Big Mama Blog

A giveaway because I am overwhelmed. And speechless.

I’m not really speechless.

Nothing is ever that serious.

But I have to tell y’all that my day started off rough yesterday. It wasn’t anything bad, but I didn’t feel great. It was gloomy outside, I had cramps, my head hurt. I was chockfull of some first world complaints.

I met my sister and nephew for lunch and that perked me up a little bit, but then I ran into The Container Store to pick up some small boxes and pretty gift wrap. And I’m here to tell you that nothing will make a perpetually unorganized person feel a sense of deep shame and regret like The Container Store.

It made me want to buy every storage bin and basket they had and maybe some colored file folders in an attempt to get some semblance of order in my life. But I made myself face the harsh reality that all those bins would do at my house is end up sitting on top of my washer and dryer until I eventually donated them to Goodwill.

And so I ran a few more errands, popped some Advil for the aforementioned cramps and headache, and then decided I should start to pack my suitcase for DotMOM since I’m leaving at 1:00 on Thursday and clothes are probably an essential part of the weekend.

About that time, I heard my phone beep to let me know I had a text. It was from my editor at Tyndale and she asked if I was sitting down. I texted back, “No. Should I be?”

She replied, “Yes! Sparkly Green Earrings debuts at #27 on this week’s New York Times Bestseller list.”

Umm. Yes. Sitting down wasn’t really enough. What just happened?

Y’all. You did this. You bought my book and told your friends and supported me and cheered me on and prayed for me. And this? Well, when God says he does more than you can ask or imagine he isn’t kidding around.

I ran outside and screamed for P and he was so relieved I wasn’t announcing I was pregnant. We jumped up and down, our sweet neighbors brought by a bottle of champagne and Mimi and Bops came by so we could have a celebratory toast. It will go down as one of my favorite moments.

I spent the rest of the evening in tears. And even now I’m getting all teary again. There just aren’t words to say how grateful I am to you. There are times in life that bring you to your knees in gratitude and humility and this is one of those times for me.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

And so to celebrate I’m throwing a huge party at my house next weekend.

Not really. But I wish I could and you all could come. How fun would that be? I mean other than that it would be really crowded and the fact that the floor in my guest bathroom is possibly rotting and about to fall through?

So that’s out.

But I am giving away three signed copies of Sparkly Green Earrings (I’ll sign them anyway you want me to!) along with three pairs of Towne & Reese Reynolds Green earrings from Carol & Company.

 photo E67346Green-2T_zps839494a1.jpg

All you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment on this post. I’ll keep comments open until Sunday and then use to draw three winners.

(I’m not doing Fashion Friday tomorrow because I’ll be at DotMOM and won’t have time. I’m sorry.)

And now I’m going to have another good cry. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and can’t wait to see some of you at DotMOM.

Ephesians 3:20-21 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

Digiprove sealCopyright secured by Digiprove © 2013
Share to Facebook Share to Twitter


  1. 1

    God is good. And big. :)

  2. 9
    Remy lawrence says:

    Congratulations!!! What an accomplishment!

  3. 10

    How awesome ! Time to start working on book #2!!

  4. 11

    That is, in every way, amazingly awesome!!!!
    I’m so darn proud of you and for you!
    (I say, as if we’ve been friends for years!)


  5. 12


  6. 13

    Congrats! Really looking forward to reading the book. :)

  7. 14
    pettsallowed says:

    haven’t read it yet, but plan on it. Haven’t found it at sam’s, will have to try another bookstore this weekend. i can feel your excitement, what a rush for you! congrats!

  8. 15

    I can’t even imagine…you must be over the moon! I found you by way of Pioneer Woman, and bought your book via Kindle..only 3rd tablet book I’ve ever read, so woo!

  9. 16

    Congrats!!! Love your blog so can’t wait to read your book! God works in amazing ways!

  10. 17

    Congratulations! I would love to read your book.

  11. 18

    I’m so super happy and thrilled for you!

  12. 19

    I am looking forward to reading your book! I haven’t even read much of your blog so it’s going to be a treat.

  13. 20

    Congratulations! What a great accomplishment!!!!

  14. 21

    WOW! That is wonderful news. Congrats!

  15. 22

    I just love reading your blog! I can’t wait to read your book! I would so love to win your book and earrings cause I never win anything! May God bless you!

  16. 23

    Congrats! I am looking forward to reading your book!

  17. 24

    Congrats! I am new to your site and just ordered your book. Ya-hoo for you!

  18. 25

    God is good!

  19. 26

    After getting your text I just needed more details so I could keep my own private party and celebration going. 27. Wow. And not 27 bridesmaid dresses but freakin 27 on NYT best seller list! Who says someone who graduated on scho-pro can’t make it big time?!?! And who knew the Internet and email was really gonna take off?! With love and pride…

  20. 28

    Congrats! I would love a copy of your book!!

  21. 29
    Sarah shalley says:

    My friends love your book…can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

  22. 30

    CONGRATS!!! That is SO exciting!!

  23. 31

    Congrats to you!! Enjoy the ride:)

  24. 32

    Yay, yay, yay! Wanna sign my Kindle? Woo hoo!

  25. 33

    Congratulations! I love your blog and know I will love the book too!

  26. 34

    I am thrilled for you! I cannot wait to read it!

  27. 35

    So happy for you!

  28. 36

    I’ve never left a comment on a blog before. But since discovering your blog via Holly Mathis, I sit up late at night when all kiddos are in bed and laugh til I cry reading your posts. Thanks for letting God use you to encourage others!

  29. 37

    That’s amazing! Congratulations.

  30. 38

    Congratulations on the news and your success!

    Safe travels this week.

  31. 39
    Tami Leonard says:

    So happy for you!!! Wow. God is GOOD! Congrats Big Mama!

  32. 40

    WOW! That is amazing! Way to go and glory to God!

  33. 41

    Yay, congratulations! Super excited for you! :)

  34. 42

    This fellow Aggie says , WHOOP! And Good for you! God always has a plan.

    Love your blog and your book. Recommended it to my book club! Thanks for gaving he Nook option. But still love the real, too.

  35. 43

    Congratulations! So excited for you!

  36. 44

    Aww, congratulations!! I would love to win a copy, thanks!

  37. 45

    Eeeeek! So excited for my fellow Aggie! I live in South Africa and maybe being #27 means they will start carrying your books here because I so badly would love a copy! Very happy for you, Melanie!

  38. 46

    WOW! Congratulations!! That’s fabulously amazing!!

  39. 47

    Congratulations! That is amazing!

  40. 48

    So awesome! Congratulations!

  41. 49

    Yeah You!

  42. 50


  43. 51
    Strawberry rose says:

    Congratulations! That is wonderful! I can’t wait to read your book! I have not been able to buy it yet. (I live in a small town). God is so good.

  44. 52


    recently found you through paige knudson and am so glad i did!

    i can feel the joy in your words!! so exciting!!

  45. 53

    You are LITERALLY a NYT best seller. Uh, that’s like the coolest thing ever!

  46. 54

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

  47. 55

    Congratulations!!! All the girls in the family got a book and we all love it! I actually commute between Houston and San Antonio, and I had to go back to Houston on the morning on your book signing in SA, and when you were in Houston I was in Waco! Just barely missed you both times! And I am pretty sure we go to the same HEB… the cheese is in the front! But I am not going to lie… I have been buying a lot more fancy cheeses since they moved them :)

  48. 56

    I Corinthians 2:9 -congratulations

  49. 57

    Congrats on making the Best Seller’s List! If I win, save it for me as I’ll be on vacation next week:-)

  50. 58

    Congratulations!! I’m not surprised, though. :)

  51. 59


  52. 60

    Woohoo!!! How exciting – how good is our God?!! I’m in the middle of reading (i.e. laughing/crying my way through) your book and have a list of girlfriends I want to buy it for and send to, since we all live in different states now. I’d love to send these to them!

  53. 61

    Woohoo! Congrats! Can’t wait to read it!

  54. 62

    Congratulations! That is such exciting news. The book is great!!!!!!

  55. 63

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

  56. 64

    GOD is good, no HEs great!
    Congratulations!! Looking forward to reading your book!

  57. 65

    What exciting news!!

  58. 66
    AnnieGoodrich says:

    Congratulations! : )

  59. 67
    Heather S. says:


  60. 68

    Congratulations!!! I’m sad there won’t be a fashion Friday. I’m curious to see where you fall on low back tops.

  61. 69

    So so happy for you… & so well deserved!

  62. 70

    I loved your book! And I even got my non-book-reading-sister to read your book in about 2 days! (She loved it, by the way!) I actually pre-ordered it on amazon but couldn’t wait for mail service so I downloaded it to my kindle the first day possible too — I feel partly responsible for your New York Times ranking! :) Congrats!

  63. 71

    Congratulations!! The book is amazing!

  64. 72

    I have $4 in my bank account but I am DYING to read your book!, pick me! ;)

  65. 73

    I preordered and then read it in two sittings over the weekend. I’m saving my copy for my mom, but I have several friends that I’d love to gift a signed copy to. The earrings, though, those are mine :)

  66. 74

    Can’t wait to read your book!

  67. 75


  68. 76

    I NEVER comment, but I ordered your book and I laughed until I cried when I read the part about your friend throwing an apple core at her husband. I couldn’t stop laughing! I read the whole book in one sitting and loved every bit of it. I was a little sad when it was over. So happy you made the best seller’s list, but I’m not even surprised.

  69. 77

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to read your book. It’s on my birthday wish list!

  70. 78

    What great news. Thanks for another give away chance.

  71. 79

    First time visitor, look forward to reading your book. Thanking God for your obedience and sharing your life with us, blessings sister!

  72. 80

    I have heard about you (especially since your book was released), but this is the first time I’ve visited your blog.
    I look forward to reading your book.

  73. 81

    Hooray! (I’m old enough to be your mother, but I love to read your blog!) Blessings on you!

  74. 82

    Congratulation! So excited for you and praying for you this weekend!

  75. 83

    And to think……God’s just getting started here! Congrats!

  76. 84

    That’s such a wonderful accomplishment! So thrilled for you Melanie!

  77. 85

    How exciting!! So happy for you, and I love those verses in Ephesians!
    Yes, to Him be the glory!

  78. 86

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to read the book… and can’t say how much you’ve helped me look at things with a good dose of humor since I started reading your blog years ago.

  79. 87

    YAAY! Congrats! And I love those earrings!!

  80. 88

    Congrats! Would love to win a copy :)

  81. 89
    Trish in Oregon says:

    I knew it would hit the NY Times best seller list. Woohoo for you!!

  82. 90

    Hurrah! I can’t tell you how THRILLED I am for you! :) Wish I could go to the conference and meet you!

  83. 91

    I would love to read your book!

  84. 92

    So happy for you!!!

  85. 93

    Congratulations! Have a wonderful weekend.

  86. 94

    Congrats!! It’s so amazing to see what God does when we pour our hearts into him and allow him to use us in any way he sees fit! So excited for you. I’ve been telling all my friends to get a copy!

  87. 95

    I love your book. Enjoy this wonderful time of blessing, and don’t worry about having to write another one right away … enjoy the NOW of this great time.

    God bless !

  88. 96

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while, and love it! You are so relatable and encouraging, not to mention hilarious! I am a senior in high school who also struggles with grace and trusting in God, so it has been so inspiring to watch you through this process of writing a book. Keep at it girl, God is doing great things through you & for you! :)

  89. 97
    heather steinbeck says:

    So, so happy for you!! I love when God shows off how big He is… :)

  90. 98

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to read it.

  91. 99

    I love when a crappy day turns out fantastic!

  92. 100

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to read it!,

  93. 101


  94. 102

    Congratulations! Isn’t God amazing?! He provides in more ways than we could ever expect!

  95. 103

    Melanie, I pray this season continues to be sweet and full of champagne-popping joy. It is absolutely so fun to share in your joy and see the journey culminate in this way. Many, many blessings and may DotMom be a fabulous weekend!

  96. 104

    Congratulations, Melanie! That’s fantastic!

  97. 105

    How exciting for you!!

  98. 106

    you are amazing, and you deserve it all.
    God bless you! And I’d sure love to win! :)

  99. 107

    Wow! What an accomplishment! Congratulations!

  100. 108

    Not at all surprised! There is just something about your humor and your writing that grabs me and makes me keep reading. I have been a fan for years and your Caroline is following right along with your humor! So proud that you are experiencing this joy and giving the praise to HIM.

  101. 109

    Loved your book!! Already have recommended it to several friends! Congratulations!

  102. 110

    Wow! #27 on the NYT bestseller list. How exciting is that!!

  103. 111

    That is fabulous!!

  104. 112

    well, i never even though that your book won’t be on the New York Times bestseller list. congratulations! :)

  105. 113

    Not at all surprised. I emailed you and told you I gave your book to a friend who is in the trenches of motherhood and she read your book in 1 day and I have now seen that very book being passed around at our small church from mother to mother to read with words from my friend that “this is a must read for all mothers!” I’m not a mother myself, but I can certainly appreciate the incredibly humbling, frightening, and absolutely joy-filled role mothers play.

    You do know this means you will need to write another book, right!?!? No pressure.


    I think it would be amazing – if it could be done tastefully – to send the earrings to Kate Merrick who lost her amazing daughter Daisy Love Merrick this past weekend after a valiant 5 year battle with cancer.

  106. 114

    Congratulations! I would love to win and give it to my daughter-in-law with an 18 month old and another due soon.

  107. 115


  108. 116


  109. 117

    Congratulations! How exciting!

  110. 118


  111. 119

    Awesome but I’m not surprised with all the good news I’ve read about “Sparkly”! I haven’t been able to find it yet but hopefully the popularity will catch on and they will be popping up on all the shelves.

  112. 120

    Awesome! Congratulations! And yes, God is Big and Good!

  113. 121

    Congratulations! I found your blog thru The PW four years ago and have had mnay laughs ever since.

  114. 122

    That’s great news…..congrats!

  115. 123

    Congrats!!! I’m not surprised however; the book is great!

  116. 124

    Congrats! Enjoy the conference.

  117. 125
    Kris kalinock says:

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to read it!

  118. 126

    So wonderful! You deserve it! Hugs

  119. 127

    Congratulations! That is amazing!!!

  120. 128

    How exciting! So happy for you! Can’t wait to read it (and a signed copy would be so cool!). I haven’t been able to find it locally – must be sold out! Going to order online. :)

  121. 129

    Congratulations! Cann’t wait to read the book!

  122. 130

    And thanks for sponsoring the earring drawing – these are beautiful!!

  123. 131

    I would love to give your book to a friend! I would keep the earrings for myself ;o). I am reading your book now and it is hilarious!!!! I have read it while walking on the treadmill and there have been a few times where I almost fell off because I was laughing so hard! Everytime I read another page or chapter I think how much my friends need to read it! You are a wonderful writer and Caroline is blessed to have you for her mama! Congratulations!’

  124. 132

    Congratulations! I can just hear the happiness in your post–you’ve worked hard, poured out your soul and deserve this! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy and read your book! :)

  125. 133

    I keep entering your contests and I never win. It’s kind of like being on my perpetual diet and I never lose weight. But I keep trying!!!

