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Sparkly Green Earrings

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Y’all.

This week is a big week in my little corner of the world. After four years of back and forth and maybe I’ll write a book and no I can’t write a book and now I’ve written a book but books take forever to actually come out and be placed on bookshelves in bookstores, Sparkly Green Earrings officially releases this Friday, February 8th and rumor even has it that it’s already on the shelves in various stores.

(By which I mean that I saw it at Lifeway and it was on a middle shelf and I moved it to the top shelf next to Jen Hatmaker’s book because I’m no dummy.)

I feel like I’ve been pregnant for about twenty-six months. The good news is I’m having a book and not a baby elephant.

Although I think baby elephants are very cute.

Sparkly Green Earrings is so special to me. I remember being about ten years old and picking up a copy of Erma Bombeck’s book If Life Is A Bowl of Cherries Then What Am I Doing in the Pits? and reading it from cover to cover because I thought it was hilarious even though I had to be too young to understand some of it. And while I am no Erma Bombeck, I wanted to write a book that you could leave out on your coffee table and not be afraid for your ten year old to pick it up and start reading. In our culture of trashy commercials and other questionable things, that’s become a rarity. I wanted to write a book that will hopefully make you laugh and cry and feel a little less alone.

As much as it all still doesn’t seem real, I look at Sparkly Green Earrings sitting on my bookshelf and it’s a reminder that God sees us. He sees the little dreams we have that we’re scared to voice out loud but whisper as a prayer in the dark. And then he works all things together for his good and puts pieces together in ways we never could have imagined.

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I couldn’t be more humbled. And grateful. And so appreciative because none of this would have happened if y’all didn’t show up here to read the silly words I type out on the computer every day.

Over the last year I have been so thankful for your kind words and your prayers and your support. You have encouraged me and blessed me and cheered me on more than I can ever convey. You’re a part of this book, in one way or another, and I would love for you to be a part of it again this week as it’s released.

And on Friday I have a really fun giveaway planned just to say thank you for all your support.

Here are some ways you can help make the launch of Sparkly Green Earrings a success. You can do all of these or any combo. Or you can do none of them. I mean that. But maybe you could still buy a copy and use it as a doorstop or for kindling on a cold winter’s night.

1. Buy the book

It’s officially out this Friday, but I happen to know a few of these retailers are already shipping it out. I’ve also heard it’s even at Sam’s Club and I don’t know if anything says REAL AUTHOR like being sold in the same place people can buy toilet paper and dog food in bulk quantities.

Here’s a handy widget if you’d like to purchase it from one of the following places online.

2. AMAZON REVIEW

You can start leaving reviews for the book on Friday and it would be great if you would take the time to leave a review. I’m not sure why that’s important, but people who know things tell me it is.

And I believe them because, while I can tell you all about the Crawley family or Friday Night Lights, I know shockingly little about book sales.

You can just briefly write your thoughts on the book and don’t feel like you need to lie and say it’s the best book you’ve read since To Kill A Mockingbird. However, I hope it’s better than the instruction manual that came with your refrigerator. I have lofty goals.

3. SOCIAL MEDIA

Feel free to post about it or tweet about it or hire one of those airplanes that writes stuff in the sky.

You can also find easy ways to share the book or tweet or pin or hashtag or whatever the kids are doing these days on the official book page.

Also, I’d love to see pictures when you have the book or see it at a store. Nothing would make me happier than seeing my book in your hands. Except maybe if it’s in a shopping cart full of economy sized toilet paper and Ol’ Roy dog food.

4. TELL YOUR FRIENDS

You know, everyone you see today. And tomorrow. And this week.

And for the next year.

5. PRAY

This book is the thing in my life that God wouldn’t let me give up on. And I don’t know why. But my prayer is that it makes women everywhere know that they are normal and we all make mistakes and sometimes we all want to run away from home to a really nice hotel. I want it to be an encouragement and help us all take some time to laugh.

The bottom line is that I’m beyond grateful for you. It means so much that you even care about Sparkly Green Earrings.

For me, this is a dream come true. And it’s also filled with a little bit of insecurity as evidenced by all the dreams I’ve had in the last week where I’m jumping off a cliff and realize there’s no net or someone tells me my nose is too big or my eyebrows are too wild.

But y’all are my safe place.

Thanks for being a part of this. And now I will stop before I start crying and can’t stop and get those ugly puffy eyelids.

Love you so much.

Thank you isn’t enough.

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  1. 1

    Well. This just made me giddy to read.
    And then I got to this part: But my prayer is that it makes women everywhere know that they are normal and we all make mistakes and sometimes we all want to run away from home to a really nice hotel.
    And I burst into tears.
    You have a way of saying the right thing, the right way, and it is a gift. Thank you for sharing it with us, and know that God does use you, indeed, because (no joke), the above statement? Bullseye. I am going to Sam’s as soon as I can, and I hope that my picture of your book next to a giant package of Scott’s TP is the first one you get from someone at Sam’s. ;) (Even at the risk of flipping my husband’s lid because there are already 48 rolls of toilet paper in the hallway upstairs. You can never have too much TP, though…am I right?!)
    Beyond happy for you…sparkle, girl! Sparkle and shine!

    • 2

      I went to type my reply and realized it’s pretty much the exact thing Christina said. I started to cry at the exact same part. Because it really did make realize that I just a normal mom, trying my hardest just the same everyone else.

      I am so excited to buy the book, and cry some more I’m sure :)

  2. 3

    It’s on my wish list! Maybe an elf (ahem, my husband) might notice and buy it for me. :~) Good job, Melanie!

  3. 4

    i can’t wait to get my hands on this book. i know it’s going to be so good. i love your blog. i stop here everyday for my LOL moment. and you never fail to deliver. you are so honest and caring and funny at the same time. i wish you much success with your book. oh, i can’t wait to see how many times you mention being an aggie…….you did put that in the book RIGHT??? :) i’m not even an aggie but i’m married to a family of them and my kids will be aggies whether they like it or not. i always looked forward to what you would say about the aggies on mondays. i made my husband read your post after they beat alabama about why you loved being an aggie…he loved it! anyway, have a great week and enjoy this exciting time. you deserve it!

  4. 5

    Y’all, I have read Melanie’s book and can testify that it is so, so good. You will not be disappointed. You will want to buy it for your friends and relatives. You will laugh. You will sigh. You will be encouraged. And when you turn the last page and close the book, you’ll fervently pray that a sequel will be forthcoming in the not distant future!

    Melanie, I know nothing about book sales, either, but I do know that God blesses obedience and you have been obedient to His call on your life. I think the sales will take care of themselves. And if they don’t? Well, call me and buy a few dozen.

    You done good, friend!

  5. 7

    I have never commented, but figured now is as good a time as any! I pre-ordered this book on Amazon in December and I am just so excited to read it! My sister became a mom in 2012 so I got one for her too. I am telling lots of people about it and encouraging my church bookstore to start carrying it!
    I always appreciated your light-hearted words late at night when I was writing my last few papers before graduating college and everything seemed so impossible.
    So thank you, and I will try and support you in any way I can! Congratulations on your book. I just know it will be great!

