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Party all night, pajamas all the next day

I have started this post and stared at the screen and typed stuff out and deleted it for the last forty-five minutes and now it’s almost time for Downton Abbey to start and I need to pull it together and just write.

But sometimes there just aren’t words.

(This is usually where I will follow up with over 1,000 words and I don’t see why today is going to be any different.)

Friday will go down as one of the most surreal days of my life. Kind of like if you were walking through the forest and saw a unicorn run by. I am so appreciative and grateful to all of you for your support. And I know I keep saying that but it’s the truth. You bought the book and tweeted me pictures and sent encouraging comments and Facebook messages and I stayed in my pajamas all day Saturday and read every single one.

I cried and I laughed and sometimes I just put my head in between my knees because I was overwhelmed. I spent most of Friday talking VERY LOUDLY WITH A LOT OF ANIMATION because I had enough adrenaline in my body to kill a horse. Or at least a Shetland pony.

Then at church Sunday morning we were in the middle of worship and it hit me. Just the goodness and mercy of God who uses flawed people to fulfill his plans. And, y’all. I went right into what was too ugly to even call an ugly cry. Right there on the fourth row of church. Because why cry in the privacy of your home when you can look like a lunatic in public?

P kept asking, “Do you want a tissue?” and I kept shaking my head no because I didn’t want to call attention to myself. Yes, because no one could hear me snorting and snuffling like an elephant with a head cold.

So that’s where I am. Emotionally unstable. It’s my wheelhouse.

Pass the Kleenex.

On Friday morning I had a hair appointment at 9:00 a.m. so I spent two glorious hours getting my hair cut and colored and styled. Originally I was supposed to go earlier in the week but my hair stylist called to see if we could move the appointment to Friday which was perfect since my friends were throwing a little party for me that night and it’s always a score when I don’t have to fix my own hair. I can never achieve the volume that my hair stylist can. Mainly because she knows how to use a round brush like a magician and when I use the round brush it just results in me having to cut some of my hair to get the round brush out.

After my hair appointment I came home and sat on my couch with the freshly-washed slipcovers for about two hours until my friends Jen and Jamie showed up because I didn’t want to risk getting my hair messed up and this is San Antonio and there can be humidity. They drove in from Dallas for the party and we spent the next three hours laughing and talking and catching up on life and discussing important things like Jen’s growing-out-her-hair strategy post-chemo. My other friend Kristie stopped by and we had a champagne toast with cupcakes because OF COURSE.

And then it was time to get dressed for the party. This is the part where you’re about to subjected to a bunch of pictures which is the blog equivalent of HEY, DO YOU WANT TO SEE THE SLIDES FROM OUR TRIP TO THE GRAND CANYON?

I apologize.

Oh wait. Before I show pics from the party, I need to show you a few pictures my friend Debbi took of the book all around town Friday.

It made a stop for a chicken biscuit at Chick-Fil-A.

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And then a late night stop with some construction workers who may or may not have agreed that their next tattoo should be the book cover. Which makes sense because this is totally my target demographic.

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It also made the rounds to the large cowboy boots outside of North Star Mall.

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God bless Texas.

And now for pictures from the party. Here’s Jesus with the invitation.

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This is Gulley, Jamie and me before we left my house.

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And Jen and me.

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Here’s some green punch. Please notice that no lime sherbet was used in the making of the punch. It was just prosecco with green food coloring which is the classier cousin of the green beer we used to drink in college on St. Patrick’s Day.

(Side note: Is it just me or do you pronounce it “sherbert”? I’m shocked there is no second r. My life has been a lie.)

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This is my sweet sister. I know I needed to tell you that because there is no family resemblance and otherwise you never would have known.

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At some point someone handed me that green boa and so I wore it and it caused my neck to sweat the rest of the night but I left it on because it’s what Miss Piggy would do.

Mimi was there. Bops made an early appearance but left it to the girls after a while.

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Honey made the trip in from Bryan.

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And here’s one at the little place we stopped at on the way to the Grand Canyon.

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Oh no, wait. That’s just me laughing like a hyena. I threw this one in because it sums up Gulley and me. She’s yelling something and I’m doubled over laughing. And my poor friend Debi is standing there like “What’s happening?”

Then this is my sweet birthday club group that threw the party.

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It was such a fun night and I loved being surrounded by so many people I love. Gulley even had such a good time that she decided to end the night with a little baton twirling.

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She also may have signed someone’s copy of the book with “Stay Sparkly! Love, Gulley”.

We actually really did party like rock stars or at least very unlike forty-one year old mothers because I didn’t get home until 2:30 a.m. The last time that happened probably involved green beer which means it was over twenty years ago.

