It’s a giveaway for your ears

Does that make it sound like I’m giving away your ears? I couldn’t decide. But I think it’s obvious that wouldn’t really work out because your ears don’t belong to me.

Remember a few months ago when I mentioned I’d recorded the audio version of Sparkly Green Earrings?

(It’s okay if you don’t. I keep forgetting to buy new razors at the grocery store so I totally understand.)

Anyway, it’s available for purchase now.

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You can click here or you can also order it from Amazon here.

I cannot offer you the ability to understand my Texas accent though.

However, I do have a free copy of the audio version to give away today along with this pair of Towne & Reese green earrings.

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All you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment on this post. I’d love to know one fun thing you did this past weekend.

I’ll leave comments open until Tuesday at noon and then notify the winner by email.

Have a great Monday.

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  1. Brooke Christensen says

    Didn’t do anything “fun” this weekend, but did spend the weekend with my husband and daughters just hanging out at our house watching the entire season 3 of Rizzoli and Isles on DVD.

  2. Pippa says

    Love your book! Would love to have the audio version for my sister who is battling cancer. While she might not feeling actually reading she could listen to it – I know show would love it too.

  3. Erin Haack says

    The coolest thin I did this weekend was the 2.5 hour nap I took this afternoon! It was absolutely amazing to wake up and find my kids were both still asleep!

    On the other hand…I had lots of other things I
    Should have been doing…but they can all wait!

  4. pam says

    I would love to win the audio version of your book. The fun thing I did was go to boomama’s Birmingham book signing on Saturday!

  5. Tracey says

    This weekend I laughed with my kids. We laughed about which superpower we’d like to have. We laughed about the fact that our dog ran through the screen door and ripped a big hole in it, but never once stopped to see if someone opened the door. We laughed at my inability to cradle a lacrosse stick without smacking myself in the face. We laughed while we sang at the top of our lungs as we drove home from a little league baseball win. This weekend, we laughed. It was a beautiful sound to my ears. (Ears that would look less naked with those beautiful earrings. I’m just sayin’.)

    Hope your weekend was wonderful too!!

  6. Mandee says

    I’ve been listening to your podcast so bring on your accent! I love it! This weekend, I cleaned out my closet for fun and fun it was as the children were not home! Hope I win :)

  7. Leigh says

    Well Friday night’s trip to Costco with my sister followed by dinner at Chiles was pretty fun, but reading the tweets from my daughter along with those from various other folks during tonight’s Miss USA pageant was really fun!

  8. Kristen says

    We celebrated my 2nd sons 11th birthday at our favorite pizza place, Doc’s Pizza. Yum! Then bought tubs of ice cream and celebrated more at home.

  9. says

    We took the kids to Chucke Cheese. My husband chose to do that on Father’s Day. I know, he’s crazy! It was fun though.

  10. Rachel says

    My husband and I took our 2 1/2 year old son to the zoo today. It was 95 and the heat index was 100+ here in East Texas, but it was fun and where else can you split a burger with your son while watching a giraffe follow a warthog around, watch a kudu and your husband startle each other, or see flamingoes fight?

  11. Lois says

    I would love to win the audio and the earrings! My husband and I had fun yesterday, walking by the Chesapeake Bay and eating an icecream! Ya…our “fun” is a little tame these days!

  12. Anne G. says

    I took my husband to see a movie. Those pretty green earrings would have looked nice for our date! I’ve read you book and it’s great-

  13. Beth Morris says

    I was able to take a 3 hour nap with my toddler during the rain. It was pure bliss!!!!!!

  14. Martha says

    We celebrated my 7 year old’s birthday with a water party in the back yard in the 109 degree heat here in AZ! I even lived to tell about it! Beautiful earrings!

  15. Beth Coggins says

    The most fun thing I did was nothing! Life has been so crazy busy it was awesome to spend time with my husband and dog. We had a blast!!

  16. says

    We went to our toddler’s very first swim lesson (although he has been in the water plenty and loves it, we want him to know what to do if — heaven forbid — he ever falls into water). We drove to McGregor for a mini-reunion of sorts with some friends from my Africa days. Today, we went to church, celebrated Father’s Day with a Mexican lunch (his favorite), and spent the afternoon napping and at the pool. :~) Very fun and busy weekend!

    P.S. I’m coveting those earrings!

  17. says

    Went to see The Big Wedding with my hubby at the oldest movie theater in Lawton, Ok called the Vaska!! So many fun memories at that theater!! Made me smile :)

  18. says

    This weekend I bought a new, cool AudioBook to add to my collection by this amazing author in Texas- perhaps you have heard of her? Evidently a few others did the same darn thing, as there are now less than 10 COPIES LEFT!

    So, y’all best hurry up and get your copy!


    Other than that, I simply enjoyed the fast that, after a year of reorganizing my life to be just the hubby and I, we have the opportunity to welcome both of the kids home for various periods of time.

    Noise. It is cool

  19. J says

    We had donuts before our back yard flooded Saturday morning. We got it cleaned up in time for our daughter’s 5th birthday party Sunday.

  20. Mandy M. says

    We had lunch with family to celebrate Fathers Day and had the most delicious cupcakes!! Then we spent the afternoon at the pool. It was just perfect!!

  21. Heather Bailey says

    Here’s hoping the random number generator gods are smiling on me for the win! 😉

  22. Elizabeth says

    I want to win! We just hung out at the house this weekend with the babies, but it was fun!

  23. VH says

    We had a wonderful family celebration I or Father’s Day at my inlaws’ house. Thanks for the giveaway!

  24. Lauren says

    One of the fun things we did this weekend was have brunch with my dad at our house. :)

  25. Jenn Parker says

    I watched my people swim in the freezing ocean while I watched from under a blanket. Bless them:)

  26. Sandy says

    Spent the whole weekend with my husband doing house projects, floating in the pool, enjoying our newly finished patio, grilling and going out for dinner one night. Do I have to choose one thing ’cause it was a lovely weekend.

  27. Beth says

    I took my almost 1-year-old to the pool! He loves it!! (And mama gets to catch some rays too)

  28. Callie Edwards says

    We had weekend full of fun around here! Swim lessons, birthday party (with an inflatable bounce house and water slide combo-oh the mess), lunch for Father’s Day, some shopping, and cake baking!

  29. Debbie Rutledge says

    Mine happened this morning. I’m a teacher, and I signed up for a technology (shudder!) course this summer. This morning at 5:30 I downloaded the syllabus, and saw I had something due almost every day. I went upstairs, woke my husband, and whined that I couldn’t drop the course because I had already paid for it. He looked at me and said, “Seriously? You’re selling your summer for $300.00?” I came back downstairs, dropped the course online, and brushed all the remaining dust and gravel off my shoulders. Believe me, this is the most fun I’ve had in a long time!

  30. says

    My 3 year old daughter the flower girl in my cousin’s wedding this weekend which brought on a case of nostalgia because my cousin the flower girl in my wedding.

    The best part of the night for me had to be when my daughter turned into a dancing superstar. No longer was she the girl that spun continuously in circles, here, in a beautiful white dress, she was doing the robot and starting dance offs with the bridal party. Her dance card was filled with every person that showed up on that dance floor!!

  31. Emily W says

    I may have gotten addicted to the show “lie to Me” on Netflix and watched an entire season :)

  32. Jenny F says

    I went to the local plant nursery Arbor Gate. .. Love that place for the many possibilities that can do in my yard.

  33. Susan B says

    I would love a chance to win!…Well let’s see, I guess the fun thing we did this weekend was drive up to see and hang out with my brother in law and his family who are camping up in Missouri.

  34. michele says

    One date night my husband and I went to Barnes and Noble and I pick up the book and started to read it. I told him I was going to come back with a Barnes and Noble coupon and I haven’t had a chance. I am wanting to finish it and an audio version is just what I need.

  35. Amy Case says

    I would love to hear the audio version of your book! One fun thing we did this weekend was watch the Spurs win last night! Perfect way to end Father’s Day!

  36. Amy barno says

    I discovered that napping is still wonderful. I’m totally serious, also, read your awesome book and you are the first person I’ve ever”known” (yes, I realize that’s a term to use loosely here, promise I’m not all stalker crazy) who has had a molar pregnancy too. I was totally in tears over that part. Your book was a great blessing to me!

  37. Tracy says

    This weekend we struggled through setting up a pool we bought used. It has a zillion pieces, no instructions, and we bought the wrong liner. It would make a great story for a blog post – your version of it would make it hilarious!

  38. Tammy says

    A new adventure for this Baptist girl … went to Mass with some of my college girls and then had a great “religion” conversation over dinner with our Catholic friends. It’s good to see that we have more in common than we thought! I praise God that He is not bound by walls or denominations!

  39. Kindra says

    I dropped my daughter off at camp for the first time ever. She is there now and I know she is have a BLAST but I sure did miss that sweet sugar muffin this morning. :) Winning a audio version of your book and some precious earrings would make the week go by a little faster. So fun for her a little weepy for me…..