  6. 8
    Jennifer Phillips says:

    I love reading your blog and you never fail to make me laugh! I watched the video right now and it brought tears to my eyes. You captured how I feel about my children. Can’t wait to read your book!

  7. 9

    Sadly I can’t watch the vimeo over here in Switzerland – but I do get to eat great chocolate quite easily :)

    I am loving my kindle and plan to read it there, but also look forward to my trip to the States next month when I can buy a real book- since I love them too.

    I read reviews on Amazon faithfully and look forward to writing yours. God bless you and congratulations!

  8. 10

    I feel like a proud sister or something as I have watched this blog-to-book thing become a reality after reading for many year. So proud of you! (Also. As you were narrating your book promo, I felt like I was listening to Sandra Bullock at the beginning of The Blind Side and if there is anything that can make me happy, it’s relating something to The Blind Side.)

    • 11

      OH MY GOODNESS! I kept trying to figure out what her narration reminded me of (hence why I listened a million times) and it didn’t click until you said Sandra Bullock! That’s exactly who she sounds like.

      • 12

        Wow, that is WHO she sounds like and I couldn’t think of who it was either! Loved the promo video! Can’t wait to read the book! Congrats!

        • 13
          Canadian Cathy says:

          Yep – that is EXACTLY what I thought way up here in Canada when I heard that. It totally reminded me of the Blind Side, but I thought it was just the accent to this Canadian!

  9. 14
    sheetal jain says:

    COngratulations…U ve made me laugh so many times in the last year that I ve read your blog and been so honest and emotional about yourself..touching similar chords in ours…YES GIRL..I AM going to buy this book…if its available in India or will order it online from Amazon.
    Love your writing…said it so often in the past..wish u the very very best and may your book overtake every other this year…
    Do write back ..would be thrilling!:)
    BEst wishes! And I AM SURE it will be a STUPENDOUS SUCCESS!!:)

  10. 15

    Oh, that video is just lovely! Motherhood is magnificent and messy, all at once, and your words drew a fine picture of it. I know the book will do well and I wish you all the best.

  11. 16

    As someone who has read and LOVED THIS BOOK already, I am just so over the moon for you. Thank you for being faithful, thank you for writing, thank you for being my safe place, my happy place, my laughter place. You are amazing, and I am thankful for you.

  12. 17

    Oh I am so, sooo excited! I have read your blog daily for years and can’t wait to read you book as soon as I can get it into my hands, hopefully this week! A huge congrats to you for authoring and publishing your first book!!!

  13. 18

    Congrats congrats congrats!! I am just sooo happy for you! (and I can’t WAIT to get my hands on a copy!)

  14. 19

    Congratulations, Melanie! I won a copy on Sophie’s blog today, and couldn’t be more excited to get started reading it. Being sent to your blog by a dear friend of mine was such a blessing in my life; a jumpstart of my own, allowing me to realize that it’s okay to be frustrated in one moment and overcome with the joys of motherhood in the next. It has pushed me forward, to create my own blog, and to take the time to laugh at myself when times get difficult. You truly deserve all of the blessing bestowed upon you, now, and in the future!

  15. 20
    Marie M.C.` says:

    I want to fly to Maui, sit in a beach chair, sip drinks with baby umbrellas in them. I want to be pampered by obsequious hotel employees while reading your book and laughing out loud. Damn. Not about to happen. Well, the Hawaiian trip part. Reading your book and button holing everyone I know to buy and read it — that I can do. Congratulations on finally giving birth to your book!!! I’m so happy, excited and thrilled for you!

  16. 21
    Christine says:

    At our house I used to refer to you as Amanda’s friend because I learned about your blog on Baby Bangs. Well, now you are Melanie and I still read parts of your blog aloud to my 16 year old daughter on a regular basis and we giggle together. And you are a blessing. I have preordered the print book AND the Kindle book (just in case!!) and I can’t wait to read it. Blessings to you and your sweet family – I am rejoicing with you about this dream come true – Praise be to Jesus!!

  17. 22

    So happy for you! I love your blog, and my husband even knows who you are because of the number of times I’ve laughed while reading your blog. I read Erma Bombeck as a kid, too, and it’s a gift to be able to write in a way that makes people laugh. Thanks for sharing your gift. Looking forward to reading your book.

  18. 23

    Can’t wait to pick up a copy!!

  19. 24

    i can’t wait to get my copy!
    question: the giveaway on friday is it for international readers as well?

  20. 25

    To one of my favorite bloggers- congratulations! Your book comes out on my birthday and I have already pre-ordered!! YAY!

  21. 26

    Can’t wait to read it and share to everyone I know how fantastic it is, I know it will be.
    This touched me – you’re an amazing peson and mom!! :
    He sees the little dreams we have that we’re scared to voice out loud but whisper as a prayer in the dark. And then he works all things together for his good and puts pieces together in ways we never could have imagined.

  22. 27

    Melanie: I’ve been reading your blog now for several years and have never left a comment.

    Your life and mine are very different – I am a divorced, East Coast woman with no children who goes to an office every day. And yet, every day I get up and read your blog with my morning coffee and always find something that makes me laugh, warms my heart, or makes me go, “hmmm.” So please consider this a belated thank you for that.

    I was thrilled to learn you were writing a book and I’m very excited to buy and read it.
    I hope it is a tremendous success!

    Warmest regards,
    Jill

  23. 28

    Congratulations Melanie! I cannot wait to see it appear on my kindle. I preordered it several months ago. God is good! So thankful that you have seen a dream come true..

  24. 29

    So excited for you. I pre-ordered mine and can’t wait for it to come. Will definitely do an amazon review and post on fb. Congrats to you! :)

  25. 30
    Michele Brooks says:

    I just had an ugly cry while I listened to you read that letter to Caroline.

    I can’t wait to get my hand on the book. I know God is going to do great things with it!!

  26. 31

    Yours is one of the first blogs I ever read, and your humor and general take on life has been such a blessing when I feel myself getting sucked into the heavier things I find on the internet. Thanks so much, Melanie. Truly, you’ve blessed me and countless others.

    I can’t wait for your book to show up on my kindle, and then to get my hands on a hard copy when I’m in the US. Love your words and love all that you do to make us feel “not so alone”.

  27. 32
    susan crossland says:

    Hi Mel,
    Feel like I know you on a first name basis, blog style. Kind of like someone you would watch every day on the news.
    I have read your posts daily for years, and I was quite excited to hear about your book. You inspire, give comic relief, and your transparency is so refreshing. We read about your successes, mistakes, and the mundane – all written in a totally interesting and hilarious way. What a gift you are to the body of Christ. We are blessed by you!! God has great things for you as He gives you this platform to Glorify Him.

  28. 33
    Daphne Petrey says:

    Thank you Thank you Thank you!!! My sister-in-love ordered me a copy from Amazon and I really hope they are shipping them out early! I pray for you that God will use this book – your blog has been my morning coffee for years and I appreciate your honesty…you always make me feel more normal! I praise the Lord for this opportunity and for this book!