  126. 134

    Oh. My. Gosh.

    Words cannot express how excited I am for you! Whoo hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  127. 135

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to read your book.

  128. 136

    I pre-ordered it, I read it, I shared. What a great book. Congratulations!

  129. 137

    Yay for you!

  130. 138

    Well, how awesome is that?!!! Congratulations!

  131. 139
    Sue Mom of Two says:

    Congrats on the #27! I still haven’t made it to B&N to buy the book and I WANT it! I looked at Sams last weekend but nope…..not there. I don’t want to purchase it on my nook….I want THE BOOK in my hands.

  132. 140
    Heather P. says:

    Congratulations!!! I got your book and love it! I have been laughing, crying,and giggling which caused my dogs to stare at me wondering what the heck is going on.

  133. 141

    Very Deserved… CONGRATS!!!

  134. 142

    Congratulations on the debut. I preordered mine and was so excited when it showed up Friday afternoon. Its an amazing book – I was just in tears over the ear piercing story about Caroline. Thanks for lifting me up, making me laugh, and making me cry! :)

  135. 143

    So excited for you! #27 is amazing! I have already read Sparkling Green Earrings but would love a signed copy! Personally, I can’t wait for your next book!

  136. 144

    I would LOVE to win since I went to Barnes and Noble, and they were sold out of your book! Congratulations!!

  137. 145
    Jennifer Aynn says:

    Congratulations! What a wonderful accomplishment.

  138. 146

    I’ve been a longtime reader and I just loved your book….congratulations!

  139. 147

    Contratulations! God is good!

  140. 148

    Congrats! So happy for you!

  141. 149

    I can’t wait to read your book. Congratulations!

  142. 150

    So excited for you! Can’t think of a nicer person for this to happen to!

  143. 151

    Congrats! Can’t think of a nicer person for this to happen to!

  144. 152

    Congratulations and Gig ‘em!

  145. 153

    How awesome!

  146. 154


  147. 155
    Jenn Parker says:

    I laughed, I cried, and chortled through the whole book! You have a gift, and clearly #27 points to that! I have great hope that it will climb even higher on the charts!!!!

  148. 156
    Laura Forman says:

    Congrats!! :)

  149. 157

    Congratulations!!! God is good, all the time!

  150. 158

    Congatulations! How fun!

  151. 159

    Congatulations! How fun! Thanks for the giveaway chance!

  152. 160

    I love it when the day starts off questionably then ends with fireworks. Congratulations!

  153. 161

    Congratulations! So excited for you!!

  154. 162

    Congratulations!! So excited to hear this news. God is so good!

  155. 163
    Janie Buckley says:

    That is so awesome. Congrats !!!!

  156. 164

    How exciting! Congratulations Melanie!

  157. 165

    Congrats!! Your blog cracks me up and I know I will enjoy the book. Have a safe trip this weekend!

  158. 166


  159. 167

    Congratulations!! I loved the book!!!

  160. 168


  161. 169
    Wendy T in Indiana says:

    I really enjoy your blog; can’t wait to read your book!

  162. 170

    So excited for you! Enjoy your time. You deserve it.

  163. 171

    That is awesome! Wow! Love reading this blog and can’t wait to read your book!

  164. 172

    CongratS11 Would love to read your book!

  165. 173

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

  166. 174


  167. 175

    Congratulations on the NY Times bestseller list! That is quite an honor!! Love the name of the book – I love Sparkly Green Earrings :)!!

  168. 176

    The book is wonderful Melanie, you so deserve this for the happiness your words bring your readers. I bought it for my iPad, but would love a real life book and a pair of sparkly green earrings. Big congrats to you!

  169. 177

    Love this! So excited for you! After all the years of encouragement you have given your readers, so glad it is being returned to you abundantly!
    (And I would love to win- because I shared my book with another Momma , and love those fabulous green earrings!)

  170. 178

    A shock to no one but you. :)

  171. 179

    Congratulations! That is amazing!

  172. 180

    congrats! That is so awesome……Thank you God!

  173. 181

    So happy for you! I can’t wait to read it!

  174. 182

    This made me tear up for you. God called you to do something, and He was faithful. Enjoy this time. :)

  175. 183

    Congratulations on your debut! I am looking forward to reading your book.

  176. 184

    Congratulations on the book! Can’t wait to read it!

  177. 185

    Congratulations! What a huge accomplishment. It’s just wonderful!

  178. 186

    Wow!! What an amazing accomplishment… All with Gods guidance and praise. Congrats to you!!!!!!

  179. 187

    Love the book! You have a gift and I love hearing that the book is a success!

  180. 188

    Congratulations! I enjoyed EVERY. SINGLE. PAGE. I am not shocked about this news. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

  181. 189


  182. 190

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to read it!

  183. 191


  184. 192

    This gives me hope for our planet! So happy for you!!!! And for all the people who are reading you!! Congratulations!

  185. 193


  186. 194

    Congrats!!! Can’t wait to read your book!!!!

  187. 195

    So happy for you! Your book is wonderful and deserves to be a huge success. I stayed up until 2:30 a.m. finishing it, I enjoyed it so much. I already pre-ordered Sophie’s book and can’t wait to read that.

  188. 196

    Congratulations Melanie!

  189. 197


  190. 198

    I am truly so happy for you. Congratulations!

  191. 199

    Congratulations, I enjoyed reading it very much!

  192. 200

    I’m so happy for you–congratulations!

  193. 201

    So happy for you!! God is so good!

  194. 202

    Congratulations! That is wonderful news! What a great way to get a head start on the weekend!

  195. 203

    That is fabulous! I’m not surprised, since I’ve been to the bookstore twice and they’ve been sold out?

  196. 204

    Congratulations!! I had my glucose screening on Tuesday for my first baby girl. While I was there, I had your book. Each nurse/midwife I saw asked about it and wrote down the name!! I hope they will all buy it! I know they will love it as much as I do!!

  197. 205


  198. 206

    Bought your book over the weekend, and read it in one sitting! WONDERFUL!

  199. 207
    courtney sloane says:

    Gosh, that’s so exciting! Congratulations!

  200. 208

    So happy for you…YOU did it!!

  201. 209

    So excited for you! Have a wonderful time at DotMom!

  202. 210

    congratulations- sometimes, there are dreams so big we don’t quite acknowledge them in our minds even if our hearts are yearning… and reaching the NYTimes best selling list must rank up there as a heart’s desire… and it’s yours. relish this moment. i am so excited to read your book!

  203. 211

    Yay for you!!

  204. 212
    Lorraine Lawson says:

    Congrats! This is awesome! Go God!

  205. 213

    Congratulations!!! I LOVED the book and cried throughout the last chapter. It was meant for me. THANK YOU.

  206. 214

    Awesome! Well done!

  207. 215

    Congrats! Very well deserved…the book was great!

  208. 216

    Congrats!!! I am reading it now and just like your
    Blog, it doesn’t disappoint! I am laughing and
    Crying and I’m sure the people at my daughters’
    Gymnastics classes think I’m cray cray! Thanks for the
    Entertainment and the feeling that I am not alone
    In my ridiculous, manic thoughts!

  209. 217

    TAKE THAT CRAMPS!!!!!!! boom!!!!!!!

    Number 27!!!!!!


  210. 218

    Can’t wait to read the book!

  211. 219

    Congratulations! What an amazing accomplishment!

  212. 220

    I’ve got to buy the book!!!

  213. 221

    So happy for you!! I have followed your blog for about a year now and look
    forward to what you have to say each morning. Celebrate and continue to
    give praise to God.

  214. 222

    Congratulation! So excited for you!

  215. 223

    I bought several copies and gave them away because when a friend steps out in faith, ya do what ya can to encourage her! Congratulations, (internet) friend! God is so big, so strong and so mighty! There’s nothing our God cannot do! (sorry for all the exclamation points – I’m so excited for you!)

  216. 224
    Michele Albert says:

    Congratulations! I am so very excited and happy for you.

  217. 225

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to see how far the book climbs. Thanks for sharing your sweet story with us!

  218. 226

    Congratulations, that’s amazing.

  219. 227

    Congratulations!! I love that Erma Bombeck’s book was your inspiration. I fell in love with “Life is a Bowl of Cherries” when I was about the same age. That’s the reason I’m skipping the nook version… so I can get a “real” copy everyone in the house can enjoy!

  220. 228


    I’m actually a little teary-eyed myself reading this…and it isn’t even my book! (I saw BooMama’s tweet about it yesterday, but seeing your reaction just sent me over the top.) I was trying to tell my husband what made your book so special, and aside from the fact it is HILARIOUS, it just made me feel encouraged as a mom. So thank you for that.

    And also…I want a pair of sparkly green earrings now so, so badly, and these are beautiful!

  221. 229

    Contratulations! So excited for you. Well deserved. :) God Bless.

  222. 230

    I’m smiling for you!!!!!!!

  223. 231

    Congratulations! I am sure it doesn’t come as a surprise to any of your readers :) I actually bought 2 of your books. I am reading one now and plan to send the other to my cousin who just had her first baby. This is just the beginning for you!

  224. 232

    Congrats so happy for you! You bless me.

  225. 233

    God is good!

  226. 234

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to read it!

  227. 235

    The book is awesome! Congrats!!! So proud of you!! Passing out copies, and it feels so good each time I get the text that another friend is in tears laughing so hard.
    Bless you!!!!

  228. 236


  229. 237

    That’s wonderful. Congratulations!

  230. 238

    Awww.. This makes me teary eyed just reading about your happiness! Congratulations for a job well done and hitting number 27.. Here’s to seeing how much further up that chart it will rise (is it is rising, in book terms, as it goes to #1, right?)

  231. 239

    Congratulations! I so want to read your book and would love to win a copy!

  232. 240
    Audra Russell says:

    I am an aspiring author. I’ve written one book and I am half way through the second. The rejections I am getting from agents are so discouraging that sometimes it makes it hard to write. Reading your post today really encouraged me. Some days I question myself and wonder if writing is really my calling (since no agents seem to think so!). I write every day, but after an inbox full of rejections yesterday, I wasn’t particularly inspired this morning. THEN I read your words and they were just t he little push I needed for today. So….whether I win the book or not….THANK YOU, Big Mama!

  233. 241

    Congratulations! Great book – great writer!

  234. 242
    Angie Lingar says:


    I have been reading your blog for a while now–when we were in England I found you thru Kelly’s Korner–I’m from Arkansas ;). I ordered your book from Amazon and was so excited to get it in the mail… I am almost finished and I love it!!! I have laughed and cried all from one page to the next! Thank you! Now my 11 year old wants to read it. I also have a 4th grader- both girls. Just wanted to let you know, love your blog and your book! Thanks for sharing your life with us! ~Angie

  235. 243

    Delighted for you and those earrings are stunning.

  236. 244

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to read it!

  237. 245

    I’m so excited for you. God is so good.

  238. 246

    Not surprised at all. You are an excellent writer. Love to read your blog and can’t wait to read the book. Congrats and thanks for the the giveaway!

  239. 247

    I love your book and love those earrings!!

  240. 248

    So exciting!!! Can’t wait to read the book!!

  241. 249

    Thanks for the inspiration and for the laughs.

  242. 250

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to read your book!

  243. 251
    lisa G in TN says:

    So very happy for you …to God be the glory!

  244. 252

    Congratulations! What an inspiration! Thank you!

  245. 253

    I want to read your book so bad! But, would love to give it to a friend who is going through a really hard time right now.

  246. 254


  247. 255

    I so loved your book!! I have a girl friend that is needing lots of laughs right now and some happy sweet tears….so here’s to posting trying to win something for her!! Friendships really are one of God’s sweet blessings!! ?

  248. 256

    Congratulations on your new book – here’s to making to #1 on the list!

  249. 257

    So happy for you. I have been reading your blog for 5+ years and it is wonderful! Congrats.

  250. 258

    I have loved reading the book and tell everyone I know about it. I read the potty training chapter to my husband and we laughed until we cried!

    I’d love to win to give the books to my mom friends!

  251. 259

    Congrats! I’m so happy for you!

  252. 260

    You Rock!

  253. 261

    What a blessing! You have been one to so many of us with your uplifting blog. Glad it has returned to you.

  254. 262

    I am dying to read this book! It’s on my Amazon wish list.

  255. 263


  256. 264
    Courtney Stakel says:

    Congratulations! I loved your book!

  257. 265

    So very happy for you!!! And YES it deserves to be #27 and will be climbing!!! whooo hoooo!

  258. 266

    I enjoyed very much getting to meet you last week at the signing in Katy. Thanks for working so hard and writing such a great book! The earrings are gorgeous!!

  259. 267

    Feeling so very happy for you Big Mama. What a wonderful way to start out this day, having exciting and totally unexpected news like this to sit in awe of God over.
    In Zephaniah 3:17 it talks about the Lord rejoicing over His children Israel with shouts of joy (singing). If He does this for His chosen Israel, then in my mind’s eye I believe that He must also do this for His Gentile children whom He has chosen for His own. That would be you and me. I love the word picture of God shouting for joy and singing over me. What a loving God we serve.

    • 268
      Betsy Phillips says:

      How exciting. He’s told me He does that with me, too. And we talk about it every morning. It’s hard to grasp at time, but it’s TRUE, TRUE, TRUE. HALLELUJAH. Sorry. I get carried away even thinking of it. Blessings to you whoever you are and wherever you are.

  260. 269

    So happy for you! I’ve given away several copies already and everyone has loved it. Thanks for being a blessing!

  261. 270

    Cheers to your success!!!

  262. 271

    Great news! Hope to read it soon:)

  263. 272

    Pick me, pick me, pick me! (Remember that scene from Shrek with Donkey?)

    I just knew that book would be a hit!

  264. 273

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to read it!

  265. 274

    God is good all the time…


  266. 275

    That is wonderful news!!!! You definitely deserve it. Congratulations!!


  267. 276

    Congratulations, I still haven’t bought it yet, saving my pennies to but I am so happy for you!

  268. 277


  269. 278

    Congratulations!!!! So happy for you! Your book was so good, I too laughed and cried as I read it.

  270. 279


    You are a gem!! Congrats!! I am so proud of you!!

  271. 280

    So happy for you!

  272. 281

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you!

  273. 282

    Congratulations! I am so happy for you!

  274. 283

    BigMama – so happy for the success of your new book! Congratulations and all the best!! Yes, please sign me up for your giveaway. Would love it, esp the EARRINGS!!!

  275. 284

    You are a GEM!! Congratulations, and I am so proud of you!

  276. 285
    Lindsey Marshall says:

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

  277. 286

    Fantastic news and I will cry right with you if I win this. Seriously, I’m a crier and to win something….the water works will be on auto start.

  278. 287

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to read your book!

  279. 288

    How awesome! Congratulations!

  280. 289

    Great verses – Great God! Congratulations and thanks for sharing in the giveaway! :) I am new to your blog and am looking forward to reading your book as well.

  281. 290

    Congratulations!! Loved the book!

  282. 291

    Congratulations! So happy for you. I started reading it on my Kindle the day it came out and finished it the next day. Loved it! :)

  283. 292
    Judy in MI says:


  284. 293

    Wow – wtg!!