  40. Cathy Santerre says

    On Saturday I watched my 25 year old adoptive daughter meet her full birth sister for the first time. It was a beautiful experience as I watched my daughter’s weeks of apprehension melt away. They met at my house with their families and spent hours in the pool getting to know each other. BTW – I have read your book and you hit it out of the park. Loved it!!

  41. Nikki says

    We had a great weekend at the lake. Hope yours was nice, too. Your book was wonderful; I’d love to hear it in your own voice.

  42. Cindy W says

    I went to Vogel State Park with my family. Spent the day with my amazing husband and that evening my dad and brother came up. I’ve bought the book and loved it and now I’m letting a friend read it. I would love to win the earrings. Love your blog too.

  43. Lindy says

    Well we had a play date and went out for pancakes! Crazy weekend around here. 😉

  44. sarahincola says

    We had a joint moving sale Saturday with some sweet friends. Though it was work, it was fun to lighten our moving load a bit and put cash in our pockets.

  45. says

    Love your book! So neat that you have an audio version, too! I had a fun weekend spending time with my dad, watching a live band play some great cover songs! It was also nice having my brother in town.

  46. Sarah Robbins says

    We went out to eat at Red Lobster for Father’s Day. It was a great meal, but my two year old got sick at the end so we spent the rest of the weekend taking care of her and my one-year-old who caught it after her. Ahh the joys of parenting small children. :)

  47. says

    Loved your book – would be even better to hear YOU reading it! And those earrings are gorgeous. Our fun thing from the weekend – we had our three kids, their spouse/partner, and our grandbaby here for Father’s Day.

  48. Elizabeth says

    I cleaned out the coat closet, pantry, and behind the china cabinet, fridge, and stove. WOOT!

  49. Nancy R. says

    What a great giveaway. I spent the weekend with my family and my sister and her family. We had an arty party for my seven year old and took a Father’s Day trip to Academy.

  50. Sandi says

    I’m a southern girl, I cleaned out the chicken house this weekend….does that count? I did manage to jump in the pool a little later. Where but the south can you find a chicken pen next to a fully decked swimming pool in your landscaping theme?

  51. Allison says

    Had a big cook out for the family for Father’s Day. That was after pressure washing the patio for 8 hours the day before. Fun times.:)

  52. says

    We took our twins to the neighborhood pool this weekend – so fun! They don’t get to go as often as I would like, or they would like, because I don’t trust myself to keep two 3 year olds from drowning. So when Daddy is home, it’s always a treat to go swimming. Even if our neighborhood pool has an overabundance of Stepford -type moms. Seriously. Perfectly coiffed and highlighted blonde hair and the hot pink bikini with crystals, all while watching 3+ kids and bouncing one on her knee without even a hint of muffin top. Yeah. I was a little insecure in my plain one piece and faded orange adidas hat. Rock on.

  53. Anne says

    I helped the my two kiddos make breakfast in bed for their daddy on Father’s Day!

  54. Mary Ellen Lister says

    We enjoyed a weekend together just being “normal ” for a change! Cleaning out our garage, going to the grocery store, a night of Worship, and a Father’s Day filled with golf, steaks, and puzzles! Doesn’t get much better than that :)

  55. Jill Ann says

    Love both types of Sparkly Green Earrings: ie the book and those earrings!!! Random number generator, please pick me! :)

  56. Karen Colver says

    Spent the weekend with my two swee
    t daughters and my husband (who is a terrific daddy!) :-)

  57. Kendra says

    Attended our oldest son’s first ever swim meet. I thought of you at C’s swim meets – is that creepy? You never mentioned how long and boring they are followed by 1 -2 minutes of total excitement while your child swims. Maybe you did and I skipped that part…? We had fun with my in-laws yesterday and good friends Saturday evening. It was a great, soul-filling weekend!

  58. Christy says

    Um, is being on call and doing grad school homework count as fun? I did get an hour nap in so I guess that wins the *most fun of the weekend* prize!

  59. Kim says

    Hmmm…fun…even though it was Father’s Day weekend, I think my husband and I would both agree that it was fun to play Sorry! with our kids and not have one of them cry! :-)

  60. lisa brown says

    My daughter and I ran our second 5k this weekend. (It was more fun than it sounds :)

  61. Rebecca says

    We enjoyed snow cones made by our SIL! Our gift to him for Father’s Day was a snow cone maker and he had such fun getting it all set up and making cones for all of us! : ) Memory maker for sure!

  62. Tara says

    Took my kids to the beach! Always a fun time. Would love to “listen” to your book during our next road trip.

  63. Amy Hobbs says

    We took our new five week old baby girl to church for the first time yesterday. So fun to see all our friends and have them meet our little one.

  64. Ellen says

    Had a great weekend. A fabulous dinner out in a nice restaurant Sat night with my husband to celebrate our 38th anniversary, which was really a couple of weeks ago, but we at least made it out! Wore a gorgeous new top that my husband had picked out for me, and which I had been saving, so I felt like I looked f-a-b-u-lous. Yesterday my brother, sister, and I and our spouses all got together at my dad’s house for Father’s Day–the best present we could think of to give him was all of us together with him (and strawberry shortcake!).
    I have read your book already, but would love to have it in the audio version. I do books-on-cd all the time in the car, and yours was really great!

    • Kristina in GA says

      Oops! Lazy weekend all around. Made brownies on Sunday. And ate them, which is always fun!

  65. says

    We are the leaders for the college and career sunday school class at our church and had a late night glow bowl activity. It was a blast and I stayed up later than I have in years! I was thinking it would be something fun to do with our kids one summer night, but then they started showing some music videos and oh, burn my eyes out! It’s been a long time since I’ve seen any MTV, and I know I might sound like I’m 85, but music videos have changed A LOT since I was a teen.

  66. amy says

    pretty low key weekend- singing in church, the farmer’s market, a little pool time, some walks, all fun.

  67. Mary says

    My friend and I loved your book! Our children have grown up together and the older ones are now in college. We really like listening to books, too, and so the “Texas accent” would make worth purchasing Sparkly Green Earrings on audio =)
    This weekend, our families went to church together, in a tv studio(!)~a service aired for those who are unable to otherwise attend. Newsroom set on one side, “church” on the other. Faith and friends made for a delightful Father’s Day. Happy Summer!

  68. says

    I and our three kids (aged 5, 3 and 2) took my husband out for prime rib on Saturday night and my kids were complimented on their behavior by the waitress. A miracle!
    (Of course, then we came home and my son hit his sister in the arm with a garden shovel…back to normal!)

  69. Tammy T says

    Had an all nighter movie marathon with my brand new , two week old grandson. I couldn’t sleep I was so excited that his mama let me have night duty!! Just cuddled him all night long. Paying the price this Monday morn for skipping a night of sleep, but it was totally worth it . That child is yummy. ( first grandchild, can you tell ?)

  70. Jill Berry says

    I saw ‘Legally Blonde’ the musical this weekend with some girlfriends- it was wonderful!

  71. Kathy Wilshire says

    We had my parents and my husband’s parents for lunch after church for Father’s Day. Although only one of our 4 kids could be here, my hubby got texts or calls from the others. My sis-n-law & niece came also. Everyone was nice and got along beautifully!
    Love the book & I’m almost finished reading A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet & love it too!

  72. Susan says

    I watched 10 episodes of Scandal in a row. It was bliss. And when Noel from Felicity showed up as Captain Jake? Pretty sure my heart stopped beating for a minute. After all these years, still 100% Team Noel.

  73. Lexi says

    I drove 9 hours in a car with 2 kids . . . Oh wait, you wanted something fun. Sorry!

  74. Tamra says

    The funniest part of my weekend was when my hubby opened his Father’s Day gifts (including new undies — which he asked for!) in front of company. Since I’d been cooped up with a tummy bug, that was also the most fun I had this weekend.

  75. Cyndie in Ohio says

    Hey, So glad you did an audio version of your book. I think a lot of people would be able to listen but not have the uninterrupted time to sitting down to read it. This would describe my daughter in law, soooo I’d love to win for her and she would love the ear rings too.
    We were invited out to a Father’s Day lunch; then on the way home our 3 grandchildren sang along to their Bible Club Song track. What a blessing to hear their little voices singing about Jesus.

  76. brenda branch says

    I got a pedicure with my mama. I inhaled the book so this would just be gravy.

  77. Ashley says

    Went to the South Carolina botanical gardens fort nephews birthday party. A treasure hunt complete with clues and challenges for the kids to complete.

  78. Joyce J. says

    Yesterday, we celebrated my great-niece’s 8th birthday with lunch at a Japanese steak house, complete with fire and knives!!

    I would love to win the audio version of the book…..please pick me. :)

  79. Sarah says

    Loved the book – and would love to give this copy away to a friend! We enjoyed a great afternoon with family – can’t ask for a better weekend.

  80. Dawn says

    Last weekend was our dance recital. Although it was long and drawn out, the joy on my daughter’s priceless and put happy tears on my face.