  29. 34

    We are practically neighbors, you in San Antonio and me (or is it I) in Austin. I have read your blog for a long, long time … Years? I have an only daughter, too, and our lives are very similar. I remember just a few short years ago when my daughter was Caroline’s age. I am so excited for this huge step of faith you have taken and I can’t wait to buy this book for all my girlfriends!

  30. 35

    I am anxiously awaiting my copy!! I ordered eons ago via Amazon. In fact, I can no longer wait. I am headed to Barnes and Noble today to get a copy. Because we all know – you can never have too many Sparkly Green Earrings! And I will be sure to pass it on! Not the book!! The word. No sharing this one! Everyone will have to buy their own copy!!
    Many congrats!!

  31. 36

    I tucked this in my Amazon cart last night. It’s mixed in there with a year of homeschool curriculum. I don’t often “treat” myself to books, but I had to have it and adding a little something for me, just seemed right. I thought about buying the kindle edition, but I think this is a book that I will be able to share with my two daughters one day. So proud of you, happy for you and continuing to pray that this book touches many.

  32. 37

    Buying this book is on my to do list for this weekend. Can’t wait to have it in my hands. So proud of you for taking the steps to complete this dream. I know many great things are coming your way. God bless!

  33. 38

    SO excited for you and for me too really because I can’t wait to read it! Bummer that I live in Scotland and have to wait till we’re back in the States to get my hands on it. So here’s till waiting for June and getting to read it on a beach in Hawaii!

  34. 39

    I’ve had my preorders in to Amazon for weeks. I hope they deliver it early!

  35. 40

    I have to admit that I’ve been a little jealous of the folks who have found their copy of your book on bookshelves because I pre-ordered it on Amazon the first day it was made available. I’ve been diligently heading out to the mailbox as quickly as possible after each delivery.
    I love that you read Erma Bombeck at 10. I have long been a big fan of hers and have compared you to her when I recommend your blog to friends. You touch me in the same way that Ms. Bombeck did. I cried when she passed. I’m so grateful for your sweet, funny words and that God has chosen you to give out smiles on such a regular basis. Please write another book when God, you and your editor choose. I already can’t wait for the next one! God bless.

  36. 41

    For some reason I had in my mind that the release date was last week. We live an hour away from any significant civilization such as a bookstore, so last Friday when my husband had to make a trip to town (that makes us sound like the Waltons, doesn’t it?), I asked him to check Barnes & Noble for your book. He didn’t see it on the shelves so he asked the cashier for it, and she went in the back stock room and brought it out. She apparently thumbed through it and read some snippets on the walk from the stock room to the cash register because she then told my husband she was going to have to read this one! Needless to say,it was my happy weekend read. Loved it and have ordered a couple of copies for friends. Thank you for your faithfulness to following God’s leading and for your calling. We love you for it!

  37. 42

    AMAZING!! I picked your book up yesterday and read it, yes I couldn’t put it down! I’ve always loved your blog and the book is so wonderful. I’m a widow raising 3 young children and this journey can be difficult, but you reminded me to remember who is control! HE does have a plan and if we stay in faith it will be even better than what we imagine. Thank you for inspiring me as a mother and christian! Many blessings to you and your family!!

  38. 43

    just bought it from Amazon! can’t wait!

  39. 44

    Yay! I so happy for you. So many mornings, as I have read your blog, your words have made me smile or laugh out loud. Thank you for that gift…

  40. 45

    I just won a copy from Sophie’s give away yesterday! I am so excited, and have already ordered 3 more or some dear girlfriends with birthdays coming up. I love you, I love your blog, and I KNOW I’ll love your book!!!

  41. 46

    I have Pre-ordered in that I sent a picture of it to my husband. He works very near both a books a million and LifeWay. Can’t wait to read!

  42. 47
    Karen Ward says:

    Congratulatons!!

  43. 48

    Melanie,

    I’ve been a quiet, daily follower of your blog for a year or two now after seeing it on the Pioneer Woman’s blog roll and, is it creepy to say that I feel like I know you even though I don’t really? I hope not!

    Since I rarely comment, I felt like today was the day to do so…congratulations on your book release! I can’t wait for my copy to arrive on my Kindle tomorrow. Sending you best wishes and prayers!

  44. 49

    Well, thanks, now I have the puffy, cry eyes from reading your post! I’m very excited to read your book, CANNOT WAIT! I even plan to buy 7 more copies to give to my Bible Study group as Christmas presents this year. That’s right, it’s February and I am already thinking about Christmas. Perhaps b/c three people in our group of eight gave presents this past year and I was not one of those. How did I not know that was going to happen?!?!? I haven’t read a word of it yet, but I already know your book is going to be a much better gift than coffee mugs or ornaments! Congratulations to you!

  45. 50

    Melanie, thank YOU for writing this book. Just visiting your blog every day since the beginning has given me a place to feel normal (AND LAUGH). I am so, so proud of you. I pre-ordered my copy forever ago and am getting so sick of waiting to hold it, I think I may need to just go get another copy. I’m so excited for you and will share every way I can!!!

  46. 51
    Carol Kind says:

    I have been so excited for your book, Melanie, and now after watching the video in this post, I cannot wait. I had to hold back the tears watching it. Your blog is one of my everyday reads. You are so funny, so real, and I can relate being Mom to 2 daughters around Caroline’s age. Congrats on fulfilling your dream and I hope your book is a hit to everyone as much as your blog is to me!

  47. 52

    Big Mama:
    I am so excited for you! I have to tell you that I don’t always leave comments but I have been reading your blog every weekday since 2007. I have a little order in which I read my favorite blogs and yours and Boomama’s are the first! I know you will make me laugh, touch my heart, teach me some fashion, and just help me not to take myself too seriously. I am a pastor’s wife in a different denomination than you belong to but I just feel like we are kindred spirits. I know your prayer for your book’s message will be answered. It will bear much fruit, I’m sure. Blessings on you and your sweet family!!!

  48. 53

    Nothing thrills me more than seeing someone realize a dream, especially a woman. Yay for you, and yay for our gender. Yay for busy moms everywhere who never let their dreams die and jump off the cliff for God, even though it’s scary as heck. Congratulations!!

  49. 54
    Heather Leigh says:

    I have been trying to buy this book for the last week on Amazon. I have a kindle and therefore I want it on there. I absolutely cannot wait for Friday! I’m sure I will have it read by bedtime that night. Congrats!!!!

  50. 55
    Spiritmom says:

    We have been cheering you on from the beginning. It will be my pleasure to read and share the book with friends! And I LOVE telling my husband that another ’93 SCOM major previously on sco-pro is now a published author!!!

  51. 56

    Congratulations!!! Can’t wait to read it. Just ordered my own copy from amazon. Love to meet you in person and have you sign it :)
    Wishing you many blessings on this book journey!

  52. 57

    A few things:

    I ordered it the first day we could pre-order and I have been anxiously awaiting it’s release since!

    I will do all the things mentioned above! I plan on buying a copy for my mama too!

    Your promo video made me cry :)

    I wish you all the luck in the world, Big Mama! God has big plans for you! :)

  53. 58

    I am, rather impatiently, waiting for my copy to be delivered from Amazon on Friday. I pre-ordered before I knew that it would be available in bookstores early. Much love and prayers! Thank you for being so real.