  285. 294

    Congratulations! It really is a great year for you Aggies!

  286. 295
    Debbie Carr says:

    Congratulations!!!! I hope I win the book and earrings so I can start reading on our family vacation next month.

  287. 296

    Congrats! I had my Books a Million special order me a copy in Columbia, SC. I am a transplanted Texan cheering for you from across the miles! If I win, I’ll give my (unsigned) copy to a friend! :)

  288. 297

    I am so proud of you! I know I don’t know you in real life and that is probably all kinds of weird, but I am just so stinking proud of you! I feel like I know you at least!

  289. 298

    Congratulations! I’m not one bit surprised! Way to go!

  290. 299

    Congratulations! Sooo excited for you!!!

  291. 300
    Aggiema(Michelle) says:

    Congratulations! Hope you have a great weekend, I will be celebrating 22 yrs of wedded bliss with my sweet hubby!

  292. 301

    Not surprised at all that it made the Bestseller List – loved every word!!

  293. 302

    Oh, you got me all teary, too! Congratulations! I can’t wait until my life slows down just a bit, so I can get my copy and read it.

  294. 303

    Congratulations! It is absolutely a bestseller!

  295. 304

    I’m so happy for you! Congratulations!

  296. 305

    Congratulations! I’m still headed to the store to by mine and a copy for my buddy’s birthday gift. We will keep those numbers going!

  297. 306

    That was the exact verse that came to my mind as well! So happy for you! And yes, I’d love to win a book to give to a young Mommy (but those earrings would stay with me).

  298. 307

    So happy for you! Congratulations!

  299. 308

    Congrats! God is working through you!

  300. 309
    Melody from Indiana says:

    So happy for you . . . God is sooooo good!!!

  301. 310

    So, so sweet. And your attitude is even sweeter. Congrats!

  302. 311

    First of all (from one author to another) Congratulations! This is the first time I had read/looked at your blog….I saw a reference to it on the Pioneer Woman’s blog yesterday, amd thought I should check it out…I am glad I did…..have fun today!

  303. 312
    nicole ellison says:

    Congrats!!! I am anxious to get a copy of your book! And those earrings-amazing!

  304. 313

    Well gal buddy you are getting what you deserve…your hard work and talents has served you well….I enjoy our talks daily and laughter starts my day…(email of course)…I am happy in this land of millions that Dee pointed me to you….Thanks for just being you….

  305. 314

    Congrats on the NYT List! Can’t wait to read your bestseller!

  306. 315
    Jill Berry says:

    Amazing! Not surprised- your wit is so enjoyable!

  307. 316


  308. 317

    congratulations! and Eph 3:20 is one of my all-time favorite verses!!

  309. 318
    Megan in GA says:

    Cheering for you here in Georgia!!!!

  310. 319

    Congrats! Have a wonderful weekend at DOTmom!

  311. 320
    Danielle R. says:

    Congratulations! I bought and read it and it was fabulous! :) You deserve it!

  312. 321

    That is so awesome! And well deserved. I LOVED the book!

  313. 322
    Lynda Roberts says:

    Cheers(((ting))))))) Cant wait for the next one !!!!!

  314. 323

    Way to go! God is so good.

  315. 324
    Mary Elizabeth says:

    Congratulations on such a wonderful accomplishment! I can’t wait to finally get my hands on a copy.

  316. 325

    Yay! I’m so happy for you. You deserve this!

  317. 326

    Congrats!!! So fun to God do BIG things, huh?!

  318. 327

    Such great news… Congratulations!!!

  319. 328

    Congratulations!!!!! God is so faithful.

  320. 329

    Congratulations!!! I’m so happy for you! And all glory to God and his perfect plans. :)

  321. 330

    Congrats on the success of your book!

  322. 331


  323. 332

    Woo-hoo! To God be the glory!

  324. 333

    Congratulations! God is so good (and so was the book :-) )

  325. 334

    So I’m pretty sure that the random number picker hates me, but I’m trying again because I’m dying to read your book! Congratulations on an amazing first week!

  326. 335


  327. 336


  328. 337

    Wow!! Congratulations!

  329. 338

    Can’t wait for dotmom! Congrats!!!!

  330. 339

    Congratulations!! I’m so happy for you. Thank you, for everything.

  331. 340

    Congratulations! So excited for you.

  332. 341
    Shelley in Cali says:

    It’s right that you made that list. Enjoy….

  333. 342
    Kim Abernethy says:

    I gave my book to my daughter and would love to have a copy to read again!! Love you Melanie… and I’m so happy for you :)

  334. 343

    Pick me, Pick me…! I’m one of the few that doesn’t have a copy yet of this amazing book! ;)

  335. 344

    Just discovered your blog! Can’t wait to get my hands on your new book! Congratuations

  336. 345

    I just found your blog through reading Ann Voskamp’s 25 Manifesto for Sanity. I can really relate to you as a child of the 80’s and some of your struggles. Congratulations and blessings to you on your journey. I look forward to reading your book and blog.

  337. 346

    Yay! :)

  338. 347

    I’m glad you weren’t really speechless because that would have made for a short blog post. Can’t wait to read the book! Thanks for the chance to win one!!

  339. 348

    LOVE.LOVE.LOVE this!!!
    Have a great weekend and can’t wait for you and Boomama to gives us your recaps!

  340. 349

    I loved your book so much and can’t wait to read it again. Congratulations!

  341. 350

    Congratulations for your book’s success, but also for being brave and doing something different and new. Thanks for the contest.

  342. 351

    Melanie, Awesome! So happy for you and you are so deserving! “In all your ways acknowledge God and he will guide your paths.” ~ Proverbs 3:6

  343. 352

    Congratulations! I bought your book for my mom for her birthday, but I would love to have a signed copy and the beautiful earrings! Thanks!

  344. 353
    Jackie Ingram says:

    Congratulations! Whoop!

  345. 354

    Congratulations! That is awesome.

  346. 355
    Kim Nations says:

    Congratulations. IT deserves to be number 1!!!! I enjoyed it so much. Thanks for the giveaway.

  347. 356

    Just got your book the other day and I am really enjoying it! Congratulations!

  348. 357

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to read your book!

  349. 358

    CONGRATULATIONS!! How exciting!! Oh and I would totally come to a party at your house :)

  350. 359

    What a sweet memory you made! I cried, too, just reading about it.

  351. 360

    So proud of you girl. Rock on.

  352. 361

    Congrats and have a fun weekend .

  353. 362

    Congratulations on your success, Melanie!! That is so awesome! Woot!!! Woot!!!

  354. 363

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you. I can’t wait to read your book!

  355. 364

    Congrats!!! I’m so excited for you, but not surprised! :)

  356. 365

    Congrats-that’s wonderful!!

  357. 366


  358. 367

    Whoop! Go Big Mama!

  359. 368

    Congratualtions! That is so exciting :)

  360. 369


  361. 370

    Wow. That’s awesome. Congratulations!

  362. 371
    Rachel Gray says:

    Congratulations – so excited for you! And I would LOVE to have a signed copy of your book! :)

  363. 372


  364. 373

    CONGRATULATIONS! I haven’t had time to get your book but I will! I love your blog and can’t wait to read your book.

  365. 374

    WOW….how awesome is that? Congratulations! I’d love to win a copy of your book!

  366. 375

    Congrats! That is so awesome.

  367. 376

    Whoop! Way to go God! Love it when he shows off like that! Plus I like that now everyone will know who you are and not look at me like I’m crazy when I start talking about what I read on “BigMama’s” blog! :)

  368. 377

    Huge congratulations on the book! Also, thanks for always giving us a blog worth stopping the day and reading!

  369. 378
    Natalie May says:

    I am not one bit surprised at this news. Your book is just the dose of “laugh” medicine that us moms need!! Congrats!!!

  370. 379

    Oh this is my spring break book! I would love to have you sign my copy:) Yay! Can you come to Louisville?? I will buy you a bourbon…or a horse or something ;)

  371. 380

    Congratulations! That’s such wonderful news. I wish I could say I helped get you on that list, but I haven’t been able to get to a bookseller yet. I know I could have ordered it online, but some of us resist technology.

  372. 381


  373. 382
    Louise in NE OK says:

    I bought your book and then let MY precious daughter take it on a trip to read while I stayed with the grandkids. She loved it. So I brought it home with me and read it and I loved it! Hilarious and inspiring! Congratulations! Sparkly Green Earrings, real or in book form, ROCK!

  374. 383

    LOVE your book. It’s so well written! Congrats!

  375. 384

    Congratulations! The book is wonderful.

  376. 385

    CONGRATS!! Woot!! I’m so excited and I bought your book, and laughed and cried through the whole thing… Got an extra book to giveaway too, loved it that much!! Congrats!!

  377. 386

    Congratulations! So excited for you!

  378. 387

    He has His own way…


  379. 388

    So happy for you! Congratulations!

  380. 389

    Congrats!!! You should celebrate very, very big!

  381. 390

    This 65 year old Mimi finished reading Sparkly Green Earrings on Monday morning. I loved it, but that’s no surprise because I have been reading the blog for some time now. My daughter clued me in . I have already given her a copy of your book, but I would love to give her the earrings and pass the book on to another young mother. It’s great that your book made the New York Times Bestseller List, but the true blessing, I think , was in the living and the writing. Celebrate and enjoy this blessing!

  382. 391

    Congratulations! I bought 3 copies so I hope that helped! Ha.

  383. 392

    Came home to my copy waiting for me from Amazon yesterday. Can’t wait to read it.

  384. 393
    Jennifer Ray says:

    Congratulations! I love the book, you did an awesome job.

  385. 394

    Congratulations! I pre-ordered the book on my nook and finished reading it in a day! I couldn’t put it down. Thank you for sharing your life with us!

  386. 395

    Congrats. Really enjoy your blog every day!

  387. 396

    Congratulations and the book really is great! Finished it tooo fast…..and would love an autographed copy! I have a friend that I would give my copy to….pick me!

  388. 397

    Congratulations! That’s way exciting. I think you should throw a party anyway. Just tell guest there will be no toilet privileges :) or put a port a John in your front yard to keep the whole thing klassy.

  389. 398

    woohoo- congratulations!!! With 382 comments already on the first day, I know my chances are slim, but I’m still hopeful!

  390. 399

    Congratulations!! So exciting!

  391. 400

    At the risk of tmi, I left my copy in the bathroom and my husband has really been enjoying it :) love you to pieces!

  392. 401
    Karen Ward says:

    You’ve made it! You’re somebody! But then again, you’ve been somebody to me for a long time ever since a friend introduced me to your blog. Congratulations!!

  393. 402
    the retired mama says:

    You deserve to be a top selling author. You are funny! Thanks for continuing to blog.

  394. 403


  395. 404
    Canadian Cathy says:

    I am not sure you want to ship to Canada – but I had to give it a shot! You have many fans, waaayyy up north!

  396. 405
    Elizabeth Ann Herring says:


  397. 406

    So very happy for you! Would love to win a copy and those earrings are divine!

  398. 407

    I am so happy for you! I loved your book, gave it to my daughter to read, and talked about it on my blog a teensy tiny bit. We’re all trying to do our part. :) May the number 27 soon become smaller and smaller….25, 21, 17, 11, 8,……??? xxoo

  399. 408


  400. 409

    Girl! I saw that on Twitter yesterday and was sooooo excited for you! I’m thinking of buying copies as gifts for a couple of my friends. It is a wonderful book on motherhood. Have a totally awesome time at DotMOM.

  401. 410

    Congratulations! I’m new here, and have been lurking for a while, but so happy for you. A true Ephesians 3:20 moment for sure!

  402. 411

    Congratulations! :)

  403. 412
    Lori Dodson says:

    Congratulations! I am new to your blog and would love an opportunity to get to know you better by reading your book. :o)

  404. 413

    Congratulations! :)

  405. 414

    Congratulations!!! How wonderful! :)

  406. 415
    linda miller says:


  407. 416

    Congratulations! My friend texted me nearly an entire chapter she was reading because it so perfectly described our “friend family”. Love it.

  408. 417

    How wonderful for you. Congratulations and hopes for more books on The List in the future. Dee

  409. 418
    Marcia Compton says:

    I am very happy for you that is great, But your book is wonderful, I am not surprised it has done so well. It has a little bit of everything in a woman loves. Thank you for sharing. I am sad about fashion Friday,.but I hope you have a wonderful time at the convention.

  410. 419


  411. 420

    So exciting! I love the way you write, so I am not surprised. :)

  412. 421

    Congratulations!! It’s a wonderful book and thank you for the giveaway!!!

  413. 422

    2. Have FUN at DotMOM.
    3. It’s okay about Fashion Friday. In the overall scheme of things, it’s not that important, right? :~)

  414. 423

    Amazing! Congratulations!!

  415. 424

    That’s awesome! I’m going to give it at as part of a baby shower gift this weekend. I hope you are working on your next one!

  416. 425
    Georgeanne says:

    Congratulations! I am not surprised at all. I can’t wait to read the book!

  417. 426

    YAY! Loved the book, would LOVE a copy of it that isn’t electronic (I regretted that choice almost right away- I want to share it with EVERYONE I know!)

  418. 427

    CONGRATULATIONS!! You deserve it, and I’d love to win a copy :)

  419. 428

    Wow! What a wonderful accomplishment. Congratulations!

  420. 429

    congratulations!! can’t wait to read it!

  421. 430

    Yay!!!! This post brought me to tears, so happy for you!

  422. 431

    NO Suprise here!!!! Told you it is GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!! For you!!!!!!!

  423. 432
    Shirley Platt says:

    Your book is awesome. I bought it on my iPad and have enjoyed every chapter. Made me laugh, smile, and even cry….so many memories of young marriage and raising my children. I plan to purchase a hard copy–but would love to have a signed one!!!

  424. 433

    congratulations! can’t wait to read it! :)

  425. 434

    Congratulations! I just got your book yesterday & I’m excited to read it!

  426. 435

    God is Great!

  427. 436
    Stephanie Stewart says:

    How exciting!!

  428. 437

    Congratulations!!! Can’t wait to read the book. God is soooo GOOD!!!

  429. 438

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to read it! I’ve had to give myself a Kindle allowance so when 3/1 hits your book will be in my Kindle!

  430. 439


  431. 440

    How wonderful! Congratulations!

  432. 441

    So exciting!! Yay!!

  433. 442

    Congratulations! I read your book yesterday after it finally arrived even though I pre-ordered and Amazon did not ship it until this week and the FedEx guy broke my storm dorm yanking it open to place my book in between the doors although I was home and he could have knocked or used the doorbell (clearly I do not have the good writing skills you do). It was totally worth a broken door and long wait, I LOVED your book, I wept and laughed and was encouraged. Thank you so much.

  434. 443

    Oh, Melanie, I’m so HAPPY for you. You’ve given us all so much with your words over the years. Now it’s our turn to return the favor! I gave my friend, Wendy, the book you signed for her. Yesterday she called me and was trying to tell me something. But I flat could not understand her because she was laughing so hard. Well, she was trying to read the part in your book about the bikini and the fence. We both started lauding so hard we couldn’t speak. And since laughter is the best medicine, I think you shall be henceforth called DR MELANIE.