And it explains why I spent all day Saturday in my pajamas. Until 5:00 p.m. At which time I showered and put on a new pair of pajamas. Then I went to bed at 8:30. Because when you’re my age and party like a rock star one night, you go to bed like a senior citizen after a Luby’s platter the next.

Lastly, (and then I’m going to shut up because, OH MY WORD, QUIT TYPING ALREADY) I will be signing books at the Barnes & Noble San Pedro location in San Antonio this Tuesday night, February 12th at 7:00 p.m.

(I realize the rodeo is also in town so if you have a chance to go eat a corn dog and watch some bull-riding you might want to do that instead. Also, I will sign as many books as you bring, but I’ve been told that they prefer if you buy at least one book in the store while you’re there since they’re allowing me to be there. I feel awkward telling you that, but I’d feel more awkward if I didn’t tell you up front.)

Okay. That’s it.

Except one last thank you from the bottom part of my heart and a promise that tomorrow is going to be about something that isn’t my book.

***I closed comments on Friday’s giveaway post. The winner of the book and Kendra Scott earrings according to Random.Org was:

1558: Colleen Mahoney

Congratulations, Colleen! And thank you all for entering!

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  1. 1

    I love everything about this post! Even your “slideshow”!! :) It looks like it was so much fun, and what an awesome thing – to celebrate with those you know best, and love the most, and who love you too!

  2. 2

    I wanted to let you know that I bought your book on Tuesday. I wanted to read it on a Ferry ride to see my sister. I finished the entire book in one sitting! I just LOVED it! It made me laugh, it made my cry. Congratulations! Wonderful book!

  3. 3

    What fun friends and what a great occasion for celebration! Also? I think we need a video of Gulley twirling that baton.

  4. 4

    Love love loved your book. I laughed until I cried so many times! Also, sherbert. I will never not add the second r. I don’t even care! Thanks for being so awesome, Big Momma! I so wish I still lived in Texas so I could make it to the book signing!

  5. 5

    I started reading your book this weekend, and am doing something I’ve never done before: savoring it. I’m only letting myself read a couple chapters at a time, because when something makes you smile and feel good, you want it to last more than a few hours. Trust me, this is so hard, because normally I start a book and pretty much finish it before I get up. I’m trying to pace myself here.

    I’m still hoping to win a copy too, since I’m reading it on my kindle right now. It’d be nice to have a hard copy to go with those earrings. Oh My Word, those earrings.

    What a fun book release party! And goodness gracious, such great hair!! The body, the curl… very well done. Tami Taylor would be so proud.

  6. 6
    Laura Stultz says:

    I had pre-ordered your book on Amazon. That was all fine and good until I saw it in Lifeway on Wednesday and knew I was going to have to wait until Friday! It was worth the wait. Loved it! I cried and laughed and finished it in a 24 hour period, all the marks of an excellent read. Thank you for sharing your stories. I’m buying copies for my sisters and two little first time mommies that I know.

  7. 7

    Well, I have to say the trip to the hair dresser was so worth it because your normally great hair looks even more fantastic in these pictures! I saw a gizmo the other day that sticks to a mirror and holds the hair dryer to free up hands for those confounded round brushes. This is so much fun seeing your book in all sorts of places. I would love to buy a book at your Barnes and Noble instead of my California one for a signing.

  8. 8

    I loved seeing all the pictures – so fun!
    I pre-ordered my copy and when it didn’t come on Friday, I took matters into my own hands and downloaded it on my Kindle. It felt like cheating but I couldn’t wait any longer. I stayed up til 2am reading and then finished it Saturday afternoon. I loved it, Melanie. And just like everyone said, I cried a little and then busted out laughing. I got tired of my husband asking ‘what??’ everytime I did either, so after I basically read aloud most of your book, it’s safe to say he’s read it too.

    For the record, this blog is fine, but I’m looking forward to more books :)

    So, so happy for you!

  9. 9

    While I knew there was only one ‘r,’ I’ve always pronounced it as if there were two; which will get you some odd looks in certain restaurants. ;)

    I bought the book on Saturday night and read pretty much all but the last couple of chapters in one sitting. Which made me terribly sad that when Downton was over, in a matter of minutes, so was the book. :(

    I dont have children of my own, but like everyone else I laughed, I cried and I most certainly got it. Thank you for sharing your wonderful story. I hope we dont have to wait until Caroline is 20 for the next installment. ;) Hugs Melanie! It is a wonderful read!