  54. 59

    I am close to tears reading this. I told my friend, I am tempted to camp out at my mailbox, anxiously awaiting the arrival of your book!!! You are such a great writer, and I had never made the connection to Erma, but YES!! I loved her, too!!! So proud of you!!!!!!
    I will pray, I posted on fb and twitter. My friend and I regularly post our favorite lines from your blog on our fb pages, and since then, many others have joined the party.
    Thankful for you!!!!! Congrats!!!!!
    :)

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    christine weeks says:

    I have been reading your blog for a few years…every single morning. It’s like my day is not complete without reading your blog. You make me laugh and cry all at everyday’s simple endeavors. Congratulations on your success! I can’t wait to get my copy!
    Stay Sparkly!! :)

  56. 61

    I don’t really know you (except for reading here since Caroline was about 5), but I am all teary on your behalf this morning. So, so thrilled for this dream come true!

  57. 62

    I actually blogged this morning about how excited I am to read your book before I ever read this post! I’ve pre-ordered mine in the Kindle store, and I’ve been anxiously checking every day to see if by chance it has downloaded early. I can’t wait to read it! You have such a witty, positive voice in the world. I am grateful and blessed to have found your blog. Thank you for sharing your journey with us, and sticking with this 26-month pregnancy. {Although, getting a baby elephant in the end would be awesome.} Praying that God would do HUGE things with you and this book.

    • 63

      I, too, ordered the digital version for my kindle. I have been checking everyday as well. I think my neighbors could hear me yell, “oh come on!” yesterday when I checked and it isn’t available for download yet. grrrr. Patience. Ugh. :)

  58. 64

    The little video left me in a mess of emotional tears this morning. So beautiful. I can’t wait to read your book!

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    Tisha Ward says:

    SOOOOOO excited about the book!!! I am buying one for each of the other 3 girls in our lunch group, oh and my mama too!!!

  60. 66

    Last week I pre-ordered from amazon both in print AND in kindle form. I’m thinking about giving the print book to a soon-to-be-mama. I’m eagerly awaiting the ebook to arrive on my kindle!!! Thanks for sharing your dream with the rest of us. It is a source of encouragement.

  61. 67

    Sitting on the couch in sweatpants battling a cold and had already decided that nothing would cause us to leave the house today. But now, I find myself thinking of things that we *might* need at Sams Club just on the off chance that your book was indeed on the shelf!!! I simply cannot wait to read it!! Congrats!

  62. 68

    I already have mine pre-ordered on Amazon. Can’t wait to get Friday’s mail. I am going through a very low period as far as my health right now and just the thought of reading your book makes me happy! I’ll have to find a way to hide from the family this weekend to sneak my reading in!

    • 69

      It came a day early! On a perfect raining afternoon too! I just set the kids in front of a movie so I can read in peace. Parenting at its best :)

  63. 70

    Once again, let me just say that I am beaming with pride over the book release this week. I stood in Barnes and Noble and just stared at it yesterday. I tried to prepare myself and said I am not going to shed one tear….but of course that didn’t work. I am so proud of you not only for writing this wonderful book, but for the wonderful wife, mother and friend that you are. You are such a blessing to me and all of our family! Love you!!!

  64. 71

    I am SO excited about this book and have already decided without even having read it yet I just KNOW it’s going to be THAT good, that I will be giving a copy to my sisters, stepmom, and mother in law for Mother’s Day. Though we’ve never met and may never meet you are my kind of people and so often when you write I hear my own voice. Thank you for that. Congratulations and we’re all so proud of you!

  65. 72

    Can you believe how many “I feel like I know you” friends you have here? Does anyone else find themselves sharing one of your stories and saying, “My friend said/did…”
    I read your blog every day and have for years. I will own and read your book by this weekend. I’m thinking about who I can bless with a copy.

  66. 73

    I want to be you when I grow up.

    I hope you’ll take that as a note of “Congratulations.”

    I plan to read your book even though I don’t have kids yet. Just married with two cats. And cats are kind of like kids. Besides the fact that they sleep a lot more and don’t require a lot of attention.

  67. 74

    Pre-ordered my copy from Amazon. I’m so excited! I’ve never been to Texas but I want to come just to hang out and go eat Mexican food with you. Good luck and prayers are out there!!! Best, Jenn (mama from Virginia – three boys here!)

  68. 75

    I am anxiously awaiting my copy, which I ordered about a month ago. And may I say that even though I do not personally know you…well that isn’t right because I feel like I do, I guess what I mean is, you don’t know me….but anway….I am so proud of you and for you. Can’t wait to read Sparkly Green Earrings! God Bless!

  69. 76

    Of course will do as suggested. After all, every single day, I get to come here for FREE and be amused, inspired, distracted and/or comforted. This blog is your ministry and cannot wait to get my hands on your book. And review and share and post about.

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    I am so excited to buy your book! I just know that it will be a huge success! I am such a fan of your blog and you are my morning relief! You always make me laugh (sometimes out loud) I feel like I’m your friend and we are having our daily conversation about our lives…well except that you don’t hear about my life..haha!!! I love Gulley and don’t know her either! I hope that you keep up your confidence because it is going to be a great success!! Good luck and I can’t wait to read the book!

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    So looking forward to your book! Don’t forget you can add it to your Good Reads shelf too.

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    As a long time blog reader I am soooooooo excited for you!!!!! You are one of the first blogs I read every morning and I love your honest outlook on life!!! Of course it doesn’t hurt that I’m also a fellow Texan and completely understand all the HEB talk and Texas humor. LOL!!!

    I plan to buy the book this weekedn. I can’t wait!!! :)

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    I pre-ordered it on Amazon for my sister and sister-in-law and just reminded them yesterday that they should have surprises coming to their doors soon! I couldn’t be happier for you…I love, love, love seeing God doing such fun and amazing things!

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    Christina W. says:

    Congrats on the book! This is a big deal! How exciting :)

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    I am so excited for you! I can’t wait to read your book. I keep checking HEB because I just know they are going to carry your book, that and I”m in there at least once a week. But I will be at Barnes & Nobel this Friday to purchase my copy. Congratulations, it’s well deserved!

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    I have been following your journey since your daughter started kindergarten. Your video sums up exactly how I feel about my children and being a mother. I have laughed and cried right along side you everyday. I pre-ordered your book from Amazon when I first heard it was coming out and count the minutes until it’s in my hands Friday. Bless you and all that you do.

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    How exciting! Congratulations! The video made me cry. :) God is SO good. Started reading in 2007 and have been blessed each and every time I come back. THANK YOU!

    Can’t wait to read the book – and I WILL take pictures and have ALREADY been spreading the word. :)

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    Jennifer O. says:

    I pre-ordered the book on Amazon, and I can’t wait to get my copy!! Congrats on your big week! I’m super excited about reading it!

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    Oh, my, that made me tear up this morning! Congratulations and thank you so much for being such an inspiration! In spirit, I am jumping up and down and squealing with joy right along with you!!!