    Have fun at dot mom! Wish I could be there.

  435. 444

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to read it.

  436. 445

    Congratulations! I’d love to win a copy! :)

  437. 446

    CONGRATULATIONS! The book is awesome.

  438. 447

    What exciting news! I have to say I am not surprised! You deserve all the accolades and success coming your way. And the earrings are beeee-autiful!!

  439. 448

    Wonderful!! So happy for you and your amazing gift to all of us!

  440. 449

    Congratulations!! What an awesome God we serve!

  441. 450

    Congrats!! Am loving the book so far….can’t wait to finish it!!

  442. 451


  443. 452

    Your blog is great. I have the perfect outfit for the earrings. Oh yeah!

  444. 453

    CONGRATS!! Well deserved! :)

  445. 454

    Just cried tears of overwhelming gratitude for you!!! SO very excited for you. I’m seriously sucking in all of the crying because my grandson is about to be dropped off any minute now. Rejoicing with you!

  446. 455
    Kimi Golden says:

    CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS!!! So very excited for you and your success! I am STILL waiting very patiently to get your book from amazon (darn free super saver shipping!!), but I know I won’t be able to put it down once it arrives!
    Gig ‘em ’95!!!

  447. 456

    I am so happy for you! I do have to admit though, that I am not one that has helped you reach #27. It is not that I didn’t try yeasterday, but it just didn’t work out. I remembered you saying I could get the book at Sam’s so I ran over on my lunch hour thinking I could pick up the book and a hot dog from the snack bar and have time to get back to work. I carried your book up to the check-outs and it was pure mayhem. I could barely even see the conveyor belts there were so many people in line to check out. I don’t care that a major winterstorm is hitting today-you don’t need milk and bread-I NEED this book. Alas I had to leave the book because there was no way I could get back to work on time if I stood in the mamoth lines. I left with my lowly hot dog and 44 oz soda that I never finish. Of course there wasn’t a line at the snack bar. I will try again after the major winter storm passes by.

  448. 457
    Marci Harper says:

    So excited for you! And thank you for making this mom of 4 laugh every morning bc I need it!

  449. 458

    Yay for you! The New York Times. That is something.

  450. 459

    Congratulations! That’s wonderful news!!! I finished your book over the weekend & I’m already thinking of sweet mom friends in my life who would love your book & feel encouraged by it too :)

  451. 460

    Congratulations, what wonderful news!

  452. 461
    Sharon Flasche says:

    Congratulations! You must start planning now on what to do when it hits #1.

  453. 462

    Wow! Congratulations to you!

  454. 463

    Get it, girl!
    You’re a sparkling part in so many people’s day. Now SO many more people get to experience it, YAY!

  455. 464

    Currently reading your book and loving it. Makes me remember all the good times when my boys were babies! Congratulations.

  456. 465

    I’ve heard so much about this fabulous book! I would LOVE to read it & share with my “mama friends.” God is so good!

  457. 466

    Congrats!! God is so good!
    It was great meeting you last weekend in Katy.

  458. 467

    Way to go!!!!!

  459. 468

    Bought it, read it, and loved it!! A signed copy would make a great gift especially with those adorable earrings!!

  460. 469
    Loey winans says:

    Congrats. I just ‘found” your blog last week and have been enjoying it very much. Hope to pick up your book soon to catch up!

  461. 470

    Congratulations! Such exciting news! I know when you are rich and famous, we will all be telling folks how we used to read your blog back in the day. :)

  462. 471
    Sandy Pierce says:

    De-lurking to just say I am so happy for you! This post brought tears to my eyes. (Well, a lot of your posts bring tears to my eyes, and joy–just like the book!) God is good, all the time!

  463. 472

    I am so happy for you!! Congrats :)

  464. 473
    Jennie Marie House says:

    Great job – I would love to win your book

  465. 474
    betsy Miozzi says:

    WOW, GOD IS SO GOOD!!!!! Congrats & may this be the first of many!!! <3 <3

  466. 475

    Congrats! This makes me even more eager to read, like right now!

  467. 476

    Girl! I just choked up right along with you! It’s going to be rainy here, and my big plan is to pick up your book and read it until I’m done! So happy for you! Isn’t it funny how excited you can be for someone you’re only “friends” with via the Internet? Although — technically — we’ve met. I introduced myself to you at Beth Moore’s siesta Scripture memory event – not last year, the time before! (If I win, I’m giving that copy to my daughter — currently in the throes of new motherhood!) All the best to you, sweetie!

  468. 477

    I have already read it but would love a signed copy. Congrats!!!

  469. 478

    congratulations! i’m excited to read it!

  470. 479

    Congratulations! I love your blog and can’t wait to read the book!

  471. 480

    I am so very excited for you!!! I love it when God shows off and good people are rewarded!!

  472. 481
    Betsey Kates says:


  473. 482

    And All God’s People said “amen”!

    Wow! What awesome news, girlie! I am sooo happy for you! I also really want to win one of your books, because I bought one and there is about 75 people I want to give it too! lol :)

  474. 483

    Congratulations!!! Would love to win a copy! How exciting!

  475. 484

    Congrats! And, it’s only fair that you had a good cry. After all, you made me tear up a couple of times as I read through “Sparkly Green Earrings”! And I am a notorious non-cryer!

    “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

  476. 485

    Congrats. Must be a fun feeling.

  477. 486
    Tara Greeson says:

    You seriously crack me up and inspire me all at the same time. Not a bad combination and evidence to why your book is a complete hit! So happy for you. I’ve made it through about 3/4 of your book and look forward to those few moments after the kids are in bed each night to sit down and read. I will hate when it ends, which means I hope there’s another one in the works! Maybe marriage this time??? Congrats again to an amazing woman and writer!

  478. 487

    God is good! Just heard about you and I’d love to win your book.

  479. 488
    Amy Tuttle says:

    Congratulations! God is good!

  480. 489

    Yay! So happy for you!!

  481. 490


  482. 491

    Congratulations! So very exciting!

  483. 492
    Terry Dykes says:

    I downloaded your book to my Nook and immediately read it in one sitting – taking time out to roll in the floor with laughter and to hold my aching sides from laughing soooo hard. I would love to win a copy of your book for my daughter who is the mother of 13 year old twin girls. So much of your book resonated with me as the mother of 2 girls and the very involved grandmother of twin girls.

    The book actually led me to your blog, which I now read daily. Congratulations!

  484. 493
    Abatha Boyle says:

    Congratulations!! How wonderful!

  485. 494

    What a grand accomplishment!!

  486. 495
    Katie Keith says:

    So happy for you Melanie!

  487. 496

    Oh my gracious sakes. How wonderful. Congratulations!

  488. 497
    Kim Johnson says:

    Congrats! I got the book for Valentine’s Day and read it in one day! I have now passed it to my daughter to read.

    Kim J

  489. 498
    Pam Womack says:

    I have your book but haven’t found time to read it yet; however, my sister does not have a copy and I would love to give her a signed copy for her birthday coming up in April. Please pick me! (I’ll keep the earrings for myself!)

  490. 499

    Congratulations!!! (But I’m not surprised!)

  491. 500

    Yay!! Congratulations, how exciting! Love me some Sparkley Green Earrings!!

  492. 501

    Congratulations!!! I am a long time reader and couldn’t be more happy for you. You always start my day with a smile or a laugh!

  493. 502

    Congratulations!! Can’t wait to read it!

  494. 503


  495. 504

    I would love a copy of your book! Congrats!

  496. 505

    How exciting for you! I have read the book and thoroughly enjoy it…so I am not surprised by your accomplishment! Congratulations!

  497. 506
    Stephanie Ritchey says:

    Congratulations- that’s awesome!

  498. 507

    Wowsa! That is incredible. Your book is packed and ready for me to read while at the beach, I can hardly wait!

  499. 508

    That’s awesome! So happy for you :)

  500. 509
    Melissa Wilson says:

    Bought your book this week and am saving it for this weekend as a treat to myself. I would love to give a signed copy to my friend in FL who is recently widowed and raising 3 boys. She needs a good laugh and some inspiration!!

  501. 510

    Isn’t it amazing what God does when we step out in faith? I am excited to read your book because I have grown to love you through your blog.

  502. 511

    I found your blog through a friend at church several years ago. I ordered your book online and have enjoyed it so much! I was so excited to learn that P’s name is acually Perry! How sad does that make my life sound?!?! I would look at pictures of him on your blog and wonder if his name was Patrick, Paul, Peter, Phillip… HA! I can’t wait until your book is in the top 10! I’m also anxiously awaiting Glennon’s ( book coming out in April!

  503. 512

    Woot!! Congratulations– I really enjoyed the book!

  504. 513

    Congratulations….and much deserved!

  505. 514

    Praise Godf!! Praise God!! Praise our glorious God!!! Way to go girl. That is just amazing, awesome, wonderful, great, unbelievable news!!!!!

  506. 515
    Amy Beward says:

    First off, CONGRATULATIONS!!! How incredibly exciting and I am so very happy for you!!

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend at your conference. Too bad I live WAY too far away to attend.

  507. 516

    Congratulations! I am happy for your success. It has been so cold here and this warmed me. Have a great time at the conference! Thank you for the giveaway too!

  508. 517

    This is all so AWESOME!!

  509. 518


  510. 519

    God is Good!!!! Congratulations!!!!

  511. 520

    Congrats!! Thanks for the giveaway.

  512. 521

    Way to go, lady!

  513. 522


    I got all chocked up a couple of weeks ago when you said that looking at your book on the shelf was proof that God sees us. That statement has been rolling around my head ever since. Congrats again!

  514. 523

    Have read your blog for the last couple of years knowing that if I lived in Texas we would be best of friends! Read your book in one sitting and it was delightful.

  515. 524

    That is wonderful news!! I hope I win your book!!

  516. 525

    So exciting, Melanie!! I purchased the book on my Nook and loved, LOVED it. I would really love to have a signed copy. Congratulations!

  517. 526

    YAY Melanie! That is so wonderful. I hope I am a winner this week….I would love a signed copy of the book.

  518. 527

    Congrats! Can’t wait to read it!

  519. 528
    Lisa Pickle says:

    Wonderful news about your book!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  520. 529

    Congratulations! I am due with our first baby tomorrow! and I am about halfway done with your book. It definitely helps me forget about how uncomfortable I am and look forward to the future with our little girl!

  521. 530
    Sheila Laurence says:


  522. 531

    So happy for you!

  523. 532

    Congrats! Can’t wait to read your book!

  524. 533
    Mary Feagley says:

    Congratulations on a dream come true. Your writing style is wonderful…looking forward to seeing what you conquer next!

  525. 534

    That is awesome! Congrats!

  526. 535

    I was second on the wait list at my county library to get your book! When it was my turn I started it right away and loved it!! Congratulations!!

  527. 536

    Congratulations! That is really wonderful!

  528. 537

    I don’t know you really…but I love you!

  529. 538

    Congratulations. You are amazing! The sky is the limit!

  530. 539

    WOW!!! What an awesome accomplishment! Congratulations…

  531. 540

    It is a wonderful book. Hope it’s just the first of many books from you!

  532. 541

    Congrats!!!….how wonderful……kinda like an out of body experience…….

  533. 542

    Wohoo! I’m doing the Snoopy Dance for you! I couldn’t be happier for you and I am currently reading and loving the book!!!

  534. 543

    Congratulations! I wish you could have us over so we could celebrate over a giant bowl of queso.

  535. 544

    that is complete awesome! Congratulations!

  536. 545

    I’m not a bit surprised that your book is doing so well…it’s wonderful! Congrats to you for such a great accomplishment! I’d love to have a signed copy of the book too!

  537. 546

    Wow!! Congratulations – so happy for you!

  538. 547

    I couldn’t be happier for you, I’m just sitting here crying!! You go, girl! Have a great time at, I’d like to try to attend next time.
    Love ya,

  539. 548

    Already read the book but would love a signed copy! It was great!!

  540. 549

    Congratulations Melanie! I loved the book.
    I read it the first weekend it came out.
    Enjoy your weekend and have fun!

  541. 550
    peggy freyholtz says:

    So happy for you!

  542. 551
    Kristi Hornsby says:

    Congratulations! I just started reading your blog and I’m looking forward to reading your book. I really enjoy your posts, and I’m sure the book is wonderful!!

  543. 552

    Congratulations!!! That is so AWESOME!!!!!

  544. 553

    SOOO very excited for you! Congratulations, Melanie!!!!

  545. 554

    it’s nice to see someone nice and normal achieve something so great! keep it up!

  546. 555
    Peggy from Hempstead says:

    SOOO very happy for you! You deserve it with such talent, not to mention the ability to make me giggle and especially when I need it most! Enjoy your success and have fun and safe travels to DotMOM…. God bless you and yours!

  547. 556

    That’s amazing! Congrats!!!

  548. 557
    Brandy West says:

    Congratulations!!!! I can’t wait to read your book.

  549. 558

    Congratulations!!! You deserve all that and more~! I would love to have my book (already purchased) signed…: )

  550. 559
    missy owens says:

    Your box is wonderful. I love laughing out loud! Don’t you?

  551. 560

    Can’t wait to read your book because reading your blog is one of the first things that I do in the morning! I would love to win it!

  552. 561
    Allison Shelton says:

    Jeremiah 29:11 comes to mind. Congrats! Have a blessed day!

  553. 562

    Congrats! I am not the least bit surprised by the success of your book!

  554. 563
    Lynnette R says:

    Way to go Melanie! I pre-ordered the book for my sister. She loved it.

  555. 564

    Woo-hoo! So happy for you! How incredibly exciting!
    Blessings at the conference!

  556. 565

    Tears through laughter….my favorite emotion! Every time I think I am finished getting those joyous tears…..they pop right back up again!! I am beyond thrilled and happy for you. I have to go on record as saying..I am not surprised! So proud!!!!

  557. 566

    Congrats! That is awesome!! The book is wonderful!

  558. 567
    alicia hall says:

    Saw the news last night on twitter and rejoiced for you then. So exciting to see God do things we never asked for cause we could never have imagined them. Congrats!

  559. 568

    How very exciting! Congratulations!

  560. 569

    Girl! That is awesome! Congratulations!!!!

  561. 570

    Congratulations! Great book, loved it cover to cover.
    Blessings always,

  562. 571

    That is AWESOME…congrats!!!

  563. 572

    The book is really great!!! Congrats!!

  564. 573

    Congratulations!!! I can’t wait to read your book!

  565. 574
    Kim Oliver says:

    God’s plan is always so much more fantastic than our plans! YAY for a giva-a-way!

  566. 575

    Congratulations! Your book is on my to-read list. Love your blog!

  567. 576
    Carol Kind says:

    Congratulations Melanie!!

  568. 577

    Wow! Congratulations! God is so good to us.

  569. 578

    Congrats! That’s great news. I loved the book and I’m sure everyone else did too!

  570. 579

    I’ve dropped hints at our library that they should pick up some copies for themselves. Have a great day!