  81. Traci says

    We are on vacation this week so we did a few fun things this weekend. My favorite was probably touring Monticello. We are doing Colonial Williamsburg today. Those things may not sound fun to you, but we are a history loving family :).

    Also. I LOVE a good audiobook!!!!

  82. Mary says

    I’d love to win this because I’m getting ready to go on a long car trip with my husband – and what could be better than making him listen to this on the way there?? Sure beats his sports radio.

  83. Sallie Baker says

    Gave a wedding shower, and caught up on all my DVR’d Nashville and Grey’s Anatomy shows!

  84. Vickie says

    Sat on the front porch drinking wine with a friend I haven’t seen in a while. Love the book, love the earrings!

  85. Lisa says

    I’m a Corpus Christi native, so a Texas accent is the language of my people. And I unpacked from our cruise vacation. Maybe not the standard for fun, but we had such a good time that even the unpacking wasn’t all that bad.

  86. says

    All our kids were home to we had a family adventure to the 2nd St Market in Dayton, OH and found all kinds of fun food. So good to laugh together and explore.

  87. Cristy says

    I took my 4 kiddos out to my mom’s house where we went swimming and grilled shishkabobs.

  88. says

    A couple girlfriends and I enjoyed dinner on My Old Kentucky Dinner Train in Bardstown, Kentucky. We followed that up with an outdoor musical of the Stephen Foster Story. Not a typical weekend for us to be sure, but it was a lot of fun and a nice change of pace.

  89. Courtney says

    Took my husband for delicious barbeque for father’s day. No easy feat in Western Washington!

  90. Katye says

    We had a great Father’s day weekend! My highlight was swimming in the creek with my husband’s family!

  91. says

    I’d love to win! I love your podcasts with Sophie, so apparently I can understand you. :) For Father’s Day, we gave my husband a remote control helicopter, which he loved, and after church, we took him to the Indianapolis Museum of Art– one of his favorite places. It was a great day.

  92. Jill says

    We went to the zoo with some friends and then dropped my 12 year old off at camp for the week. It was fun to see how excited she was to fix up her little dorm room with her best friend. As we walked out with her friend’s parents, we realized in about 5 short years we will probably replay that day at college! :(

  93. Emily says

    This weekend I helped pack all 3 kids and the husband up for camp. We had Fathter’s Day breakfast together and they all left! The boys & my husband are at Boy Scout Camp for the week. My 17 year old daughter is working at the YMCA camp an hour away as a counselor. So, I am home ALONE for a WEEK! I think yesterday was actually Mother’s Day because WEEEEEEE, I”m HOME ALONE. Can you tell I’m all broken up about the aloneness. I do have projects this week, like getting ready for my daughter’s graduation party on Sat., paint the bathrooms and prepare for our vacation in July. The only thing I want to do is obsess about what to wear on the plane (cute but comfy) and what to pack in my carry on bag.

  94. Amy W. says

    Going shopping on Saturday was fun! Even with a cranky 2 year old and an 8 year old who didn’t want to look for “mom” stuff. :)

  95. Lorie says

    I just found your blog and love it,

    We had a great weekend. Yesterday we took a long drive through th Sierra mountains, absolutely beautiful.

  96. Megan G says

    I had an indulgent rainy morning, where I stayed in bed and read a good book. It was wonderful!

  97. says

    1. Went to TJ Maxx with my mom. That place and the Anthropologie clearance room are my little treasure troves.
    2. Locked our car keys (the spare too) in our car Saturday evening. Luckily we were at our friends’ place for a cookout, where the food was plentiful and the weather was nice.
    3. Continued our newfound obsession with Lost. So far we’re on Episode 16 of the 1st season.
    4. Went for a bike ride with my sweetheart and our little one year old girl.
    It was a lovely weekend!

  98. Sarah P says

    I cleaned my house… top to bottom! I know that doesn’t seem like fun at all, but I am such an organizer. Having a clean house makes me so happy…. and so would this audio book and earrings :)

  99. janeinbama says

    We had Father’s Day dinner for my husband Saturday. The girls came and we had lasagna and spinach pesto pasta with HOMEMADE NOODLES! Yes, I did. Also went to curb market with grandsons Saturday morning and had planned to cook vegetables Sunday – instead husband and I went to Outback – his idea :)

  100. says

    Love those earrings! I don’t know if this would be called fun or not but we broke into my best friends house not once but twice over the past three days. Breaking and Entering is a skill that I did not know my husband of 16 years possessed. Long story short, they had an emergency and we needed to take care of their dog. My friend had been meaning to give me a key for times just like this but hadn’t . We broke in the first time and took care of the dog. Met up the next day got a key. Had one made and gave her original key back. Copy we had made didn’t work. Had to break in again to take care of the dog. We have the original back and we are working on correcting that issue. However the pictures and commentary from the two B&E episodes clearly should win some award on American’s Funniest Home Videos.

  101. Mary M. says

    We went to a brass band concert in the park with my parents. It’s something I used to do as a little kid, and now I get to do it with my 4 year old daughter

  102. Wendy C. says

    I absolutely loved reading your book, but I would also love to win an audio version!

    I went canoeing with my family on Saturday, and then we went swimming and to a movie on Sunday. Nothing too grand, but we had a lot of fun.

  103. Stephdip says

    I did some menu planning for my husband’s return from Afghanistan! (YEA! He’ll be back on Thursday!!!)

  104. Cynthia M. says

    We visited with my dad on Father’s Day, and we spent some time this weekend taking care of my sister-in-law’s horse, Sascha.

  105. says

    I loved your book, and I bet the audio version is even more fun!

    I attended my sister-in-law’s baby shower over the weekend, which was super-fun because she is adding the first girl to the family in eleven years, so there was lots of pink!

  106. Lindsey says

    We had a white trash tailgate party for the Spurs Game in our cul-de-sac. Because nothing says “Happy Father’s Day” like watching a game, drinking a beer, and sitting on a futon in your front yard.

  107. Kelly says

    Totally loved FF Freepeople dress last week. Wasn’t sure about the beige, but found it on zappos in a bright poppy red color! Cannot wait! I just finished the book, I kept hearing Sandra Bullocks voice from thee blindside in my head. Tennessee, Texas….same accent right;)

  108. Sarah says

    This weekend my sister, my two nephews, my niece and I traveled 3 hours one way to go to church with my parents on Father’s day. It was the first time for us to spend time with dad since he started cancer treatments. After church and lunch, we turned around and came straight back.

  109. Lindsey says

    We went to two different parties with our little ones. One was made for kids and the other was the antithesis of a kid party. One went really well. The other less well. Oh well. Wore everyone out!

  110. says

    The last two summers, we have been feeding kids/families at the local pool on Sunday evening. Last night we fed 35-40 people and just enjoyed hanging out.

  111. Melanie L. says

    I went with a friend to a spice shop in a local town’s historic area. I love the area and the spice shop experience was, well….delicious!! The prices were fantastic and I still spent $26, but got about 10 different items. So fun!

  112. says

    Just one fun thing? 😉

    My big boys went camping (an annual Father’s Day tradition where the dads take all their “old-enough” kids camping) and I had a dear friend in for a weekend visit. On Saturday we had a bunch of other girl friends over and spent hours eating, talking and laughing. Despite a severe lack of sleep all around, it was the best weekend!

  113. Julianne says

    Worked all weekend, but did manage to fit in a walk up to a local pub with friends on Friday night! Plus, my work is very fun!

  114. says

    We celebrated Father’s Day with more meat than one should really consume in one day: sausage for breakfast, burgers for lunch, and steak for dinner. He was one happy man.

  115. Amber says

    I live in Minnesota and for the first time this year it seemed like it might actually be summer. We went out on the pontoon both Saturday and Sunday. We couldn’t actually go in the water as it was only about 60 degrees! Stopped at a restaurant on the lake and where my 5 year old son walked around repeating “Sunday Funday!”

  116. Ashley says

    We went boating at the coast this weekend. It was so much fun & the two littles fell asleep. So cute!

  117. Catherine says

    I went to the pool! First time this summer! It was heavenly! Well, except for the part where there were no chairs left so we had to lay on the concrete :)

  118. Margaret says

    Cooked “Cracker Barrel” lunch for hubby and watched our daughter put in a bid for her first house. Busy but exciting.

  119. Donna says

    I went to The Gristmill in Gruene and stood in the rain waiting for a table. But it was all good because my son and his wife met us there after they came down from Fort Sill, Oklahoma for a wedding . I’d stand in the rain all day for a visit with one of my kids. :)

  120. Karen says

    Went to a campground with extended family and rode in a golf cart with my family around the mountain. It was a blast.

  121. Becky says

    After a month of organization helped run a football camp at our high school for my son’s football team!

  122. Carol S in Florida says

    Love the earrings:) Took my sons to see Man of Steel and spent the rest of the weekend on my newly discovered TV obsession: silly rom-coms on the Hallmark Movie Channel.

  123. Erica says

    I slept in the middle of my king-size bed while my husband was away at a conference!

  124. says

    On Saturday I slept in until 7:30am. The babies got up at 6:15am and my husband got up with them and let me sleep. It was glorious. And sad that I think 7:30am is sleeping in…

  125. Trystan says

    my best friend and i sent out husbands to go watch the superman movie so that she and i could hang out and drink wine and catch up! it was spectacular AND my hubs was so thankful that he got to see that movie, that he took me out to dinner the next night!

  126. says

    Wedding weekend in Wrightsville Beach, NC…absolutely beautiful! Made me wonder why I live in TX.
    Would love to hear your Texas twang tho :)

  127. Catherine H says

    One fun thing was a graduation dinner for my sister in law who is now officially a pediatrician!

  128. lisa says

    Saturday we went to a concert in the Fort Wort Botanical Gardens…A tribute to The Beatles
    Sunday laid out by the pool

  129. sam says

    This weekend wasn’t the best, it was my first Father’s Day without my dad, but I did enjoy the evening walks with my husband.

  130. Chantelle says

    Had a good weekend filled with family. Spent a good amount of time on Sunday celebrating Father’s Day and doing whatever my Dad wanted to do.

  131. Olivia says

    I had the traumatic experience of having to kill a snake this weekend. You don’t want details, trust me. I may never be the same again……

  132. Jana says

    I’ve read your book, but would love to hear the audio version! Spent time outside with my husband and kiddos this weekend-nothing too exciting but we had fun.

  133. says

    For big fun this weekend I took all three of my preschool aged children to the store. At the same time. In the rain.
    And then I watched the last three episodes of Smash to recover.

  134. Nadia says

    I know this may sound strange, but I spent time purging and organizing my closets. Organizing is therapy at its best for me.

  135. Courtney says

    Unfortunately, I spent the weekend at a funeral for one of the dearest persons on the planet, but reconnecting with family and friends was wonderful. Joy in all things.

  136. Taria Merrithew says

    I spent a good portion of Saturday playing at the creek with my niece and nephews – listening to their sweet laughs as they played in the cold water, caught baby fish and tadpoles, and went on a water adventure hike. :) It doesn’t get much better than that.

  137. says

    I got to drive to Camp Bandia on Saturday to pick up my babies (ages 14 and 16!) from camp. It was so wonderful see them after missing them for a week. :-)

  138. says

    I did so many fun things this weekend. I spent time with my grandchildren, daughter, and husband. Then we went to see Michael Martin Murphey with friends.

  139. says

    Ah, you’re speaking straight to my Texan soul with this! I played Aunt of the Year this weekend and babysat my 2yo and 4mos old nephew and niece in Baltimore. We drove the 8 hours back and fell into bed at 3:30 this morning, up for work at 6. That counts as exciting, right? :)

  140. Maureen says

    We went out for a walk each night after dinner. I love doing this with my husband. It is a way we can talk and just be with each other.

  141. Shannon says

    This past weekend, I got to go to San Diego to visit my in-laws. A highlight was time sitting on the beach with my husband. So peaceful and wonderful, especially after we had to evacuate our house last week due to the fires in our hometown.

  142. Jennifer says

    I enjoyed a Friday evening of t-ball. I love watching my little guy do his best and improve with each game

  143. says

    This weekend, I went to see Man of Steel with my husband, who allows me to act silly and gush and squeeze his arm unbelievably hard when the couple that should kiss in a movie or TV show does. I did manage not to squeal with joy. That was really hard to contain though. He also allows me get all excited over the trailer for Catching Fire and was amused because a young girl down the row from us was acting the same way I was. I don’t know if he was saying I am still a kid at heart or the girl was simply cute. But it was wonderful!

  144. says

    Hi Melanie,
    I wanted to say hey from a fellow Texas (Houston area – Kingwood) and let you know that my summer book group/Bible study is doing sparkly green earrings for our fun summer read. We met last Saturday and hooted and hollered. Thanks for such a wonderful book! We’ll meet again in July to discuss the 2nd half of the book and then in August for a service project of some sort. PLUS, my Thursday Bible study is doing A Little Salty – thanks to your recommendation, so it’s good times!
    Thanks for bringing a bright spot to my day!

  145. Becky Geiser says

    We took our 2 year old son to Seame Street live yesterday and all had a blast!

  146. says

    I went to my brother in laws wedding, chased around my 2 year old and three year old (who were flower girls) for six hour–Lord, help me–while casting longing glances at my glass of wine that was sitting on the table every time i ran by it. i have been trying to read your book since i bought it about three months ago, but i also look at it longingly on my table by the couch as i run by it chasing said toddlers at home–Lord, help me. I was so so excited to hear that you were coming out with an audiobook because i thought “i’m really going to get to finish reading this book now!!!”

  147. Brittney K says

    We had our local Dancing with the Stars event! Oh and spent time with my Dad and FIL.

  148. Nicole Shaw says

    We had great weekend coming off of a weeklong family vacation. It was great to have the weekend to recover from vacation. On Sunday, we had my parents and in-laws over for grilled hamburgers for Father’s Day lunch. Great memories!

  149. Heather M says

    I would love to ‘hear’ your voice as opposed to just imagining it in my head as I read your blogs.

    Happy Monday!

  150. Marsha W. says

    Had a great lunch with my family on Sunday to celebrate my Dad and Father’s Day.

  151. Teresa W says

    I went to my paternal grandmother’s Hudson Family reunion on Sunday. Saw her last surviving sibling and lots of cousins of all ages.

  152. Kimberly says

    Bought a super cute new maxi dress! Added one of my faves, a long necklace, and a shiny chunky bracelet to add that needed sparkle. Something I don’t treat myself to often, but was super fun!!!

  153. Melanie says

    I would love to win the audio version of your book. The fun thing I did was go to Kingwoood and spend time with our son and grandkids! It was also my husbands birhtday!!

  154. Debra D. says

    We enjoyed a Father’s Day bar-b-que with our grown children! It was so much fun to sit around the table and just enjoy each other’s company!

  155. says

    We grilled out in the backyard and played on the slip n slide (the kids, not me this time). Thanks for the giveaway!

  156. KPatilla says

    We roasted marshmallows and made S’mores this weekend with the kids – lots of fun despite the 90 degree temps.

  157. Deslyn says

    I had lunch with my sister and BIL, which is always fun :) Then I cleared out some space in time to have an antique twin bed delivered for my guest/craft room. The clearing out wasn’t fun but that bed sure looks nice! Love your blog…have a great day!!

  158. LauraH says

    I did something “funny” with my college aged son this weekend. We were meeting my husband and youngest son at a steak restaurant for lunch on Father’s Day. I was really excited because my college aged son was able to pick me up and I was riding with him to the restaurant. We accidentally missed our exit and had to circle around, but that was no problem. My husband and youngest son had already gotten to the restaurant and were seated. He told us where they were and to just come in when we arrived. However, I guess we were both a little disoriented from the missed exit because we walked into the wrong restaurant. We went all through the place about 3 times and could not find our family. It was then that my son realized we were in the wrong restaurant. He even said “I wondered why the sign on the door had a different name on it.” I teased him and told him that should have been the first clue that we were in the wrong place. We quickly left and walked across the parking lot to the “right” restaurant. I was so glad my son was the one leading. I got to give him such a hard time! We had a great lunch after a fun laugh!

  159. Rhonda says

    At my nephew’s graduation party, my dad and I taking my husband and sister on in a hilarious game of badminton. We definitely made a memory!

  160. Andrea W. says

    I have read Sparkly Green Earrings and I loved it! It would be so much better to hear you read it though!! (As an Alabama native, I shouldn’t have any trouble understanding your Texas accent!) One fun thing I did this past weekend was go to the batting cages!! Yes, I think that’s fun……….

  161. says

    I read the book and loved it but I adore having audio versions to listen to… This weekend I hosted some essential oil classes at my house, so I guess that means I practiced some voo-doo? :-)

  162. kelly c says

    I would love to hear your book in your voice!!! I had a wonderful weekend spoiling my husband! One of the things we did was swim at the pool at our club house with the kids! Good fun with the girls and their dad!!

  163. Melanie says

    I would love to win the audiobook and the beautiful earrings! One fun thing I did this weekend was jump on the trampoline with my little girl. Another was spend Sunday afternoon with my daddy! Thanks for the chance to win!

  164. says

    Yesterday we took Grandpa to church, then we went to eat burgers for lunch. Later on after dinner we made dark chocolate peanut butter and bacon s’mores! Yummy! It was all about man food.

  165. Amy B says

    I spent a glorious day with my husband and our kids yesterday! We had church in the morning, then swam all afternoon, followed by a lovely thunderstorm (perfect for napping) and then dinner and Puss N Boots dvd in bed with all three of them!
    Thanks for the chance to win.. oh and I’m from GA, so I get your accent!!!!! :)

  166. Mary says

    I watched four of my grandchildren play together. No more beautiful sight in the world. Love your book and would like to win the audio to hear your drawl.

  167. Rebbie says

    Spent yesterday with my sister’s family, my mom and stepfather.
    I read and enjoyed your book, but would love to hear it in your own voice. I always think books are better that way. Love the earrings, too.

  168. Courtney says

    We had the best weekend! I took my husband (3kids) and father to the Braves game on Saturday and we spent all day Sunday on the lake!!! LOVE family time!!!

  169. Jolene says

    Helped a friend host her daughter’s grad party, hosted a father’s day party and then ran for my life on a beautiful Wisconsin rec trail. Great weekend!

  170. laura p says

    We went swimming at my in-laws and while we were in the pool the guy who rents our farm land burned off the fields around us. My boys thought it was awesome. Me not so much.

  171. Beth says

    I had the “fun” of travelling to and then going to a doctor’s appointment BUT my sons got to go to a water park with their grandfather while I was at the dr – does that count???

  172. Jamie says

    I love your book SO much! I bought a copy from Amazon and have a copy on my iPad, so an audio version would complete my collection! And the earrings are perfection! As for the fun thing that I did over the weekend, I am just wondering if washing my husbacnd’s car aon Saturday s a Father’s Day treat qualifies as fun.

  173. Ellie says

    Traveled to Bend, Oregon to celebrate my birthday and Father’s Day. Quilt shopping, hiking through snow, having a fabulous time with my guy of 28 years!

  174. Shelly says

    Three girlfriends and I sat around our pool watching our 13 children splash around!!! Love the earrings and would love your book, I’m sure!

  175. CARRIE says

    Absolutely adored your book. I played tennis this weekend with my husband, which was H.I.L.A.R.I.O.U.S!!!!! I have no hand eye coordination so it was extremely entertaining!

  176. Sharon Flasche says

    I have the kindle version, but would love the audio version. I love these earrings as well.

  177. Sherrer says

    I celebrated 3 family birthdays and 4 Father’s Days this weekend. I would love to win because I have a 90 min drive everyday and would love the entertainment!

  178. Diane says

    Our small midwestern town had their annual Swedish Festival. So we did all sorts of fun things!!

  179. Audrey says

    Spent Saturday evening with my husband, son and future daughter-in-law strolling through downtown San Diego, enjoyed a great Mexican dinner, Padre baseball game and summer fireworks show. Way too late of night for this momma!

  180. Konny says

    We went out to eat Saturday night, AND we face timed with our daughter and grandson on Sunday. Fun times!

  181. Pepita says

    My husband and I went to a pizza/game place and played all mannner of video games, ski ball, etc. It was so incredibly fun!

  182. Anne Hooser says

    ok….here is my comment….the one fun thing I did this weekend was to take a nap! I actually napped both Saturday & Sunday! How amazing is that!!!! Also, I met Leslie for Breakfast (8:30 AM!!) on Saturday (the reason for the nap on Saturday!) at Panera…took your book along and read a chapter to her….Hilarious fun!

  183. Jill says

    I got to see my sister and her family, hanging out at their pool just enjoying the company!

  184. Casi says

    Celebrated Father’s Day early on Friday and then did a whole lot of NOTHING the rest of the weekend. Also, those earrings are AMAZING! :-)

  185. says

    I can’t compete with many of the stories above, but the greatest part of my weekend included a rousing round of Headbandz with my 10 year old and my 4 year old. While trying to help my 10 year old guess what was on his head, my exasperated 4 year old shouted out, “It’s a HOPPOPITAMUS!!” Priceless moments with the kids–I wouldn’t trade them for anything!!

  186. Audrey M. says

    We had a big cookout at my Grandpa’s farm for Father’s Day! Tons of grilled and smoked meat + lots of family = fun day!

  187. Veronica K says

    My 19 year old daughter won a local pageant and she had to help with the baby show as her “Queen duties”. I got roped into judging the baby contest…which was difficult! But we had fun!

  188. Carol says

    Spent a few hours at the pool with a close friend and celebrated Fathers day with a big family gathering and breakfast for lunch!

  189. Brandi P says

    My son found Toy Story again. We watched over and over during this raining weekend.

  190. says

    This beautiful Saturday, I decided I would be all earthy and walk to the farmers market. Put on my 70’s like smock, grabbed my tie dye with the peace sign, and walked on down with intensions of bringing home some local spinach, Strawberries still warm from the sun, and maybe some Beets still clinging dirt they were feshly removed from…maybe even a bar of beeswax soap..just cause I was feeling all” Mother Earthy” and such…well I wandered around and saw all the usual Farmers Market ware, beaded necklaces, Tie-dyed onsies for little ones, Kettle Korn…..hmmm THAT smelled good…this is when I realized I was hungry…there was no produce available, so my bag was empty..and so was my stomach…”oh..theres the beeswax soap” I said to myself as I passed by..but..another fragrance had caught my attention and I was following it like a beagle after a squirrel! Hot Dog!! Great big German Brats on the BBQ…..A small thread of guilt ran through me since I had come for Vegies, but as I slathered on the mustard and relish and sauerkraut, it quickly vanished! I sat on a bench and ate the unhealthy delight while listening to a guy on stage sing ” I shot the sherrif” and marveled at how my trip to the market ended in junk food…”yup” I thought to myself..”This is how I roll”
    Stopped at Albertsons on the way home and bought some corn from California and called it good! Happy Saturday to me ….”Belch!! ..Excuse me! The Dog just landed.”

  191. Sylvia says

    My hubby cooked the most amazing ribs on the grill which I then ate the majority of! :)
    LOVED the book by the way! But I don’t have those earrings…

  192. JoBeth says

    My husband and I spent Father’s Day with our son in Dallas. He is in college and we had not seen him for several weeks. It is hard when your baby grows up and becomes a man right before your eyes! Time moves so quickly when it comes to our kids. I cherish my husband and family so. God bless all fathers and future fathers!

  193. Janet Worthy says

    I got to hold my newborn grandson in “big church” Sunday morning! It was his first Sunday to church and he behaved exceptionally well, if I do say so muself:)
    And I have the PERFECT outfit for those green earrings and would love to hear your version of Texas accent ~ I was in Houston for 20 years, now West Texas for 20 years.

  194. Sue S says

    I drove from Atlanta to Birmingham to have Sophie (Boo Mama) sign books for me and my aunts, cousins and friends. It was so fun to meet her! Maybe you could come visit Sophie and have a book signing in Birmingham for your next book. I would happily drive to Birmingham again. I just cannot quite make it to San Antonio! I thought for a minute that I could take my Sparkly Green Earrings book to Living Proof Live a few weeks ago and try to find you to sign my book – but the weekend was supposed to be about Jesus, and I did not want to frighten you! Hahaha!

  195. Mindy says

    We had a girls weekend – 15 years post high school and we laugh & giggle like we always did. And we were introduced to your blog! The audio book would be perfect for my upcoming road trip with my mom!

  196. Lesli says

    I’d love to win a copy of the audio version. I have always imagined how your Texas Twang sounds and I’d love to actually hear it now!! lol

    My fun for the weekend was cooking a fabulous mexican fiesta lunch for my family in honor of my dad for Father’s Day. We had several Pioneer Woman recipes and it was all a huge hit!!

  197. Anita says

    Great giveaway! We went to the beach yesterday. It’s FINALLY warming up in MN. Perfect beach weather, it was a wonderful day.

  198. momof8 says

    We had an awesome conference at our church this weekend. Would love to hear your Texan accent! Love the earrings!

  199. Lisa O'Connor says

    So excited for you Melanie! I didn’t do too much this weekend as I am recovering from ACL surgery! But would love to wear sparkly green earrings while I listen to Sparkly Green Earring! Your accent is awesome!

  200. Luann Kirkham says

    This weekend I played Scrabble with my daughter and for the first time she won! (barely) It’s a milestone. (A sober one for me) :)

  201. Kim hamilton says

    I had a fabulous time visiting family in St. Francisville, LA. My husband’s grandmother turned 103!!!!!!

  202. says

    The weekend consisted of “baby shopping” (our second will be here in 6 weeks), church, and then a Fort Worth Cats baseball game last night. Highlight: My 4 year old son, Parker, got to go out on the field and yell, “Play Ball!” to start the game. :)

  203. Tracy says

    Went to my daughter’s first music recital. Other than a few painful violin pieces (bless their hearts), it was quite fun! :)

  204. Brenda says

    I took the Hubster to see “Spamalot” and laughed our heads off!

    I would love those green earrings to wear while listening to your book!

  205. says

    I went to my brother-in-laws wedding! Then watched all three of my kids out on the dance floor as they danced the night away to a great jazz band!

  206. Deb Dandridge says

    I went to see “Man of Steel” with hubby. I was expecting not to like it. However, I enjoyed it very much. Even the new guy was good. I didn’t think anyone could replace Mr. Reeves. I was pleasently surprised.

  207. Sandy Grammer says

    My daughter got married on Saturday!! I had a wonderful weekend; now I’d love to relax with that wonderful book!

  208. Carol says

    Hung out at camp. Fun. Picked wood ticks off the dog…not so fun. But, all and all a good weekend. It was “Happy Fathers” Day weekend. :)

  209. LuAnn Fischer says

    We had a cookout with both our Dads yesterday after a wonderful morning at church.

  210. Mindy says

    2 fun things about our weekend:
    I got to snuggle my 3-week-old nephew :) and we went to a graduation party (yikes- that will be us next year!)

  211. Gerry in Missouri says

    We went to a wedding on Saturday. It was outdoors and the weather cooperated. Just as we moved inside for the reception, it started raining!

  212. says

    I went to church for the first time in quite a while and almost had a wheelchair race with a dear friend and mentor who is a quadriplegic but then he said he would feel bad winning because I am in a “granny chair”. So the race is postponed until I get a better chair haha!

  213. Erin O. says

    Loved the book and read it in two days! Would love to have the audio! We had a BBQ with friends and family to celebrate the great men in our lives!

  214. Jen Tepe says

    I cleaned out the master bedroom closet….our entire house is a picture of organization EXCEPT that closet!!!!!! And we celebrated fathers day with our families. :-)

  215. Jennifer D says

    We spent the weekend at the baseball field at a tournament where my son played. Whew it was hot!!

  216. Sonya says

    The fun part of my weekend was having pictures taken for our 5th wedding anniversary on Friday night.

  217. Brooke says

    I spent the weekend at the beach! One fun thing we did was take my 4 year old crab hunting for the first time!!

  218. Staci Brown says

    This weekend I made my very first wedding cake for a friend who got married on Saturday. And I got to be a bridesmaid in her wedding!

  219. says

    My dog was attacked Friday night and we spent a lot of Saturday at the vet. My fun thing I did this weekend was lay in bed with my 3 kids (daddy is away on business) and just hang out, watch TV and nap. With 3 teenagers – this never happens anymore!

  220. says

    I spent Saturday helping my 14-year old sew an apron. I shared with both of my daughters about how women used to have a hope chest. That was a fun discussion. Sunday we cooked Colombian food for my husband.

    By the way, I speak Texan so would love to hear your audio book. :)

  221. Marianne G. says

    Baked dozens of cookies and brownies with my daughter! Then the two of us went shoppinh!

  222. Jessica Knight says

    I would LOVE this audio book.. especially since I’m convinced your voice sounds just like a southern Sandra Bullock :)

  223. Rachael b says

    Had a picnic with great friends and a Father’s Day BBQ! P.s. I want that audio book! Correction, I NEED that audiobook!!

  224. says

    I just read your book last week and loved it! I quite like those earrings too :)

    This weekend was spent lounging in the pool with the family! Love the water.

  225. Natalie says

    On Saturday, I hosted some friends and my daughter and her friends for a Tuscan dinner! It’s was fun and delicious!

  226. Kimberly Oliver says

    I baked chocolate cupcakes and them ate them…too many of them! I’d love to listen to your book next week while on the beach!

  227. Cassandra says

    We finished decorating for VBS and kicked it off last night! Loved the book and would love to hear you read it! Thanks!

  228. Leslie L says

    Went to our state homeschool convention and saw a bunch of wonderful friends. Hubby and daughter went too. We had a great time. Just finished Earring on kindle last week. Would love to have the audio. We love audio programs and books.

  229. Angela S. says

    We spent the weekend at the Baseball fields for my middle son’s All-Star games (they placed 2nd) :)

  230. Annie says

    I flipped my mattress and changed my dust ruffle…..I realize that may not be fun for most,
    But I am thrilled….I need a life.

  231. Leah Elliott says

    We had a fun-filled weekend! My daughter had her dance recital which was a ton of fun and of course went to church on Father’s Day, heard a wonderful message and then went home and cooked for my wonderful man and the father of our five kids!

  232. KIM says

    I had a wonderful weekend with just my daughter. We did anything she wanted to do. It was very nice.

  233. TerraD says

    We went for a family bike ride and made Dad a chocolate chip cookie cake for Father’s Day!

  234. Angela B says

    I’m not sure if you can call it “fun”, but we took our two kids to camp on Sunday to stay until Thursday. It was fun for them, and slightly traumatic for me. But that is the extent of what I did this weekend!

  235. says

    My brother’s family came to visit this weekend, so I went swimming with my niece and nephew about 27 times in the span of two days. : )

  236. hollywoodbeachgoer says

    Took a roadtrip with a girlfriend and our daughters. We went to Aquatica (a water park in Orlando)…..climbed stairs and waited in line while holding a tube….I laughed myself silly and made some great memories with my 10 year old………..father’s went fishing in the Bahamas for Father’s Day…..enjoying yellowfin tuna for dinner tonight

  237. Amy Cooke says

    My children spent the weekend with my sister in law and I cleaned out 4 closets, a playroom and 2 bedrooms. It was actually fun and I felt like I accomplished something! I have read your book and love it!

  238. Kim says

    My husband and I went on a long bike ride, and grilled out with our family for Father’s Day. Love your book!

  239. Colleen Duran says

    My hubby was away visiting his parents so I had myself a wonderful weekend of watching my favorite DVDs, napping on the sofa, staying up late praying and reading. It was wonderful to just take a weekend retreat at home with me The Lord and my two cats.

    Oh -by-the-way…I speak “Texan” so I will not get lost in translation! :-)

  240. says

    This weekend … I worked both Sat and Sun at trade show for Pinto World Show … but, two fun things Sunday … visited FBC Tulsa – beautiful church and a good word and watched Miss USA which the twitter commentary was a fun companion to! :)
    I’m not a Mom, but have a lot of friends who are and I would def share the book w/ them … I love green, so the earrings … mine. 😉 Hope you understand.
    Thank you for a fun giveaway!
    angie g

  241. Amanda B says

    I would love this book! I’m halfway through the written version, but I would LOVE to hear you put the words to life (with your Southern accent… as a MS girl I love a good Southern twang) :)

    This weekend we inaugurated our new gas grill… both scary and exciting! Burgers were delicious!

  242. Melissa says

    I did a yard sale with my sweet SIL and we got to sit on the porch all day and sip coffee and talk :)

  243. Alisha says

    On Saturday I met two high school friends for lunch to plan our 10-year HS reunion, which is coming up this fall! So fun, but where did the time go?!

  244. Dawn Edgell says

    We took my mother-in-law shopping for a camper. May sound weird, but it was fun!

  245. Shelly K says

    The best part of my weekend was reading your amazing book! The worst part was that I finished it…. I’m sad it’s over? Can’t wait for the next one!!

  246. Amy B says

    I absolutely LOVED your book! My favorite thing this weekend was spending time with my sweet daddy yesterday for Father’s Day. :)

  247. Beth B says

    We Skyped with our family in Arkansas. It’s the next best thing to being there!

  248. says

    Oooh! I’ve really been wanting your audio book!! This past weekend we celebrated Father’s Day with my dad’s family! We also did a garage sale where we made a total of $11. FAIL.

  249. Mikaila says

    I went to a 2 year old’s birthday party, had some MOM time with my good friend, and went to a wedding! Thrilled for a chance to win this audio copy. :)

  250. Ann Warren says

    Fun family baby shower for 2 nieces, one is having a boy in Aug the other is having twin girls in Oct….our family is so blessed!
    I have read your book via my Kindle, loved it. But I sure would enjoy those earrings and could always share the audio book with a friend or sister!

  251. says

    I listened to lots of 90’s radio hits and soaked up the sun by my parents’ pool this weekend. I love this book and I love the earrings, but I’m not entering for me. I’m entering for my husband. He pretty much only reads audio books and after seeing me act like an insane/crazy person while reading this book, I feel it’s only fair to let him in on all of the fun. But I will go ahead and take the earrings, too. He’d look pretty ridiculous in them. :)

  252. Jackie ingram says

    Well, I didn’t do much since I’m recovering from surgery, but my husband and sons went and shot skeet and trap. The 4-H Shotgun State Games are in San Antonio in July, so they need to keep practicing!

  253. Tina Harrell says

    Oh, I’d love to win! I went kayaking with my husband and parents to celebrate Father’s Day!

  254. says

    Good afternoon,

    I am a HUGE fan! My friend Tiffany who is lifelong friends with Jenny Isaminger sent me your blog several times and then bought your book for me. I couldn’t put it down and now I cant quit reading your blog. Actually I have purcahsed a couple of your books and a couple of your friends books (A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet) to give to my gal pals. I commute to and from work on a metro bus (public transit) in order to keep from losing my mind while sitting in Houston traffic from the suburbs to downtown each day. So I read your book on the bus. I am CERTAIN people thought I was bipolar because I would start off laughing, then I would cry, then a giggle….you get the point. I just LOVED the book and can’t wait for your next one. It made me way less worried to become a mom (8 weeks prego!) because I now feel like I can still be myself. I write a silly little blog for my friends and fellow bus riders, Anywho – I would LOVE to get to go back through your book and I am sure it will be even better if you are reading it! I hope I win!!

    Blessings Upon Blessings,


  255. Lauri says

    Made the drive from Fort Worth to Houston….it is a huge reach to call that fun. Would love the book on tape for my daughter, she is on the road all the time and would enjoy it.

  256. Kelly says

    I took my little girls out to the JW Marriott for a night, outside of San Antonio. We had a ball.

  257. Sara says

    This weekend we enjoyed a visit from my sister-in-law. She watched our three daughters while my hubby and I went out to dinner to celebrate our 15th anniversary!

  258. Wendy says

    I would love to try to decipher your Texas accent! Thanks for providing such a fun give-way!

  259. Callie says

    We put our dock in the water! It was quite the adventure. Between my mom, my step-dad, my husband and myself. Plus an inflatable raft, a fishing boat and a pair of waders…let’s just say it got a little dicey!

  260. Johanna says

    On Saturday, we attended our local high school graduation. Each of our five kids have long since graduated, but in our small town, graduation is quite the community event, and we wouldn’t miss it. It helps that my hubby and I both teach school here, and we know most of the graduates every year. On Sunday, we celebrated Father’s Day with family. Such a wonderful weekend!

  261. Alana Morgan says

    Fun things this weekend included long morning city walks and helping my 81 year old friend Darlene move!

    Thanks for this chance to win! Your book was so much fun!

  262. Mary Ellen says

    I sent my daughter to pick up my husband’s Father’s Day gift. Dad immediately knew where she was because I forgot he has put a LoJack system on her vehicle since she is a new driver. His initial thought was that she was meeting her boyfriend at TopGolf. Oh Geez! Poor girl! But, THAT was funny. I can’t be sneaky even when I’m trying. :)

  263. Amia says

    We spent the afternoon at the pool this weekend! It’s finally summer in Illinois!!

  264. Emmy L. says

    Busy weekend… saw a movie with husband and family and spent yesterday swimming with nieces and nephews!

  265. Beth M. says

    Celebrated my nieces 7th birthday, we made up carnival games for the kids to play.

  266. BethayY says

    For fun this weekend my husband and I … shoveled dirt, mulch, and stones; rolled 2 large bolder out of our yard; and planted grass seed. Ok, so it wasn’t THAT much fun, but it was productive! And we did have a good time together. The fun part was when we were done with all that mess we built a fire and took our Ipad out by it and watched a movie while snuggling. Ahhh! (which would have been even more enjoyable if I hadn’t gotten a sunburn all over my back that day….) :)

  267. Kristi G. says

    I live in the NW so any type of sun is amazing…I watched my son play baseball and my daughter play softball. I am sure my Husband would not want anything different for Father’s Day!

  268. Dede says

    We went out on the boat tubing and wake boarding with our cousins visiting from Austria. The kids had a ball.

  269. Jennifer says

    I went to the mountains, sat on the deck & watched deer, fox & groundhogs run around. Also ate far too much good food. I love your book….this audio would be a great gift for a friend who travels, but the earrings would be for me! I need some sparkle in my life..

  270. says

    Well….we survived a drive to Frederickburg with our three children crammed into the back seat if a Taurus (it’s every bit as full of tattling, pinching and shoving as you might imagine), then handed them off to my mother-in-law for a whole week! We hit a winery on the way home and had an evening as adults. Amazing! And the car ride back was WAY quieter :)
    Could use some cute earrings for a date night in the coming week or so. Just sayin’….

  271. Sara says

    My mom, hubby and son spent Sunday morning enjoying a beautiful day at the beach. Weather was great, everyone was happy!

  272. Annette Bartle says

    Hello Melanie,

    I flew to KY and surprised my sister who was speaking at an event. She was overwhelmed with preparations and needed lots of help. It was great to see her face when I showed up at her door. And since I’m her sister, she felt free to order me around. :) FUN weekend!


  273. Mariya says

    We went to a neighborhood kid birthday party. I love having neighbors with kids our age.

  274. anotherlisa says

    i sent my kids to the in-laws and enjoyed some down time.
    no one but me and the pets.

  275. nancygirl says

    I hosted a Fathers Day party for 12…tried all new recipes and they all turned out well. For a change.

  276. Leah says

    I went to a Rough Riders (minor league) baseball game and didn’t die in the Texas heat!

  277. Melissa says

    My fun thing for the weekend was a delightful nap on Sunday afternoon. Well, that and finding a verabradley bag for $5.00 at a tagsale. Pretty much delightful all around. I would adore hearing your book in your southern accent. My friend’s puppy ate my paper copy, so I’d be able to hear the ending!

  278. Abby says

    Would love to win those!! This weekend was jam packed with an outdoor movie night, birthday party, graduation party, etc. The best part of the weekend however was celebrating Father’s Day with my husband who is an absolutely awesome dad!

  279. Dana says

    The hubby and I went to the movies and saw “This is the End”, it was stupid funny and we giggled like teenagers through the whole thing! It was a nice night away without kids :)

  280. Thelma says

    I played with my sister’s new puppy. BTW, I have your e-book, but would love to have the audio version for the car! The book is wonderful.

  281. says

    Had friends over for a cook out and laughed all night. Played in a church softball tournament on Saturday. Love your book!

  282. Holly says

    Hung new curtains and curtain rods!! Only 12 years after we moved to this house. I’m soooo on top of things.

  283. Carrie says

    I watched my girls swim all weekend and worked on my tan…and those beautiful earrings will look incredible with my tan :)

  284. Maggie Blane says

    We had a great Fathers Day Weekend, filled with shopping for my upcoming mission trip to Ethiopia, packing for the mission trip then dinner with the family. I love your book and would love to have it on audio tape to listen to while driving. :) I’m also pretty fond of the earrings!

  285. ARLENE says

    Spent my time with my 2 fave boys – my hubbby and 5 yr old son – hanging out – laughed all weekend long it seemed like:)

  286. Sharon says

    Celebrated Father’s Day by taking my husband to a car show in Pismo Beach. He loved it!

  287. Emily says

    I made my husband a mustache shaped cake for Father’s Day! He really enjoyed it!

  288. emily faulkner says

    watched and worshipped with a sweet young couple as they said “i do”….

  289. Beverly W. says

    One fun thing….attending our grandsons college graduation from Cal Poly in beautiful San Luis Obispo, CA where the weather was absolutely perfect!

  290. Catherine Williams says

    I was on an anniversary date with my husband of 12 years and my sister called to tell me she was in labor. On Sunday, June 16th at 1:12 am, my precious niece was born. I have 2 girls (6 and 2), so they slept on the couches in the waiting room. We woke them up to see their new cousin. Priceless memories!

  291. Dee says

    How about three fun things? My husband and I celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary, his birthday, and Father’s Day which were all yesterday! We were blessed with our children home to enjoy it with us!

  292. Anita W. says

    I watched two different kids’ baseball/softball games. Boys ages 7&8 and Girls ages 9&10. Oh my, what a comparison.

  293. Amy Hogan says

    This weekend I re-read Sparkly Green Earrings and loved it even more the second time! Why you ask? Because the women of Wheaton Bible Church in Wheaton IL chose YOUR book for our Summer Book Club book in June and we are meeting tomorrow night, June 18! Can’t wait to laugh and cry over all my favorite parts! Thanks for this great book!

  294. Jeanie says

    I went to Macy*s and got bargains, bargains, bargains. Bargains are my favorite thing.

  295. Rosemary says

    I spent a delightful weekend with my 2 1/2 year old grandson. Being a grandma is a little piece of heaven.

  296. Rhonda V says

    We decided our 2 year old was potty trained enough to venture out to church nursery without back-up. He probably would have made it except our pastor went long, so our dear son came back to us wearing a diaper and a very pink pair of leggings. Just in time for our Father’s Day lunch… It makes a great memory!

  297. Julie Atwell says

    Attended the Father’s Day parade in our small town – with close friends and their 4 year old twin grandsons. Americana at it best!!

  298. Janet P says

    Love your blog!! As a fellow Texan, I know you will appreciate that the best thing I did this weekend was jump into my mom’s swimming pool to cool off from the Texas heat! Also, we watched the Spurs game and I am really hoping they win the Finals!

  299. Sheryl in WA says

    I baked, and then ate, a really delicious chocolate souffle with Grand Marnier sauce. Yummmm.

  300. says

    My youngest sons baseball team was honored at the Astro’s game, so we spent Fathers day at the baseball game. Fun!

  301. BethA says

    1) Slept late. We just got back Friday night from a week in NYC and we were tired! This was our 16 year-old daughter’s first trip there, so we hit the city hard.

    2) Watched the US Open. Watched Phil Mickelson be a bridesmaid, not a bride, yet again. Bless his heart. We really wanted him to win this one. Oh well.

    3) Made a delicious Mario Batali recipe for Father’s Day. Lemon fettuccini. It was FABULOUS! That man can COOK.

  302. Rachelle says

    Thanks for the give away opportunity! My little girl and I made a blueberry pancake breakfast for my husband on Father’s Day!

  303. Martha from Michigan says

    I’m driving from Michigan to Washington DC this summer…. a perfect opportunity to listen to a book!!

  304. Sherri Len says

    I drove for the first time in 9.5 weeks! (I am recovering from neck surgery.)

  305. says

    Cabin in the woods, good eating, hiking, hot tubing, white water rafting awesomeness:) thank you for the chance! Xo,
    Heather P.

  306. Elizabeth K says

    Read the book, LOVED it, would LOVE to listen to it as well! Saturday was a fun day just getting things done around the house and yard with my hubby and three little boys – nothing spectacular, but the kind of time I treasure.

  307. Sylvia says

    I went to a graduation party for my favorite 18 year old. I would have no problem understanding your Texas accent- I am originally from Alabama and lived in San Antonio for 10 years. Easy peasy.

  308. Mindy says

    We went to Passion City on Sunday. David Crowder lead worship. It is always fun to worship in the PCC house.

  309. TrishInFL says

    I spent a good amount of quality time with my 5 year old daughter, watching TV :-) I was very tired this weekend, so she was lucky to get that much TV, in one long weekend stretch!

  310. Debbie says

    My fun this past weekend was sitting on the front porch enjoying the rain and wind after a very hot week in the southern US.

  311. Leigh says

    My husband and i went with 2 other couples to new orleans for a convention. We decided to do something we’d never done before so we took a fan boat tour theough the swamp and fed alligators! Got to pet them too. Sooo fun!! Our guide had an accent exactly like those guys on Swamp People who eat possom and squirrels. Too much fun for couples taking the weekend away from kid duty.

  312. says

    The most fun thing was taking my husband out for supper Saturday night. The rest of the weekend was a blur of him working on our old-soon-to-be-ready to rent house while I worked on unpacking and dealt with the kids at the new-just-moved-in house.

  313. Robin in AZ says

    We spent Saturday evening celebrating the marriage of our middle daughter with a casual reception at our home with about 80 friends and family. What a blessing to have so many who love our daughter and new son-in-law!

  314. says

    This weekend I FINALLY WON at Bunko, and it couldn’t have come at a better time :) LOVE those earrings, and would love to read/listen to the book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  315. Denise says

    About the most fun I had this weekend was washing the dog. He is a riot when he gets wet!

  316. Karen says

    Having my three boys home for the weekend was the best…and spending time with dear friends is always so much fun! I listen to audiobooks all the time in my car!!

  317. says

    Yes please!! Ok, don’t laugh, but Saturday night the hubby and I went with another couple to hear a Journey tribute band!! The lead singer looked and sang just like Steve perry! The worst part was he was wearing a belly shirt!!LOL

  318. Cindy says

    I went to a farmer’s market, and discovered “scapes.” They are big, round, lovely flowers that grow from bulbs of garlic. Imagine that! They look great arranged with blooms from our butterfly bushes. Who knew?

  319. Cathy P says

    Fun (gulp), yes. Took a carload of stuff and almost grown up daughter to her summer job across the state at Cannon Beach Conference Center.

  320. Kristen L. says

    Had a great Father’s Day celebration with my immediate and extended family! So fun! Thanks for the great giveaway — loved your book. XO

  321. Donna M says

    We had a marvelous time celebrating my niece’s arrival from Denver for a week’s vacation with us, Father’s Day with my 88 year old dad, and my daughter’s graduation with a Master’s Degree in Nursing! A very happy Sunday!!

  322. Colleen says

    Would love to listen to your book and your accent! We had a nice slow day at home after Mass and babied to father of our kids.

  323. Sharon says

    I bought your book last week and gave it to a young mom who I’ve been meeting with since January. I just recently starting reading your blog. It’s been a ray of sunshine at a difficult time. My dear husband of 33 years passed away unexpectedly of sudden cardiac arrest. Our four adult children really struggled this past week. Father’s Day was very hard. Since he was passionate about hanging the American flag on the pole in our front yard, we purchased a new flag and hung it together in honor of Flag Day and our dear husband and dad who loved and humbly served his family, friends, coworkers, and those broken by life’s trials better than anyone else we know.

  324. Alyssa Mullins says

    I had friends over for dinner Friday evening. They stayed 5 hours! I guess we all had a nice time!

  325. Susan says

    Loved the book! Had to stop reading it at bedtime for fear that my giggling would wake up my husband. As far as this weekend and one fun thing, my husband, parents, 3 year old daughter, and I went to eat fried fish at a friends local seafood market. My daughter looks forward to it every time she goes to my parents’ house. Simple thing, but still makes a sweet memory.

  326. Pamela Wolfe says

    Love to win !!! Our fun thing was my husband and I went to his daughters wedding up in the mountains. We never get away just the two of us ( we have special needs children) so this was a big treat for us. But it went by so fast.

  327. Tammy H. says

    Had a 12th birthday party for my baby girl. Snowcones, swimming, and photobooth made it a perfect celebration. Also celebrated the dad of the house for Father’s Day. So you know, green is my favorite color,!

  328. Theresa says

    Went for a long walk/run at a local park with my border collie Jesse and enjoyed him stalking every squirrel he could spot…..even in Texas heat and humidity! Have not read your book and would love to win!

  329. Terry says

    Are you kidding! Fun? My husband scheduled his colonoscopy for the day after Fathers’ Day! What could possibly be more fun than prepping for a colonoscopy?.. Our big Fathers’ Day dinner was tuna salad for me and green jello for him.

    But I did spend several hours reading the archives of your blog, laughing until I cried!

  330. Sharla says

    We celebrated all of the wonderful dads in our lives, including the greatest dad in our family, my husband. His birthday is today too so we’ve been celebrating a lot the past few days!

  331. KD says

    The kids and I set up a large baby pool for our two ducks in the back pasture. So much fun watching them splash, dunk & play!

  332. Karen says

    I would love to hear your beautiful Texas accent! Fun was a little thin on the ground around here this weekend, everyone was tired and cranky. That includes husband and kids, so, you know, not much fun for Mama! But I did prep to teach at VBS this morning, which was SUPER fun, so, that makes up for it. :)

  333. mcjaime says

    The most fun thing I did all weekend was have a garage sale!!!!! I’m just kidding!!!! That part was miserable (I live in the desert and it was HOT).

    Actually, the most fun thing was joining our dear friends for a Father’s Day cookout and splashing with my 2yr old in her little pool!!

  334. Ginny says

    Our town had it’s annual summer parade Sunday afternoon. It’s so fun to see things through the eyes of children. Mine are 3 1/2 and 1 1/2.

  335. Andrea says

    I enjoyed brunch on the patio with my husband and daughter. It was a gorgeous morning!!

  336. says

    Lovely weekend. Visited an art gallery and the farmers market with a friend. Then spent the remaining weekend quietly reading a novel which I haven’t done in a very long time. Very self-indulgent but very rejuvenating.

  337. Pam says

    My daughter and I enjoyed (except for the HEAT) the Farmer’s Market, then took her
    “super daddy” to see Man of Steel and to eat at a great little pizza place on the Boardwalk!
    Sunday after church, we went to dinner to with our son and his family to celebrate what a great daddy he’s turned out to be! Busy, fun weekend!

  338. Kathryn C says

    I’m in Australia visiting my family!! I live in Texas, so this is AWESOME!! And we are having the most perfect weather and an awesome time just hanging out ll together :)

  339. Barbarann Probst says

    I loved your book- and since I’ve read it I’ve been searching for the perfect pair of sparklie green earrings! Keep writing!!!

  340. Edie says

    one fun relaxing thing we did this weekend was finishing the season 3 series finale of Downton Abbey with my hubby. We’ve been working though the DVDs, so Sunday afternoon we brewed a fresh pot of black coffee, had a piece of homemade strawberry cake and watched that horrid final episode together :)

  341. beth says

    Read the book and it’s so sweet and well written it only took me a day to read it. I can honestly say however I have never listened to an audio book and would be just tickled to give it a go. The earrings would look 7 shades of sassy on me while I giggled along with the book.

  342. Angela W says

    Mowed the lawn and cleaned hubby’s car for Father’s Day, it was fun to cover some of his chores for him. thanks for the entry!

  343. Susan says

    Loving the pool, the beach, flip flops, new books and all things summer right now! :) this past weekend was full of all things summer and quality family time!

  344. Jill Albritton says

    I just finished your book & Sophie Hudson’s book and loved them both! Enjoyed them both equally! This weekend I had a nice bike ride with my husband on the Trinity Trail in Fort Worth. Such a nice morning.

  345. Missy says

    We have new neighbors from Ghana (in our small Arkansas town that’s a big deal) and they invited us over for a Ghanian food tasting Saturday. It was my first time to eat goat!

  346. says

    Sadly, it hasn’t been a weekend of fun. It’s been at my mother’s bedside in a Fl hospital.
    Dr’s called me to come quick from Indiana and I raced through the night to be with her as she battles cancer & heart problems.

  347. Kristen says

    I was in Florida with my family, my parents, and my sister’s family. We had a great vacation until the car broke down on our way home! :)

  348. April says

    I watched my daugher and son-in-law give my grandson a bath for the first time! He’s a premie and he’s going to get to go home soon so they learned the best way to give him a bath! It was precious.

  349. Casey A. says

    My family and I hit up two toddler birthday parties. It was a big, exhausting weekend!