  10. 10

    i’ve been so tickled for you all week which is weird i’m sure since we’re basically glorified penpals but i feel like i was with you laughing in spirit and cheersing it with green goodness!!
    first of all, your hair was a masterpiece.
    and kendra has probably never been more proud.
    i have to tell you, besides you cracking up at gulley, that shot is my favorite and especially because i thought that green book behind you said “the breastfeeding bible” which seemed fitting ..

    ok friend. hope your bouncing and behaving hair is still going texas strong.
    sending a big penpal hug right through the internet!!
    xoxoxo

  11. 11

    Melanie,
    I finished reading your book this weekend. Needless to say, I loved it!! I am not sure I will recover from the throw up/Thanksgiving chapter. ;-) The entire time I was reading, and laughing and relating as a mom, it felt like you and I were sitting across from each other talking and laughing like girlfriends do. :) Love and hugs from Tennessee. Patty

  12. 12

    I bought the book on Saturday from Amazon and cannot wait to read it.Also,I have always said sherbert…maybe it’s a Southern thing-I’m a Tennessee girl..I don’t know but I can’t imagine saying sherbet…anyway…book looks great…. and the intro you did made me cry it was so sweet and you have a storyteller voice.I bet Caroline loves bedtime stories from you or used to when she was little.

  13. 13

    Add me to the collection of people who read your book over the weekend. It did not disappoint. I will be buying it for each of the girls in my equivalent of the birthday club for our “favorite things” exchange. Loved it. And I have to say two things: 1)I hope you and Caroline never get lice again, but if you do, there are places that do the nit removal for you. They guarantee to take care of it with just one treatment. So – just one round of sanitizing sheets and drying pillows and jackets and backpacks on high heat for at least 20 minutes. Worth. Every. Penny. Here in Atlanta, we have Elimilice and Head Hunters. I’m sure a google search would reveal a similar place in San Antonio. 2) If Caroline ever goes back to brownies or takes up karate like my kids, a dry cleaner with an alteration person will see on those patches for $3 a pop. Also worth every penny.

  14. 14

    Awwhhh you look so happy, and I am so happy for you! I don’t comment much but I was delighted to find your blog several years ago, you always make me laugh. So wonderful that your book was published, I am thrilled for you. Loved what you shared about what happened at church I too am always amazed how God can use or even put up with such a flawed human being as I am.

    I know your book will be a big hit!!!!!!!

  15. 15

    Now I feel a bit like a creeper….I have followed your blog for years and never comment….BUT then Sat I posted on Facebook to tell you I reviewed the book on Yahoo…..AND you replied to my comment!!!! Hello you are so cute to respond!!!!! I know you have heard it before but really it feels like I have a “friend” who has followed her dream and I watched it all happen!!! DO NOT apologize for talking about the book, you SHOULD be so proud!!! ……now if you talk about it everyday till the kids are in college we might have to tell you to “settle down Bessie”. We will have the same joy and excitement for Sophie when her book is out! (Fingers crossed she might also respond if I comment…..said the total none creeper!) My son saw the picture of you and the book at the party and he said MOM! She has the book too!!!!!!! I explained….then he said COOL! She made a book!!!!! So congrats again on “making a book” so proud FOR you! I would have cried the ugly cry too! Wish I lived closer cause it would be “over the moon” fab to have a signed copy!

  16. 16

    Thank you so much for writing your book! It was wonderful! I read it in less than 24 hours because I could not put it down!

    I am not a mother nor am I an expecting mother (but I do have baby fever) and I still thoroughly enjoyed your book! Perhaps because of the phase of life I’m in, the part about living your life now as you want to live it when you’re a mom really spoke to me and I think it was just what I needed to hear!!!

    Thank you!

  17. 17

    I am de-lurking to tell you I LOVED the book! I bought it on Friday and read it on Saturday. I also feel like I should tell you that I was recently corrected when I said “sherbert”; however, the individual doing the correcting pronounces tortilla “tor-till-a” so I just ignored her.

  18. 18

    I just love you. I can’t help it.

    • 19

      It was the ugly cry during worship that stole my heart. I always cry during worship no matter how hard I try not to.

  19. 20

    I have LOVED your book, and have bought several additional copies for friends and family. Be encouraged!!! It’s such a great, hilarious and uplifting book!!!!!
    And today’s blog was awesome, as well.
    We have a mini fan club here in the DFW area. Hope to get to a book signing somewhere, even if it means a road trip!!!

  20. 21

    I request you to make a how-to video of how you get your hair to look awesome all the time. I will watch the video, attempt, fail, and then be bitter the rest of my life. Wait. Mayhaps you SHOULDN’T make the video? But, seriously, inquiring minds want to know how to have stylish hair like yours. Congrats on the book!

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    Karen Ward says:

    Oh Lord…I got teary eyed reading the paragraph about your ugly cry. And if I even get teary eyed, it’s ugly. My nose turns red and well, it’s just not pretty.

    Love you and I’m very jealous of Gulley because she gets to be your best friend and you know, I just think we could be besties!!

    Congratulations…again!

  22. 23

    Loved, loved loved the book! Read it in one sitting. Enjoy the blessings coming your way! Your writing is a blessing to so many others!

  23. 24

    You are adorable! I told my husband i want your book for vday. He is so confused and yesterday said that green earings would go great with my outfit..hahaha! Congrats!!!!

  24. 25

    Seriously, your hair is like, EPIC. Wish I lived in San Antonio so I could go to your hair person.

    Also, I read almost the whole of your book on the 2-hr flight out of NYC Friday afternoon (which incidentally was the last flight to Atlanta that day before Nemo hit.)

    I don’t know what those have to do with each other, but I felt it important to say.

    Congratulations. :)

  25. 26

    LOVED THE BOOK! Your voice will resonate with so many young (ish) mothers and I am so glad you wrote it. Being a 50ish Grandmommy, I could read it with pure enjoyment. I even told my bf she had to get it and our new “line” will be WHAT THE ACTUAL HECK!??! I fell out laughing and continued to laugh over and over to the end. Congratulations on your book, enjoy this time!

  26. 27

    I read your book over the weekend and was blessed by your honesty and the humor I’ve come to love in your blog. The spiritual insights were spot on and well delivered–no hammer to the forehead, but no missing the importance of God’s will in your life. Thank you for sharing your precious story with the masses! This motherhood gig really does go by much too quickly! We’ve got to savor every day. But you clearly know this already.

    Blessings. Can’t wait to read what God places in your heart to write next!

  27. 28

    I have to admit, I haven’t read your book yet. But only because I instructed my husband to buy it for me for Valentine’s day (which he better do!) and because I want to read it on our trip to Florida next week. I absolutely cannot wait to read it. Congrats again!

  28. 29
    Sallie Baker says:

    GReat post. Those that love you want to share in your victory, and
    a green sparkly party was certainly a must!
    And yes, God is amazing in what He can do with the faithful.
    Many congratulations!

  29. 30

    Fabulous post! God is so wonderful. When I think of all the amazing things God has done and I have been able to see his hand in the situation I always thing of what you said, God goes beyond our beyond. Congratulations!!!

  30. 31

    I think I’ve only ever posted a comment one other time, even though I read your blog every single day, but I had to comment today and say that I am still bitter about the timing of the blizzard here in Boston. Because I ordered your book weeks ago for my birthday and was counting down the seconds until it arrived. And then the release coincided with the blizzard. And yet, a part of me was hopeful it would arrive before the three feet of snow. And what better gift, since my husband was out of town and I was home dealing with a blizzard and our five children? I mean seriously, let the kids watch endless television while I sit and read and laugh and cry? I had a plan!

    But to add insult to injury, not only did it not arrive (because apparently blizzards do stop mail delivery), but someone at the post office decided to scan it there and mark it delivered. (Blizzards cause boredom/practical jokes at USPS, who knew?) So I received a text that told me it had been delivered to my door. Which it had not. But that didn’t stop me from digging through the snow on both porches with the false hope that someone here in our small town knew that I needed your book to read while stuck inside for several days. But alas no. They just thought that I should deal with a broken heart on top of three feet of snow.

    I’ve been told it will be coming today. I don’t think anyone wants to find out what will happen if I don’t receive it today. I’m usually a kind, loving, moderately spastic mother of five.

    All bets are off if “Sparkly Green Earrings” isn’t on my porch by 5pm. Just a warning for the hundreds of postal employees who read your blog.

    • 32
      Jackie Hall says:

      God Bless your heart! I hope and pray the book will be there. I think you really need the laugh.

      My heart really goes out to you on this. Hang in there.

      Jackie

  31. 33

    1. Your hair!!!! It’s GORGEOUS!!!
    2. Congratulations! Can’t wait to read your book.
    3. I wish I lived in San Antonio so I could come meet you and get my book signed!

  32. 34

    I started reading your book last night and couldn’t put it down! I laughed hard out loud many times. The Grandpa Walton schedule really got me for some reason. I am about half way through and will buy this book for my friends with babies!

    Your hair in the post was fabulous.

  33. 35

    Oh, my word, Melanie! Y’all are gorgeous. I would fly to Texas to see your stylist because she is clearly gifted with the round brush. I have the same problem as you–ends up wound around my hair.

    What a fun party! You live a blessed life for sure. :)

    I’m about halfway through your book. Have had to steal minutes to read during the girls’ dance classes, after bedtimes, etc. I am LOVING it. It’s funny, but sweet and poignant at the same time. And, like I mentioned before, I am NOT a crier, but there have been several tissue-worthy moments for me so far. I don’t think it was a coincidence that I remembered to stop at our B&N on Friday and pick up a copy…there have been some ares that have really made me think.

    Sorry for the long, rambling comment. :s

  34. 36

    Loved, loved, loved the book!! I read it in one day. My favorite parts were Caroline’s first illness and the “…all she does is sit on the couch. She’s real lazy.” Oh bless it, how I can relate!! Haha!!! Sounds exactly like something one of my kids would say. I swear it was their life’s mission in elementary school to humiliate me and make me out to be the worst. parent. ever. It’s nice to know I’m not alone! :)

  35. 37

    So, so excited to read the book. We’re out of town and it’s waiting for me at home. So glad you had such a fun weekend celebrating!

  36. 38
    Lisa Murphy says:

    It’s a math principle: You simply borrow the unnecessary “r” from the word February and apply it as you say the word sherbet. (I know this to be true because of the 4 separate semesters I took algebra in college before dropping the class with an Incomplete.)

  37. 39
    Jackie Hall says:

    Congratulations on the book! I was up until almost 4 AM reading that darn thing because I couldn’t put it down. So thank you for the bags under my eyes at work today as well. haha

    It was so neat to be nodding my head and saying I remember that. I can’t believe I have been reading your blog so long. But like your book have loved every minute of it!

    I know I’m a complete stranger but, I could not be prouder of a fellow Texas, woman, and mother if you were my sister.

  38. 40

    Jesus looks so happy :) I love this and love that you were celebrated so well! Also love that the invite says the party was in celebration of your “first” book…yes! Hoping to make it to Barnes & Noble tomorrow night!

  39. 41

    Your hair looked fabulous! What a blessing to have such great friends to celebrate with you!

  40. 42

    Congratulations on your book! I stayed up way past my bedtime last night finishing it because I just could not put it down. Like so many others have said….I laughed, I cried, I laughed some more. Your love of God, your family, and your friends was shining through every word. I’m so glad you were celebrated this weekend – you deserve it! Oh, and your hair looks fabulous!

  41. 43

    Thanks for sharing the pictures! What fun! I am sooooooooo happy for you!

    Unfortunately, the Books-A-Million that is closest to me did not have your book. Talk about a downer. I was looking forward to having it in my hands and reading it this weekend. Now it looks like I am going to have to order it. OH well! As long as I get it, that’s all that matters.

  42. 44

    Oh– 2 more things— ( I’d already commented once)..
    I have cried like that at church on more than one occasion.
    And, the pictures of your book in different places reminds me of Flat Stanley!!
    :)

  43. 45

    I just love you to pieces….and we’ve never met in real life. I have been reading your blog forever. I love to think back to when you weren’t sure about leaving your pharmaceutical rep job. You are an inspiration to us all and I love how you give God the glory! Your party seemed like so much fun. It was great to see some pictures of your favorite people. You looked radiant…and so did Gulley :) I am SO happy for you!

  44. 46

    Fun party. Lots of great hair going on! Congrats!

  45. 47

    It’s good to be loved, isn’t it? Glad you were able to celebrate this grand occasion with your peeps. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, but I thoroughly enjoyed every word of your book. Well done.

  46. 48

    Looks like a lot of fun and I love your hair! :) Enjoy it all. :)

  47. 49

    I really think you need to have a youtube tutorial for how to curl your hair. :)

  48. 50

    So, so glad you were celebrated as deserved! And even more glad for our amazing, gracious Father, who LOVES to give us the desire of our hearts — and now you can hold it in your hands as a finished, published book!
    Nancy

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    Lisa Fagin says:

    Melanie,

    I’ve never commented before although I read your blog every day. You never fail to find the humor in the every day events of life. I’ve raised 3 kids and am now raising a “bonus” baby God chose to give us. For some reason he had a lot of confidence in me because the things she says and does make me laugh and sometimes cry on a daily basis. I totally relate to your clothes wars. I am so glad you’re blessed by the comments you’ve received this past weekend. Think of how many of us are out there that haven’t commented but have been touched by your blog! I LOVE that God uses us to bless others and you have blessed me! So.. thank you

  50. 52

    I am so happy for you!