  571. 580


  572. 581

    Awesome – congrats! Very well deserved for sure!
    Just curious to know how your mind took that #27 since it’s not a round or even number. ;)
    I would love a signed copy of your book. {cheers}

  573. 582
    Catherine H says:

    Halfway through your book and really enjoying it! I am actually moving to Bryan soon, and your blog has given me great comfort in knowing that it’s a place you love so I hope I will too!

  574. 583

    Congratulations!! I cried for you too :)

  575. 584
    Melanie Miller says:

    Hey that is awesome! We come to this blog and we read your book because You are a gifted writer, talented story teller and funny all wrapped in one with a fashion bow for the top. Congrats, Melanie! Praising God with you!

  576. 585
    Christina W. says:

    Yay! Way to go on the book! I’d love a signed copy!

  577. 586

    Congrats! What an exciting accomplishment!

  578. 587

    Finished reading last night and have my copy all ready to pass on to a girlfriend. Amazing. God is good!!

  579. 588
    Sallie Baker says:

    So happy for you, but not a bit surprised!! Part of God’s blessings!
    And isn’t the internet an amazing tool…? Discovered you and Boomama after
    the Beth Moore event in San Antonio, and you have been my ” friends” ever

  580. 589

    Congratulations! I still have not made it to B&N to buy a hard copy of your book since I’m working a LOT of overtime right now. That errand will stay on my to-do list, though.

  581. 590

    I was already to book a flight from Nebraska to come to your party… Congratulations!

  582. 591

    Congratulations!! And the even better news is that there may be ANOTHER book since this one is doing so well. Sparkly blue earrings? Purple? I love series…

  583. 592

    Would love to read your book! Congrats!!

  584. 593


  585. 594

    Amazing! Congratulations, you deserve it!

  586. 595

    Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you and look forward to reading your book. You blog is a joy to read.

  587. 596

    Not at allsurprised!

  588. 597

    You go, Girl! So proud for you! :o)

  589. 598

    Congratulations! This is exciting g news!

  590. 599

    Congratulations on your book! I am so happy for you!

  591. 600

    Congrats!! I got your book in the mail (ordered from Amazon) and immediately called my sister to tell her that she should get a copy but she already had one!
    Love your blog!!
    Love your book!!

  592. 601

    So happy for you!

  593. 602

    Congrats!!! I read your book on my Kindle and loved it. I would treasure a signed copy and the Sparkly Green Earrings, Oh my!

  594. 603

    I would love to win too! Congratulations!

  595. 604
    LeAnn Maroney says:


  596. 605

    I’m so happy for you! That’s incredible news. Just fantastic.

  597. 606

    Congratulations, Melanie! So happy for you!

    And about your Container Store comment: “And I’m here to tell you that nothing will make a perpetually unorganized person feel a sense of deep shame and regret like The Container Store.” Word.

  598. 607
    KPH in LH TX says:

    New reader here … very impressed with your accomplishments! And your blog! Fun way to start my morning ….

  599. 608

    Your book was funny, inspirational and so darn truthful! I loved it and would love for my daughter to have her own copy. Congratulations, well deserved!

  600. 609

    Congrats! Loved your book!!!

  601. 610

    Congrats! Long time reader, first time commenter. I am so happy that things are working out so well for you! enjoy dot mom!

  602. 611

    What wonderful news! Read it on my Nook last week and would love to have a hard copy for my personal library! Congratulations again!

  603. 612

    congratulations!! that’s so exciting!! : )

  604. 613

    Thank you! For being who you are and sharing yourself wtih us! Loved your book! Congratulations – you deserve it :)

  605. 614

    That is amazing!!! Congratulations!!! God is awesome!!!!!!

  606. 615

    Congratulations on being #27! I would love the green earrings. They could replace the green beaded necklace I was wearing today that decided to un-string itself all over my office floor. For a second, it felt like my water had broken when I looked down and saw stuff dropping from my body. Thankfully it wasn’t, cause that would mean I was pregnant and didn’t know it. And don’t you have to be in a Wal-Mart bathroom for that to happen?

  607. 616
    Summer Nelson says:

    Congrats! We serve an awesome God! You deserve the blessings!

  608. 617

    Love your blog so can’t wait to read your book!
    God is so good! ~ Have fun this weekend!

  609. 618

    Still looking forward to getting my hands on a copy!! SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!

  610. 619

    God is so good!!!! So wonderful to be able to share his blessing with others. Thanks for sharing his awesomeness with all of us. Congrats!!!

  611. 620

    so excited for you. I preorder 6 copies off Amazon for gifts! and everyone that has read your book LOVES it. I’m waiting until vaction to read, uninterrupted.

  612. 621

    So excited for you! I LOVED the book. In fact, I found myself being reminded about a few things you said in the book when I felt like I was going to kill my kids this morning when they were getting ready for school. Can’t wait to read your next book! :)

  613. 622

    Awesome news, congrats!

  614. 623


  615. 624

    Congratulations! It is a beautiful book inside and out.

  616. 625

    Congratulations!! That is awesome!!!

  617. 626

    Congrats that is so awesome!!! I am crying with joy for you like we are real life friends. Go GOD!!!!

  618. 627

    Yay! That is so exciting. Today is my birthday, so if you could tell that to….I think your book would be a great birthday present :)

  619. 628
    Yolanda Marron says:

    Congratulations!! What wonderful news. You crack me up each morning as I sip my coffee and enjoy your words on screen. It is no surprise your book did so well. :) Enjoy the celebration!

  620. 629

    I am so, so happy for you!!!!!!

  621. 630


  622. 631

    No, thank YOU for making me laugh often and giving me something to look forward to every day. Congratulations and may God continue to bless your faithfulness! And I’m with you on The Container Store. I’m so organized deficient.

  623. 632

    Congratulations! I bought your book and love it. You deserve this!

  624. 633

    Great news! Enjoy your Dotmom weekend!

  625. 634

    Congrats! Such exciting news! Although I think announcing a new baby would be even better ;)

  626. 635

    WooooHoooo – congratulations!

  627. 636
    Jaclyn Bailes says:

    See you at DOT MOM!

  628. 637

    Way to Go! Awesome accomplishment!

  629. 638

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

  630. 639

    Congratulations! What a blessing.

  631. 640

    Apparently Melissa already told you congratulations. (Duplicate comment detected), but I promise this is my first comment. Congratulations!

  632. 641

    27 & climbing!!! Congratulations!

  633. 642

    What great news! Congratulations!

  634. 643

    This brought tears – but the very best kind!! Love this! Congratulations!

  635. 644

    Congrats– so happy for you!!

  636. 645

    Excited for you, Melanie!

  637. 646

    God is an awesome God. Congrats!

  638. 647

    So proud for you!!! God does, indeed, bless His children!!

  639. 648

    Wonderful news! HE is so awesome! Sooooo happy for you and I think we could be best friends if we ever get to meet! Praying for you at the conference.

  640. 649

    How wonderful!! God is good!

  641. 650

    Wow – that is really great! Congrats!!

  642. 651


  643. 652

    Congrats! I look forward to reading the book.

  644. 653

    That is so awesome! And I love, love the verse at the end of your post!

  645. 654

    Congrats to you. Love seeing people get to live their dreams.

  646. 655

    Congratulations! I’m new to your blog and am looking forward to reading the book.

  647. 656

    Congrats you are awesome

  648. 657

    Wow! I think you need to go on a book tour, so all of us can have the chance to meet you! Congrats on all the success with your book.

  649. 658

    I started it last night. I’m in Chapter 6 or somewhere. So far I have laughed out loud and found myself actually nodding my head. As if you could see me. Really, it’s cemented my feelings that we would be great friends in real life. I miscarried at 6 weeks (nothing so difficult as what you experienced) around the same time that you did. And my Ella is just a month or so older than Caroline. The success you’re having is so well deserved.

  650. 660

    I am new to your blog. Actually discovered it by stumbling upon your book. A bit backwards!
    I would love to win a copy of your book. Oh, and the earrings, of course! :)
    Congrats on the success of your book.

  651. 661

    Congrats on the debut! That is really exciting!!!!

  652. 662

    Congrats and out of all the earrings I own I don’t have one single pair of green!!!

  653. 663
    Kristin Bradner says:

    Praise be to God and His work thru you. May the blessings keep coming.

  654. 664

    I’m sure you aren’t going to read all these comments because ain’t nobody got time for that. But I wanted to say you’re welcome because I am sure that it was my purchase that put you there. :) Seriously, congrats. I’m so happy for you. This post made me tear up. You deserve it. Thank you for writing. Even when life gets busy and hard. Thanks for being honest and a refreshing positive voice on the Internet. You are a special woman.

  655. 665

    Could not be more excited for you than I would be a dear friend. This post brought tears to my eyes and can I say I feel really proud of you without being patronizing? Read the book from cover to cover on my last day off and LOVED it. I’m giving my copy away and buying several to have on hand to give as little gifts to encourage the young moms in my life. WAY TO GO!

  656. 666

    Congrats! That is awesome!!

  657. 667

    I really really really want to read your book – so I hope I win!!

  658. 668

    I love this so hard! Congrats Melanie!

  659. 669

    Congrats! Could not be more thrilled for you!
    Finished my copy last weekend and now passing it along to my girlfriend.

  660. 670
    Cayce Stoneburner says:

    Congratulations – this is well deserved!! I have been reading your blog for a while now and I am reading the book as we speak and I can’t tell you how much I have enjoyed both! I can honestly say that my cheeks hurt after reading your book at night because I can’t help but smile and laugh through the whole thing :) I have only allowed myself to read a couple of chapters a night because I know the book is going to be over way before I want it to! Thanks for being so genuine!!

  661. 671

    I am so proud of you!!!!!!!!!!!!

  662. 672

    I love reading your blog – you have made me laugh almost daily! I haven’t bought your book yet – something about paying the light bill and kids lunches and all that, but I WANT it! Thanks for the opportunity to win. Congratulations to you!

  663. 673

    I would love to win!! I love your blog and want your book so bad, waiting on the money to order. Congrats!!

  664. 674

    Any couple who has as beautiful, smart and hilarious children as y’all do, well if it was stork news I’d be jumping up and down. Congrat’s on the book. It’s well deserved. Does this mean they will finally send you on a proper book tour across state lines? And tell them there are more towns in California other than L.A. and San Francisco.

  665. 675

    Congrats – green is my favorite color!

  666. 676

    Congratulations! Glad you got to celebrate!

  667. 677

    Congratulations! How great.
    Hope to see you at the signing tomorrow. Planning to be (one of) the unregistered dotMOM person in line!!!

  668. 678

    Congrats for you. I am new to your blog and I am enjoying it. Would love to read your book.

  669. 679

    That is so awesome! Congratulations!

  670. 680

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to read your book!!

  671. 681

    Congrats! I’m so happy for you. And I’m looking forward to reading the book!

  672. 682

    I could not be happier for you. I read the book as if I was soaking up beans with cornbread. Loved it. Still so jealous that my real-life friend Kelly is your real-life friend now. :-) CONGRATULATIONS!

  673. 683

    Congratulations! I hope you are feeling much better now. Enjoy your weekend away.

  674. 684

    that’s fabulous! can’t wait to read it!

  675. 685

    Congratulations! So happy for you!

  676. 686
    sarah newburn says:

    wow! so awesome! have a great time this weekend!

  677. 687
    Laurie Pysczynski says:

    Congrats! I just found your blog a couple of days ago and enjoying it…would love to read your book!

  678. 688

    Congratulations! So very happy for you.

  679. 689

    Thanks for reminding me that real gratitude exsists in the world. Congratulations!

  680. 690
    Jennifer Jackson says:

    Yeah! Pick me I have 3 military wives stationed in Germany I want to send them to:)

  681. 691

    Congratulations!!! Can’t wait to read your book!

  682. 692

    Whoo Hoo!! Congratulations!

  683. 693
    Barbara McMillan says:

    Congratulations. You must feel so accomplished! Can’t wait to buy your book! Your good news makes up for the crummy ending to Downton Abbey! Right?f

  684. 694

    Congrats!! We serve a HUGE God!!

  685. 695
    Jamie (Evelyn) says:

    So excited for you, Ev!! I wish you could see my huge smile all the way in Big D. God is using you to reach so many others and I’m proud of you for being so faithful. I love you!!!

  686. 696

    Happy for you!

  687. 697

    Congratulations!!!! I am so happy for you!

  688. 698
    susan hicks says:

    My daughter turned me to your blog because of talking about it every day. I love reading just everyday situations and I know the book is wonderful. I would love to have a book for my daughter and myself. Thank you for faithfully serving the Lord through your writing!

  689. 699


  690. 700

    Yeah! I bought your book and cannot wait to get it! Congratulations :)

  691. 701


  692. 702
    Stephanie Zapata says:

    WOW! I was just thinking the other day that I wondered when (not if) you’d make the Bestseller’s list and here you go. I was actually excited when you said you were throwing a party because I’d SO be there! I’m so stinkin’ proud of you. You deserve it girl! If you ever do throw a party please invite this girl-I’m just a hop, skip, & jump away in New Braunfels! I’d LOVE a pair of green sparkly earrings!

  693. 703

    I just finished your book the other day and absolutely LOVED it! I’m recently engaged and not a parent yet but your book has really made me look forward to motherhood. It’s refreshing to find an honest book on motherhood and all its trials and tribulations :) Nice to have everything sugercoated! Thank you for taking the time to write and publish this! Love it!

  694. 704

    Congratulations! What a wonderful gift for you and your family.

  695. 705

    Congratulations! You always make me laugh, and I can’t wait to read your book!

  696. 706

    Congratulations! Can’ wait to read it.

  697. 707

    That is awesome! Thank you for encouraging and inspiring the rest of us to not give up on the dreams God puts in our hearts.

  698. 708

    I just recently discovered your blog but I would love to read your book. Congrats on it’s success!

  699. 709
    Amy Simmons says:

    Woohoo!!! So excited for you!! You deserve it and so much more!

  700. 710

    WOW! That is so exciting! Praise the Lord for this platform!

  701. 711

    How exciting!!! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of the book to read. Congratulations!!!

  702. 712

    You totally deserve it!! The book was wonderful, but equally as important, so are you! Congrats!

  703. 713
    Julie B in ATX says:

    So so happy for you, Melanie!!

    A friend was given your book for her birthday last week. She and I talked about how embarrassed we would be if we ever ran into you in person. First it would probably be a BIG ‘Hey!!!!!’ Then we’d remember we don’t really know you and try to act cool. Cool for 40-year old moms. Yeah. ; )

    Congratulations again!!

  704. 714
    Grandcookie says:

    My daughter-in-law introduced me to your blog. We both love your writing. My son gave her a copy of your book as her Valentine’s day present. She was thrilled! She will be at the dotmom conference. I hope she gets to meet you!

  705. 715

    Congrats on the success of the book! I have read on several BLOGS how funny it is and I can’t wait to read it! It is on my MUST READ list for Spring Break!!!

  706. 716


  707. 717

    Congratulations!! So well-deserved, I love your blog and can’t wait to read your book!