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    I can’t wait to read the book and I am happy to spread the word! I have read your blog since my own Caroline (who is about to be 5 years old…how is that possible??) was a baby and it definitely has always been a bright spot in my day and an encouragement that I could get through the struggles raising a strong-willed daughter. Congratulations to you and your family as you see this dream come to pass!

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    Well, Melanie, you may have stopped writing before you started crying, but I haven’t stopped crying since the section of the post with the video. We all love you so much even though most of us have never met you. We laugh and cry with you, because we’ve been in the same situations. We love how you’re not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. We love how you love your family and friends. We love how we don’t feel like the only one going through something, when we read your account of the same thing. We will pray for you and the success of your book. All the best, mama. See you in Houston!

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    can’t wait to read it!!! I love your blog – you are so fun and funny!

    I shared your words with my besties this morning — “God sees us. He sees the little dreams we have that we’re scared to voice out loud but whisper as a prayer in the dark. And then he works all things together for his good and puts pieces together in ways we never could have imagined.” Tearing up now because your words are so true.

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    I CANNOT WAIT TO READ THIS BOOK!!! I can relate to you so much because we are both living with a 9 year old daughter “who thinks she knows more than me”!!! LOL

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    I pre-ordered it the moment I heard about it and now I am waiting (impatiently) for it to be in my mailbox! Seriously, checking every day! Maybe I’ll go buy one off a shelf and give my pre-ordered copy to a friend. I am that confident that it will be that good. I’m also confident that I need to expand my vocabulary and quit using the words “it” and “that.”

    Congratulations!

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    I preordered the book and cannot wait to get it in the mail. I will be annoyed if I see it in stores before my copy arrives.

    And if you do a book tour to Iowa, I will come see you. I will even invite you to stay with us but that might creep you out. We’re not too weird. :)

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    Congratulations. I am anxiously awaiting my pre-ordered copy. My friends and I share snippets from your blog. You put into words what we all feel about motherhood, marriage and friendship. These girls are not just my friends, they are my sisters, my family and we are all convinced that you would love to be our friend. But not in a creepy, stalkery way! In a let’s eat mexican food and drink margaritas kind of way.

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      I posted two below you, and I swear I didn’t read your comment before I wrote mine… and I also talked about the creepy stalkery way!!

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    Michelle H. says:

    The video made me tear up. I know the book is going to be great. Congratulations!

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    Now I’m crying again. Almost the big ugly cry, and I’m not quite sure why. You just write in a way that touches me… I loved this post and the way you reach out to your readers. I’ve been reading your blog since way back when you worked and Caroline was just a little thing, and I feel like I know you. I swear, not in a creepy, stalkery way, but I just feel like you’re a friend. I don’t comment much any more since I get the blog in my emails, but you should know that I read each and ever day. I was so excited when you decided to write the book, and I ordered in in December as a special present to myself.

    WHERE IS MY COPY??? I WANT IT!! I run to the mailbox every day like I’m looking for my decoder ring or something… I’m thinking this book will be my go-to present for my friends, because if it’s anything like your blog I am just going to love it and want to share it!!! Can’t wait to read it!!

    You did it, and we are all so happy you did!!

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    I have already preordered it for my mom and sister on Amazon. Both could use a good laugh. :)

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    I am so very, very happy for you, Melanie! Just scrolling through the comments, I can tell that you are loved and admired by many. I’m heading out after work to go buy some copies. I’m also sending my sister who lives in San Antonio to your book signing to get signed copies for both of us. Sending you a big hug and congratulations! God bless!

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    Can’t wait to get my hands on it! Will spread the word the best I know how. Thanks so much for making me laugh every morning. I used to look at the news but it’s too depressing so now I read your blog. I think most of us women/mothers who are trying to raise our children in a world that is so different than what we are selves where raised in can relate to you. I always feel like I’ve had coffee with a friend after reading your post. Good luck with your sales!

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    Wow, that video brought tears to my eyes. I’m so excited to read your book. Thank you for your blog. It does my heart good.

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    So excited for you — and the video is precious (in a good way). I pre-ordered my copy from Amazon (I live in a teeny-tiny town with no bookstore) and I am stomping my feet in anticipation! Best of everything to you, sweet girl!

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    Cannot wait!!!! SOOOOO very proud of you:)
    I know your book will be a blessing to each and everyone who reads it!
    Be blessed today and every day,
    Kaye

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    I am so, so, soooo excited to read it! I’ve heard nothing but good things, and especially after watching that video and bawling like a baby, I know I have to read it. This weekend. Or yesterday. So happy for you!

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    Well my goodness…what a beatiful introduction. I mean, seriously, how many times did you practice so you could say it without tears. I have joyful tears for you. God bless and I seriously can’t wait to read the book. In God’s love, sheila

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

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    I ordered my copy last month off Amazon and am anxiously awaiting its arrival. As a follower of your blog for several years–you have managed to put a smile on my face most of those mornings and hope you know we are so thankful for your honesty and allowing us to be part of your life! (AND as a fellow lover of Xanadu–we have so much in common! :) ) Congratulations and soak in His glory and blessings. Also, if you haven’t read Joseph Prince–I highly recommend his books!!!!

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    Can’t wait till my copy comes in the mail! I’ve loved your blog for years and am so happy for you that your dream is coming true!

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    When I give copies to friends/family, I will say ‘my friend” wrote this book. Because after reading your wonderful blog since the beginning, you ARE my sweet friend! And this success could not have happened to a more deserving person. And Erma Bombeck is EXACTLY who you remind me of! I loved her books and I will love yours! Congratulations, Melanie!!!!!!

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    OH Mel, we love you too!

    I started to pre-order your book when you announced that we were able to but then decided, nope, I am going to walk into a bookstore and purchase it. I want to feel that book in my hands immediately. So, this weekend I am going to head into Books-A-Million and purchase my copy! I am so excited. I can’t wait to read it and spread the word around.You should be very proud of yourself. I know I am for you! Much love!!!!!!

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    Congratulations! That video clip made me cry – very sweet!

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    Melanie, I am so proud and execited for you. Congrats!!! Will be praying for you and spreading the work. Can’t wait to get my copy.

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    Wow! I’m in tears! Happy for you! Loved watching the clip video! Can’t wait to read it!

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    Yay! Congratulations! I plan on buying it this weekend.
    Can’t wait to read it.

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    I am seriously so stinkin excited!!!
    God has blessed me through you here on BigMama & I know He will through this dream come true, Sparkly Green Earrings!

    Yahoo!

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    Just pre-ordered my copy on b&n for my nook. So excited to read it! I love your blog

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    I’ve had it pre-ordered for months! can’t wait to read it. Congratulations!

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    Fantastic! Does this mean you and Gulley and the kids will pack up the sta wa an go on a book signing road trip? Because I vicariously live through those road trips and queso stops.

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    I preordered your book and the only thing I’m mad about is that I scheduled myself to paint my bedroom on Friday night and rip out carpet on Saturday when I know the ONLY thing I’ll want to be doing is reading your book! Just might have to stay up all night!

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    So exciting! Congrats!!