  51. 53

    I think that the picture of you laughing like a hyena captures you at your most beautiful.

    Congratulations on your book, the celebrations and accoloades from your e-fans, family and friends. You seem to understand that we were created to be a blessing and that in blessing others we are greatly blessed ourselves.

  52. 54
    Amy Walker says:

    I would love an autograph copy of your book. Are they available by mail?

    • 55

      Yes, Sherbert. Also, Whaterburger. Ha!

      Loved your book…stayed up late…couldn’t stop reading. I laughed SO loud. You will be pleased to know when I went to Lifeway I got the last copy. =)

  53. 56

    You look absolutely gorgeous! Can’t wait to read the book.

  54. 57

    I just got my copy today! I can’t wait to read it! Congratulations!

  55. 58

    OH MY WORD!!! I read the WHOLE book TODAY!!!!!!!!!! I didn’t get anything done except a grocery run so I could feed my family but it was totally worth it!!!! The book is FABULOUS!!!! I laughed and cried and laughed some more!!!! I will be recommending this to anyone I talk to!!!! :) Job well done!!!!! I’ll be waiting on your next book!
    Missy
    Franklin, TN

  56. 59

    I am so glad you found some words, because this post? Pure gold. For starters, there is a picture of your book with some random tattooed guys. Next, this line: “Mainly because she knows how to use a round brush like a magician and when I use the round brush it just results in me having to cut some of my hair to get the round brush out.” I laughed out loud for 10 minutes. And then I cried a little bit because, so true.

    And then Gulley twirls a baton? And signs a book “Stay Sparkly”? 100 times yes.

    So excited and happy for you!

  57. 60

    My life has also been a lie! It SHOULD be sherbert, since that’s how I’ve always pronounced it!

  58. 61

    Congrats on your book, and what a swell party that must have been.

    But I especially wanted to say that Jen looks terrific! Good for her!

  59. 62

    I read your blog almost every day; but never leave comments. I can’t wait to read your book. My brother lives in SA and I begged him to stop by Barnes and Noble tomorrow to get a book signed for me. Your hair looks fabulous in the photos from your party! Congratulations!

  60. 63

    Can I just say that your hair looks fabulous!?

  61. 64

    Girl. You just look RADIANT in these pictures!!! Seriously! I am probably more happy than I should be for you…since I don’t know you *in person.* But, whatever. We have worked long and hard on this book, so I am celebrating WITH you with all sincerity! :-)

    Tomorrow is my day to go buy your book!!! I didn’t pre-order, because I just like pulling a book off the shelf and holding it in my hands. So, tomorrow after my 2 hours of beauty and haircolor and eyebrow plucking, I am heading to BUY your BOOK!!!!! So exciting! I absolutely cannot wait to read it!

    I’ve been praying for you ever since you asked. And the funny thing is–that every time I drive by a certain Target, I am reminded to pray for you. It always makes me giggle–but then I pray, pray away for you!

    Okay, I’ll quit rambling. I just wanted to say how happy I am for you!

  62. 65

    I think you should gift a copy of your book to Towers since she lost her sparkle tonight on Bachelor.

  63. 67

    The book came last night from amazon and I love it! Laughed so hard and hurt with you thrunthebmiscarriage. Can’t wait to finish..considered calling into work saying I was too busy reading to come in…but didn’t think that would fly with a financial co once I told them the title! :) congrats to you! :)

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    Love this post and actually teared up over your slide show! What a fabulous way to celebrate and bless your sweet friends for thinking of it.

    Your book is awesome. I laughed. I cried. And I thought of my daughter, who is having her second child, a girl this time. Needless to say she will be receiving a copy of this book!

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    Sherrie Moore says:

    I bought two of your books this past weekend at Lifeway one for me and one for my daugther who like you had a miscarriage and now has a beautiful three year old daughter Sophia. They have decided that is it for them which makes me sad because one grandchild just isn’t enough. I read your whole book on Sunday and laughed and awed at the similarities between you and my daugther. Can’t wait for her to read hers (it is her Valentine’s gift) where we can compare notes. Thanks for sharing your life and stories. Sherrie Moore

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    Book was wonderful! Laugh, cry, etc. Good job!

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    Jamie (Evelyn) says:

    Ev,
    I am so thrilled I was able to celebrate with you last weekend! I can’t get over how fun it was to observe YOU experiencing what must have felt like a dream come true. Everyone in their lifetime should be able to see at least one of their friends be THIS HAPPY. You are a delight. A true inspiration. I couldn’t be more proud. Unless, of course, you had a FULL drawer dedicated to diet cokes in the fridge. I love you, friend!