  708. 718

    Way to go girl!! Love your blog and can’t wait to read your book, so please pick me today for your giveaway. I could wear the beautiful earrings while I read :)

  709. 719

    Congratulations!!! Yay you!! :)

  710. 720

    Congratulations! Good for you, that is great news!!!!! :)

  711. 721

    Congratulations! I loved your book… it made me laugh, it made me cry & it made me want to be a better mother. You are inspiring!

  712. 722

    CONGRATULATIONS!! I was just reading the preview on Amazon last night, I can’t wait to read the whole thing!

  713. 723

    Congratulations and may God continue to bless you! James 1:17

  714. 724

    God is good!! Congratulations!

  715. 725
    Shirley Fleming says:

    Whoop! This Aggie and Aggie mom is so happy for you!! God Bless!

  716. 726

    Congratulations on the success of your book! Your post made me cry!

  717. 727

    Congratulations…….so exciting!

  718. 728

    Congrats! ;)

  719. 729

    Congratulations! We serve an awesome God!

  720. 730

    Congratulations!! Oh, and I never win anything, so please let the random thingy pick meeeee!!!!

  721. 731

    Congratulations! That’s amazing! I’ve read Sparkly Green through once. Put it down and immediately picked it back up to read again. So happy for you!!!

  722. 732
    Kathryn Ramirez says:

    Yay! Can’t wait to read your book!

  723. 733
    Auntie Jaime says:

    Congratulations!! So Happy for you!! =)

  724. 734

    Oh yea!!!

    I can only imagine. You are flying towards#1!!!


  725. 735

    That’s amazing! You are one of two people I “know” who have had books published since the first of the year. I read yours first! ;)

  726. 736


  727. 737
    Veronica Kuhman says:

    Congratulations! So excited for you!

  728. 738
    Shannon Wilson says:

    Fabulous news! So happy for you! I finished the book in two days and loved every page. I’m still giving out copies to my friends. :)

  729. 739

    WELL DONE you good and faithful servant…and I must say nany-nany-booboo to the twit that commented on amazon that your book crammed GOD down her throat… I say ” DUH – her book is full of GOD because her LIFE is full of GOD and you could have quit after the first page” but like in all things GOD has a way of keeping your attention…
    YOU deserve all this and more…and I feel like we are friends though we’ve yet to meet…but if not here, then THERE where time will not restrain us. :) Lub ya lil’ sis…keep rocking

  730. 740

    Congtatulations. Thanks for the give away!

  731. 741
    Jenny Adams says:

    You are more than deserving!! I can NOT wait to read it!!

  732. 742

    Congratulations!! What wonderful news.

  733. 743

    Congrats!!!! So exciting! Reading your book now and it is wonderful!

  734. 744

    I’m a new reader of your blog and love your writing style! Congratulations, Melanie! :)

  735. 745

    I am so excited for you! I read the book, loved it and am planning on gifting the heck out of it.

  736. 746

    Congrats -nice to see a fellow Texan show ‘em how it’s done!

  737. 747

    congrats! so happy for you!

  738. 748

    Now you’re going to make me cry! I’ve been reading since Caroline was a wee little thing, and of all the blogs I read, yours is the only one I read every day. I can count on you to make me laugh, make me feel like we’re muddling through this parenting thing together, and give me much needed fashion tips!

    I’m so happy for you, and I can’t wait to read the book!

  739. 749

    Hi! Whoop for you! (Class of 99er here!) Can I please win? My copy (that I have alredy read) was victim to an applesauce squeezie (in the bottom of my work bag! eek!). Thanks!!


  740. 750

    Awesome! God is so good!

  741. 751

    I’m very proud to say that I’ve been an advid reader for a long time and am happy for you!

  742. 752

    Not surprising to any of us!

  743. 753

    I’m thrilled for you! I can’t wait to read it.

  744. 754

    I’m looking forward to reading your book!

  745. 755

    Congratulations Melanie! I love reading your blog every day! I’ve saved your book to my wish list and can’t wait to read it!

  746. 756

    Congratulations! I can only imagine how thrilled you are! So well deserved!

  747. 757

    So happy for you! And loved the pictures of Caroline “autographing” the books with you at Katy Mills Mall~

  748. 758

    Congratulations!!! What an AMAZING accomplishment! So, so happy for you!! :)

  749. 759

    Congratulations! I am so excited for you!

  750. 760

    Congratulations! I am currently reading the book and am so excited for your success.

  751. 761

    Congrats!! You are so deserving of this :) Can’t wait to read your book!

  752. 762

    Congratulations! I am going to start reading today!!

  753. 763

    Congratulations! I had tears just reading your post. Thanks for sharing your excitement and joy with us. Blessings to you.

  754. 764

    Love it when God shows off! He is awesomely amazing! Congrats!

  755. 765

    I’m picking up my ordered copy of your book today at Barnes and Noble in Austin. Can’t wait to read it and I would love to wear the earrings while I do! Congratulations!!!

  756. 766
    Shirley Wells Cassada, M.D. says:

    Hey, we can have your party here at my house by the ocean in Key West (commonly referred to as Key Wierd by us locals!)!!

  757. 767


    That is so awesome! I love your writing. Your blog is the first one I read in my Google Reader every day.

    God is good. All the time. Amen.

    PS. Please pick me, pick me, pick me, Random number generator!

  758. 768
    Shelley Viestenz says:

    How exciting. Congratulations! I bought your book for my Nook and loved it! I would sure like to have a “real” signed copy though!

  759. 769

    What an amazing God sized blessing!! Now you can see what an encouragement you have been to all those moms out there thru your honesty, transparenency and desire to parent in a Godly way!

  760. 770


  761. 771

    You earned it!!!! Congratulations!!! :-)

  762. 772


  763. 773

    Nothing is that serious…ha! I thoroughly enjoyed my copy and am planning to gift it to my sisters for Mother’s Day. I would totally be at your house party…I’ll even bring chips and queso because I’ve read your blog long enough to know that is one of your love languages. Congrats on #27. So excited for you!

  764. 774

    What a great text! Congratulations!!!

  765. 775

    I am a new follower of your blog, and I can’t wait to read your book. Congrats!

  766. 776

    Congrats! I can’t wait to read your book.

  767. 777

    Way to go girl! God is good!

  768. 778

    Congratulations on the success of your book!!! God is good!

  769. 779


  770. 780

    WOW! How cool! Congratulations!

  771. 781

    Congratulations! Your book is wonderful! :) So happy for its success! Would love to win… :)

  772. 782
    Adrienne G. says:

    I’m so excited for you! Congratulations! I can’t wait to read it.

  773. 783

    Congratulations!…I haven’t got a chance to read it yet (it’s on my “wish list”!). Very excited for you…

  774. 784

    Congratulations!!! LOVE these earrings!

  775. 785

    Congrats! So excited for you!!!!

  776. 786

    Congratulations! I would love to win so I can read the book : )

  777. 787
    Jessica Lewis says:

    So incredible. Congratulations!

  778. 788
    Terri Slade says:

    Congratulations! LOVE the beautiful earrings! :)

  779. 789

    Congratulations! I love it when God has fun surprises like that! He is SOOOO good!!!

  780. 790

    So glad for you! I have read the book and it absolutely deserves to be on the best seller list!

  781. 791

    I think you are a hoot! and others obviously agree:)… Congrats!

  782. 792
    Trisha White says:

    Congrats!!! Can’t wait to hear you at DotMom this weekend!

  783. 793

    I am so very happy for you! Congratulations!

  784. 794

    I’d love a copy of the book to gift, but those earring would be all mine. Congrats girl!

  785. 795

    Love that passage of scripture!! When our oldest daughter got engaged we were struggling to figure out how we were going to pay for a wedding. I wanted her to have the dress she always dreamed of having. She called me from college one day and asked if I was sitting down. She had gone to David’s Bridal’s website and entered a drawing. She won a wedding dress . . . any wedding dress in the store that she wanted! God is amazing.
    So happy for you!!

  786. 796

    Congratulations! I just bought your book and can’t wait to read it.
    I’m gonna miss Fashion Friday but have a wonderful time at DotMom!

  787. 797
    Heather from NC says:

    Congratulations! I am reading the book now and I love it so I can see why it debuted so high on the list. If I win, I’d love to give the book to my sister so she can own a copy, too. But I will keep the green earrings for myself :)

  788. 798

    Have a safe and fun trip!

  789. 799
    Amy O'Connor says:

    Yay for you!!! :)

  790. 800

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! It is the same as being pregnant…..and THE BABY is born!!
    Great celebratory giveaway!

  791. 801

    Congratulations! God is gracious… :)

  792. 802

    That is fabulous news, congratulations!!!

  793. 803

    Congratulations! That’s awesome!!

  794. 804

    Wonderful news! Can’t wait to read it.

  795. 805

    Wow! Congratulations!

  796. 806


  797. 807

    Congratulations! So excited for you, how wonderful! Would love to win a signed copy of the book and those gorgeous earings!

  798. 808
    Jean Watkins says:

    Awesome! I am new to your blog and have become an instant fan!

  799. 809

    Big Mama, was there any ever doubt? Not in my mind! Congratulations! And I really, realy wish they had dotMom in Iowa. Really really!

  800. 810

    Congratulations! I have tried three times to find your book at my local Sams Club. They rudely do not have it. Please, please, I hope I win! Very happy for you :)

  801. 811

    Congratulations! Loved the book!

  802. 812

    Congratulations! This is great! Thank you for such a good giveaway as a celebration!

  803. 813

    I would love to win your book! Can’t wait to read it. Congratulations!!

  804. 814

    Congratulations! I would love to win!

  805. 815
    Betsy Phillips says:

    I just came across the article in the online version of “Called,” I don’t even know you, frankly never heard of you or your blog, BUT I AM EXCITED. IT’S WONDERFUL. I’m so happy for you, because you never know what God is going to do, but it’s always —
    Ephesians 3:20 [AMPL] Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]–

  806. 816
    Carrie Ramsey says:

    YEA!!!!!! Praising God with you!!! And what great energy to start your DotMom weekend off with :)

  807. 817
    Pamela Leffler says:

    Congrats to you!!! What a huge deal!!!!
    Pick me!!!! Pick me!!!! Pick me!!!! I want a book and earrings and honestly I can’t remember the last time I’ve bought something for myself that didn’t come from Goodwill!!!! The nice part of my kids growing up way to fast is that my 10 year old is the same size of me so when she gets new clothes it’s kinda expanding my waredrobe!! Minus the cartoon t-shirts and skinny jeans.

  808. 818

    Love the book! I am 25 and have a 10 year old sister who has alot of the same qualities as Caroline. It’s so much fun to see how they are alike! I am giving my future SIL a copy, she’s a new mom and just transitioned to career to stay at home mom. I think she will love it!

  809. 819
    Faith Vandriel says:

    Yay! Congratulations! I still don’t have my copy from B&N :(. Patience patience….

  810. 820
    debbie mccormick says:

    I am happy for you! I just posted this above my computer screen so that I can see it and pray “Whatever you want to do with me, I’m your servant. I accept your destiny for my life.” God has blessed you for following His path for you.

  811. 821

    I’m chocked up too. You deserve all the success and blessings you’re receiving. Love to read the book and pass it on . . . My neighborhood library doesn’t have it. Horrors! Love this style of earrings, too.

  812. 822

    Congratulations! I love reading your blog – I check in every morning to see what’s new. Winning a signed book would be wonderful!

  813. 823

    Congratulations! Although, none of us millions of fans of your blog could possibly be surprised! Your writing is fantastic…you’re real and fun and we all appreciate that in your blog! Great job! Celebrate!!

  814. 824

    Would love to WIN! Have fun at Dotmom!

  815. 825

    # 27 that is great!! Bet it even gets better than that!! Enjoy the weekend!

  816. 826

    You should be proud! I’m glad you give the glory to the Lord and a shoutout to those of us who purchased your book! I loved it (it’s on my Kindle) and would love to give one as a gift.

  817. 827

    How exciting! Congrats to you, Big Mama!

  818. 828

    Congratulations! I LOVE reading your blog, so I must check out your book.

  819. 829

    Congratulations! Enjoy your success!!!

  820. 830


    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

  821. 831
    Kelli Patterson says:

    Don’t know how I can be so proud of someone I’ve never met but my heart is filled with joy for you and your family. Love reading your blog…Every.Single.Day. Congratulations!

  822. 832

    And now I am crying and I don’t even know you in real life! I am so happy for you and I thank you for sharing your life with us. :). I needed to read that verse today too!

  823. 833

    Yahoo for you! That is spectacularly awesome! Eph 3:20 was/is our wedding/marriage verse bc of all God did that was beyond our comprehension to bring us together, as well as what He continues to do in our life. I always get verklempt when I see how He is doing that for others…He is so faithful! So so happy for your success with this fun, great, honest, lovely book!

  824. 834

    God is SO good….congratulations!

  825. 835

    Oh my word! I started crying FOR YOU when I read this! I am so proud and happy for you! And I’m loving the book- I’m almost to the end so I put it down about a week ago like a rational person because, DUH, I don’t want it to end. :)

  826. 836

    So happy for you!

  827. 837

    God is SO good…congratulations!

  828. 838
    Diana Rossman says:

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to read my book! Are you coming to Atlanta for any book signings? I’d love to meet you and get my book signed!
    God bless!
    Diana Rossman

  829. 839

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to read it.

  830. 840

    God is good! Cannot wait to start the book!

  831. 841

    Congratulations! Looking forward to reading it!

  832. 842

    Congratulations!! I can’t wait to read your book!

  833. 843
    Sheryl in WA says:

    Oh, Melanie! I’m so happy for you. Standing in my kitchen crying again! Enjoy every minute!!

  834. 844

    I am so happy for you. You’ve got to love it when something good happens to a person who has put their faith in God. What a testament to what He can do, and what we can do through Him.

  835. 845

    Well, shoot howdy… that is some really good news! I want a book, please. signed! Thanks.

  836. 846

    Congratulations! Well deserved. Would love to win a SIGNED copy!

  837. 847

    Your excitement is contagious!

  838. 848

    Awesome news! I hope I win! I would love a signed copy.

  839. 849

    Awesome!! What an accomplishment!

  840. 850

    So excited for you, and excited to see the work God is doing through your book. Love you!

  841. 851

    You certainly deserve every single ounce of goodness that comes your way!!!!

    Please pick me! I’m dying for a signed copy!!!!


  842. 852
    Sonia Gloria Roy says:

    Dear Melanie,

    My name is Sonia and I am from London, England.

    CONGRATULATIONS on your wonderful success! All glory to God who is able.

    I met Bill Jensen at the OCW writer’s conference this summer and he just bragged and bragged on about your book.. So I just had to pre-order it. Little did I know that God would have your book arrive to me here in England when I myself was pregnant with my first child! (God’s unfailing timing)

    I began reading 2 days ago and can’t put book down. I absolutely love your unmoving faith, your sincerity, and your descriptions of the journey I have ahead. It makes me feel like I’m not alone in this pregnancy madness and delight. It has also helped me to lighten up, stop taking myself so seriously, and enjoy the ride ahead. :)

    I am 20 weeks and have just had scan. Baby is strong and in health praise God. Can’t wait to look upon my baby in another 20 weeks and say, “A little person fresh from Heaven.”

