can’t wait to read your book and would love a copy of Lauren’s cd. Have. Great weekend!

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    I’d love to win some new music…and can’t wait to read the book too :o)

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    Would love to have some new music. Would also love to be able to come to your book signing. I’m hoping you’ll venture outside Texas. Maybe at least Birmingham? Not there right now, but may be taking a job there soon and I know you and Boomama always have a good time.

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    My family are members at The Village Curch in Flower Mound and have the honor of listening to Matt speak and Lauren sing often. While I podcast all the sermons to listen over and over while I run, I don’t have Lauren’s album yet. Thanks for the reminder!

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    I am so excited about your book! I have mine preordered and am counting the days. I’m having surgery next week and will be home for awhile and I was so happy when I realized your book would arrive while I was off work. Yay for me!

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    Always looking for new music!

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    I would like a happy Narrow Place!

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    Would love to win the CD. And congrats on the upcoming book release!

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    I would love a cd that takes me to a happy place! Coming to see you in Houston!

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    Congrats on the book! I hadn’t heard of that CD before but it sounds great..

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    Can’t wait for your book! :)

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    I’d love to hear the CD! And I’d love to read your book. I’m sure you won’t be sitting there alone. :o)

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    Just pre-ordered your book!

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    Congrats on the book! How awesome was it that Ann Voskamp talked about it in one of her amazing posts too?! Yay!

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    I just found your blog today… So happy to be here.

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    I laughed out loud at you reading Bethie’s SLI at your book signing! What’s that thing actors say about “I don’t really care if people like the movie…it’s the work that I find so satisfying…”?

    And now you’re laughing out loud!

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    Elizabeth says:

    You absolutely rock. I read some excerpts of your book using the Amazon look inside feature and loved it. :D

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    Can’t wait for the book. Come to Ft Worth! :)

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    Still giggling over ‘belch’.
    Would love to win some free music!

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    Can’t wait to read your book! I’d love to be happy in a narrow place, too!

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    Stephanie Hsiao says:

    Loved the links today! Got some great ideas… and a CD would be bonus!

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    Would love to read your book :)

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    So excited for your book. And would love some new music, too. ;)

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    Come to Austin! I am looking forward to reading your book.

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    I cannot wait to read your book! I wish I could come to a book signing, but I’m in GA, ha! Cracking up about you reading “So long insecurity”, ha!

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    MS Branch says:

    Congrats on your book!

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    Pam redden says:

    Would love to have some new music!!!!

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    Pick me, Melanie!

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    You are hilarious. I’m not sure what the evening of Feb 12th holds at the moment, but I would love to come visit with you and your dad. :-) Sounds like a fun evening! I’m excited for you. May the Lord continue to do great things for you and through you!

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    I pre-ordered my copy on I ordered Sophie’s book too. I am SO SO SO excited for you. I checked my calendar and unfortunately, I can’t make it to Houston on Feb 16th because of a soccer game at 10:30am. (In Durley Stadium. Flashbacks?) Wish I could come and show you my support at the book signing. Know that I will be thinking of you and smiling. Well, when I get done yelling at a soccer game.
    Oh, and your other Mom is beaming with pride, just so you know.

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    New to your blog and the title to your book sounds very intriguing:) Looking forward to reading it.

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    The book sounds delightful and the music interesting…Thanks!

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