    Sparkle on…
    Jamie (Evelyn)

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    Melanie, I just have to say a variety of things (don’t worry, they are all good:)
    - Your party hair is beautiful. A couple of weeks ago I had my hair cut and styled and I almost cried because I knew the next day I could never recreate it – sniffle, sob.
    - I went to Barnes and Noble today with the express purchase of finding your book. The cover is just so pretty! I couldn’t wait to get home so I sat in the car with the heat running and ate chocolate and read the first three chapters. I am WILLING myself to finish my daily errands, chores, carpooling, exercising, etc before I sit down with a cup of tea (and possibly more chocolate) so I can savor the rest. Thanks for giving me something good to read:)
    - I could relate because I had such a motherhood morning post 10 am today – finally went to the gym, then was called by the school five minutes into a work-out to bring someone a fresh shirt due to a water bottle bursting. Haven’t been to the gym in 3 months and then this….
    - But, it makes everything so relatable! (sp?) Have a marvelous day – you are such a blessing! Thanks for being bold and brave and chasing your dream and letting us go along too!

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    I meant to type “express purpose,” but it was also an “express purchase,” I suppose ;)

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    I absolutely loved the book! I kept laughing out loud at your parenting stories. Then, I was so touched by your faith and moved to tears as well!! Thank you for sharing your story!

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    Sheryl in WA says:

    Aw, what a great party. And I’m crying again. I’m just so happy for you. What great friends and family you have supporting you. Thanks for finding a 1000 words!

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    Monica Jones says:

    i just finished your book in two days and loved it. we are the same age and so many of the things you mention from your childhood are exactly what i remember. Xanadu! Danny and sandy! big bangs and all the rest. loved the book and congratulations.

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    Jess from Jersey says:

    Goodness but the volume is something to behold. Is there anything about “thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s hair”? Because while you’re not my neighbor by a long shot, I do covet. Oh yes, I do. And Gulley’s hair! I’m going to go home and mean-mug my “volume enhancing” products.

    I read your book in one sitting. Couldn’t put it down. Also, my cat loved it. I know this because I accidentally pre-ordered two, and the second was still wrapped in the plastic Amazon shipped it in, and I noticed my cat very enthusiastically licking the plastic. I can only assume that meant she wanted to read it too.

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    My goodness, that pic of you laughing is SO Caroline laughing! I love that you both smile and laugh with your whole face. As opposed to just, you know, your mouth. Am I making sense?

    Anyway, huge congrats, I just wish the book was available here in Australia. Hurry up already!

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    I live in north Alabama and I heard an ad for your book on my local Christian radio station. I was so tickled because I almost feel like I know you and I was so excited to hear about my “friend” on the radio.

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    Bought and read your book in one night! LOVED it!
    I just wanted you to know that the name Caroline was my first choice for our daughter (now 8 months old) but couldn’t get my husband on board. We mutaully agreed on Tatum. Had NO IDEA that your Caroline’s middle name is Tatum! I got giddy thinking that I did something as cool as Big Mama!!

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    I don’t usually do this because it’s just not me, but I had to comment and tell you how much I loved your book. I started it Friday night and went to bed. My daughter woke up in the middle of the night. I picked it back up and finished it. Thank you for being so honest and real. My daughter is fourteen months old. I have friends with daughters two months older and they want to potty train already! I loved that chapter and well just everything. I especially loved the end and that you saved the title. It was so beautiful. Thanks for knowing what I needed to hear as a mama and child of God.

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    I just had to come comment!! I finished your book tonight and so enjoyed it!! Laughed out loud as I do many times reading the blog:). And no I don’t believe you have to have a bunch of kids to be a mother/family, this coming from a mother of 6. I am just as in love with my 6th as I am my first:). Thank you for sharing your life and giving us a great chance to laugh and enjoy and have a good cry!!!

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    I’ve been reading your blog for a long time now and never commented (I seem to do that with all the 101 million blogs I read – possibly a serial lurker?) but I just had to tell you how God has used your book. I went into Barnes and Noble tonight to find your book after convincing my hubby that I needed out of the house before I went bonkers and it was exactly what I needed…we have a 3 year old son who puts the capital S in strong will and lately I have found myself longing to find a mama I can relate too.

    I can relate to you SO much that it was soothing to my soul to realize that there IS another mama out there who gets it and it IS okay to only have one child. We lost 3 babies before being blessed with our son and have decided not to have anymore. I’ve found myself questioning the what ifs of our decision even though I know that I couldn’t handle having anymore kiddos as I too am rather OCD and a perfectionist and don’t do well with chaos.