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    So I don’t even know you, but I can honestly say that I am so proud of you! And I am so in awe of God! He is so good!

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    I am the crazy who tweeted you when I found it on Friday and I was at Sam’s. Anyway, I loved it so I will definitely leave you a review. It made me laugh out loud several times and not just a chuckle…really laugh and i can’t remember a book that made me laugh like that.

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    I’m so excited for you and I can’t wait to read the book! Best wishes in all the plans God has for you and through you.

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    Congratulations on fulfilling a dream. You give us all hope that dreams can come at any age or any time in our life. Already pre-ordered on my nook and can’t wait to buy a hard copy for my mom and sis. Ready to see your insight on this journey called motherhood. Congrats again!

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    Oh my goodness I am so thrilled for you. I’ve loved your writing for years and just couldn’t be happier for you that this is your moment. It must be unbelievably insane to see pictures of yourself in bookstores and have Ann Voskamp stamping her endorsement on your work! But for those of us who’ve appreciated your keen wit and wisdom it’s not surprising at all.

    I hope you have amazing success. That the sales are crazy. My copy’s pre-ordered and I have a feeling I’ll be back for more to give as gifts.

    So, so happy for you!

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    Thank you for making me smile on the daily! It’s the LEAST I could do to pre-order my Kindle version. I am more than positive that I will enjoy the book just as much as I do your blog! Congratulations and cheers to much success on the book!

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    I love your blog so I know I’ll love your book. Congratulations!

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    Hi Melanie,
    I’m new to your blog. I stumbled across your site through seeing this entry posted on someone’s Facebook page. I just wanted to say “Congratulations!” May you and many others continue to support one another as you write!
    Many Blessings,
    Danielle Street

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    Whitney in Austin says:

    I just pre-ordered my copy! Can’t wait to read it!!

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    Ann Marie` says:

    Congratulations! You should be so proud. I can’t wait to read it.

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    Kimberly/OKC says:

    THRILLED. FOR. YOU! But thank YOU for writing everyday and making lots of lives brighter!! Can’t wait to meet you in Frisco!

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    So excited for you! I am downloading it to my Kindle as soon as it is available. You should create a hashtag for Instagram that people can put with the pictures they take of your book so you can see them all in one place :)

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    12 weeks pregnant today, and that video made me cry! Oh my goodness, the things we have to look forward to in parenthood! Cannot wait to read this. Thank you for sharing with us!

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    I am not out of toilet paper or dog food right now, but I could sure use a good book with a good laugh and thinking “I have felt that way before and it’s OK!”. I could also use a good cry because you know all women need to just let those tears flow at times, not because I’m sad or mad, but to just clean the plumbing in my eyes and heart! Congratulations on the birth of your new book!

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    Congratulations Melanie!!! So excited for you! I have been reading your blog for about four years now and while I rarely comment (like almost never) I read every post. You always make me laugh and I love how real you are. Which is a weird statement considering I know you only through the Internet :) but I just wanted to say I’m excited to read the book and thanks for making my days a little brighter through this blog!

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    OH MY GRACIOUS! HOW WONDERFUL!

    I cannot wait to pick up some copies and share them with all of the mothers in my life.

    Congratulations on an amazing accomplishment.

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    and oh my goodness P is for Perry like our favorite platypus on Phineas and Ferb…he would earn MAJOR cool points with my girls!

    I’ve always been so curious what P stood for. What a great name! :)

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    Leslie @GeekMama says:

    Awww, that video made me all teary-eyed. And I totally get wanting to run away to a nice hotel. Or maybe the beach. Maybe one day this summer I’ll sneak out of the house while everyone’s asleep and sit on a beach in Galveston for a few hours. Alone. Sounds glorious.

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    Ok. The video made me feel like crying…so sweet! I’m going tomorrow to get my copy and one for a sweet friend having a Birthday on Saturday. =) Congratulations!

    Also, I’m jealous because SA has Trader Joe’s and Austin does not. Cookie Butter!!

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    I’m 12 weeks pregnant and hormonal, so of course your video made me ball! It was a good cry though! congratulations on your book! Can’t wait to read it!

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    So proud of you. I am anxiously awaiting it’s arrival in my mailbox and will happily leave a review on amazon as soon as I finish. I speak for many, when I say you are the girlfriend we have never met. We share your joy. We celebrate in your success. We are inspired to chase our own dreams!

    Go get ‘em, girl!

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    I pre-ordered your book on Amazon several months ago and was so excited to get a notice the other day about it shipping soon!!! I can’t wait to read it :) Thanks for sharing your dream with us!

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    Michaelann says:

    Pre-Ordered mine and can not wait until it gets here!! So thankful for the laughs I have had while reading your blog over the last few years, praying many blessings over you new book!!

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    Oh, that video put tears in my eyes! I can’t wait to buy your new book; you’ve been one of the only consistently sweet, funny, and normal “mommy bloggers” I’ve ever read and I appreciate that.
    Thanks :)

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    Well dangit, your video just made me cry. I am so so proud of you and this book. I have been reading your blog for two years and cannot wait to read it. I have a reminder in my phone to purchase Friday am on my kindle and I’m sure I will be through with it by the weekend.

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    The video was so sweet it brought tears to my eyes! I’m so excited about your book. :)

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    Gabrielle says:

    Yours is one of my very favorite blogs. I can’t imagine that your book isn’t killer as well. Congratulations!

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    anotherlisa says:

    gifts to just about every friend i have on mothers day!
    congrats again; so proud of you

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    Susan Roth says:

    Might even be more excited for this than I am for Downton Abbey every Sunday. And that’s saying something. Love your blog & know I will love your book. Totally shouted it from the Facebook mountaintop. Here’s to record sales and Big Mama love all around!

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    So… my friends and I have been chatting about your book release non stop for the past few weeks. We are so stinkin excited!! Anywho… can’t wait to get a copy of your book !!! I also may have done a little plug for the book on my FB status today :)

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    I’m very excited to get it, read it, and share it with others. Your blog is a bright spot in my day–something I look forward to. I am looking forward to your book as well. Congratulations. This is a wonderful accomplishment!

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    I love that you referenced Erma Bombeck. I love her writing.
    This is it Big Mama! Enjoy and Congratulations!

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    well, i haven’t read the book yet but, this post from you is awesome !
    Thank you — for speaking from your heart :)

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    Can’t wait to read it!!! I just love you, love your blog and feel so excited and nervous for you!!! So glad you posted about it as I can imagine that feels so weird!! Can’t wait to hear about the signings and any details you share. Your heart inspires me and your words make me smile every single day. Praying for you! (autocorrect tried to change that to “partying for you!” which would have been so funny had I not caught it. But I wil party for you too I suppose if you need me to!!

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    I just have one word… WHOOOOOOOP!! Congrats to you!!

    Thanks and Gig’em
    Jana
    Class of 2004 :)

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    So, several month ago, I simplified my blog, which basically means I was in a mood to purge and my sidebar took a hit. I moved all of my automatically updating bloggers over to their own page that I sweetly called, “Community”. And when you all were tucked away so nicely on your own little page, my life got busy and I forgot to check up on what you were doing.

    Today, I was writing a post and decided to pop around my blog and see what was up. When I got to “Community” I saw “Big Mama Blog” and I thought, “Heck! How did that go from being a must-read-with-my-coffee-every-day blog, to something I forgot about?!” So I clicked through…today of all days. I’m SO GLAD that I did! I’m putting your book in my Amazon cart and I plan to laugh my way through it, just as I always did when I was faithfully reading your blog.

    So Big Mama…congratulations. Even though one small time blogger in the mountains of East Tennessee hasn’t commented on your blog in far too long, I am oh, so happy for you!

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    I am so excited to read your book! Your blog has always brought me a good laugh when I needed it or lifted me up when life was weighing me down. It is so true that He know our dreams! I am already praying!

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    I’ve already ordered my copy from Amazon. I can’t wait to read your book. I love your blog and am sure your book will be as entertaining and so much more. Congratulations Melanie!

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    Big Mama!!! I’m so excited for you. I’ve been reading your blog for many years now. I pre ordered the book and cannot wait to read it!! I’ve watched the video three times and bawled every time!! Love you tons!!!

    Mary

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    Congratulations! BTW, that video made me cry…. :(

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    I am so excitded to read your book! Amazon said they shipped my copy. I love your blog, and I know you book will be amazing.

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    Got your book today at BNobble in SA
    I live in junction on our ranch and am an Aggie too
    You are a delight and am thankful to be able to read your blog!
    Can hardly wait to read your book!
    You are a gift to your readers..

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    I’m so excited to read your book. Reading your blog is one of my favorite parts of the day. You have just the right way of saying things and I find myself laughing out loud…a lot. Prayers that your books will bless many lives, the way this blog has blessed mine. Thank you for being brave and not giving up on God’s direction to write the book.

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    So happy that the dream you “whisper(ed) as a prayer in the dark” is coming true! I’m so very excited about your book and cannot wait to get my own copy! Congratulations!!

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    I am already composing my review in my mind because I was blessed to find your book at Family Christian before the official release and it is a true DELIGHT! May God so bless you this week as you get to see (and share with us) the beauty of how he works in ways that are above and beyond our expectation!

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    Joshua Linker says:

    So, my wife and I feel like we know you personally since we read so many intimate details about your life on a daily basis (you are kind of one of my wife’s heroes). So today I was listening to our local christian radio station (Way FM affiliate in Tallahassee, FL) and Iheard and advertisement for your book (Which i preordered on Amazon for the wife for Christmas and Amazon tells me it should be here on Friday) and I had that feeling you get when someone you know personally has made it to the big time. Congrats on the book. If you are ever thinking “I sure would like to make someones day today) you should send my wife a personal email and read some of her blog and leave a comment or something. It makes me put in my email address to comment here, so I am assuming it gives you the ability to see it and respond directly to people, if so shoot me an email and I will send you hers instead of posting it here for everyone to see… Though I don’t think she would mind everyone seeing her blog… http://karathecucumber.xanga.com/

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    Mel, you are as gracious and humble in this as you are in your every day life. I love you so much for being you. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

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    Long time reader, first time leaving a comment….
    This video just made me cry big ugly crocodile tears! It was exactly what I needed to hear, that I’m not the only mom that struggles and sometimes wants to run away!!! I can’t wait to run out and buy a copy or four!

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    “Before I became a mother I had no idea that it would be the hardest and best thing I’d ever do in my life.”

    I cannot wait to read this book.

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    Celeste Hill says:

    You always delight, & upon watching the video
    Cried sweet tears of rememberance, I am a
    Mama to a grow daughter of 25 & a young man of
    16 years. Watching those photos brings you back
    To the sweetest memories.
    I am awaiting my copy from Amazon & I will
    Take the opportunity to tweet, post on FB & send
    You a picture of me holding your bound child.
    Many blessings on this God sized dream that you
    Faithfully pursed & completed.

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    I knew we were kindred spirits (well, I’ve known for awhile now) when you mentioned reading Erma Bombeck at age 10. She is one of my all time favorites and I’ve read and reread her books for years.

    I will happily buy your book and leave it on the table for my 10 year to read – after I have, of course!

    God’s blessings to you Melanie – if I lived closer and it didn’t seem too stalker like, I would treat you to a celebratory Starbucks coffee tomorrow! Now go celebrate your dream – you made it!

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    I’m just so excited for you! I’ll be stopping by some of those places today and if they have your book I will pick one up….JOY! Congratulations on the birth of your first book….elephant…whatever! Lisa~

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    Congratulations!! I went straight to Lifeway yesterday in search of your book (and may have told the clerk, as if I was your personal best friend, that he should be prepared to need new stock because this book was going to SELL OUT because it is SO good and will be SO popular). I was absolutely right. Fabulous, and I made myself stop reading because I didn’t want to reach the end, and will have to ration our the remaining quarter of the book.

    I cried (the ugly cry) and laughed hysterically, as if we were having a conversation. I love this book. You have captured the angst of Mommyhood in the best possible way- tempered by faith that God has us covered. Love it Melanie, and am so grateful you followed your dream.

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    I have tears in my eyes from watching that promo. You captured the feeling of motherhood so beautifully. There is nothing like it on the planet. I’m planning on going by LifeWay tomorrow to get my copy. Will tweet you a pic. Excited for you. God is good!

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    Mary Craig says:

    I just want to tell you that I am SO proud of you. So proud. I rarely comment but I read everyday. And I’ve been reading your blog since Caroline was 3. I pre-ordered my book and can’t wait to read it. Congrats, Melanie!

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    Congratulations! I love reading your blog and am sure the book will be fabulous. Looking forward to hearing what you do to celebrate the book release tomorrow- Blessings!

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    Dang, that video made me cry my makeup off at work!

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    Lynda Roberts says:

    Just some small words to say that I read your blog everyday … But never would comment . I feel like you bring my day a smile. I would wish for you all the best. I will be purchasing your book on Fri, but i will be getting one for me and my 3 daughters and a few friends too an my mom and my sisters Thanks .. You are already a shinning Star ………

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    I just bought my copy last night and can’t wait to start reading!!

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    Congratulations! I am heading over to Amazon now.

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    Haven’t left a comment in ages. I just wanted to say congrats on the book. I can’t wait to read it. I am also sending one to my 30 something friend who is a wife and mom and just started chemo for breast cancer. Please pray for her full recovery. I enjoy reading your blog every day, and I’m certain I’m going to love love love the book!

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    I keep checking Amazon because I preordered your book in August!! I got copies for myself, my sister-in-law and my two nieces who are moms. I know we are all going to LOVE it! Already looking forward to the next one! :)

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    I bought the book yesterday and finished reading it this morning. It is absolutely everything that I knew it would be! You absolutely have a way with words! Can not wait until you write your next book!

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    Congrats, Melanie!! Bill has told me wonderful things about this book and I look forward to reading it!

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    I found your website probably 1-2 years ago. I was googling something about baked oatmeal (and was new to following blogs through my google reader. ) I remember becoming engulfed in your writings and I read the next and the next and the next…well I read until probably my boss or a coworker came by ;-) Whoops! I added it to my reader and have been following ever since! I was living in Houston at the time and had a love of PW and I felt that this somehow connected us. I rarely comment since I read from reader, but every now and then I visit your site so that I can watch a video or because a picture isn’t loaded properly. The promo for your video brought tears to my eyes as it made me think of my little monkeys. They are two and a half and 7 months old. I don’t get to read much between work and chasing kids, but I feel like I have to read this. It’s like a member of my family has written a book, but you don’t know me. So i guess that makes me the creepy uncle or something except that I’m not a middle-aged man….wait this isn’t exactly going where I wanted it to go. Nonetheless, congrats on the book!

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    I love this whole post. Can’t wait to talk about your book (and you!) tomorrow. Love you so much and so, so proud of you. YOU DID IT!!

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    My friend, who (whom?) I introduced to your blog a few years ago, ordered me a copy of your book, and I can’t wait to read it!!

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    I just bought mine!!!! So excited to read it, but fear I am not going to be able to put it down and will be very sleep deprived tomorrow.

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    SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!! I have been blessed to read your blog over the last 5 years or so (wow!), and I know I’ll be even more blessed to read your book. It’s no coincidence that tomorrow’s a preschool day…I can head into the bookstore alone to buy it!!! :)

    Congratulations, Melanie! I know it’s going to be a hit. :)

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    Sheryl in WA says:

    I’m so excited for you, Melanie. And I cried the whole way through the promo – no surprise there. I have preordered the Kindle version and just can’t wait to read it. Please keep blogging and using all the words.

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    Melanie, I’ve been reading your blog for probably around 4 years, as I’ve gone through school, gotten married, and am now expecting my first baby. I’ve ordered 3 copies of your book, one for me and one for each of my two best friends who have also just recently had their first babies. I’m so excited to read about your adventure through motherhood as mine is just beginning. Thank you for putting your life on display here on the Internet; I am very thankful for and routinely blessed by your words. All the best to you!

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    What an exciting day!!!!!!!

    I can’t wait to read it.

    Congratulations, Melanie!

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    Can’t WAIT to read this! I LOVED the promo & almost teared up! Congrats on your new “baby”!!! :)

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    I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of years, and you never cease to make me laugh. I have a daughter that’s just a few months older than Caroline, so I can relate to most of your stories. It’s so nice to hear your voice, both in the promo and in your book! Congrats!

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    Dearest Melanie, congratulations! The video and your blog post make me smile and get choked up a bit because well, it was just a few days ago I walked down the block in sheer desire to run away and go to that nice hotel room you mentioned. My book is scheduled to arrive tomorrow, and I can’t wait! Praying with you and for you, and sending you hugs!

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    Shew. The video. Killing.me.

    I swear I’m not a stalker, but I just enjoy the fire out of you and your child. I’m so, so happy for you and I surely can’t wait to read the book. I’ll try to refrain from telling people “a friend of mine” wrote this great book…

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    Woo hoo! Congrats! I IG’d (along with everyone else…#sparklygreenearrings
    Excited for ya!

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    I’ll be headng to Barnes and Noble tomorrow for your book. As a mom of three, and soon to be a grandmother of a baby girl, I’m so excited to read your book and pass it on to my expectant daughter. Congrats on your book! Thanks for sharing your life with all your blog readers.

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    I started reading your blog years before I had children of my own. As a teacher, your stories about school projects, classroom parties, field trips and school after Memorial Day made me laugh again and again. I really fell in love with your writing after becoming a mother. I don’t know how to explain it besides, you just get it. Your writing is thoughtful, funny, real, and above all, relatable. I am looking forward to getting your book in the mail today. I’m glad we are suppose to get dumped on by snow over the weekend. I’ll be reading your book by the fire. :) Congratulations on your success. What an exciting time, you deserve it!

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    I’m a day late, but I wanted to tell you that I got so excited to see your book (three copies!) in my local B&N in Ann Arbor, MI yesterday. I’m originally from Oklahoma and live in MI for law school. ANYWAY. Seeing your book was like seeing a piece of the South (home) in the North. It made my day. My copy comes in the mail today and I can’t wait to read it!

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    I’d love to win a copy of your new book. From the description it sounds amazing. Anything Sparkling and Green is right up my alley!

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    Melissa F. says:

    Big Mama where have you been hiding?! I just read about the book on PW’s site. Now I can’t stop reading your blog. I can’t wait to go get that book. It sounds like a fun read and I need one of those.

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    Would love to have an autographed copy of your book and the gorgeous earrings. Can’t wait to read the book

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    Congrats!! Can’t wait to get my copy!

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    Christine says:

    UPS Man just delivered my copy. I started getting weepy before I even cracked the cover! Sweet Lord…someone pass the chocolate!! Congratulations!

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    Bounced over from Pioneer Woman’s site. Been reading some of your stuff there and you are now officialy connected in my “feedly” app!

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    Can’t wait to read this book, I’m sure I’ll love it!

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    I love your story and am very excited to check out the book! Thanks for posting and CONGRATS!!!

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    Alicia M. says:

    I am so proud for you! I have loved reading your blog for the past few years and I feel like you are a friend. I can’t wait to buy your book. Best of luck and Congratulations!!!

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    Can’t wait to read the book.

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    Love them!

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    Love the earrings! Beautiful!

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    Congratulations on the new book and that is so aligned with 2013 “green” color. Last book I read was Robert Crais “Lullabye Town”.

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    I’ve been thinking of you all week. Couldn’t be happier for you, my friend!! xoxo

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    Blissful In Gilbert says:

    I would love to read this book wearing those sparkly green goddess earrings! Yay! Great job and congrats! I don’t have kids yet…. we are doing IVF so I just pray it will work! This book could keep me occupied :)

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    Jessica Lee says:

    I keep checking the front porch to see if ups has left my awaited package from Amazon. I love the cover. Congratulations

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    Terri C in Northern Cali says:

    Your book looks like a great read, cannot wait to order it, going to Amazon next.

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    Love to read excited about this book!!

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    patti dean says:

    i just discovered you through pioneer woman’s website. YEAH!

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    Can’t wait to read it!

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    Kathy Kliewer says:

    I just discovered you via The Pioneer Woman’sw website! She raved about you and I can see why!! I love your blog and can’t wait to read your book!!! :-)

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    Your book is a perfect Mother’s Day gift for all the special moms (young and old) in my life! Heard about it on aholyexperience. Thanks for the smiles!!!

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    Catharine R says:

    Love those green earrings!

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    Big Mama's Mama says:

    Well, no one could possibly be as proud of you as your own Mama. Never doubt that I am your greatest cheerleader! I love you more than words can ever tell.

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    Congratulations on your book! I just popped over via BlogHer’s side bar. I’m in the last stages of a memoir and I can feel the excitement building although I’m afraid to death no one will read the thing! Again, congratulations!

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    I like the significant details you present inside your posts.I’ll bookmark your site and take a look at again right here regularly.I am relatively sure I’ll study an awful lot of new stuff best suited right here! High-quality luck for your following!

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