    Thank you for learning from your own mistakes and regrets and for helping us first time mums to be all the wiser.

    As soon as I have finished the book I will leave a review on Amazon.

    Please write more books on this subject! You really have been anointed. (Bill was absolutely right about you!)

    With great love and appreciation.

    Sonia. Xx

  843. 853

    That is soo AWESOME!!! Congrats on your success!!

  844. 854

    Congrats! I love your blog and plan to buy your book.

  845. 855

    Congratulations on the success of your book. I would love to win a copy along with those fab earrings!

  846. 856

    How awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!

  847. 857

    YIPPEE! I love the book, I love you, I love Towne and Reese jewelry, I love New York and their bestseller list, and I love the Lord! So happy for this success!

  848. 858

    “…and to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine…to Him be the glory…in Christ Jesus, for ever and ever! Amen!” Eph 3:20,21

  849. 859

    That is so exciting!

  850. 860

    How wonderful! Congrats on your success!

  851. 861

    That explains why your book wasn’t at Lifeway Monday. Sold out! Oh, I need one!

  852. 862

    Congrats! Thanks for having the giveaway.

  853. 863

    Congratulations! =)

  854. 864

    Congrats!!! What a testimony to God’s faithfulness!

  855. 865

    I read this Blog everyday…… but I have never commented!! I dont know why? I feel like you are one of my best friends. I have laughed with you (and at you) and cried with you. I feel like I know Gully personally (along with the rest of your family). I am so happy for you sucess and I would LOVE to be invited to a party at your house!!! LOL!

  856. 866

    Congratulations!! You deserve it, your book is great!!

  857. 867

    Congratulations!!!! Thank you for the giveaway!

  858. 868

    YAY!!! Congratulations!! That is so exciting!

  859. 869

    Congratulations, Melanie! What wonderful news!

  860. 870

    Congratulations! I loved every second of your book!

  861. 871

    Can’t wait to read your book. So happy for you.

  862. 872

    congratulations….there is nothing sweeter than watching others enjoy their hard earned success!

  863. 873

    It is so well-deserved! I read the entire first chapter aloud to my husband and we both laughed out loud and I got very teary-eyed. Very few books can make me feel that range of emotion in just a few pages. Thank you for writing your story and for sharing your gift with all of us!

  864. 874

    Can’t wait to read your book! Congratulations.

  865. 875
    Kristen Crumly says:

    I’m SO happy for you!! Congratulations :)

  866. 876
    Kerry Mandulak says:

    OOOOOOMMMMMMMGGGGGGGGGoodness! This is such amazing news. congratulations Melanie! Feel like I know you even better after reading your entire book! and WOW that last chapter was AMAZING. Good for you. And the thing is, I haven’t even bought all the copies I’m going to give to everyone that needs to read this…so I hope that gives you a bump next week! :) YAHOOOOOOO! Love from Portland, Kerry

  867. 877
    Rosemary Shaul says:

    Congratulations! Praise the Lord for his blessings.

  868. 878

    Debut at #27! What an accomplishment! Congratulations.

  869. 879

    I just bought your book for my Nook and started last night. I am over halfway through and love every page! May God continue to bless you!

  870. 880
    Andrea Miller says:

    I am so so happy for you!!!!!!!

  871. 881

    Congrats! What a wonderful blessing.

  872. 882

    I loved reading your book and I have put it away to share with my daughters one day. I wanted it to go on forever and never end. Motherhood is so much harder, more trying and more unbelievably amazing than you can possibly tell anyone, but you painted a wonderful picture of it all. And then there’s the wardrobe drama.

  873. 883

    Congratulations!!!!!! Enjoy this time in your life!

  874. 884

    Wow! How fun! You’re not just an author now but a “NY Times best-selling author”!! So great. Congratulations :) I’m almost finished with it myself and just love when I can steal away time to read it.

  875. 885

    LOVE the book. Many,many well-deserved congratulations.

  876. 886

    WOW! Congratulations – SO proud of you, and SO grateful to God. He is indeed amazing. I love that scripture from Eph 3 too. I’ve claimed it as my own ever since He gave me my wonderful husband after 15 years of praying. :) God bless – enjoy every moment of this time.

  877. 887
    Carol Archer says:

    Just sent you a long email…..SO excited for and proud of you!!!

  878. 888

    Congratulations! I’m so excited to read it!

  879. 889

    Congratulations! How exciting!

  880. 890

    Can we just all agree that since this is comment number 890 something, that this is going viral??? This is awesome and well-deserved and exciting for you and…! WOOT!!

  881. 891

    Congratulations – how very cool!

  882. 892

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to read the book. I ordered a copy for my friend in Chicago who had her first child last year, and she LOVED it. She said it was like “Bossypants” for moms. :-)

  883. 893
    Stephanie C says:

    Really happy for you, Melanie! Have fun at DotMom…

  884. 894

    Can’t wait to read your book. Congratulations!

  885. 895

    Congratulations! I finished the book last weekend and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

  886. 896

    Yay! Would love to win a copy!

  887. 897

    Congrats on the success of the book! I LOVED reading it, as I’ve been a long-time blog reader and feel like, obviously, we are long-time friends!

    Have a wonderful weekend at DotMom. :)

  888. 898

    Sweet and happy post! More blessings to come for you!!

  889. 899


  890. 900

    Congrats~ Loved the book!!

  891. 901

    So happy for you.?

  892. 902

    Sweet and happy post! More blessings to come for you! Correct email is : -I typed it wrong :)

  893. 903

    Love these earrings! Congrats on the book success!!

  894. 904

    Congratulations! Love reading your blog and look forward to reading your book. And love those earrings!!

  895. 905

    It’s been such a pleasure to read along with you during this process. I don’t know you, but I am proud of you!

  896. 906

    This is awesome news! Congratulations, funny lady, you deserve it.

  897. 907

    My Mom always said that it is good to cry! But tears of happiness are always the best.

  898. 908

    Congratulations! Hope I win so that I can read this New York Times Bestseller!

  899. 909

    Congratulations! I’m a new reader to your blog–and I love it! Would LOVE to win your book :)

  900. 910

    Congrats! Can’t wait to read it!

  901. 911


  902. 912

    What a great achievement! Congratulations!

  903. 913

    Woohoo!!! Good for you!

  904. 914

    Congratulations! I love the book! Just finished it last night!

  905. 915
    Angie Hester says:

    That is just awesome! I have already bought a ton and given to friends! This makes me want to go buy a truck load more!!! :)))) CONGRATS

  906. 916

    I am so very proud for you!!! What a wonderful accomplishment…..I love the earrings…

  907. 917

    I am so happy for you! (And I hope I win!)

  908. 918
    Barbara Weikert says:

    Congratulations! Since I downloaded your book, I’d like to bless someone else with the signed copy and ask them to pass it on when they’re finished. Lots of folks win that way!

  909. 919

    Wow, that is so exciting! Congrats!

  910. 920

    Yay! So happy for you and your family. Thanks for keeping it real, you’re awesome!

  911. 921

    God is definitely more than able-may the blessings continue to abound!

  912. 922

    Congrats Melanie! I can’t even imagine how exciting that must be!

  913. 923

    Grats Melanie! I’m looking forward to reading your book :)

  914. 924


  915. 925
    Kelly Calkins says:

    Is it weird that I cried happy tears when I read this and we don’t even know each other? But I feel like we do! Congratulations!!! So amazing!!!

  916. 926


  917. 927

    Congratulations! How exciting to see all your hard work paying off!

  918. 928
    Ashley Moore says:


  919. 929

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to read it!

  920. 930

    Congratulations!!!!!! I would love to win a copy of your book!

  921. 931


  922. 932
    Sandy Schultz says:

    I am so happy for you! You have been brightening my days since I found your blog thru Beth and Amanda’s twitters. You have a gift and I have been wanting to buy your book because I was sure it would be a hit and bring me lots of laughs.

  923. 933

    Congratulations. I have put your book on my amazon wishlist, but sure would love to win a signed copy!!

  924. 934

    Congratulations! That is so awesome!!

  925. 935

    ‘Over-the-Moon’ excited for you Melanie! Congratulations!

  926. 936
    Nancy Minchew says:


  927. 937

    Awesome! You are a blessing to so many and now God is blessing you. Your book is incredible – just finished it last night – and your blog has been on my bookmarks for a few years. May God continue to bless you and your family. And – go you – for giving all the glory to Him!

  928. 938

    Oh congratulations!! Enjoy every last drop of your success!

  929. 939

    Mel, I am screaming inside for you. Unfortunately I am at work and so I can’t scream out loud like I would LOVE to!!!!!! I also had to keep swallowing extra hard to keep the happy tears from spilling over.

  930. 940

    How awesome is that!!! Congrats!

  931. 941

    Thank you for sharing your life with all of us. I feel like we’re a big sisterhood, brought together by your blog and now, your book! Congrats and have a great weekend at dotmom! (Sorry for all the exclamation points – but today I feel it’s called for!)

  932. 942

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

  933. 943
    That's what she says:

    Congratulations. You are awesome.

  934. 944

    I’m happy to tell everybody I read your blog way before you became a famous published author!!

  935. 945

    Awesome news! I can’t wait to read your book!

  936. 946


  937. 947

    Congratulations!!!!! Congratulations! See you this weekend. We can ALL celebrate and have a party while you are in DFW! :)

  938. 948

    Wow! #27!!!! What an accomplishment! PTL for all of your blessings!

  939. 949

    Woohoo!!! Congrats – so happy for you!

  940. 950

    Congrats! It was such a great read!

  941. 951


    I’m relatively new to your blog but I look forward to seeing the mail from “Big Mama” and I’m really excited about the good things God is bringing into your life!
    I’m recommending Sparkly Green Earrings to our Women’s Ministry Summer Book Club as a possible book for this summer’s clubs. It looks like the perfect subject and I can hardly wait to read it.

  942. 952

    Congratulations!!! CAN NOT WAIT to read it!!!

  943. 953

    How exciting Melanie! Congratulations!

  944. 954

    Congrats! You deserve it!

  945. 955
    Daphne Petrey says:

    Your book is wonderful! I read it in less than 24 hours (and I have three children whom I homeschool…it was no easy feat!). But I just laughed out loud and enjoyed your story – thank you for sharing it with me!

  946. 956

    Ooh, how exciting for you! It would be just plain FaBuLoUs if I could win at the luck of a draw!! ????????????????????????

  947. 957

    Reading it now on my nook – I love it! I would love to have a copy to give to my daughter-in-law who would love it as well.

  948. 958

    Congratulations!!! God is good, isn’t he? :)

  949. 959
    Gail Morgan says:


  950. 960

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to read the book :)

  951. 961

    Amazing! He is good, faithful – all the time. :) I’m so happy for you!!!

  952. 962

    How exciting, Melanie! Congratulations!

  953. 963

    Please pick me :)

  954. 964

    That is awesome news, congratulations! Have your book and am looking forward to some quality time with it this weekend :).

  955. 965

    Congratulations! Happy day! :)

  956. 966

    That’s awesome! Congratulations!

  957. 967

    Congrats on the success of your book! I bought it and read it the day it came out. I loved it! So when is your next bestseller coming out?!?! :-)

  958. 968

    Congratulations! And Gig ‘Em! :)

  959. 969

    Congratulations!!! I love your blog and am dying to read your book. Hope to get a copy soon

  960. 970

    That is awesome! Congratulaions!

  961. 971
    Debbie Kundargi says:

    I just started reading your book and am loving it. I only wish I didn’t have to work today so I wouldn’t have to put it down.

  962. 972

    A dear coworker of mine just invited me to her daughter’s 1 year birthday party… but it said “No Gifts”, which really bummed me out. But then I found a loop-hole. No gifts for the BABY, but it said nothing about gifts for the mom. So, I’m totally hooking her up w/ some Sparkly Green Earrings. Can’t think of a more perfect gift for a newbie momma. :)

  963. 973

    Wow! I am so proud!! I would love a copy (and the earrings ;)

  964. 974

    Congrats, Lady! Enjoy it, every single second!

  965. 975

    Congratulations! So excited for you and the success of your book!

  966. 976

    My friends and I have a book club and we’re doing your book this month! We are so excited! Several girls have already emailed to say they LOVED the book, it was so funny, and one friend who never finishes a book for book club emailed to let us all know she finished and loved this one! So, I already have your book! But, if I win the signed copy I will give it to my sweet sister as a present because she just had a baby three months ago and I think she will really like it. And, I might keep the earrings for myself because I really like them and they would match my green eyes better (my sister’s eyes are blue). :)

  967. 977

    So wonderful for you!!!

  968. 978

    Way to go!

  969. 979

    I love the book! I can’t put it down!! Congrats! Its’s awesome!!

  970. 980
    Braydenandbodiesmama says:

    That’s so exciting! Congrats! I’m going to keep entering because maybe eventually I’ll win a copy of your fabulous book!!!

  971. 981


  972. 982
    Kathi Clements says:

    I LOVE your blog!! Would love to have a signed copy of your book! Congratulations!!

  973. 983

    We serve an amazing God! Congrats!

  974. 984
    Lisa OCOnnor says:

    Congrats my friend! It is well deserved. I have not bought my book yet so I hope I win!!!!!!

  975. 985

    Such great news! I have to say though, I’m not really surprised by the news. I so enjoy your writing….everyone else does, too, apparently. :)

  976. 986

    thanks for your help with my blog!!!

  977. 987

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! So excited for you!

  978. 988


  979. 989

    Congratulations! What an awesome accomplishment!
    (And don’t worry about The Container Store – organization can be over-rated!)

  980. 990

    Those are some pretty earrings!! :)

  981. 991
    Melissa Day says:

    This is so NOT Tim Duncan’s shoe! Way to go!!!

  982. 992
    Michaelann says:

    Congrats, hope to have my copy soon delivery attempt is listed as “failed” on the Amazon site not sure what that means besides it might be a good idea to order another! Who knows you might have a second book out by the time I get your first! Your words have been so very encouraging over the years on the blog, you deserve this and and thank you for reminding me that we serve a very big God indeed!!

  983. 993
    shelly helms says:

    Buy your Starbucks guy a coffee!

  984. 994

    Congratulations and yay God! I can’t wait to read your book and share it with my friends!

  985. 995
    Kristina G. says:

    Congrats – what a great accomplishment!!

  986. 996

    Congratulations! Would love to have a signed copy!

  987. 997

    SO exciting! I cannot wait to read the book!

  988. 998

    Well deserved! God is so Good.
    Gig Em!!!!

  989. 999

    Congrats on being on the NY bestseller list!!!!!!

  990. 1000

    When He asks us to do something, it is usually out of our comfort zone. And He always shows up in a BIG way. It blows me away every time.

  991. 1001


  992. 1002

    God really is able to amaze us with all his blessings! God Bless and Congrats.

  993. 1003

    Ah man, you made me cry out of joy for you, but I AM pregnant, so what’s a few extra tears, right? Oh, Mel! I am SOOO happy for you! How cool is God?! :-)

  994. 1004
    Jennifer Schaefer says:

    Good for you! Congratulations!