    There is so much more I could write but I just wanted you to know that your story (and Caroline’s) is EXACTLY what I needed to read at this exact point in my life right now. To know that raising a 3 year old (heck any age kiddo) is HARD and there are days that seem to stretch on forever but the years are so short and that even though you think about running away to the nearest hotel sometimes, that it really is worth it. Thank You!

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    My baby is 25 with a baby of her own, but your brought it all back fresh as yesterday. I laughed and cried and laughed again until I cried. You do need to warn everyone that they need to have tissues handy, even if it does draw attention;-) God has blessed you with a gift. As I told a friend on FB, your book is written in a way that proves you can be a Christian without loosing your sense of humor. Now you just need to do a BigBooCast to discuss it followed by a road trip to Dallas for a book signing. My sister and I have both agreed it would be worth a vacation day to come see you and we would even buy a hard copy to get it signed since we both read it on our iPads. Now I’m just sad that I’ve finished it and want you to enjoy this accomplishment – but PLEASE start writting again soon. I can’t wait for your next book!

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    Leslie @ Geek Mama says:

    Your hairstylist is clearly a treasure because your hair looks amazing. Not that it doesn’t normally look great, but this here is some extra awesome. Have you heard of The Dry Bar? They do just blowouts. I’m going to one in Dallas before the .MOM conference starts and am hoping for this kind of hair awesomeness.

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    Debbi has stolen my heart with her pictures because it SO reminds me of when we drove all around and shot video of people saying “Happy Birthday!” to Stephanie. We even went so far as to drive to the beach, but we tried to be sneaky about it and ended up hurting her feelings. SO SORRY STEPH! I’m not sure if the actual video ended up as funny as we thought it was, but we sure had fun making it. I hope Debbi had as much fun taking pics with your book!
    And once again, if I haven’t mentioned it, I am SO SO SO happy for you. I’m telling everyone that I know to buy it because I want everyone to know the gem that you are! Sparkly green and all!

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    Cooking dinner tonight, thinking about your book – I was making Kale and it’s green which explains nothing – and just smiled from ear to ear! I am so excited for you! I think we all read your blog and want to be your best friend but what you are truly gifted at doing is making us appreciate the people right smack in front of us. You see joy in all life’s craziness, and laugh great belly-laughs right where the Lord has you and it’s contagious. Whoohoo!!!

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    Random comment here, but yes! sherbert! All my life. Then I read sherbet on the box and thought, oh there are two kinds? Thanks, southern women who were apparently making punch at a church shower when I was a little girl!

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    I started the book last night and have made it to Chapter 13. It’s fabulous! I’ve given 4 copies away so far and have another 11 on my dining room table to give/mail to friends and family. And let me just say, I LOVE Caroline’s full name! I don’t think you’ve ever mentioned her middle name on the blog and it’s beautiful. Good choice, Mama! :)

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    Was at my local Barnes and Noble last night and they didn’t have your book in stick – the nerve! Or maybe it means they did have copies and they sold them out already. in any event, I ordered one and it should be at the store by this weekend – yipee! SO looking forward to reading it! Congrats on your much deserved success!!

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    Oh my, Melanie…I feel like you are my friend. I loved, loved, loved SGE..one of the best employee giveaways yet at Tyndale. I’ll be purchasing several books for friends this year. You helped me embrace even more this crazy ride called motherhood. And I dressed my 3-y-o in heart tights and a heart shirt yesterday…I don’t know how long I’ll have to dress her in what I want her to wear, so I’m enjoying the moment! (It’s the reward for still having to clean up her poop during this awful potty training phase…but it’s nice to know she’ll still be able to get into preschool.) I also love that you’re a woman of my time…my co-workers and I joked about the many references that could only come from a true 70s babe: jordache, Zima!!!, jelly shoes…to name a few. Congrats! So happy for you…enough….:-)

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    Minnesota Momma says:

    I read your book in two days….and laughed the whole way. I have suggested it to other Momma’s I know. Mine are grown (18 and 20) but I thought I would literally pee myself laughing about the escapades of your daughter dressing herself….I have been there. I decided to even try reverse psychology…..she managed to best me at that when she was 6! I hate to tell you…..it does not change even at 18! Thanks for a great read!

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    Robin Akin says:

    I can’t wait to read your book! I love reading your blog. You are so funny!!

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    I haven’t read the book yet because I plan on getting a Kindle soon.

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    I love you more than my luggage. And Im so proud. And life is better with you in it. Stay sparkly.