  995. 1005

    Melanie, What terrific news. I am so thrilled for you and your family. I love that God has given you these gift of language and laughter and such an opportunity to share them!!!

  996. 1006

    That’s amazing…congratulations! I will be reading your book soon. Hopefully I win it. But if not, I’ll still buy it:)

  997. 1007

    I can’t wait to read it!

  998. 1008

    Great news! I am looking forward to reading your book.

  999. 1009

    I just started following your blog and I love it! Congratulations on your book… I can’t wait to read it!

  1000. 1010

    This gives me hope. God does have a plan for our future, and it’s so much better than we can imagine. Congratulations.

  1001. 1011
    Teresa Stout says:

    I finished the book this morning. Loved it!

  1002. 1012

    Congratulations!!! You are an inspiration and remind me that anything is possible and I should move forward confidently with my book too!!! Thanks:)

  1003. 1013

    Congratulations! Thank you for being funny and real!

  1004. 1014

    So, so happy for you :) I can’t wait to read your book!!!

  1005. 1015
    LYNSIE MCD says:

    Would love to win a copy!!!

  1006. 1016

    For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.Psalm 84:11


  1007. 1017

    I so badly wanted to order, pre-order a book, but alas in an attempt to actually make this year better than last, I signed up for FPU at my church. That is Financial Peace Unitversity, Dave Ramsey financial guru. course And until I can get a few things taken care of a simple hamburger or a much coveted Sparkly Green Earrings book is not in the budget. So here’s to hoping that feels my pain. hehehe. Also, God bless you this weekend, I have a feeling the celebration has only begun. In God’s love, sheila

  1008. 1018
    Glennell Strawn says:

    Congratulations Melanie!

    It is a wonderful book – I have several friends that I would like to read the book also.

  1009. 1019

    I just died with your “pregnancy announcement ” comment! We are sleep deprived here with our third! Congrats on your book!!!

  1010. 1020

    Congratualtions! Your book is awesome.

  1011. 1021
    Amanda Kennedy says:

    Congratulations!!! I’m so excited for you!

  1012. 1022
    ElaineDavis says:

    Congratulations! Go Sparkly : )
    “all those bins would do at my house is end up sitting on top of my washer and dryer until I eventually donated them to Goodwill”…you too?!!

  1013. 1023

    Awesome! I have looked for it several places to no avail. Now that it is #27, maybe I can find it in NC.

  1014. 1024

    And, look at how many have responded! I would love to receive your book – I very much enjoy your posts. congratulations!

  1015. 1025

    I am SO excited for you! Praising God today for the sweet way He is unfolding the promise of Ephesians 3:20 in your life. May you enjoy every minute of it! (My Eph. 3:20 miracle is right here beside me and she says hello. ;-) Have lots of fun at dotmom!

  1016. 1026

    I am crying for you, too! It’s well deserved!!!

  1017. 1027

    I heard a radio ad for your book on WAY FM in SW Florida. So cool!! Congrats on all the success :)

  1018. 1028

    That is so awesome! I’m looking forward to hearing even more great things about how God is using you and your book.

  1019. 1029

    Congratulations! How wonderful for you!

  1020. 1030

    That’s awesome – congratulations!! What exciting news.

    I love those green earrings too! :)

  1021. 1031

    I downloaded it on my Kindle and finished it in 1 day! I LOVED it so much! Even though I’ve read it, I’d love to have an autographed copy!! =)

  1022. 1032

    I can’t wait to get a copy for my sister-in-law! And good choice in earrings, so cute!

  1023. 1033

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to read it.

  1024. 1034
    Chelsea Schaefer says:

    I would love a signed copy of your book!!! Congratulations!!

  1025. 1035

    Congrats! #27!! My lucky number! :)

  1026. 1036

    Im a fellow Aggie and former San Antonian. Congrats on your book! I read your blog posts out loud to my 4 mo old daughter when she decides she doesn’t want to nap.

  1027. 1037
    Jessica Knight says:

    congrats mama God is good!

  1028. 1038

    Congratulations. Love your book. I tried to read it slow a chapter or two at a time but I could only do that for a few days before I just couldn’t stand it any more and read the rest in one sitting!

  1029. 1039

    I’m so excited for you!

  1030. 1040

    This is the first I have heard of you or your book, but the encouragement to read it that showed up in my email box made me want to look it up! I love books that make me laugh out loud!

    My husband is currently out of work, so if I don’t get a copy, I will try to be patient and nag my library to get it!

  1031. 1041

    that is awesome!!

  1032. 1042

    Congratulations! Would love to win!!

  1033. 1043

    That is so great!! Can’t wait to read it & thanks for the chance to win!

  1034. 1044


  1035. 1045

    I love how God can take something we see “small”, and make it HUGE for His glory!!!
    I am very happy for you. Rock on!

  1036. 1046

    Congratulations! What an accomplishment! You should be very proud.

  1037. 1047

    So happy for you!!! Sounds like a special day. Love the book!!

  1038. 1048

    YAY! That’s huge – so happy for you! God is good!

  1039. 1049

    That’s wonderful! Congratulations.

  1040. 1050

    Congratulations!!! I would LOVE to win a copy of your book!!!!

  1041. 1051

    Congratulations! I am so happy for you!

  1042. 1052

    Can’t wait until after April 15th so I can read!

  1043. 1053
    Amanda Lynn says:

    Gorgeous earrings! I can’t wait to get started in reading the book!

  1044. 1054

    YAY!!! So happy for you!! Last night I meant to ask my husband how I could find out the status of a book on the NYT list, but I got sidetracked eating chocolate and forgot. So happy to read this today and discover the answer to my question! You’re a real live author now. :-)

  1045. 1055

    I’m not even trying to win, I just had to say congrats and I’m SOOOOOOO thrilled for you!!!!! I was teary reading this post (well, not about the cramps and such, although who doesn’t feel your pain?!) but about the book. Just gave me chills and I’m so happy for you!!

  1046. 1056

    Your book arrived in the mail today…can’t wait to start reading it!

  1047. 1057

    Wonderful! So glad to hear God is blessing you as you use the gift He gave you! I look forward to reading the book.

  1048. 1058

    Congratulation! I read the sample on my kindle and loved it. Can’t wait til I have time to read the rest.

  1049. 1059

    Congrats – I am so happy for you!

  1050. 1060

    Congratulations! God is so good!

    I’m still raving about your book to all my friends!!!! It’s amazing!!!

  1051. 1061

    Congratulations! It couldn’t have happened to a nicer person or a better book. Glory to God!

  1052. 1062

    Yay!!! Congratulations!!!!!!

  1053. 1063
    Wendy Mason says:

    That is SO wonderful! I’m almost in tears with you! Almost. :)

  1054. 1064

    Congrats! Lots of hard work paying off!

  1055. 1065
    BethB from Indiana says:

    NYT Bestseller List–I’m impressed. Good for you. Well done!

  1056. 1066

    I’m so glad for you!!!

  1057. 1067
    Rachael H. says:

    CONGRATS! that’s so awesome! and completely deserved! :)
    thanks for the chance to win also.
    and God is good!

    rlahardison at gmail dot com

  1058. 1068

    So so happy for you! May the favor of the Lord continue to be pressed down, shaken together, and running over in your life. Favor ain’t fair – it’s awesome.

  1059. 1069

    Congrats!I would love to win your book.

  1060. 1070

    Congratulations on your success! So glad for you.

  1061. 1071

    Congratulations! What a wonderful surprise!

  1062. 1072

    Yahoo! I’m so happy for you! The book is wonderful and so funny!

  1063. 1073
    Chrissy Jones says:

    Congratulations!! What a monumental achievement! God is good all of the time!
    I’m new to your blog this month, but I am so enjoying reading!

  1064. 1074

    You have been blessed because you are a blessing. God gives you much because of what you do with it. Be happy!

  1065. 1075
    Lynn Sewell says:

    Yeah for you! Congrats!

  1066. 1076

    I’m so very excited for you! Thanks for making me laugh every day.

    And today’s laugh came from an ad on your side bar for Butt paste. Awesome. :)

  1067. 1077

    I Love it when God “Smiles” down on us…and He does more that we realize! Thank you for being REAL and writing from your heart! God Bless you and Keep on WRITING!

  1068. 1078

    Congratulations!!! I really enjoyed the book!

  1069. 1079

    That. Is awesome!

  1070. 1080

    Would love to win this book!!

  1071. 1081

    God is good. So glad he blessed you.

  1072. 1082
    Alison Coffey says:

    Fun!! Congrats on your book success!!

  1073. 1083

    Congrats on your book, how wonderful! :O)

  1074. 1084


  1075. 1085

    I went to my local Life Way to buy the book, and I could not find it. I asked the associate where I could find Sparkly Green Earrings, and he said “By Melanie Shankle” I said that is the one, and I got the stores last copy. Congratulations!

  1076. 1086


  1077. 1087


  1078. 1088

    Congrats!!! I was at dotMOM in Birmingham last time (as the (in)courage intern) and it was lots of fun, even for this non-mom. :) Have a blast! And ps, that’s one of my favorite verses….so abundantly more.

  1079. 1089
    Leah Claire says:

    I can’t even imagine how it would feel to be a NY Times BESTSELLING author!! That’s amazing. You deserve every good thing.

  1080. 1090

    Just saw the book being promoted by Lifeway and also remember reading a post by Ann Voskamp about the book. I look forward to checking it out soon :0 Congratulations!

  1081. 1091

    Congratulations and may God continue to bless you!

  1082. 1092
    Blessed Mom says:

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you. I got teary eyed just reading about you celebrating with your family.

  1083. 1093
    Bethany H. says:


  1084. 1094

    Congrats! Thats awesome! Would love to read a copy!

  1085. 1095

    Congrats on the sales of your book!

  1086. 1096

    I am so happy and excited for you!!! This is such awesome news!! Cannot wait to read it!

  1087. 1097

    Congratulations! So happy for you and your family.

  1088. 1098

    So happy for you!! And I’d love to win to share with friends!

  1089. 1099

    I whipped through your fabulous book the day it came out…LOVED it!! I would love to have a signed copy, and then I’ll give mine to the local library!!

  1090. 1100

    I loved it!!!! Read it in a day!!

  1091. 1101

    I would love to win an autographed copy of your book!

  1092. 1102

    I can’t wait to get to the bookstore to get my copy! Winning one would be even better. I’ve heard it is amazing! Congrats!

  1093. 1103

    Congrats on your sparkly success!!! Definitely a fun read!

  1094. 1104

    Wonderful news!

  1095. 1105

    Would love!!! Thanks much…. and Congratulations!!!

  1096. 1106
    Beth Wilson says:

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

  1097. 1107

    I picked up a copy at Lifeway and started it last night! Love it!

  1098. 1108

    Woohoo! Congratulations! That is totally awesome. Thanks for the giveaway

  1099. 1109

    congratulations! Cant wait to read Sparkly Green Earrings.

  1100. 1110

    Congrats on such great news!!! It’s wonderful to be affirmed, isn’t it? I’d love a copy of the book! And the earrings! Much love to you!

  1101. 1111

    Just got this book yesterday and flying through it. Already told my mom “i wish there was a sequel!”
    Praise God. What a beautiful book of reality made better by God’s grace!

  1102. 1112

    Congratulations! Have fun!

  1103. 1113


  1104. 1114

    Melanie!! I am in tears for you right now! God is so so amazing. And man He just loves knocking our socks off, doesn’t He? He just loves to see us smile and blesses us in ways we could never deserve, all to bring us joy. Amazing!

    Congratulations Melanie! I am so so happy for you! (from the girl who will make Sloths Surprising the new catch phrase of 2013)

  1105. 1115
    Kate Bassett says:

    Congrats! So well deserved :)

  1106. 1116


  1107. 1117

    Congratulations! I’ve been a fan/reader for years and years – so happy for you!

  1108. 1118

    so i’m usually the person that will immediately start crying as soon as i see someone else crying, but this time, i cried as soon as i READ the words that you were crying…..but it’s a happy cry b/c you are just so deserving of this wonderful blessing. CONGRATULATIONS. and have a great weekend.

  1109. 1119


  1110. 1120


  1111. 1121

    Congratulations on your success … relish it!

  1112. 1122

    Congratulations!!! Be glad you live in San Antonio. You wouldn’t be going anywhere here in NE Missouri because we are having a blizzard!

  1113. 1123

    Congratulations!!! :)

  1114. 1124

    Oh I’d love to win a signed copy!
    I just checked your blog because I am avoiding going to the grocery store, hoping some of your Jedi mind tricks will work for me in getting some kind of dinner on the table.
    You go girl! Have a blast!

  1115. 1125
    Susie Sanders says:

    Just finished last night and passed it to my friend this AM. I would love to win a copy for a friend!

  1116. 1126


  1117. 1127
    Christal K says:

    Congratulations! So happy for you and your success! I am a big fan of your blog and looking forward to reading the book.

  1118. 1128

    So happy for you! Congratulations!!

  1119. 1129

    Isn’t is SO wonderful how God never ceases to bless us??!

  1120. 1130

    So happy for you!

  1121. 1131

    Congrats! God bless you!

  1122. 1132

    Amazing!! Congratulations!

  1123. 1133

    Congrats BigMama!! Can’t wait to get a copy and read it!

  1124. 1134
    lisa Tereshko says:

    Congratulations! I wish for nothing but the best for you!

  1125. 1135
    Jennifer C says:

    I really want to read this book now. Please let me win.

  1126. 1136

    Melanie! Congratulations! I have been reading you since right after the beginning. When lunch hours at work were long and uninterrupted, right before I began my own mommy journey. Almost seven years later….you’re still one of my favorite reads, though I now have to wait until naptime to log on! All the happiness on this amazing success!

  1127. 1137

    Congrats!!! So happy for you. :)

  1128. 1138

    I have been reading your book and have to stop myself so I can savor it! LOL! Congrats to you! I hope you jumped up and down and screamed like a girl should!

  1129. 1139

    Fantastic book!! Telling everyone about it!! Thank you for writing it!!!

  1130. 1140
    Emily Walk says:

    Hey, you deserve all this attention! I think it’s amazing that you seem so completely surprised by all of this. You are genuinely funny and so fun to read! I haven’t had the opportunity to read your book yet but I truly look forward to it! Good luck on your trip. :)

  1131. 1141
    Becky Crews says:

    Congratulations! How exciting for you!

    And thanks for the awesome giveaway! :)

  1132. 1142
    Jennifer L. says:

    Congrats on the book! I cannot wait to read it!!

  1133. 1143

    That’s so exciting. I am looking forward to reading your book, and giving it to a friend to read during her maternity leave next month!

  1134. 1144

    Yay!!!! I’m so happy for you!

  1135. 1145

    Ohhh! I totally cried reading this post. You are so awesome!

  1136. 1146

    So happy for you!

  1137. 1147
    Nancy in AZ says:

    Congratulations! You deserve good stuff!

  1138. 1148

    Congratulations! Love your blog. :-)

  1139. 1149

    How awesome! God is great!

  1140. 1150

    One of my friends is reading your book. I like green and can’t wait to read your book!

  1141. 1151
    Ginny Vietti says: