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The Antelope in the Living Room

Okay, so let’s talk about this emotional milestone.

I just got home from an informational meeting at the Junior High because Caroline is going to be in Junior High next year. Of all the things happening in my life right now, this might be the one that is the most surreal and has caused me to be a little bit of a wreck.

Junior High. As in, MIDDLE SCHOOL. As in, she’ll have a locker and everything.

Oh, and also. I have a book that’s officially out today. Maybe you’ve heard about it since I have been talking about it for the last week or so non-stop.

It’s called The Antelope in the Living Room: The Real Story of Two People Sharing One Life.

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Spoiler alert: It’s about marriage. Specifically, it’s about my marriage. But I expect that it’s probably about your marriage, too. Because there are things and moments and frustrations and joys that we all experience as we spend our lives with another person that we’ve pledged to be with until one or both of us die.

(You’re welcome for that cheery thought.)

I’m going to be honest with you and admit that I hope you buy this book. And I hope you spread the word to your friends and that they read it. Because as I’ve really spent time thinking about what my hopes and dreams are for The Antelope in the Living Room (the book, not the real antelope because my hope for it is that it mysteriously disappears) something has become clear. I want it to fill you with the realization that you’re normal.

I realize that may be a lofty goal for some of you.

Here’s the thing. Marriage can be hard. We all know that. And there are millions, or at least hundreds, of books out there with all manner of advice telling us how we can be better wives or speak each other’s love languages or pray for our husbands. And that’s good. Sometimes that’s what we need.

But in a world where Fifty Shades of Gray spent time on the bestseller list, maybe we need a book about a real relationship. A real, messy, beautiful, normal marriage and what an incredible thing it can be and what a gift it is to spend your life with a man who can drive you crazy and make you fall in love all over again in the midst of the mundane and the routine and the what’s for dinner tonight and the soccer carpools.

Maybe instead of reading more statistics about divorce and hearing all the gloom and doom, we need a little hope that marriage, with all its ups and downs, can bring us joy.

Because it’s often in those hard moments that we are becoming the person God created us to be. We’re dying to self and learning what it means to forgive and sharing all the triumphs and struggles that life can bring with another human being. It’s in the simple chaos and absurdities of everyday life that you and your husband are weaving a legacy for your family.

And if we can’t find the laughter and the humor and the security in that? Then I think we’re missing the whole point.

That’s my prayer as this book goes out into the world. That for a few hours or days or however long it takes you to finish it, that you will laugh and cry and feel normal. That you’ll know you’re not the only one whose husband buys peppermint bark in bulk or lectures you on how to turn the closet doorknob the right way or didn’t buy you a Lexus wrapped in a big red bow this past Christmas.

I want it to be a reminder that marriage is funny and fragile and hard and wonderful all at the same time. It’s God’s gift to us and sometimes I think we can all use to remember that it is worth fighting for.

Over the last few months, I have been so thankful for your kind words and your prayers and your support. You have blessed me and cheered me on more than I can ever convey. You’re a part of this book and I would love for you to be a part of it again this week as it goes out in the world.

So today I have a really fun giveaway planned just to say thank you for all your support.

One of you has the chance to win a pair of my very favorite Frye boots. The Jackie Tall Button boots. I talk about them in a chapter of the book.

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I happen to own them in the cognac color, but you can choose whatever color and size you prefer. All you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment on this post. I’ll close comments on Friday, February 7th at noon and choose a winner using Random.org. One comment per person please. Duplicates will be deleted.

In the meantime, here are some ways you can help make the launch of The Antelope in the Living Room a success. You can do all of these or none of them. I mean that with almost total sincerity. Well, maybe 65% sincerity.

1. Buy the book

It’s officially out today.

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

Or you can be like a pioneer and trek to your local real live bookstore and buy it there. It should be on the shelves at all your local book stores and even your Sam’s Club.

2. ONLINE REVIEWS

You can start leaving reviews for the book today and it would be great if you would take the time to leave a review after you read the book. Apparently, that’s important.

You can just briefly write your thoughts and please know that if you leave a one star review that I won’t read it because I learned last time that it causes me to go in the fetal position.

3. SOCIAL MEDIA

Feel free to post about it or tweet about it or Facebook it or Instagram yourself holding a copy of it at your bookstore or on your couch or whatever.

And if you feel like it, you can hashtag it (Dad, that’s this #) like this #antelopeinthelivingroom. That will make it easy for me to go find your pictures on Instagram or read your tweets.

Plus, Gulley and my friend Debbi have made it their mission to take pictures of the book all day long in various locations and they’ll be using #antelopeinthelivingroom as their hashtag. I have a feeling it’s going to be entertaining.

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

4. SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS

You know, everyone you know and maybe even some people you don’t. Word of mouth is such a huge help.

5. PRAY

My prayer for this book is that it gets in the hands of every woman who may need the encouragement or the laughs. I hope it helps us all take some time to find the joy in our marriage and breathe a sigh of relief that it doesn’t all need to feel so heavy all the time.

I cannot thank you enough for all the love you have shown me. I don’t take it lightly that you show up here and read what I write and buy my books. In fact, I don’t know that I’ll ever get over it. And I’ve determined that I will forever spend book release days crying like a baby intermittently throughout the day as I am overwhelmed with all the kindness. And maybe also that my baby is going to Junior High next year.

Thank you isn’t enough.

But maybe a chance at a pair of Frye boots helps.

**Also, one last reminder that I’ll be signing books at the Barnes and Noble San Pedro location in San Antonio tonight from 6-8 p.m.**

****Comments on this post are now closed. The winner has been chosen and notified by email! Thank you all so much!****

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  1. 1

    So happy for you and can’t wait to read this new book!

    • 2

      I have given your book to so many people…have 4 coming from Life Ways now.. (you know they were sold out!) Can’t wait to share this one. I enjoyed the first one so much!!!

    • 3

      Congratulations, Melanie! I so admire your gifts, sincerity, and the outpouring of these in your ministry to others. My daughter and I are looking forward to reading this book after we laughed and cried through the first!

    • 4

      I am currently reading Sparkly Green Earrings and loving it! There are so many similarities between our lives. I was a Pharmaceutical Representative for a large company for many years and I laugh at how true your stories about the industry are! I can’t wait to read your new book. Best of luck!

    • 5

      Best of luck on your new book.

    • 6

      I came down with the flu and the first thing I did was ordering your book on iBooks and ever since I get warm and happy inside for your genuine story about marriage and love. Thank you! Heleen

    • 7

      Watched your video interview with Ms. Edie! I’m now following your blog and buying those books! Love to see good people do well! Congrats and God bless your heart!
      Holly

    • 8

      Can’t wait to get a copy!

    • 9

      Can’t wait to read the new book!

    • 10
      Elizabeth says:

      If this book is half as awesome as your first, it’ll be a best seller in no time. Congrats!

    • 11

      hi! im new here :)

      I am so grateful for finding your site, and this post.
      I am struggling with a few things right now, and I think your new book will help me to feel a little better!

      I have shared your site, and book information! I wish you the best of luck with it!

      thank you for being you, and sharing your personal life. you are contributing more than you know :)

      take care!

    • 12

      Loooooved Sparkley Green Earrings – can’t wait to read this one!

  2. 13
    Amy Horning says:

    You blessed me so much with your first book, I can hardly wait to get your 2nd(it’s on the way in the mail, pre-order!)!!! Thank you for being honest and genuine with so many others are not. Thank you for loving life and others well, and showing God’s love over and over again. Thank you for your humor and your kindness… I don’t even know you … although I feel that I do…. I, too, have a daughter starting Junior High next year. We need to start a support group-my stomach is in knots! Congrats on the birth of your 2nd book! Thank you for blessing us with your wisdom and humor, and most of all your love for Christ!

  3. 14

    I will come get that Antelope for you if I win these boots!

  4. 15

    I preordered the book and can hardly wait to read it!

  5. 16

    I’m not married, but I can relate. I loved the excerpt you posted a while back… I thought of some friends and their ups and downs in marriage. I think the book will make a wonderful Valentines gift for some special couples in my life. Congratulations!

  6. 17
    Abigail C. says:

    I’ve got it pre-ordered! Looking forward to it!

  7. 18
    Shannon Vanderploeg says:

    I can’t wait to read this book. I am always entertained by the stories you relate from your house and your marriage. I am so looking forward to more.

  8. 19

    I preordered and am anxiously awaiting it’s arrival!!

  9. 20

    I’m so excited! Can’t wait to read it.

  10. 21

    I am so excited about your second book! Happy Release Day!

  11. 22

    I pre-ordered your book and can’t wait to get it. Congratulations on this special day!

  12. 23
    Dana Hansen says:

    I got the notification from Amazon that mine shipped today!! I’m so excited!

  13. 24

    Your first book was the first book on my kindle! I can’t wait to read the new book!

  14. 25

    Can’t wait to read it!

  15. 26

    Cannot wait to read the new book! Congratulations!

  16. 27

    I preordered as well. Can’t wait to read it!

  17. 28

    I can’t wait to read the book. I discovered Sparkly Green Earrings, & your blog, when my book club read your first book. We’re reading The Antelope in the Living Room for the month of February (at my insistence!). You’re a true talent; just love the humor & genuineness in your writing.

  18. 29

    In case you missed it… we started early. :) Can’t wait to read this one!!!

    http://yourmerrymailbox.blogspot.com/2014/02/mommas-most-wanted-melanie-shankle.html

    (And we hope you know that we are doing this in good fun. #seriouslynotstalkers)

  19. 31

    I got the book for Christmas, and I can’t wait to get in the mail this week! Thankful for you!

  20. 32
    Brenda Branch says:

    So proud of you. Can’t wait to read your book.

  21. 33

    I have been forcing myself to stay up until midnight so I could read the first few chapters, but am now wondering if it releases at midnight CT?? Not sure if I can make it until 1am…but a pair of boots sure would be great!

  22. 34

    I can’t wait for Amazon to deliver it! I may have to buy a copy at B&N and give the Amazon book to a friend

  23. 35
    Becky Fouts says:

    congratulations to you, Bigmama, on what I know will be another best seller!!! May God bless you and you family and your book!!

  24. 36
    Jessica K. says:

    So, I just discovered this blog today and I think I found an answer to prayer. So many women need to know that they are not alone in this messy, beautiful and often overwhelming world of marriage and sisterhood. I feel like I almost need to get your first book before I can read this new one, but I plan on reading both. My friend Amy posted your link on her FB page, so hopefully she will get brownie points for that, but thank you for your transparency. Authenticity is something that is lacking in many Christian circles, but we need it. Congrats on your book and your junior high schooler!

  25. 37

    SO excited to read this book! I loved Sparkly Green Earrings!!

  26. 38

    Congratulations! Looking forward to reading it.

  27. 39

    I pre-ordered this little gem and can’t wait! I love your blog and sparkly grew earrings and know this will be another huge hit! You are right after 15 years of marriage, 3 kids and life, marriage is hard. I love my man but it’s work (especially when we’re both tired and/or hungry-yikes!) thank you for writing about this all important subject with such authenticity, wisdom and humor. Proud to be a long-time follower of yours!

  28. 40
    Staci brown says:

    So looking forward to getting this book on my kindle.

  29. 41

    I can’t wait for your book….and I’d love to win those boots!:)

  30. 42

    I can’t wait to read your book! Going to download it onto my nook! :)

  31. 43

    Getting married is easy, staying married is so very hard. So glad to hear others work hard at it too. Excited to read it.

  32. 44

    Can’t wait to read it I’m hoping to make it to Barnes and Noble tomorrow night :)

  33. 45

    I can’t wait to read it! I’d love for you to come to Dallas for a signing, too.

  34. 46

    Yay for books about real marriages! Best of luck with this book.

  35. 47

    Loved your first book and I can’t wait to read this one!

  36. 48
    Amy Townsend says:

    Loved loved loved sparkly green earrings! Can’t wait to read Antelope. You have such a gift with words and I believe we could be besties…except for that whole A&M nonsense. :)

  37. 49

    Cant wait to read it!

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    Christine Henry says:

    Loved your first book, and just bought Antelope. Come to Atlanta for a signing!! Blessings to you Melanie!!

  39. 51

    Love love love your last book. My mom gave me Sparkly Green Earrings last summer and she told me for Valentines day she would give me a copy of your new book! Can’t wait!!

  40. 52

    Hey! Can’t wait to read the new book, loved Sparkly Green Earrings…but also praying for you to have a sense of accomplishment and peace in regards to the antelope :) (both the book and the actual one).

  41. 53
    Angie Hester says:

    I CANNOT WAIT TO READ!!! :)))

  42. 54

    LOVED Sparkly Green Earrings. LOVE your blog every day. I know I will love the new book too. You always make me laugh out loud. Can’t wait to read this one. Thanks, Melanie!

  43. 55

    I just can’t wait to read it! I’ve

  44. 56

    As a college student, I am so blessed with the opportunity to learn about motherhood and marriage from your blog and books before I live them out! Can’t wait to get your new book at the Barnes and Nobles in Aggieland! #whoop #antelopeinthelivingroom

  45. 57
    Debbie Kerr says:

    Congrats, Melanie! I’m so excited to read The Antelope in the Living Room! I was so sad when I reached the last page of Sparkly Green Earrings! You have a special gift!

  46. 58

    I LOVED Sparkly Green Earrings and I LOVED this book too. I couldn’t put it down and finished it within the day. I can relate to everything you write. One minute I am laughing and the next I am crying! God has you given you a gift and I am so thankful that you are sharing that gift with the rest of us! I have given your books as gifts and everyone loves them!!!

  47. 59

    I can’t wait to read your new book, I loved the first one!!!

  48. 60

    I will definitely send a few thoughts up that your book will fly off the shelves! (And also, what’s with this whole middle school thing? Didn’t I just give birth??)

  49. 61

    I’m going out to get the book right now! Best wishes to you!

  50. 62
    Jackie Robinette says:

    Just ordered it on my kindle. Loved Sparkly Green Earings and know this one will be even better. Thanks for a real story about marriage.

  51. 63
    Kim Kukla says:

    Preordered last week! Can not wait for it to arrive!

  52. 64
    Shannon Fox says:

    Wooooohooooo! So excited for you! And that’s saying a lot as I just spent four days painting my house in a color that I now despise. It’s been hard for me to get excited about anything, but this rates! Enjoy the birth of your second book baby!

  53. 65

    I can not wait to read this! I love, love, LOVE your writing and humor and realness. Congrats on a successful release – I know it’s going to go awesomely!

  54. 66
    Lori in SC says:

    Congratulations on the release of your book! God bless!

  55. 67

    Congratulations on this new book! Can not wait to read this and am sure I will love it as much or more than your first book which was great! Even read parts of that to my husband and he was laughing as hard as I was!
    Wow…middle school..will start praying for you now ;)

  56. 68

    I have been waiting for you to write another book as soon as I finished sparkly green earrings. I loved that one so much and am so excited for this one. I have been counting down the days and I will be buying it first thing in the morning!

  57. 69

    So happy for you. Loved your first book and can’t wait to read this one!

  58. 70
    Abbeigh Blake says:

    I absolutely loved Sparkly Green Earrings so I can only imagine this one to be just as good, if not better!! Thank you for writing such real books about real life! Can’t wait to read it!

  59. 71
    Karen Sawyer says:

    Ordering it today. I wanted to say something funny but in reality, I think I just need to read the book. Thanks.

  60. 72

    Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Yes, I am old-school. I like to feel the pages in my fingers. Congrats on your SECOND BOOK, Melanie. =)

  61. 73

    Congrats on the release of your new book! SO exciting! I pre-ordered it for Christmas for my sister, and I get to read it when she’s done. :)

  62. 74

    Oh I am looking forward to this one!

  63. 75

    Very excited to read your book!! And shoot, a new pair of boots would be incredible, too! ;)

  64. 76

    Loved Sparkly Green earrings…looking forward to Antelope. You have a gift of honesty covered in grace and humor.

  65. 77

    I pre-ordered Antelope and am looking forward to reading it. Best wishes to you!

  66. 78

    Well, now that we have cleared up the whole we’ll pretend we’ve been friends for years deal, I feel much better about things. I suppose I can go ahead and finish Sparkly Green Earrings because now there is the Antelope… Plus maybe Boots! Win win win!

  67. 79
    Christy F says:

    Can’t wait to download the Kindle version but am also totally going to search for a copy at Sams Club… How fun!! And I LOVE that your giveaway of choice to honor this occasion is the boots – totally speaking your readers’ “love language” there ;) it’s like our Lexus with a big red bow! And am not even sure how to digest the jr high thing – my daughter is ten years behind yours and I’m already scared. Sheesh.

  68. 80
    Melanie Kerschbaum says:

    I remember how exciting and scary it was to have a child move into middle school! You two are going to be fine! Good luck with the book! I love the title! :D

  69. 81

    I preordered your book right after I finished Sparkley Green Earrings! I am looking forward to reading this one. Hope it’s wildly successful! I feel your pain about your baby going to middle school next year too! I’m so not ready to embark on that milestone next year!

  70. 82

    Can’t wait to read it!! Congratulations!

  71. 83

    I just recently discovered your blog and I just love your writing style. Congrats on the new book!

  72. 84

    Congratulations!

  73. 85

    When I realized last night that the four hard copies I pre-ordered would not be here til Thursday I quickly pre-ordered the Kindle version. It downloaded just before midnight tonight and I have been reading for the last hour.

    Melanie, it’s just so, so good. Funny and poignant. Deep and edifying. I have laughed out loud more than a few times already.

    I posted over at Sophie’s blog about her having gained more marriage wisdom than most folks do in 16 years and I’ll say the same for you. You are wise beyond your years. And your obedience to God’s call on your life will bless so many.

    Good job, friend. Can’t wait to hug your neck at the Katy book signing

    Oh, and you know I so need to win those boots because I still don’t have any!

  74. 86

    I ordered your book weeks ago from Amazon. I hope it comes tomorrow! I can’t wait to read it……my marriage is for a fresh prospective right now.

  75. 87

    I bought the book on my Ipad at midnight and am already on chapter 9! Several lol stories, too. I’ll probably finish it tomorrow and review. Congrats! :)

  76. 88
    Sharon Flasche says:

    Loved your 1st book and can’t wait until the 2nd comes out in Kindle version. Thanks

  77. 89
    Camille Slaten says:

    I adore your blog and loved your first book! I cant wait to read your second one and find some encouragement for my own marriage. Many blessings!

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    Kate Ewing says:

    Preordered it for Christmas!! Can’t wait for it to get here!

  79. 91
    Chelsea C. says:

    If the fake blurbs are any indicator, I’m going to love this book! Seriously, those blurbs made me CRACK UP.

  80. 92

    Can’t sleep so I’m downloading on my kindle to get in some late night/early morning reading :-). I too suffer from #antelopeinthelivingroom (literally, I do). I have been married 15 years to my high school sweet heart and since I just couldn’t win that little battle I decided to add burlap curtains to “introduce” ol Buckey to the decor, who by the way was added to the wall while I was at the grocery store one evening. eh, It’s not the best I’ve come up with but since I’m the more mature one (wink, wink) I backed down because we have enough to argue about. :-)

  81. 93

    Can hardly wait to get my copy! It’s going to be GREAT!

  82. 94

    Time for a good read and yesssssss I am one of those goofy people who will read it straight though.

  83. 95
    CarrieBeth Sherwood says:

    Can’t wait to read this!! Going to buy a copy for my mom too! I know she’ll think you’re hilarious! Thrilled for you today!

  84. 96
    Stephanie says:

    Looks like a very good book. I can’t wait to read it!

  85. 97

    I can’t wait to read it! If I am having a bad day, all I have to do is remember the first time I read the words “and lo the antelope of The Lord……” and I crack up. Congrats on book 2!

  86. 98

    I just ordered it on amazon! I loved loved loved your first book and can’t wait to read this!

  87. 99

    Please come to Dallas to do a book signing!! Can’t wait to read this one!

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    J. Johnson says:

    I loved the first book, and will be reading the second!

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    Kathleen G says:

    You have a lot of followers(fans) that love your writing! Including me! Congratulations!

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    Lori Crandall says:

    Loved your first book, cant wait to read this one!

  91. 103

    Congratulations on such a fun day! I’m anxiously awaiting my preorder..

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    Patricia Q says:

    My grandson is already in the middle of Middle School (the seventh grade) and so far…so good! It’s been a long time since I was in Jr. High, but I swear it’s like some things never change. It’s a rite of passage plus you just might have the makin’s for a third book! I love the way you tell a story.

  93. 105

    I loved Sparkly Green Earrings, and your blog, and I can’t wait to read your new book. Congratulations!

  94. 106

    So very excited for you on this incredibly awesome day! And pretty dang excited for myself that I get to read another of your books! Many many blessings for you and your sweet family!

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    Emily Kane says:

    Gearing up for a marriage conference in a few weeks – this book will prime me up for some in my face changes with my very own Fifty!

  96. 108
    Heather Bailey says:

    Loved your first book! Have already ordered this one!!

  97. 109

    Congrats! Looking forward to reading this book. Loved your first one.

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    Katie Greenlaw says:

    Can’t wait for it to arrive!!! Congrats.

  99. 111

    I JUST found Green Sparkly Earrings– thanks to my best friend of 33 years sharing it with me! So, I’m so excited to read your next book! Congratulations! Thank you for writing real. Real words, real people, real feelings. All of us out here swimming around in the ‘real’, really appreciate you and your words.

  100. 112
    Sarah hobbs says:

    I loved your first book and I’m looking forward to reading this one! So proud of you

  101. 113
    Joyce Haight says:

    Kudos to you; can’t wait to read it!

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    Michelle Nordstrom says:

    I read Sparkling Green Earrings last year while on a long weekend trip to the Wisconsin dells with my family and spent more time reading and laughing than I did playing. I was laughing so hard at one point that another mom stopped to ask what I was reading. I love your honesty told in a way that makes me laugh rather than assume the fetal position. Looking forward to the antelope!

  103. 115

    I’m SO excited to start your new book! Oh, and I may be screaming on the inside that C starts middle school next year. Along with the fact that my “baby” starts her senior year. ????????????

  104. 116

    I am unreasonably excited about your new book! I love, love, love the first one…it talked me through some rough nights with an infant, and I can’t imagine this one could be any less awesome!

  105. 117

    I’ve been counting the days til Feb 4th! Congratulations, Big Mama! Thanks in advance for what I know is going to be one of my new favorite books!!!

  106. 118

    Congrats! Looking forward to reading it!

  107. 119

    I’m so excited to buy the book! I love your writing and realness. I have one going to high school next year and one going into middle school, at the risk of sounding like a grown-up, where do the years go?!?!?

    Congrats, Melanie, so happy for you and the new book!

  108. 120

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to read it! Thank you for opening your heart and our minds.

  109. 121

    I cannot wait to pick it up!! I’m sure it will be so well loved. Sharing this post with my friends as well…hoping to spread some normalcy!

  110. 122

    Can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

  111. 123

    Going to Sam’s on my lunch hour to get your book! Can’t wait to read it.

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    Jessica B says:

    I’d like to be reading your new book while wearing new boots. It seems like they would go together well.

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    Jennifer W says:

    I’m so looking forward to reading your new book. I thoroughly enjoyed the last one…and can’t wait to get The Antelope in the Living Room.

  114. 126

    Loved Sparkly Green Earrings and can’t wait to read Antelope! Congratulations!!!

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    Lindsey F says:

    I can’t wait to get your new book! And those boots are super cute, hope I win! :-)

  116. 128

    I can’t wait for my copy to arrive! Thanks.

  117. 129
    Kelly in Carrollton says:

    Can’t wait to read it!! Thank you, Melanie, for sharing your life with us!!

  118. 130

    I preordered this before Christmas and have been anxiously waiting for it. Yay!!!

  119. 131

    I can’t wait to read it! I plan to buy a few for gifts and I want to give both of your books as a set to my mom for Mother’s Day! Would love to win the boots!

  120. 132

    Congrats on the new book! I have pre-ordered and Amazon emailed that it’s on the way. I have a feeling that since it won’t be in my hands tonight, I will do the Kindle download, cause I’m a bit impatient.

  121. 133
    Michelle H. says:

    I loved the first book and can’t wait to read this one, and …I’d LOvE those boots!
    Congrats!

  122. 134

    Going to get my copy today! So excited!!!

  123. 135

    Congrats on the new book!

  124. 136

    Congrats on book release day!!!

  125. 137

    So thrilled this day is here, Melanie! I can’t wait to see you and get my copy tonight at Barnes and Noble! Chad thanks you in advance for writing a book that has a 100% chance of putting me in a good mood! Lots of love!!

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    I love your writing, and I can’t wait to read your new book.

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    Can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait!!! Congratulations on the book! You are a blessing!

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    JoEllen Hickey says:

    I preordered on my kindle. I was so happy to see the notification that it is ready to download this am. Guess what I’ll be doing today?
    Can’t wait! :)

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    I can’t wait to read this book.

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    CourtneyinFl says:

    I am heading to Barnes & Noble as soon as they open! So happy the countdown is over!!

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    Christine says:

    I’m so excited for you and I can’t wait to read it!! :)

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    Can’t wait to get the book!!

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    You crack me up!!!! I love laughing out loud while reading your blog and book(s), and then trying to explain to my husband of 39 years (yes, even us ‘old timers’ can remember and relate) why I am laughing. Thank you for being so real.

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    Jenny Watts says:

    Congrats! Can’t wait to read it! Enjoy this special day!

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    Congratulations on your new book! I loved your first one and my granddaughter, who is 12 loved it also!

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    Congratulations! I know the book will be a success, and I can’t wait to read it! You make my days happier…love your blog! :)

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    Look forward to reading. Congratulations! We all feel like we are right there with you.

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    So excited!

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    So excited for you! Downloading to my kindle today! Send I love what your friends are doing for you. Oh and tell P thanks for letting you write about y’all’s marriage. He had to be vulnerable too.

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    Can’t wait to read your book!!

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    Loved the first book, looking forward to this one (even tho not currently married). Congrats!!!

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    So happy for you! Gig ‘em!

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    Heidi Foster says:

    I’ll be buying the Kindle version of the book, can’t wait to read it!

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    Looking forward to reading. Thank you for always making me giggle.

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    Congratulations on the book release! Really looking forward to reading it!

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    I have pre-ordered the book and can’t wait to get my hands on it today!!

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    Tammy Jasper says:

    So excited to get started reading!!! Downloaded it to my iPad to read on the way to Disney!!! You are the best! The boots would just be icing on the cake!

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    Just what I needed today. Ordering the book now!

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    Winning a pair of Frye boots would be EPIC!!!!!!!! COME ON RAFFLECOPTER!!!!! I LOVE THE BOOK SOOOO MUCH that I am ordering it for my mom, MIL, and sister right now!!!!! Much love to you friend!

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    exactly! in a world where 50 shades is on the best seller list , we truly need more antelope on the wall loving readers! i’m so tickled for you my friend!!
    frye boots???? have mercy!

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    Love this post. Can hardly wait to read the book.

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    Loved Sparkly Green Earrings and told all my friends about it. Can’t wait to pick this book up today!

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    Are you kidding me? I would LOVE these boots! Thanks for such an awesome giveaway!

    I don’t read many books but devoured your first book and looking forward to the second. Continue to be who you are and don’t second guess your writing. You are unique and hilarious and find a way to keep it fresh everyday even if you are talking about doing nothing. You find a way to make us all relate. Happy for you!

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    Teresa Kissell says:

    I’m downloading it today….however those boots would look darn good on me while reading it!!

    Teresa

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    I’m up at the crack of dawn, while I could be sleeping in an hour longer (H is OOT), so I’m looking forward to purchasing and starting to read today. I’ve been so excited to get your next book. I’m so proud of you! Have a wonderful day!!

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    I loved Sparkly Green Earrings so much! No way will I miss this one. I’ll be at Lifeway today for my copy!

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    I can’t wait to read your book!!

    And I’d really love to win those boots!

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    Almost done with your first book and all I can say is, “bring on the Antelope”!

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    Loved your first book. Looking forward to reading the new one!

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    Mary Irene says:

    Exciting. Loved “…Green Earrings”

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    Boots AND your book?!? Girl, I’m IN!!!!

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    Congrats!!!!! What a wonderful accomplishment. Looking forward to reading it and laughing and crying along with you. Enjoy your day!

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    Happy Book Release Day! I am very excited to read this book and possibly do a little hash tagging. I enjoyed Sparkly Green Earrings and I’m sure this one will be just as awesome.

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    Congrats on the new book! Looking forward to reading it while wearing a pair of Frye boots. :)

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    I was just looking at these boots last night!!! Love them!!! Thanks for the chance at these!! Definitely buying your book and will spread the word!!!

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    CONGRATULATIONS!! I can’t wait to read it! Please tell… does the antelope have a name?

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    Your book would make a good birthday present for me next week!

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    Kim Garcia says:

    I can’t wait to read your new book! Going out today to buy it!

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    nanette lynch says:

    I will be buying this book for my married and soon to be married daughters!
    Can’t wait!

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    I can’t wait to read your book!

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    Melissa Meyers says:

    Congrats on the book! Prayers for that! But also…I am a Junior High teacher…so more prayers for you on that!

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    Amen to every word you said about the hard and the fun and the messy and the NORMAL of marriage! I can’t wait to read, after 15 years I’m betting much of what you say will seem awfully familiar ;) I also think I will get your book for friends who just got engaged-it’s good to have realistic, and funny!, views of the everyday beauty of marriage! :)

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    I can’t wait to read this one!!!!

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    YES to Frye and Antelopes!!!

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    Huge congrats to you! Loved your first book and can’t wait to read this one.

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    Another book by you, which is sure filled with hope, honesty and God’s love. (Plus an antelope!) I can’t wait to read it :)

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    Ashley Carr says:

    Can’t wait to read it!

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    So, so, so excited!! THANK YOU for writing and sharing your talent and your heart and your stories. Can’t wait to read it!!!

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    Can’t wait to read your latest book! Loved Sparkly Green Earrings!

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    Good luck and congrats on your book!!!!!
    My oldest is entering high school next year. I don’t see how this is possible. The teacher started talking about schedule at 8th grade conferences this year and had to ask me if I was okay. No I am not okay! My baby is going to high school!
    The boots are adorable. I would wear them everywhere.

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    Congrats on your book release!!!

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    Mariel Kindl says:

    Thank you for being so real. You bring laughter when I least expect it! Looking forward to your new book!

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    Wishing you lots of success with your new book!

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    I can’t wait to read your book. And if I am the winner of the boots, I’m giving them to my sweet daughter ;)

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    Would love to win! Thanks for the chance!

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    Congratulations!

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    I can’t wait to read it!

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    Can’t wait to get the kids to school so I can sit down and read!!!

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    I wish you lots of success with this book! I can’t wait to read it!

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    I’m so excited to read this book! Congratulations =)

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    Can’t wait to read this one!

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    I can’t wait to read your new book #TheAntelopeInTheLivingRoom in my new #FryeBoots !

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    The boots are gorgeous, I’ll be buying the book when I get home today. Congrats!

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    Lynnette R says:

    Excited to read the book. Prayers and best wishes that the book is a best-seller!
    Not gonna lie, I would love to have a pair of those boots. Nice.

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    Cathy Santerre says:

    Can’t wait to read this book!

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    Well, I wasn’t expecting a give away of boots in connection with the book. What a clever idea!

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    Junior high – ugh. New book – happiness! Thanks for sharing your real life!

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    Exciting day!!! Congrats on the book… Can’t wait to read it. And Caroline will love the junior school… Except she will spend the rest of her life explaining to people outside of AH how it really is called “junior school” and not middle school or junior high. They will probably not believe her until she takes them to the school… Or I guess now she could just pull up google street view on any phone or computer! Technology!!

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    Congrats!! Good luck!! I’m so happy for you and I can’t wait to read this book!!!

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    Good luck on your latest book and I can’t wait to read it!

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    Jennifer Conant says:

    So, so happy for you friend!! You are such a beautiful example of humility and grace. Praying your message about real marriages reaches farther then you ever imagined. Enjoy this exciting day!!

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    Can’t. Wait!!!

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    Can’t wait to read the book. If I win the boots, someone is going to have to help me shop for skinny jeans….

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    Just love your blog and your writing! It is such a wonderful blessing and encouragement!

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    I loved your first book and I am so excited to read your second! It’s refreshing to read a book about real life in this world of faux reality TV. I have a middle school daughter who will start HS next year! Just sit back and enjoy the ride of middle school and remember to laugh. I try to think back to my awkward middle school days and that helps. I hope I win some new boots!

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    Congrats!

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    I was so excited to see a shipping email for my copy last night! It will arrive tomorrow and I can’t wait! Thanks for sharing your stories!

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    Susan Williams says:

    Sending this new book and Shiny Green Earrings to my daughter who got married ten months ago, right before she and her new hubs moved (temporarily, we hope) from TEXAS to WYOMING! Can you imagine Caroline doing THAT to you?

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    Ashley Fann says:

    I pre-ordered this book, and have been so excited for it to finally come out! As soon as this book gets to my doorstep this afternoon, I’m sitting down to read it. Congratulations on your second book-I have no doubt it will be as wonderful as Sparkly Green Earrings!

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    Pre-ordered and can’t wait for it to get here. I was so blessed by the words in your first book, so I’m so excited to read this one. No fetal position, sister – hope you have a wonderful day celebrating today!

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    Amy Chase says:

    I have been looking for you and your book.
    My son is in jail, my youngest is cognitively delayed , my daughter
    Finally got a teaching job, now if hubby can get a job too!
    Marriage is a commitment in front of God, I’ll get your book from the library!
    Love what you say!!!
    You are an inspiration.
    Amy

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    So excited and nervous (ya know the whole jr. High thing) for you. After 3 kids in the past 4 years I could use a little marriage encouragement. Looking forward to reading the book!

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    Can’t wait to buy the book!!!

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    I cannot wait to read the book!

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    Just ordered two copies from Amazon for me and my best friend. We loved your first book and have been excited to read this one since you first wrote about it!!

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    Can’t wait for. My book to get here! Thank you for writing about a real marriage. Divirce is too easy for people anymore. I hope this touches many lives.

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    Amy in PA says:

    So excited for you and to read this!

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    Can’t wait to read your new book!

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    Stephanie says:

    My book has shipped. Anxiously waiting for its arrival.

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    Congrats on the new book! I loved Sparkly Green Earrings, and I can’t wait to read this one.

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    Stephanie Reeves says:

    Thank you for being real, Melanie!

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    Congratulations on your book!

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    So excited for you (and me, mine should come in the mail in the next day or two!) I’m taking it on vacation as my beach book of choice.

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    On November 6 of last year my husbands’s best friend of 46 years was laying in bed with his wife at 5AM having a sweet conversation about their upcoming day. His speech became slured……and he rolled over. She is a nurse….she jumped up turned on the light and saw that he was having a stroke……she put an aspirin in his mouth and called 911. He never regained conscious ……5 days later he went home to the Lord.
    She wants everyone to know that none of us knows when we will breath our last breath…..be kind….share the love, grace and mercy of Christ while you can. We are all still grieving our loss and celebrating our fond memories of our friend John.

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    Love your blog! Love your writing! Love your humor! I’m married to an Aggie – moving to College Station this summer!! Much success to you :)

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    Rebekah Gregg says:

    Oh girl! I can hardly wait to get the new book! I laughed and cried through ‘Earrings’ and read a good chunk of it out loud to my husband. That’s when you know a book is one of the best: when you have to share it immediately.

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    I can’t wait to receive my pre-ordered copy! I can’t wait to give it to some of my friends! Congrats!

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    Congratulations!

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    Alison Stutts says:

    So excited to read it!!!

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    Loved your first book! Can’t wait to read this one! Congrats!

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    Yvonne Carroll says:

    I can’t wait to read it!!!

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    Sabra Godair says:

    I cannot wait to read this. I know you may never actually see this comment but I want to tell you what a gift your writing has been to me. You encourage me in ways that I can’t even express…it is like getting a big ol hug from God when I need it most…and the fact that I am fairly certain we could have shared a womb due to eerily similar experiences and lives helps as well. ;) It helps me to see that I am not the only one ;)

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    Donna Earwood says:

    I am very excited to read you new book!

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    God has not blessed me with a husband (although He did overwhelmingly bless me with a daughter I adopted from China!!), but I’m betting that if that times comes, your book will make me just a little more prepared! Enjoy your day!!!

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    Excited to get the book on my kindle, think it’s just what I need!!

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    Elizabeth says:

    I am SO excited this is finally out! As a 27-year-old girl recently engaged, I can’t wait to read it! :) Prayers for you!

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    I can’t wait to read the book!

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    My sister pre-ordered the book from Amazon for my birthday. Can’t wait for it to arrive today!

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    As much as I’d like to read it RIGHT NOW on my Kindle, I’m kind of old school and want to hold the book in my hands. So I guess I”ll just have to wait for my UPS guy to bring it to me. Congratulations on the book and Gig’Em!

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    Amy Baker says:

    Congratulations Melanie! Looking forward to reading and sharing your book. Wishing you such a fun release day. Enjoy and Cheers!

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    Carrie Segg says:

    The real life bookstore… Oh yeah, I kind of forgot those exist… Just kidding. Praying this book is used by God to move powerfully on the hearts of the readers.

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    Can’t wait to read it! Congrats!

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    I have been reading through your blog after reading Sparkly Green Earrings for the second time. I am enjoying your thoughts so much. I hope to get your new book soon. Those boots wouldn’t be awful, either!

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    My friend and I have been counting down the days, and we preordered! Lol, so excited to read your new book. Congratulations!!

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    Elizabeth says:

    Loved your first book, looking forward to reading this one!

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    Can’t wait for my copy to arrive!!! Congratulations.

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    I cannot tell you how excited I am for this book. (I pre-ordered it and it is in the mail!) In fact, even though I have been buying books on my Kindle (I love a real book, but we are running out of room because I love real books a little too much), I bought the “real” book of Antelope because I wanted it to go along with Sparkly Green Earrings. You know, the complete set. :-)

    And if I also win those boots, I will wear them while reading my book.

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    Melanie, I LOVED SParkly Green Earrings and I can’t wait to read Antelope!

    I feel your pain. My baby will be a high school freshman in the fall. A HIGH SCHOOL FRESHMAN!!! How did that happen??!?!?!!! He can’t be more than 7 or 8 years old, tops.

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    Jen Uzmann says:

    I laughed out loud the whole way thur your first book. And bought it for all my friends! Can’t wait to read this one! Congratulations Melanie! You are truly a gifted writer and I would love to meet you someday! BTW- gig ‘em! I am fighting Texas Aggie class of 96! Whoop!

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    Loved your first book and have no doubt this one will be just as good or better! Thanks!

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    lisa G in TN says:

    Praying that your prayers are answered and that you touch peoples lives through you book!
    Blessings to you! Lisa G in TN

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    Whitney Alexander says:

    Loved your first book; can’t wait to read your new book (and all of the ones you write that follow this one!). Praying as your book is released today. So excited, Big Mama!

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    Congrats!

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    Loved Sparkly Green Earrings – read it on the plane last year then my daughters read it while on vacation and coming back. Looking forward to reading this one as well.

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    Andrea Hendrix says:

    Awesome! Can’t wait to read it!

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    Love your blog. Look forward to reading your book.

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    Junior high????? How is that possible? Jr high and a book – you’ve earned a good cry. And Mexican food!

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    Whoa, lots of entries already. But someone has to win, right?! :) I know your book will do awesome! Can’t wait to read it.

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    Amy Brown says:

    Just bought it on my Kindle. Can’t wait to get started reading!

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    Congratulations on the release of your book!! I can’t wait to read it!

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    Rachel Harrelson says:

    Love you and would love to win this book. Met you at DOT.MOM last year. Loved Sparkly Green Earrings.

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    Can’t wait to read the new book!

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    Tara craver says:

    Yay!! Love your heart behind this! So great :) congrats!!

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    Iw would love to win a copy! Books bad boots are two of my favorite things. :)

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    Your book showed up on my kindle this morning. Can’t wait to read it. I’m sure to love it just as much as I did the first one. Congrats! And I LOVE those boots!

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    Congrats on book #2-headed out to Sam’s to buy it today!

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    I have been looking forward to your book for months now! I’m looking forward to getting it in the mail. Last year I s

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      Oops! Premature submission. Blasted phones.

      Last year I spent a few nights cuddling our firstborn, new baby on the couch while reading your first book. While I may not read it the same way with my husband, I will for sure read it just as excitedly as I did your first.

      Prayers for you to feel love and support from loved ones and readers and for you to feel a sense of peace throughout the process.

      Also, those are wonderful boots and I’d love them!

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

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    Missy McDaniel says:

    I can’t wait for my book to arrive!!!!

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    Yay! Really looking forward to reading it!

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    Kristen Harris says:

    So happy to wake up to an email that my preordered copy is on my Kindle app!!! As a fellow Aggie and mom, I can so relate to your blog and I LOVED your first book! I know we would be best friends (move over Gulley)!! Best wishes for a successful book!!! Can’t wait til the next one!!!!

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    SO EXCITED to read this one. I’ve been counting down the days!!! Heading into work right now and saying a prayer for you + the Antelope on the way. Enjoy today!!!

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    Awesome day for you and all of us who get to read your new book:) I loved Sparkly Green Earrings and just received my shipping notice that I’ll have the new book tomorrow! I will definitely spread the word all over, especially with #, as my husband says..pound:)!! Have a great day and enjoy this time, will also pray about Junior High, my youngest starts next year also…

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    Loved your first book! Prayers for you with #2!

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    Congratulations! I can’t wait to read it.

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    I pre-ordered the Kindle version from Amazon and there it was waiting to greet me this morning. I can’t wait to get home from work and read it tonight – and if it’s anything like Sparkly Green Earrings, I will finish it tonight too!

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    Congratulations Melanie. I too have a child heading in to middle school. We actually send our Grade 5s into Junior Youth at church when our kids program is done for the year (April) so I have weeks before I no longer have a child in kids programs at church but rather one in “youth group”! I may have to break out one of the hoarded block of Velveeta and drown my denial in it!

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    Amy Brown says:

    I am so excited for this book! I plan to buy today and pass on when finished and encourage that person to pass it on, etc. praying for all that this book reaches.

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    Congrats on the book and good luck with junior high!!

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    Happy Kosel says:

    I just found your blog via Edie @ life (in)grace and I’m so excited to be following you! Your intro to your book spoke so much to me–can’t wait to read it! Sending prayers for it’s success
    :-)

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    Congrats on the new book! Many blessings to you and your family.

    Middle school is a roller coaster ride every 5 minutes you board, hold your arms above your head as you climb the biggest most surreal hill of the moment, fly through the descent, and then start all over! Enjoy!!!!

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    I got a tablet for Christmas and this was the very first book I bought! I was thrilled this morning when I woke up and it was there ready for me to read. My sister-in-law gave me Sparkly Green Earrings a year ago, and I am not sure I have every laughed so hard. I had a new baby at the time so I could definitely relate to a lot of the early chapters. Probably wont get any of my cleaning and cooking done today as I am sure I will be snuggled up with the book. Thank you for sharing your life with us in such a fun and witty way!

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    Stephanie says:

    Congrats on your book!! Middle School is scary (I have a 6th grader) but great!

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    Hi Melanie! CONGRATULATIONS on such a huge accomplishment! I can’t wait to read it- I’m sure it’s amazing! Prayers sent your way that there won’t even be the need for the fetal position due to 1-star reviews. ;)

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    Mine are on their way!! One for me and another for a friend! Can’t wait!! Marriages need some encouragement these days!!

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    I really enjoyed your first book, and I cannot wait to read this one!

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    Juli jones says:

    Soo soo soo can’t wait to read your book! Loved the first one :)

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    Love Sparkly Green Earrings, Love your blog, Love you! Can’t wait to read the new book – I’m buying it today!

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    elizabeth says:

    I so enjoyed your first book…I’m looking forward to reading your latest!

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    Melanie – There are thousands of people out there that read your wonderful blog and have also had the joy of reading your first book, Sparkly Green Earrings. I am betting that most of them feel as if you could be a wonderful friend or wish that you lived close enough to be just that. And then there are people like me that actually know you in real life. That can hear your infectious laugh and get to share in your hugs. As I read your blog, and as I wait impatiently for my 4 books to arrive today (I believe in bulk buying when it comes to friends that publish books), I am honored and just a little in awe that I have been blessed with your friendship. I truly cherish it and you. My thoughts and prayers are with you today. See you tonight!! Oh, and yeah, I would also love those boots!!

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    Going to buy mine today at lunchtime. Loved Sparkly Green Earrings and can’t wait for this one. God bless!!

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    By trolling other blogs, I came across your blog and of course your first book, Sparkly Green Earrings. I absolutely loved it. Laughing out loud while reading in public, I didn’t even care about the crazy looks I got. As soon as I heard you were writing a second book I preordered. Now I’ll be stalking the mailman until it arrives. Congratulations on the new release! Truly can’t wait.

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    Excited for the new book!

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    Lindsey Marshall says:

    Mine is pre-ordered and I can’t wait to get it!!

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    Kathy Baldwin says:

    Can’t wait to read it!

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    Congratulations Melanie! Can’t wait to read it with the three white tail in my living room looking over my shoulder!

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    Bonnie Stuck says:

    I’m so excited for you today! LOVED Sparkly Green Earrings and have preordered several copies of AITLR. I look forward to reading your blog everyday – it brings a smile to my face!

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    Loved the 1st book and I hope to read this one with some purty Frye boots on my feet. Seriously, I think it will be the best read ever with new boots on.

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    Stacy Jones says:

    Congratulations Melanie! What an inspiration and role model you are for Caroline!

    I know this will be a success for you!

    Stacy

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    Your first book was such a blessing to me! I’m in the motherhood trenches with very young children and it came at just the right time in my life. I laughed and cried and gifted the book to my friends. I know this new book will be equally wonderful and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!!

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    kuliejellogg says:

    loved SGE and can’t wait to read this one!

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    I preordered the book weeks ago in anticipation for reading it on my winter vacation next week. Last year, I read Sparkly Green Earrings on that same Feb vacation, in less than 2 days. I remember laughing so hard I would be crying and then those tears would turn into real crying b/c “I am that SAME kind of mom!” So pumped for the new book and looking forward to passing it around to dozens of people like the last one. Thanks for all the smiles!

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    christine weeks says:

    I just bought both books! I can’t wait to read them. Congrats on the new release. My days are so much brighter after a giggle or two from reading your blog! :))

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    I loved your first book even though I am not a mom. I know I will love this one too because I’m getting married in June! Also it’s my bday week!

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    Loved the first book, can’t wait to read this one! I preordered off Amazon, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to wait until they ship it!

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    Can’t wait to read your book! I hope you decorate the antelope for holidays . :) Hope you find some time to celebrate a great accomplishment today. Love those cute boots.

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    I loved your first book and cannot wait to get my hands on this one! I pray God’s blessings on you!!!

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    absolutely cannot wait to read it!!

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    Can’t wait to read the new book!!

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    Congratulations on the book! I just ordered the kindle version and can’t wait to read it. I have been following you for a long time and I love your flow of words and descriptive tales of your life with your adorable family! Can’t wait to read the book, btw, loved your first book!!!

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    I had pre-ordered the book for Kindle so there it was this morning! Am going to read it on the way to the IF gathering this weekend! I know I’ll be the crazy person on the plane laughing outloud to myself :)

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    Books and boots are two of my favorite things! I loved your first book and can’t wait to read this one, too!

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    I laughed and cried all the way through “Sparkly Green Earrings”, which I just read this summer. It was such an encouraging and lighthearted read and just what I needed during the very challenging period of life that I’m in right now. I related so much. I also have only one child (although I would love to have more). I’m really struggling right now and looking forward to reading your next book- I could use an uplifting book about marriage instead of another “do this” book! Thanks in advance!

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    I’m so excited to read your new book! I read Sparkly Green Earrings in the weeks before my baby girl was born and laughed and cried. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Loved your first book! Can’t wait to read this one!! I just love your honesty and humor. So refreshing!

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    I raced through your first book, laughing out loud most of the time, so I am super excited to read your new book.

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    Sallie Baker says:

    Mine arrives today! Yea!!!!

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    Can’t wait to read your new book! Sparkly Green Earrings made me laugh so hard I was sobbing (some of it just hit too close to home!)!

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    Congrats on the book, Melanie!

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    Congratulations on your new book! Looking forward to reading it!

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    CourtneyV says:

    Congratulations on your new book! I read “Sparkly Green Earrings” and will definitely download “Antelope” as well.
    I also want to tell you how much I enjoy your podcasts with Boo Mama. I listen while I walk and I laugh so hard, that I’m sure my neighbors are planning on having me committed! Thank you entertaining me so well.

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    I’m so happy for you and cannot wait to read your book!

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    Kristina in GA says:

    Can’t wait to read this! I’m heading over to BooMama to see if I won a copy from her giveaway yesterday, and if not, I’m heading straight to Amazon to order. Happy Release Day! :)

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    Krista Horne says:

    excited to read your new book!!

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    My book is on its way! Can’t wait to read it!

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    Way to make me cry starting out the day! I can’t wait to read your new book!

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

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    Can’t wait to read your book! I have a daughter the same age as Caroline and I’m having a hard time wrapping my mind around the whole middle school thing too.

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    SO EXCITED! Can;t wait for my copy to arrive!!!
    I will spread the word!!!!
    Bless you!

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    Looking forward to the book!

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    Congratulations to a fellow Aggie on book #2! I am so excited to read it and hope that today is full of joy & excitement for you!

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    Laura Forman says:

    Can’t wait to read it!

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    Can’t wait to read this. . .thanks!

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    Enjoyed “Sparkly Green Earrings” and I know I will enjoy the new book also. I have been married 40 years to the same great man, how refreshing to be able to read a book that embraces marriage.

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    Heading to amazon now, cannot wait!

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    Blessings to you on these big milestones!

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    Wanetta S says:

    I can’t wait to read the book. Those boots are amazing!

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    I love the picture on the cover of the book. This book sounds like a must-have for all. All the best!

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    Lauren H. says:

    I can’t wait to read your book! Sparkly Green Earrings was so much fun to read and I just know this book will be great too!

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    So excited to read it! In the midst of life’s craziness I cannot always spend quality time with my girlfriends, but your books instantly bond us and bring us together wherever we are. Thank you! xo

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    Way to go, lady! The boots are awesome, but the book is way MORE awesome. Like, WAY. ;)

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    Wanetta S says:

    I can’t wait to read the book. I would love to own those boots, they are amazing!

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    Just found your blog via Kelly’s Korner and can’t wait to buy and read both your books!!

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    Can’t wait to read the book. Love the idea of giving to all my girlfriends for valentines day!

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    Congratulations on the book! I can’t wait to read it.

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    Just got my shipping notification from Amazon! Read your first book in a day and can’t wait to start the second! Happy book release!

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    Best of luck to you on the release of your new book! I can’t wait to read it- preferably while I’m wearing my new Frye boots.

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    Jabber Jaws says:

    It was like an early Christmas present when your book came through last night at 11:40 on my kindle. It goes without saying that I’m tired today but YES, I love your book. Now, I would love to be your Dallas twin with beautiful boots and since there are 3 girls in this house with the same size feet, I PROMISE we will wear the heck out of them!

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    fitzwoman says:

    Can’t wait to read it-loved your 1st book!

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    Love the boots and I’m sure the book!

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    I’m actually planning to go get it during lunch today :)

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    Love the boots and can’t wait to get the book tonight!

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    Angela H. says:

    Loved your first book. Can’t wait to read this one!

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    Can’t wait to read it!

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    Ashley Ford says:

    So excited to read this!!! I think it will be a great book to read while I’m with my 3 week old at many moments of the night!

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    I love your writing!! I can’t wait to read Antelope.

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    Have I told you I love your honest writing? Since I’m single, not sure I can relate to this book as much, but I’ll definitely pass on to my friends. :)

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    I’m SO EXCITED ABOUT YOUR BOOK!!!! I can’t even imagine what you must be feeling but you’ve got a huge fan in Denver! :)

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    Loved your first book and can’t wait to read this one. Love the boots!

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    Congratulations! I enjoyed your first book tremendously and am looking forward to reading this one!

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    I am looking forward to reading this! Thank you so much! Heather

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    Naomi Bowen says:

    Looking forward to reading your book soon.

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    cottageatbend says:

    I’m looking forward to reading your book. Congrats in your accomplishment! I’m newer to your blog and as a fellow Texan am enjoying the different Tex-isms or references to our great state. Praying much success for you!

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    I can’t wait for your book to show up on my doorstep today!!

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    Congrats, congrats! May God use this book to bring encouragement and laughter! What a gift those things are! And, may He use this entry to bring me some Frye’s ;).

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    Can’t wait to read your new book. Love, love, love your blog!

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    Gig ‘Em and good luck. Can’t wait to download!

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    Loved reading your first book and am excited to read this new one!!

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    Congrats! Looking forward to reading.

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    I loved the first book, and am sure this one will be great, too. I’ll make sure and read it while wearing my new size 8 boots. :)

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    I can’t wait to read it, I loved your first one!

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    Loved your first one and I look forward to reading this one! Would love to win those boots. :)

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

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    Can’t wait to read it!

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    I am so glad I found your blog and look forward to reading the book. Secretly hoping to win the boots as well ; )

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    Cheryl Morris says:

    Already pre-ordered this on Amazon, just wish those droids were in place to deliver to my front door! Looking forward to reading this with my husband, as my rolling laughter while reading Sparkly Green Earrings had me re-reading sections of the book to him. So wish I could go to your signing today. Please come to B & N at La Cantera!

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    i’m so excited for you!
    can’t wait to read this new book
    XO

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    Congratulations!!!
    I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of mine via USPS. I’m hoping the latest snow storm doesn’t impede the delivery!

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    I’m pretty sure that I need those boots. :) Thanks much for your honest look at life! My 13 year old boy even read Sparkly Green Earrings. :)

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    So excited to read your new book- congrats!!!

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    Deb Young says:

    Can’t wait to read the book!!!

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    Stephanie says:

    The book looks great and I am a lover of beautiful boots!

    Congrats!

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    Morgan Hoot says:

    I loved Sparkly Green Earrings and I can’t wait to read your latest! God Bless!

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    Angelia Stewart says:

    Congratulations Melanie! Praying this book ministers to women (and husbands) in a way that draws them closer to Christ and as a result closer to one another. Thank you for writing good, solid, gospel driven books.

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    Found you through BooMama and cannot wait to read this book!!

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    Congrats! Can’t wait to read it!

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    This sounds like a wonderful book! Can’t wait to read it!!

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    Elizabeth Ann Herring says:

    So fun! Loved Sparkly Green Earrings!

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    SOOOO excited!!!!

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    I loved your last book – going to get this new one now! :-) Loved your perspective here so much, also love those boots!

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    Read your first book – looking forward to reading the second! Congratulations!!

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    Jill Berry says:

    If this book is anywhere near as good as your first one, then it’s already my favorite book. Can’t wait to read and I only dream about owning a pair of Frye boots.

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    I’m dropping the kids off at school and heading to my local Sam’s Club to pick up books for some special people in my life (myself included). Thanks for sharing your story.

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    I have been reading your blog for years and am embarrassed to admit I just recently bought Sparkly Green Earrings. One of my goals for 2014 is to read the stack next to my bed, which now includes SGE. As soon as I conquer those, I plan on getting The Antelope in the Living Room. Please do not write any more until I catch up. Thanks. :)

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    Running to my kindle right now to make sure I preordered. And just in case, I’ll order another. Cannot WAIT. So excited for you.

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    I LOVED Sparkly Green Earrings! Can’t wait to read this one!!! Thanks for doing the give away!

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    Happy book release day! It will do great!

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    Jennifer in Ohio says:

    Congratulations on the book launch! I am (im)patiently awaiting my copy from Amazon. Shipped one off to my mom, too. And maybe half a dozen other friends…

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    I can. not. WAIT. to read this book. Oh my mercy how I loved your first one. And I love you. So I KNOW I will love this one too.

    Oh, and yes please on the boots!!!

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    Hitting up the Sam’s Club today! What a great prayer for this book!

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    Can’t wait to read it!!!

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    Catherine R. says:

    I was going to buy the Kindle addition of the book but I think this is one of those books that I want to be able to physically hold. I am going to go and get it this afternoon. Feb. 16 is our 1 year wedding anniversary and I can honestly say that God has blessed me. This is my second marriage (first was abusive and horrible) and God brought my son and me this beautiful, loving man to love who loves us with everything he has. We aren’t perfect and neither is our life but I am so grateful for it. I can’t wait to read this book! I know it will be a blessing. Thank you for everything you do for us!

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    Can’t wait to read it!

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    Katie in VA says:

    I absolutely loved Sparkly Green Earrings and I can’t wait to read this one.

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    Melanie, I am elated to finally get my hands on this!!! So proud if you!!!

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

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    Single without kids, but your first book was so great I know I’ll love this one too.

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    Can’t wait to pick your book up. I love the boots!

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    I was so excited to see it downloaded on my Kindle this morning!! I pre-ordered in December. Have a wonderful day celebrating your release Melanie! I can’t wait to read it.

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    Loved your first book. Can’t wait to read this one.

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    So excited to read your second book! I loved the first one!

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    Going to Barnes and Noble TODAY to buy your book!! So excited to read it tonight!!

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    anotherlisa says:

    bated breath for my pre-order.
    junior high is when you write your next tome!
    the blessed dads and daughters grow a magical relationship in middle school;
    mainly because it’s some hormonal law all 8th grade girls have to “hate” their mother for a little bit of time.
    next book, please? we’ll pray you through the process. i survived 3 girls attending middle school; should be a t shirt.

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    Love your blog, loved Sparkly Green Earrings and would really love these boots! Praying that your new book will be an encouragement to many people!

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    I am picking it up today after bible study!

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    I enjoy reading your blog each day. Can’t wait to purchase this book and read it!

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    Denise Kossan says:

    Ordering the book today!

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    Congratulations! Ive been married 34 years this week. My husband got me a card that was to “a son and his wife on their anniversary” where 30 years ago or even 20 years ago this would have upset me so bad and hurt my feelings and all that other stuff, I found this hysterical this year. We had the best laugh over it. Bless his heart, he tried. And I no longer need a card to know he loves me. He’s a good man with a good heart and he makes me laugh every day. Can’t wait to read your book.

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    Congratulations! Writing a book is a dream many of us share, but few of us have what it takes to get it done.

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    I’ve been looking forward to this day for a while… it’s my birthday!!! I’m hoping to win a copy of your book, but if I don’t, I’ll take some of my birthday money and go buy it. I loved SGE so much, I’m sure I’ll love AITLR.

    You know you’re big time when your books have official abbreviations. ; )

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    As a single girl, I am probably just as excited about your book as the married ladies that read this blog are…I can’t wait to read it!

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    Rachel Gray says:

    I’m so excited to read your new book. I read Sparkly Green Earrings in one sitting and wanted it to last forever. Congratulations on your new book! It was waiting on my Kindle when I got up this morning – cannot wait to start it! :)

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    I loved your first book. I am sure that I will love this one also. I so much enjoy reading your blog!!!

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    Stephanie says:

    Congratulations on the release of your second book! Can’t wait to read it! Thank you for offering this amazing giveaway! Gig ‘em! :-)

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    Congrats Mel! Can’t wait to read it! Please let me know when you come to Houston for a book signing.

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    Loved Sparkly Green Earrings, and can’t wait to read The Antelope in the Living Room. I have the Jackie Button boots in the darker chocolate color, sure hope they come in black! Congrats on the birth of your new book!

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    Congrats, Melanie! Can’t wait to read this one. I hope today is lots of fun!

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    Wow….over 400 comments?? hmmm….chances are this will be buried…but….I love your post today (and every day). I married my best friend 34 years ago this June. He is God’s evidence of grace to me on this earth. He has refined me, and me, him. We are blessed beyond all we could imagine, but it was a commitment we made and followed through on with determination that happened each and every day. With God’s help!
    I do pray for your book to be read by many – and that, yes! It encourages young and old in the commitments they made on a dewy-eyed day to love, honor, cherish.

    God bless you, your family, your book and yikes…seriously??? Jr High registration the day before your book launch? What was God thinking??? =0)

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    I am amazed at your bravery. It takes such courage to share your life the way you do. Your first book was hilarious and touching and I look forward to reading this one.

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    Can’t wait to read…congrats on book #2!

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    Leigh Ann says:

    Oh Melanie, you are such a joy. I love reading your blog everyday and I’m so excited to get your new book that I just finished ordering. I can’t tell you how many times you literally make me laugh-out-loud when I read your stories. You are a bright spot to my day. Keep up the good work and keep giving God the glory.

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    Jennifer Smith says:

    Loved your first book and can’t wait to read this one!!!

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    Read your first book and love, love, loved it! Can’t wait to get my hands on this one! You make me laugh! God bless

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    Buying it today! Can’t wait. So proud of you Melanie! What an inspiration.

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    Looks like a great book to start, being in the same stage of life. My son is going to start Jr. High and I could really use a laugh about that. Many blessings on the success of your book.

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    Wendy Fisher says:

    So excited for you and to read your second book! It is no lie, and no small thing, that your first book and your blog helped me keep a bit of humor the week my kids and I did not leave the house for days on end due to blizzards and sickness! You brought some lightness and love to me…so I could keep bringing lightness and love to them (even when I felt I had run out of more than milk and eggs). Thanks so much for letting us share in this gift.

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    Oh girl, I’m so happy for you and can’t wait to read your book! Congrats!!!

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    Love the boots and I really enjoy your blog!

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    Cathy Poterala says:

    Congratulations on your new book. I enjoy your blog.

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    I’m driving to the big city an hour away JUST to buy this book (okay, so maybe I’m stopping at Target too) . Can’t wait to read it!

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    Can’t wait to read the book! And, I’d die if I won the boots!

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    So excited for you! Just ordered the book using Amazon Prime so I will be reading it in 2 days. :) Loved your first book.

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    The Antelope arrives today from Amazon. Can’t wait!

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    Congrats!!! I just got an email from Amazon this morning telling me it’s ready to download to my Kindle :) Can’t wait to read it.

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    I am buying the book and copies for friends. All the best to you!

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    Loved your first book and Im sure I’ll love this one also!

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    I read “Sparkly Green Earrings” as a recommendation from a friend. Can’t wait to read the new one, but I’m almost done with the “Book Thief” so it’s next!

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    I cannot wait to read this book, I read your last one in less than 24 hours!! I need some new boots so these would be great! A new book and boots sounds wonderful!!

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    Just ordered the book and can’t wait to read it!!!!!

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    Diane Willson says:

    I’m so excited that it’s here! It’s on my kindle, now I have to have some self control and wait til tomorrow for a road trip. It’s gonna be hard!

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    Looking forward to reading this book! Loved your first one!
    Ordering a copy now!
    Blessings!

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    Hi! I just found your blog through “Life in Grace” blog. Thank you for sharing. Love the boots!

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    Wanted: one-way ticket on south bound train.
    Passenger name: Ann T Lope

    (To add to your Wish List, Melanie)

    Congrats on the new book. I already feel blessed by it.

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    Lisa Mottin says:

    Can’t wait to read it! You are such a hilarious/gifted/practical/honest writer:)

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    I just purchased your book from Amazon. Can’t wait! I love reading your blog :-)

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    Ashley L. says:

    I love your blog!! It is so funny and encouraging and just a light in my day! I loved your first book and cannot wait to read this one! Oh and I would love to have these boots, too!! Thanks so much!
    Ashley L.

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    Erin Moore says:

    About to buy my copy! So excited to read it! And how I would love these boots!

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    Congratulations! I can not wait to get my hands on this book.

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    I’m looking forward to reading your new book! Thanks for a fun giveaway!!

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    I have been reading your blog for a year now and am consistently blessed by your personality and unique outlook on life. God has wonderfully gifted you as a writer, and I know that you will continue to bless many people through your books and your blog. Thanks for all the laughs and for being REAL in a world that so desperately needs a tangible example of a grace-filled life.

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    Can’t wait to read your new book! I saved a Barnes & Noble gift card for this very purchase! And…the boots are fabulous, thanks for the chance to win a pair!

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    Love your blog! I’m excited to read your new book. :)

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    As a newlywed, I would love to win your book! But if not, I’m definitely buying it!

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    paige bradshaw says:

    Cannot wait to read this. We’ve made it 14 yrs but always in need of encoragement

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    Cara Beth Cate says:

    I am so happy for you and can’t wait to read your new book. The last one was so great I have shared it with all my friends.

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    I lovedd your first book and can’t wait to read this one. The boots look amazing!

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    Loved the first book and can’t wait to read this one!!

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    Abatha Boyle says:

    Can’t wait to read the book!!

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    Congrats on the release of your 2nd book! Once I get to a bookstore I plan to pick up a copy. I’m not married but hopefully can use your book for general relationship advice

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    I can only say that it’s felt like Christmas morning for me, too. I have been WAITING and so super duper EXCITED for your book to come out, Melanie! I’ve been posting about it to all of my friends and I just know it’ll be another favorite of mine, just like your first book!
    Congratulations and blessings to you!!!!

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    I loved your first book so I am sure this one will not disappoint. After this darn snow storm I want to head out and pick up my copy. :)

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    Can’t wait to read your second book!

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    Amanda Weems says:

    I made my husband promise me before we married that he would never ask to put an animal head on my wall and he agreed – if only I’d known to set in stone all the thousands of other things that we see differently…but then again what fun would that have been. I can’t wait to read your book and see how you and Perry have made this crazy thing called marriage work.

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    Thank you for taking the time to write a book to encourage women in their marriage. Praying for you. Also, the boots would be AWESOME!

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    Congratulations on getting your book out. I can’t wait to read it!

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    can’t wait to read it!

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    Can’t wait for my copy to arrive!

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    Jennifer Shannon says:

    Congrats on your new book – can’t wait!!!

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    Wendy Darling says:

    Go Girl! Get down with your bad self!

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    Love those boots! Can’t wait to read the book!

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    I’m presenting The Antelope to my book club and we can’t wait to read it together. I’d love to get to San Antonio tonight for your signing, but can’t swing it with the kids activities. Please add an Austin stop to your plans. I’ll deliver a big crowd :)

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    Oh girl!! You are seriously MY SOUL SISTER!!!
    FRYE’S? Good gracious! Size 6 1/2 please!!!?!

    I gotta tell you….I’ve been beating the streets and sharing with all my peeps about this book! I did the same with SGE! It was so much fun reading it and laughing along with all my friends who were doing the same. I went to sleep last night telling my husband….IN THE MORNING, I’M BUYING MELANIE’S NEW BOOK!!!!!

    So, I gotta go! Time to download The Antelope!! Oh…..and Jr High? Be. still. heart.
    Hugs all over you friend!! You’re going to make it! Said by the mom sitting on the couch waiting on another huge snow storm while all 3 kids are away at college!!!

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    Jennifer S says:

    Can’t wait to start reading! Unfortunately I’m at work so I’ll have to wait until tonight!

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    Can’t wait to read the new book!

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    I have been looking SO forward to this book, Melanie! I know it will be fantastic. Diving in today! :)

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    So excited for you!!! (And for me, because my pre-ordered copy should arrive today!!! WOOHOO!
    And I LOVE this video– GREAT job!

  487. 501

    Amazon delivered my copy this morning. I can’t wait for nap time, so I can start reading it! (I’m only scared I won’t be able to put it down, then will be useless the rest of the day.)

  488. 502

    Congrats Melanie!!!! I can’t wait to get my hands on this new book. I just loved Sparkly Green Earrings. Way to go!

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    I can’t wait to read the book! :)
    Congratulations!

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    We are under a winter storm warning here for tonight and tomorrow so I’m thinking that will give me the perfect opportunity to read this. Loved Sparkly Green Earrings and I have no doubt this one will bless me as much, well maybe more if a pair of Frye boots is thrown in! :) Happy book release day!

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    Congrats!! Loved your first book…going to download this one now. Hang in there with that JR High thing…at least it’s not High School =)

  492. 506

    I am SO excited for to read this book!!! I LOVED Sparkly Green Earrings and bought one for anyone that had a birthday last year. Can.not.wait.!!! Congratulations!!!

  493. 507

    I was so excited about your book last night i barely slept. and i would love these boots!

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    Congratulations! The book is on its way from Amazon. I look forward to reading and sharing with friends. P.S. please come to OHIO for a signing!!!!!!

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    I can’t wait to read this book! I loved your first book, and love reading your blog.

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    MrsManley says:

    Looking forward to reading The Antelope in the Living Room. My “antelope” is an Ohio State Buckeyes bistro set on my front porch. I’m certain the Frye boots would make my sitting there fancier.

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    Oh my goodness! Those two events should not be allowed to happen on the same day. I registered my baby for kindergarten yesterday, and that was almost too much without a new book!

    I can’t wait to read this! Marriage truly is the best hardest thing–right up there with parenting. Thanks for helping us all feel a bit more normal as we pick up the dirty socks…again.

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    I am sure that I am much older than your average reader, but I so enjoy your blog and books. I can’t wait to read this one n

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    I LOVED Sparkly Green Earrings and I am so excited to read this book. I feel like having an antelope in the living room is a concern I’m going to have in the not so distant future…except my antelope might be a great big Muskie!

    Callie

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    Amazon delivered it to my Kindle during the night. Can’t wait to start reading!

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    Amy Cargile says:

    I can’t wait to read the book. Sparkly Green Earrings was delightful–and I have no doubt that this one will be too. Thanks for being such an encouragement–and thanks for the chance to win some awesome boots!

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    So excited to read it!

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    Mary Lucy says:

    My book should be delivered today and I can’t wait! I loved your first book as it showed how everyone goes through the same things in motherhood! I can’t wait to read this one too.

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    Placed book order today – maybe I’ll have some new boots!!

  505. 519

    I have been reading your blog for years and I can’t wait to read this book! Praying for you this week.

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    Going to mardel today. Keep writing. It’s your thing.

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    Sharon C in OK says:

    Congrats on the new book! I can hardly wait to read it!

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    Congratulations and Happy Release Day! It’s a great day for you. Enjoy!!

  509. 523

    I can’t wait to read your new book. The first one was great!

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    Michelle J. says:

    So excited to read your new book! Making myself wait until next weekend to read it…poolside…on vacation!

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    I have your book pre-ordered and cannot wait to download it today! :)

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    I so wish I was in San Antonio so I could go to your book signing! What fun to meet you in person. I have loved your blog for seven years and totally loved your first book. I cannot wait to read this one. I am praying it will encourage wives everywhere and I truly believe it will. Thank you for writing!

  513. 527

    I pre-ordered my Kindle copy from Amazon weeks ago and am so excited to start the book today on my lunch break!!

  514. 528

    I am so excited the book is out today! I planned to go to the bookstore to get it today but we’re having a snow storm and I may have to wait. I think your book is just what I’m needing these days!

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    Just found your blog today! Can’t wait to read the book, congrats!

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    Becky Keyser says:

    Thank you so much for your hilarious blog!!! I read it with my coffee every morning. You have the perfect combination of funny and meaningful. I can’t wait to read your new book. Loved the first one!!!

  517. 531

    Can’t wait to read this one, loved the last one!

  518. 532

    Wishing you all the best – looking forward to your new book!

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    I can’t wait to read your new book! Congratulations on the release today! I would love to win Frye boots and would be forever grateful, because as my mama says, Frye boots are forever boots!!

  520. 534

    I am so excited about your new book! I’ve already read your first one multiple times and passed it around to all my friends! Congratulations and I know it’s going to be wonderful!

  521. 535

    I LOVED your first book and I can’t wait to read this one! Congrats!

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    Lori Martin says:

    I’ve just been introduced to your blog and books, I haven’t yet read the first one but am headed to bookstore now for both. Can’t wait! Thanks for the opportunity to win those rockin boots

  523. 537

    We are getting a new pastor, headed to IF Gathering with my BFF on Friday AND this book is out? Could this week get ANY better?!!

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    Congratulations on your book! Looking forward to reading it. :)

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    I got news from Amazon that I should expect my book on Thursday. I’m not even close to being married, but you make me laugh and I can’t wait to read it! And if I ever end up married (c’mon God, let’s hurry u

    • 540

      Oops that got posted earlier than I wanted! What I was trying to say is that if I ever end up married, I know I’ll be excited to read the book again at that time!

  526. 541

    I can’t wait to read the book! I have been marrried almost 21 years and it has not always been easy but nothing worth it ever is.

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    Amy Bednar says:

    I can’t wait to read your new book! Your first book made me laugh until I cried. The boots would be nice too. ;)

  528. 543

    I loved Sparkly Green Earrings, cannot wait to read this one! Congratulations!

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    Mindy Fults says:

    Loved your first book; can’t wait to read this one. :)

  530. 545

    Good Morning and Howdy from Big D!! I have just downloaded it to my Nook, and will not be productive at work today :-) Also, I am in dire need of those boots, the are B-E-A-utiful!!! My suggestion for your lunch today is to have some excellent Mexican food with a Grande margarita to celebrate the birth of your 2nd “child”…at least that’s what I would do :-) LOL…Congrats to you, Melanie!!! You Rock!!!

    p.s.–any word on your Dallas visit?

  531. 546

    Totally asked my husband for this for Valentine’s Day!!! Can’t wait to read it, and LOVE those boots!

  532. 547
    heather from nc says:

    I cannot wait to read this book! Thanks for the great giveaway :)

  533. 548

    Can’t wait to read your book!

  534. 549

    Can’t wait to read your new book!!! And those boots, LOVE them!

  535. 550

    I can’t wait to read the new book! I loved Sparkly Green Earrings.

  536. 551

    Congratulations on your book release. I read sparkly green earrings and look forward to reading this book, too!:)

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    Patricia M. says:

    So happy for you and can’t wait to read the book!

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    Tammy Elrod says:

    Looking forward to reading it!

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    Courtney C says:

    I can.not.wait to read Antelope!!!

  540. 555

    I just downloaded the book onto my Kindle!!!

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    Jennifer O. says:

    I LOVED your first book, and I can’t wait to read this one! I pre-ordered it on Amazon, and it should arrive tomorrow.!

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    Katelyn R. says:

    I cannot wait to read this book!

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    I am excited to read. I LOVED your previous book. Your daughter and mine are twins separated at birth. Congrats!

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    KATE MOHRMANN says:

    I am so excited to read this! Loved your first book:)

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    Hooray!! It’s Release Day! My sincerest Congratulations and best wishes on the momentous day. I loved Sparkly Green Earrings and can’t wait to read Antelope. I will be purchasing today and anxiously awaiting its arrival! Thank you for your honesty and laughs. Reading your blog is always a bright spot in my day.

  546. 561

    I preordered and can’t wait to get it in the mail, hopefully today! I loved SGE and know I will love TAITLR too.

  547. 562

    Loved the first book – can’t wait to read this one!

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    Diana Radwan says:

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

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    Allison H says:

    Pre-ordered my book, can’t wait to get it today! Looking forward to another great book!

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    Congrats! I cannot wait to read it!

  551. 566

    I loved Sparkly Green Earrings and pre ordered Antelope 2 months ago! So excited it’s out!, I wish you the best!

  552. 567

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to read it. :) Oh, and where can we buy those cute scarves I saw posted in pictures of your book? Adorable.

  553. 568

    Loved Sparkly Green Earrings, can’t wait for this one. Oh yeah, and the boots would be nice too!!

  554. 569

    Congratulations on your new book! I loved Sparkly Green Earrings. Can’t wait till my book comes in the mail.

  555. 570

    I loved the first book, I bought a hard copy then read it on the kindle when it was free. Lol. Those boots are perfect!

  556. 571

    Looking forward to reading your book. I enjoyed every page of the first one. Congratulations!

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    Amanda Andrews says:

    Congrats!!!Buying it today. Thank you for sharing your words and life with us. Super excited for you today.
    Blessings,
    Amanda

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    Pam Wildes says:

    Can’t wait to download this and read! Congrats on the book!

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    Elizabeth says:

    Congratulations on the book! I can’t wait to read it!

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    Shannon H says:

    Those boots are gorgeous, I’d love to win!
    Congrats on the book coming out, I can’t wait to read it!!!

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    Laura Kruger says:

    How exciting!! I am going to buy your book!!

  562. 577

    Hooray!!! So excited for you- excited for what can happen when people read it!

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    Carol Wallace says:

    Can’t wait! Downloading today!

  564. 579

    We are all blessed by this milestone in your life! Thank you for giving of yourself through your blog and books. God is good!

  565. 580

    Best of luck with your new book. I’m a longtime reader of your blog, and loved your first book!

  566. 581

    I’m really looking forward to reading this!!

  567. 582
    Connie Windham says:

    I can’t wait to get my copy.

  568. 583

    I love your blog!! It is so funny and encouraging and just awesome! Congrats on the release of your second book! Would love to win the boots! Have a wonderful day!

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    I’m going to order it on Amazon this week. I think this is a must read. Also, thank you for the generous give away! Those boots are too cute.

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    Meredith Lowery says:

    Mel, I’m so proud of you! I can’t wait to read the book. It may have something to do with being at the altar with you when you married this man! :) Mine should arrive on my doorstep this Thursday. I may have to go to B&N to get it today, though!

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    Catherine herndon says:

    Loved Sparkly green earrings and know I’ll love this too!!

  572. 587

    Congrats on the new book!

  573. 588

    congrats on the new book!

  574. 589

    So excited for your second book!! I can’t wait to read it!

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    Cathy Young says:

    I’m eager to read your book!

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    I can’t wait to start your new book today! I’m certain it will be just as fabulous as Sparkly Green Earrings. Cannot wait. Congrats!

  577. 592

    my copy is ordered! can’t wait :-) I shared your first book with so many friends…..if i didn’t have a stinkin’ meeting tonight…I’d come say hello at your signing……

  578. 593

    I have heard and HEARD about your books. I plan on buying BOTH today with a little xmas money :) AND sharing the info with my girls :)

  579. 594

    Congrats on the new book! I’m sure it will be every bit as good as the first!

  580. 595

    I can not wait to get my hands on your book. I’ve only recently found your blog, but love it and the stories you’ve shared and your thought process, we may share the same brain, crazy how much you sound like me. So I know I will enjoy your book & can’t wait to share it with my friends.

  581. 596

    soooo excited to read this! just ordered mine on amazon.

  582. 597

    i can’t wait to get my book! BUT i got the shipping confirmation and i accidentally picked regular ground shipping…………ahhhhhhhhhhh, i won’t get it until next week!!!!!!!!!! i almost cried! i know it’s going to be awesome. so proud for you. thank you for sharing your life and laughter with us everyday!!

  583. 598

    Loved your first book and know I will love this one too. Your honesty and transparency draws people to you. I pray that God will use this book to encourage and bless all who read it. Thank you for giving us a peek into your heart. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

  584. 599
    Brenda Atherton says:

    So, the other day when P was over at the house picking up firewood Sandy asked him about the book–I have mentioned it to him a few times—-and P knew it all and was so very very proud–you get hear it in his voice and see it on his face. After they finished-Sandy asked me if I had bought it–I told him I had pre-ordered it and that I should have it by the time we get home from the trip we are on–and he was good with that. But honestly-the pride and love on P’s face when he was talking about you was awesome!

  585. 600

    I am so excited for this book! I love that your goal is “normal” and not “fairy tale” because it’s so easy to feel like you’re missing out on something when life is normal. I’ve been anxiously awaiting this book since a I preordered weeks ago!! Congratulations!

  586. 601

    I was so excited when I opened my kindle and my preordered copy was downloaded. I can’t wait to get started.

  587. 602

    I loved your first book and look forward to reading this one. Thank you for sharing real experiences with us. Your openness is commendable.

  588. 603

    Loved your first book and looking forward to reading this one! Congrats!

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    Jill Knight says:

    Can’t wait to read the book! Oh, and I LOVE the boots! ????

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    Can’t wait to read it!

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    Blessings on you, your family and your book sales! P.S. We have been married 29 years and have a mule deer on our wall, affectionately referred to as “Buckety”.

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    Courtney Sloane says:

    Oh, this is so exciting! I still have the picture of Sparkly Green Earrings on my phone from the Barnes and Noble. I can’t wait to read this one. Yay BigMama!

  593. 608

    I pre-ordered the book and am anxiously awaiting its arrival! Praying for you today!!

  594. 609

    I can’t wait to read it, and to discuss with my friends and family! Congrats!!

  595. 610

    Really looking forward to reading this book, I think this is just the book I need at this time!

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    I can’t wait to read it! Hope it’s an amazing day for you!

  597. 612

    Loved Sparkly Green Earrings and shared it with my mom and 3 sisters. Ordered The Antelope in the Living Room a couple weeks ago and can’t wait for it to arrive! :)

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    Shawnda Davis says:

    Can’t wait to read the book – loved your first one!

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    Can’t wait to get this for my mom to keep her entertained after her knee replacement surgery next month. I got her sparkly green earrings for Mother’s Day last year and she loved it.

  600. 615

    I pre-ordered my copy thru Amazon and hopefully I will get my ship notification soon. I love the boots!

  601. 616

    Congratulations on your book! I loved Sparkly Green Earrings and look forward to reading this one.

  602. 617

    Thansk for the giveaway. I have your book on order from Amazon and hoping it has come.. I so enjoyed your first book. Congratulations on both. Love your blog..

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    Nicki Baum says:

    I can’t even begin to explain how excited I am to read this book. Loved the first one, and I’m sure I will love the second. Thank you for your candor, your wit and your heart!

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    Congratulations on your new book!

  605. 620

    Just bought your book! Can’t wait to read it.

  606. 621

    So excited for this new book. Laughed my butt off at “Sparkly Green Earrings”!

  607. 622

    I love you whether I get those boots or not, but I can’t lie … I’d LOVE to have them!

    Can’t wait to see you in Houston with my freshly purchased copy of the new book!

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    That’s hilarious about the Lexus Christmas commercial – I said to my kids this year during the commercial “Do you think that is what Dad is getting me for Christmas this year?” and they just laughed……

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    jennifer jones says:

    My Lifeway had this book early, so I alaready have it! Can’t wait to read it. And I would love me some Frye boots. Thanks for the giveaway.

  610. 625

    Looking forward to reading this book!!!

  611. 626

    I pre-ordered several weeks ago and it’s due on my doorstep in two days. I cannot wait to read it!

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    I could always use new boots.

  613. 628

    Just ordered it on my Kindle. (I couldn’t wait for it to come via mail). Can’t wait to read it!

  614. 629

    I can’t wait to get this book! I kind of feel like we’re kindred spirits. I live in SA, went to Texas A&M and have a daughter also. I’m a little older than you but I can pretend we’re besties right?? Best of Luck with this 2nd book. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be flying off the shelves. The Frye boots would be a much needed addition to my boot collection also :)

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    Congrats on the new book! I’m looking forward to reading it. : )

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    Annette Bartle says:

    Congratulations on the birth of your third “child”. And who says Caroline is an only child?? Loved your first book and have given it away to friends more than any book ever. I’m sure your second book will become another “this is the BEST book I read in 2014″ comment. God bless you and yours as you pour out on paper your gift from Him. Thank you, Melanie.

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    Can’t wait to read Antelope! Deep breaths about Jr High. The transition will not be as bad as you think, my oldest is getting ready to hit High school and has really enjoyed middle. Besides I am betting that Caroline is going to love it and do well!

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    Emily Thompson says:

    Loved your first book and cannot wait to get your new one!! Luckily my twin bought one for me and all the women in our family for Christmas! Just waiting on them to come in :)

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    Maria McLeod says:

    Can’t wait to read this new book!

  620. 635

    Wishing you the best on your book release :)

  621. 636

    I would love these boots! Thank you

  622. 637

    YAY!!! So excited to read it!!

  623. 638

    Loved your last book and can’t wait to read this one! Off to Amazon!

  624. 639

    Can’t wait to read this one, I really enjoyed your first one!

  625. 640

    You always lift my spirits, whether through your blog or the precious podcast you do with BooMama. I am so very thankful for you. I can’t wait to read the book!

  626. 641

    So excited for the book! Read the first one in a day! Can’t wait for more good laughs!

  627. 642

    Can’t wait to read this one! Loved Sparkly Green Earrings, and I look forward to reading your blog every day! I maybe Instagrammed a quote from SGE… Love love loved it!

  628. 643

    I love your blog and adored your first book. I downloaded this one on the way to work this morning. Can’t wait to read it!

  629. 644

    Congrats and Gig’Em, Melanie! I loved Sparkly Green Earrings and can’t wait to get my paws on the new book. Sending best wishes from Colorado!

  630. 645

    I am so excited to read your book. I absolutely loved “Sparkly Green Earrings” and cannot wait to embark upon your marriage journey. Thank you for always being so REAL and fun. I like people who can be real and fun at the same time…that’s hard to come by these days.

  631. 646

    Can’t wait to get my copy. Ready to laugh and cry with you!

  632. 647

    I cried when I first watched the trailer. Can’t wait to read it!

  633. 648

    I look forward to your posts and all your funny wit! I just know we would be good friends if we were in the same area. Good luck with this book and I will pray for your success.

  634. 649

    Yay for positivity and laughter! We can all use more of that. :-)

  635. 650

    It will all be wonderful! This I know. Middle School shall pass to-maybe with a little more anxiety as today however. Your words are dear and special and meaningful to me and countless others!

  636. 651

    Several months ago, over dinner, Holly Mathis told me about the new book you had coming out. As I listened to her describe the content, I was overwhelmed with equal parts excitement for you, and deep admiration for sharing something that is so personal and, for many of us, not always pretty. May your book be received with kind hearts. With warm words. And may it bless many, many marriages. Included in my amazon order will be your book, industrial sized kleenex, and perhaps a bottle of wine (does amazon sell that? If not, they should). Cheers to you, Melanie!

  637. 652

    I am beyond excited to read your new book. My adult girls and I loved your last one. Am on my old fashioned way to the book store to pick up 3 copies. Praying for your succes with the book. You are terrific!
    Liz in GA

  638. 653

    Cant wait to read. Prayers sent your way. Love the boots!

  639. 654
    Leslie Mackey says:

    Can’t wait to read your book! I love your blog!! Leslie

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    My prayers will be as you said – that this new book lands in the hands of EXACTLY the person that needs to read that their marriage is a precious gift of joy, and to lighten up! Good luck to you, and thanks for all your work!

  641. 656

    You are a blessing.

  642. 657

    Congratulations on your new release! I can’t wait to read it – your posts always make my day:)

  643. 658

    I plan on reading the day away with your new book! I can’t wait. Thanks!

  644. 659

    Melanie, I can not tell you how happy this day makes me for you! Enjoy every moment, sister, and know we are cheering you on.

    Lisa

  645. 660

    Cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of this book- mentioned on my little teeny tiny blog as well. Best of luck!

  646. 661

    Good luck! Can’t wait to read the book.

  647. 662

    I can’t wait to read this book. So excited to read a book that talks about the reality of marriage versus the fairytale!

  648. 663

    Thanks for the laughter!

  649. 664
    Janet Harmath says:

    Ordering the book and looking forward to inspiration!! Good luck!

  650. 665

    Excited to read your new book!

  651. 666

    I knew I brought my kindle to work with me for lunch today for some reason! Good luck on your release!

  652. 667

    Good morning to you !
    I am anxious to get started on your new book the antelope in the living room
    And I will certainly be rocking some Jackie tall button boots!
    I’m sooooooo excited!
    Thank you * * * * *

  653. 668

    LOVED your first book!! Soooo excited to read this one!!

  654. 669

    Can’t wait to read the book.

  655. 670

    Melanie-
    I pre-ordered the book a long time ago on Amazon. Can’t wait to get it and read it! I’m also going to get copies to give to friend like I did Sparkly Green Earrings!
    Oh and thanks for the give away! I LOVE those boots!

  656. 671

    Hi, Melanie – just want to say Congrats on your second book,, I absolutely can’t wait to read it and share it with my daughter who is only in her 2nd year of marriage. I hope she will see that its not all romance and glitter.. it takes a lot of work. Although Im sure her dad and I have shown her that and more. I hope we didn’t scar her for life.

    Best wishes for much sucess on the release of “The anetelope in the living room” – ( I can relate so well,, my husband hung a skull mount of a deer in the kitchen and thought it looked very nice… NOT! )

  657. 672

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this book!!!!!

  658. 673

    Love reading your blog daily so I can’t wait to read the new book too!

  659. 674

    Congrats on the new book! I just downloaded it direct from Amazon onto my Kindle… I am also an avid read of Paige and Edie’s blog – so I am so looking forward to a great laugh and some insight into my own marriage. :)

  660. 675

    Melanie,
    Loved Sparkly Green Earrings, can’t wait to read this one. Buying one for my best friend, too, since we laughed together so much when we read the first book! Congrats on the release!

  661. 676

    Really looking forward to reading this book! Very excited for you!

  662. 677

    I loved your first book! I can’t wait for this one! :)

  663. 678

    I wish I could make it to the signing tonight. I am terribly bummed I have to miss. Please have another one sometime soon! Congratulations on your second book. I can’t stop buying copies for my friends and I haven’t even read it yet!

  664. 679

    Melanie, You are the best. Your blog makes me smile big every time I read it. I live in Austin so I feel like someday I may see you somewhere and say hey big mama! I pre-ordered your book and can’t wait to get it. Loved sparkly green earrings and my daughter read it too. I have a pair of sparkly green earrings that I wear to make my day happy. I just finished 15 months of breast cancer junk and am finding what my new blessed life looks like. I know your new book will be successful and fabulous! congratulations!

  665. 680

    I actually started reading your new book last night:)
    I stopped by the actual bookstore on my way home last night, and was pleasantly surprised to see it already on the shelf!!
    I love your writing.. Very encouraging and humorous!
    Thank you for being transparent!
    God bless!

  666. 681

    Buying it today!!! Cannot wait. You are such a blessing.

  667. 682

    As someone with assorted deer heads and skulls with antlers hanging in her family room, I know I really need to read this book. I can’t wait! So love your writing, Melanie–keep it coming!

  668. 683

    Loved your first book and can’t wait to read this one!!

  669. 684

    I would have posted without the added incentive of those darling boots, but I wouldn’t say no to them! I bought your last book for myself, then promptly bought more for gifts for friends. I can’t wait to laugh out loud about the antelope in your living room! Thank you for graciously sharing your gift of wisdom, wit, and God’s abundant love.

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    Pamela Leffler says:

    I love reading your daily blogs and i’m so excited to read this book! I am getting married February 15th, 2014 and reading a real book about marriage is just what I need. Congratulations on your second book!

  671. 686

    I’m so excited for you, Melanie! I can’t wait to read the book! AND I am super excited about these boots!Yay! xo

  672. 687
    sheespatti says:

    Loved your Sparkly Green Earrings and can’t wait to read this one!

  673. 688
    Chari Alberts says:

    Your book sounds fabulous! I can’t wait to read it!

  674. 689

    Melanie, I so enjoy reading your blog — always makes me smile and or laugh out loud. Loved reading your first book and am really looking forward to reading your new one. Thanks for sharing your heart’s desire for this book to touch lives and marriages. Praying you will be able to rest in God’s assurance of a job well done!

  675. 690

    Melanie, I want to say thank you for getting me through these parenting
    Years! I can’t wait to read the book, watching the video had me in tears ! Because marriage is a blessing and I think we all sometimes take it for granted or get caught up in life to
    Really appreciate it and nurture it!

  676. 691

    Can’t wait to get the book and read it!

  677. 692

    So excited for you, Melanie! Loved Sparkly Green Earrings and I know I’ll love this book too.

  678. 693

    I’m buying one for myself today and one for my brand new, married exactly one month TODAY sister-in-law. Congratulations, Melanie!

  679. 694
    Lindsey Pilgreen says:

    My iTunes pre-order came through about 8:15 last night (maybe a west coast thing?) and I’ve already started reading. Thanks for sharing your stories!

  680. 695

    Preordered the book so it will arrive today! Can’t wait.

  681. 696

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

  682. 697

    Congratulations! I loved Sparkly Green Earrings–I can’t wait to get my hands on this one. :)

  683. 698
    Andrea Clark says:

    So excited to sit by the fire and read your new book, and if I happen to be wearing those boots….well it doesn’t get much better than that!!!!

  684. 699

    Can’t wait to walk across the street to Barnes and Noble later today (like a true pioneer!) and buy your book!!!

  685. 700

    I CAN’T WAIT to get my hands on your book! I LOVED SGE, so I know this will be awesome too!

  686. 701

    Congrats on the new book release!

  687. 702

    I loved, love, LOVED Sparkly Green Earrings and can’t wait to get my copy of Antelope in the Living Room! I pre-ordered copies for myself and both of my married daughters several weeks ago and we’re all anxious to start reading and laughing! Thank you for using your God-given talents of humor, wisdom and insight to bless and encourage us all!

  688. 703

    I can’t wait to read it! Good luck!

  689. 704
    michele m fry says:

    Pretty excited about this book….buying it on amazon today. My husband and I are going to be married 10 years this year and we are coming through a hard season, so I am sure this book will be an encouragment!!!

  690. 705
    Michelle in Dallas says:

    I pre-ordered the book some time ago — I can’t wait to get that package in the mail. My 4 year old granddaughter was so enamored with the cover of Sparkly Green Earrings that she would ask me to read it to her at night. I’m going to show her the cover of this one too – I’m betting I’ll be reading it. Love that girl. Love your blog. Love those boots.

  691. 706

    Can’t wait to read Antelope in the Living Room tonight! Thanks for being willing to put yourself (and your writing) out there! Aggie love!

  692. 707

    Congratulations!!!

  693. 708

    I’ll be purchasing two at your Katy book signing. Excited for you!

  694. 709

    I can’t wait! I pre-ordered my copy from Amazon during my Christmas shopping….It’s supposed to arrive TOMORROW!
    I really LOVE those boots, too!
    Kathy Wilshire

  695. 710

    I just stumbled across your blog last week and have so much to catch up on! I also have a daughter starting middle school next year and I can’t believe it! We’ve been married 14 years and that also doesn’t seem possible! Can’t wait to read your book :)

  696. 711

    I loved Sparkly Green Earrings. I can’t wait to read this one.

  697. 712

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

  698. 713

    I’m so excited for you. Can’t wait to sit down and read your new book. Congratulations.

  699. 714

    I loved your first book! Hilarious, encouraging, and wonderful! I can’t wait to read this one too! Thank you for sharing your life, your thoughts, and your writing gift with us!

  700. 715

    I can’t wait to read it. I enjoyed Sparkly Green Earrings so much!

  701. 716

    I am beyond excited to get your new book….very soon, like hopefully today! I loved Sparkly Green Earrings and can’t wait to see what The Antelope in the Living Room has in store. I know I will love it just like I love your blog!! Thanks for making us feel like we really are okay!!

  702. 717

    I absolutely LOVED Sparkly Green Earrings and I cannot wait to get this book! I ordered it this morning so hopefully I’ll have it by the end of week!

  703. 718

    Many blessings for success of this book! I can’t wait to read it!

  704. 719

    Going through a really rough patch (for the past 10 years) in my 35 year marriage. Hoping to get encouragement from your book.

  705. 720

    I can’t wait to read the book!

  706. 721

    Read your first book and fell in love with your writing and wisdom. I have no doubt this book will bring more of the same!

  707. 722

    I just loved Sparkly Green Earrings and can’t wait to read this one! My friend and I have pre-ordered it. Thanks for making us all laugh daily! You have the gift of words…..

  708. 723

    I loved Sparkly Green Earrings! Can’t wait to read Antelope in the Living Room!!

  709. 724

    I really enjoyed your first book and looking forward to reading the second. I will be ordering it today!

  710. 725

    Love your writing

  711. 726

    I’ve just ordered my copy! Thank you for the daily laughs, and the others that I know this newest book will provide.

  712. 727
    Sherri Len says:

    God bless you on your emotional roller coaster of a day! Pick me, Please!

  713. 728

    Thank you in advance for making me laugh! I have no doubt your words will encourage the masses who follow you and their friends whom they share your words with. I’m excited to dig into the pages of your newest creation!!

  714. 729
    LeAnn Maroney says:

    Can’t wait to read the book. Loved Sparkly Green Earrings. And I need these boots. Pick me!

  715. 730
    Adrianne Kincade says:

    I am so excited to read your book! I loved Sparkly Green Earrings and I know this one will be just as good!!

  716. 731
    Laurie Whitmire says:

    Can’t wait to read your new book!

  717. 732

    Relax and enjoy these wonderful milestones! About to order your book…can’t wait to crack it open!

  718. 733

    So excited to read this new book. I feel like it may sound a bit like my marriage and look forward to learning.

  719. 734

    Looking forward to reading this book–breezed thru Sparkly Green. Would love a new pair of boots too! :)

  720. 735

    You have been such a blessing to me over the years helping me feel “normal” and getting me to laugh at parenting moments that may have sent me over the edge otherwise. Thank you!

  721. 736

    Seriously. Can’t wait to read it. Just ordered my copy from Amazon Prime. I am hopeful that it will be delivered by drone.

  722. 737

    I’m downloading right now! I loved Sparkly Green Earrings and know I will enjoy this one just as much. I’ve recommended to all my friends and family. Thanks, Melanie!

  723. 738

    Congrats on your book.

  724. 739

    I just ordered the kindle version! I will probably plop down on the sofa tonight and start reading it. :-) Those boots would be the icing on the cake!! ;-)

  725. 740

    I can’t wait to read your book. If it is at all like the first one then I will love it!

  726. 741

    I really wanted to wait and get the book from the library – yes, my library has Sparkly Green Earrings! – but I consider you a friend, even though you don’t know me, and I would spend WAY more than $10 on a happy baby present for a “bricks and mortar” friend, so I am spending $10 on an actual book that I can parade around and then maybe lend to other people if I can bear to part with it for a little while. The advertising would be more influential if I were wearing super cool boots while I carried the book around, I think.

  727. 742

    So looking forward to reading a real book about real marriages. All the best to you (and your daughter – Middle School! So exciting!)

  728. 743

    I have the book on the wasy from my Amazon pre-order and would LOVE the boots!!!

  729. 744

    Congratulations on your book release! :) I will be getting a copy.

  730. 745

    I love your blog, loved your first book and I’m sure I will love this one. I definitely will love those boots!

  731. 746

    I loved your first book and I can’t wait to read this one!

  732. 747

    I am so looking forward to reading this book. We all need a good dose of real especially when it comes to real life marraige.

  733. 748

    Already bought the book; it is waiting in my Kindle app to be read on the way home from work! Congratulations!

  734. 749

    Congrats on your newest book! It’s definitely going on my list to buy/read.

  735. 750

    Getting ready for second (LAST!!!) marriage in April. Will definitely pick up the book–and wouldn’t mind the boots at all, either! Congrats and best wishes!!!

  736. 751

    I loved loved your first book! I cannot wait to read this book. Thank you for your honesty as a mama and wife. I read your blog everyday!

  737. 752

    Can’t wait to read your book!

  738. 753

    Hugest congrats, Big Mama! If this is even a smidge as great as Sparkly Green Earrings I can hardly wait to read it!!

  739. 754

    Love your blog and I can’t wait to read your book :)

  740. 755
    Susan Pelizzaro says:

    Just recently found your blog and I love it. I just ordered Sparkly Green Earrings and the Antelope in the Living Room is next! And these are gorgeous boots :)

  741. 756

    Congratulations!

  742. 757

    Oh I just can’t WAIT to read this book! Just need a few hours of uninterrupted time!!!!

  743. 758

    I think I may go out and get this book for myself for my birthday. Cant wait to read it. LOVE THOSE BOOTS! :)

  744. 759

    Cannot wait to read the book, love your blog :)

  745. 760
    Allison Blair says:

    I loved your last book and I can’t wait to read this one! The boots are gorgeous too! Congratulations on your second published book!!! :)

  746. 761
    Lisa Gonzalez says:

    I love Sparkly Green Earrings, am ordering the new book tonight. Great giveaway. I hope that there will be a third book!
    Lisa Gonzalez

  747. 762

    I loved and couldn’t wait to share your last book and can’t wait to do so with this book as well! Congratulations!

  748. 763

    My husband and I just celebrated our one year anniversary, and one of the biggest things I learned over that first year was to try and not take myself or him or our marriage too seriously all the time. You’re right- there is so much joy and it doesn’t always have to be that heavy. I love reading your blog and can’t wait to read this book!

  749. 764
    Julie Johnson says:

    I am excited to read this book! Loved the first one.

  750. 765

    I loved the first book and can’t wait to get my hands on this one! I know it will be wonderful.

  751. 766

    I cant wait to read your book , I will pass it on to my married daughters.

  752. 767

    Congrats, can’t wait to read your new book!

  753. 768

    I absolutely LOVED Sparkly Green Earrings and CANNOT WAIT to read this book! So proud for you and I know it will be even bigger than the first book! :)

  754. 769
    Jennifer W says:

    Can’t wait to read this book. Loved Sophie’s review on her blog!

  755. 770

    I can’t wait to read your new book. Loved Sparkly Green Earrings and I love your blog.

  756. 771

    I enjoyed your last book immensely and pre-ordered this book over a month ago…can’t wait to get it. I’ve shared both your and Sophie’s book with a dear friend going through trying times – I knew she would love both the spiritual and fun aspects of them. Good luck on your new book! I read your blog every day, although this is my first comment. Just wanted you to know that someone in remote Washington State is one of your fans!

  757. 772

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

  758. 773

    Can’t wait for my copy to arrive!

  759. 774

    Can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

  760. 775
    Melissa Hill says:

    I am a long time fan and so proud of watching your progress from blogger into an author with TWO books now. I loved the first and sure I will love this one just as much! Thank you for staying true to yourself and making the rest of us feel normal with our crazy/messed up lives!

  761. 776
    Kassidi S. says:

    I pre-ordered mine (and my sister a copy) and can’t WAIT to get it in the mail! I hope the snow doesn’t slow it down!!! I hope it’s the best “Book Release Day” ever!! :)

  762. 777

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to get my hands on your new book!

  763. 778

    This book looks great! I will definitely buy it:)

  764. 779

    SO excited to read your new book. Loved the first one and I know this one will be just as awesome!! Congratulations!

  765. 780

    Can’t wait to read it….been married 43 years….still learning new things every day.

  766. 781

    Wow! A new book to read AND the chance to win awesome boots! It’s like Christmas! Thanks for sharing your heart and your favorite boots!

  767. 782

    Melanie, I started reading your blog AFTER reading your first book. I am buying the book to take to my girls’ weekend this weekend. I can’t wait!

  768. 783

    I’m so excited for you!!! And I cannot wait to read the book….good luck with the release!

  769. 784

    Looking forward to reading (and laughing)!

  770. 785
    Holly Edwards says:

    Last summer, I sat by the pool and laughed and cried as I read Sparkly Green Earrings. I loved it, and I’m not even a mother! I’m not a wife either, but I can’t wait to read TAITLR. And I’m sending my sister a copy for Valentine’s Day…hope you have more stories to tell.

  771. 786

    I got your first book for Christmas (it was on my list and McHubby Claus got it for me!)…and I can’t wait to read this one. Have loved your blog for so long and always look forward to my daily read!

  772. 787

    I would love to win the boots, but I really wanted to comment to tell you that the excerpt/blurb in the video made me cry. What a beautiful description of real-life marriage. I can’t wait to read the book!

  773. 788

    Yours is the first book I’ve ever pre-ordered. I hope it comes today! I loved Sparkly, and I can’t wait for this marriage book.
    Have a great day!
    I understand the JR High fears. I was a homeschool mom last year, today I’m a working full time mom as my daughter went to High School. Hard to believe but it is all going well. Although we both miss those days at home together, especially on days like today when we are preparing for the big snow again and she is at school and I”m at work and we can’t have a “snow day” at home together. Last night as she went to bed, she said that in 3.5 years she will be in college! YIKES!

  774. 789

    I can’t wait to read this book! I love your wit and honesty!

  775. 790

    I loved Sparkly Green Earrings, and I can’t wait to read The Antelope in the Living Room!

  776. 791

    So looking forward to reading the new book! Congratulations on your accomplishment!

  777. 792

    YAY! Congrats! I pre-ordered the book so it was delivered to my kindle this morning and I can’t wait to start reading!

  778. 793

    Loved your last book and can’t wait to read this one! (Even though I’m single.)

    Those boots. Swoon.

  779. 794
    Krystal Hobgood says:

    I have been so excited to get my copy in the mail this week! Loved the first book so much and have passed it around to family and friends who have loved it just as much! Congrats on your second book!

  780. 795

    Doing my best to spread the word. Bought several copies for Xmas gifts, and they are arriving tomorrow, I think; at least I know mine is! I can’t wait!

    We should try and get your hashtag trending!

  781. 796

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to read your new book. I loved your first book so very much. I’m just an ordinary mom and grandmother in Oregon with five grown children. I feel like I know your sweet family through your blog and books. God bless you!

  782. 797
    Sharon Alicea says:

    I just ordered my copy! So excited to read it!

  783. 798

    Congratulations Melanie ~ can’t wait to read your new book. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts ~ which usually align perfectly with mine on life, love, family and most of all God.

  784. 799

    Can’t wait to read your book!!

  785. 800

    I found your blog through Life In Grace! Love it!

  786. 801

    I cant wait, I cant wait, I cant wait! I absolutely looooved the first book! Keep’em coming!!

  787. 802

    Can’t wait to read this!

  788. 803

    I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy! I enjoy your quick wit and passion for the Lord. Your perspective on marriage, parenthood, and life is relatable and refreshing. I tell my husband all the time when reading your blog that we could be best friends! Congrats to you today and good luck!

  789. 804

    I love the antelope. I started reading your blog years ago when you did a tutorial about different ways to tie a scarf, which is still bearing scarf tying fruit to this day. But I loved that you had a deer head in the background of your girly beauty post. I was hooked.

  790. 805

    Best of luck on your book release!

  791. 806

    Looking forward to reading this. Those boots are great!

  792. 807

    Congrats and I can’t wait to read it.

  793. 808

    Just ordered my copy on Nook, and ordered your first book in hard copy for my daughter. She is a single mom who left an abusive marriage when the baby was only six weeks old. They live with us and we are so blessed they are here, except some days when there is a lot of whining and temper tantrums…..then the empty nest calls again. But so thankful she had the courage to leave a bad situation.

  794. 809

    I can’t wait to get my hands on your new book. My husband an I are about to celebrate our 17th wedding anniversary and at times it feels like dog years. But with Gods grace we manage to fall in love with each other over and over. Congratulations!

  795. 810

    I can’t wait to read this book! I LOVED your first one and have no doubt this one will be equally as good! I also LOVE those boots! What a great giveaway. =)

  796. 811

    From someone who’s marriage is at the end (it happens), it will be refreshing to read some happiness. Best of luck…can’t wait to read.

  797. 812

    Can’t wait to read your new book! Loved your first one!

  798. 813

    My book is being delivered today via UPS! I might just hug the UPS man when he shows up. So excited and can’t wait to read it!

  799. 814
    Angie Robertson says:

    Congrats on your book! I WILL be buying this one also. I loved Sparkly Green Earrings!

  800. 815
    Jill Smithson says:

    I pre purchased this and have been so excited waiting for it to come out! You are gifted and real and I enjoy your blog every single day!!!

  801. 816

    Melanie, congrats. And OMG can’t wait to read it. And OMG those boots.

  802. 817

    Loved “Sparkly Green Earrings”. Can’t wait to read your newest book! Sending prayers up for you today.

  803. 818

    Can’t wait to read it and would LOVE to win those boots!! :)

  804. 819

    Congratulations and good luck! I’ve been reading you for years and feel like we are friends… :-) Thanks for making me laugh out loud on a daily basis.

  805. 820

    Loved your first book! Can’t wait to read the new book! Congratulations!

  806. 821

    I’m so excited to read this book! I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the subject of marriage. A lot of my friends have been through divorces and it’s so hard to watch. They get ugly so quickly. I can’t wait to laugh and cry through this entire book. Oh and the boots would be a nice touch! I don’t own any as I have fat calves and am scared to try any after the first 3 pairs didn’t fit me!

  807. 822

    I am buying this today on my Nook! The only thing that would make me more excited about this book is if I were wearing those boots while I read it!

  808. 823

    I can’t wait to grab your book, like a pioneer, at the bookstore! I would LOVE to have those boots. I have been ogling over Frye boots for years, and have decided that I must have a pair at some point before I die. It might take until then to lose enough weight to squeeze my gigantor calves into a pair, but I will try my best. Congrats on the new book!!!

  809. 824
    mongupp (@mongupp) says:

    I loved Sparkly and im looking forward to the Antelope!

  810. 825

    I pre-ordered the book through Amazon a while ago and got the auto-notification overnight that it will be mailed shortly. YES! Hopefully they hurry because I can’t wait to read it! Congratulations to you on reaching this milestone and may there be 10 more books!

  811. 826

    This is my first visit to your blog, found it through life in grace, can already tell it’s going to become a favorite! I can’t wait to check out your book and get a littel inspiration from a real marriage:)

  812. 827

    So happy for you! Congratulations on the new book!

  813. 828

    super excited about this 2nd book! And bonus a boot giveaway!!!!!
    thank you for continuing to keep it real :)

  814. 829

    My copy of your book is supposed to arrive at my doorstep later today, can’t wait to read it. God bless and thank you for opening your life to us through you blog and book, may the Father continue to use you as His vessel of blessing to others.y

  815. 830

    I look forward to your blog every single day! You always bring a smile to my face and laughter to my day. Thank you! So looking forward to your new book!

  816. 831
    Helen Blanchette says:

    Congrats!! Can’t wait to read it!! :)

  817. 832

    LOVED Sparkly Green Earrings, and can’t wait to get my hands on this book too. You are a bright spot in my day!

  818. 833

    Congratulations on the new book…loved the first one! AND love those boots!

  819. 834

    i preordered the book and cant wait to read it!

  820. 835

    I just ordered it on Amazon!

  821. 836
    Jill Whitmore says:

    I’m so excited to get this book into my little hands !!! and the boots… AWESOME !!!

    Thanks so much !!

  822. 837

    just found your blog through life(in)grace, and I’m in love! Cannot wait to read your blog more and your books. Love. Also, let’s be honest, I also love Frye. With ALL my heart. It’s a problem.

  823. 838
    Strawberryrose says:

    I work with middle schoolers. They want so much for someone to listen to them. This will be a great adventure for y’all! Can’t wait to read your book!

  824. 839

    Laughed til I cried at Sparkly Green Earrings, and had no idea at the time that I would need to hear you write on marriage. But clearly God knew I would! Cannot wait for my book to show up at the door, and praying that He uses it to bless women & their marriages for years to come. Thank you for your courage to just let it all out there! I wanna be like you when I grow up. (Which I’m told doesn’t have to happen until age 92, so we have a while!)

  825. 840

    I am waiting rather impatiently for my two copies to arrive. Amazon says tomorrow! Wish it was today…it’s snowing and I’d love to cuddle up on the couch and laugh and cry :).

  826. 841
    Alison Douglas says:

    I read your first book by myself on a beach without my children, my first real escape. I laughed so hard that people around me most likely thought I had escaped from an institution. I can’t wait to read this next one!

  827. 842

    Have been looking forward to the release of your new book forever! I whiz zed thru Sparkly Green Earrings and have no doubt that this new release will be just as great!! Congrats to you on all your successes!
    Blessings,
    AngelaB

  828. 843

    I am fairly new to you Melanie! I have only been following your blog for a couple of weeks! I have gone back to about July of last year and read your blogs. You are so entertaining and someone I would choose in life to have as a friend! I can just tell…May the Lord continue to bless you with this book…I for one cannot wait to read it!

  829. 844
    CourtneyP. says:

    Congrats on the book… how exciting! I will be praying, sharing and rooting you on!

  830. 845

    I pre-ordered and can’t wait to start reading! This comes at a time when I need all the marital encouragement I can get…the 4 month old is taking his toll on us.

  831. 846
    Julie Reynolds says:

    Loved your first one, can’t wait for the second one to get here! I am sharing on FB and twitter. Congratulations Melanie!

  832. 847

    I can’t wait to read the book! And I love those boots!

  833. 848
    Cherish Burnside says:

    I can’t wait to read it!!

  834. 849

    You’re so awesome. For these two reasons:
    1. You make me laugh daily
    2. You’re giving away freaking Frye boots.
    Congrats on the new book!

  835. 850

    Love boots. Love the idea of your book. Can’t wait to read it. :) Thanks for the chance to win these beauties!

  836. 851

    I have been reading your blog for months now and I love your writing! Congrats on the new book! Can’t wait to start reading it.

  837. 852

    Oh wow. Those are amazing looking………and I CAN’T WAIT TO READ YOUR BOOK!!!!

  838. 853

    Congrats on the new book!!

  839. 854

    Love your books……. found the Antelope at LifeWay YESTERDAY! Started it last night. So funny and so true. You touch so many lives! You are a blessing!

  840. 855

    I Amazon Primed it this morning and can’t wait for Thursday to arrive! I need a laugh, sister.

  841. 856

    Loved your first book and so look forward to reading this one!!

  842. 857

    Congratulations Melanie! With more than 800 comments so far, I’m not sure how you will ever read all of them!
    Today the love of my life and I celebrate our 47th anniversary. Through all the valleys & peaks, we have kept our sense of humor and deep abiding love for one another and our Lord. It’s hard to stay angry with someone as you pray together daily. God doesn’t promise the road to be smooth. But He does promise to be with us and to carry us over the rough spots.
    May God bless you, your family and your book richly.

  843. 858

    Already ordered the book last night! And LOVE those boots!

  844. 859

    I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of my book in the mail… it can’t come fast enough! .Thank you for sharing your real-life story, humor, antics and passion for life, others, your marriage and family. You are incredible writer and are changing lives ! Congrats to you on the debut your newest book – it’s going to be a huge success!

  845. 860
    Carrie Lynn says:

    Can’t wait to read “the Antelope in the Living Room”. I preorder and am ready to start reading. :)

  846. 861

    Love this post and your thoughts about real marriages. Also, love the boots! : )

  847. 862

    Am so excited to get the new book! I’m sure it will be as wonderful as your first one!!!!

  848. 863

    Congrats! I can’t wait to read it.

  849. 864
    Stephanie W says:

    I just bought my copy on Amazon… can’t wait to read it!

  850. 865

    Can’t wait to read the book!!

  851. 866

    Wishing you all the best with the new book!!

  852. 867

    Love your blog and love your last book. Have given it as gifts this past Christmas.
    Can’t wait to read the new one. And the boots are gorgeous!! Congratulations!!

  853. 868

    Happy Release Day…can’t wait to read it!

  854. 869

    I woke up this morning to find The Antelope in the Living Room waiting for me in my Kindle library! Will begin reading it during my hair color appointment in about 10 minutes. :) Congratulations, Melanie, and many many blessings!

  855. 870

    I can’t wait to read your book! It looks amazing!

  856. 871

    So excited to read your new book!

  857. 872

    thanks for being real – here and in your books – we need real because that’s where the life is! keep writing, PLEASE!!!

  858. 873

    Loved your first book and can’t wait to read this one. It would be even better to read it while wearing a great new pair of boots! Even though my teenage daughter tells me I’m too old to wear boots like that. Please help me prove her wrong!

  859. 874

    sending positive thoughts your way – congratulations on book #2! you are a fabulous writer!

  860. 875

    Your first book made me laugh and cry, I’m sure your second will as well. Oh and those boots? If I win I will for sure be beside myself! LOVE.

  861. 876

    Good luck with the book!

  862. 877
    Veronica K says:

    Love your post! Can’t wait to read your new book!

  863. 878
    Meredith W. says:

    Congratulations! Looks like a great book.

  864. 879

    Ordering your new book for me, my daughter and my 2 daughter-in-laws! Congratulations! BTW, I love those boots! :-)

  865. 880

    I pre-ordered this book a few weeks ago. I watched the book trailer and cried. I have been married for 16 years and it just seems impossible that it has been so many years ago. We have learned that the best love story is not neat & tidy. It’s really messy and hard sometimes. But it is beautiful and it is a gift from God.
    I love reading your blog. I laughed and cried my way through Sparkly Green Earrings. Thank you for the way you share your life, for being real. And thank you for making me feel normal on those days when I sit on the couch after the kids have gone to school and read, watch my shows or even nap. :)

  866. 881

    Can’t wait to read the book (and win the boots)!!

  867. 882

    Can’t wait to get the book…congratulations.

  868. 883

    I enjoyed your first book, can’t wait to read this one.

  869. 884

    Can’t wait to read it! I loved the first book

  870. 885

    Going today to buy it! Thanks for sharing your life with us.

  871. 886

    Loved your first book and can’t wait to read your new one. Congrats and prayers!

  872. 887

    Love your blog and your first book. Looking forward to reading this new book too!

  873. 888
    Jennifer Batts says:

    Pre-ordered the book from Amazon and can’t wait for it to get here. I so enjoyed Sparkly Green Earings!

  874. 889

    Love the book already!!! Sneak-peaked at the book last night and am getting my ECopy today. Thanks and wishing you the best! Bless you for blessing us!! ~ julie, OH

  875. 890

    You are a blessing and I am SO looking forward to reading this!

  876. 891
    Courtney Bcus says:

    Loved your first book and plan to order this one too!

  877. 892

    I’m eager to read your book. I so appreciate your blog and your making me laugh! it’s a gift

  878. 893

    I am SO STINKIN EXCITED!!! Praying with you that this book will be a blessing and find its way to whoever needs to read it. Praying you will be blessed in every way through this experience! Thanks for allowing us to come with you on this journey!

  879. 894
    Julie in Michigan says:

    So excited Melanie! Going out at lunch to get this book in my hot little hands!! Thank you!

  880. 895

    I loved “Green Sparkly Earrings” and expect I’ll love “Antelope in the Living Room” as much as I’d like the boots! I enjoy your writing, even though my oldest grandchild is Caroline’s age, and I’ve been married 39 years!

  881. 896

    Loved your first book. I can’t wait to read the new one!

  882. 897

    Congratulations on your new book! How exciting that must be for you! Looking forward to reading it soon!

  883. 898

    I watched the promo video for your book whenever you first posted it. It was very moving, because it felt real and your words convey the collective story of marriage so perfectly, even as the details of each individual marriage are different! I even forwarded the video to my husband, who responded that it was “vert cute and so true,” but then he wrote some sweet things that were the encouragement I needed that very day. I hope it’s an encouragement to you that your words prompted that in some random, regular couple who you don’t even know. I’m really looking forward to reading your book, and along with you, I’ll pray that it speaks hope and humor to all who read it.

  884. 899
    Laura Leseberg says:

    I’d love the book AND the boots. “Green Sparkly Earrings” was great.

  885. 900

    So glad to have found you Big Mama via Life in Grace! Will be back reading your blog! http://emaxgal.wordpress.com/

  886. 901

    Can’t wait to read your book. Thanks for showing the world the value of marriage!

  887. 902

    Congratulations on your second book!

  888. 903

    Can’t wait to read your book and loved your post today!!

  889. 904

    I can’t wait to read it. Loved the first one!!

  890. 905

    Good luck with your book launch – I’ll be praying for you! And coming to see you at Katy Mills Mall!

    And I. Love. Those. Boots.

  891. 906
    Jill Herington says:

    Can’t wait to read the new book!!

  892. 907

    So those boots are kind of amazing. Congrats on the book release!!

  893. 908

    Ordered your new book on my Kindle and can’t wait to read it. Loved your first book and love your blog.

  894. 909

    I can’t wait to read your book!
    Sally

  895. 910

    I am buying your book at a real bookstore today just because my kids like to go and it is a great excuse. Can’t wait to read it! I wear a size 7 when my name is picked for the boots! and thanks….

  896. 911

    I’m going to trek to my local Barnes and Noble because … I live in Oregon and we’re pioneer like that. ;)
    Good luck with the launch!

  897. 912

    I pre-ordered antelope in the living room a month or two ago and I can’t wait to read it!!! loved sparkly green earrings and I know i’ll love this one as well.

  898. 913
    Angela Lang says:

    I have read your first book and I can’t wait to read this one!!

  899. 914

    I pre-ordered for my Kindle and it was magically transported in the middle of the night. I cannot WAIT to read it tonight!!!!! I loved Sparkly Green Earrings so much, I immediately bought a copy for my mom (with a pair of green earrings, of course). She loved it as much as I did.

    You’re awesome. And normal. But awesome.

  900. 915

    Melanie, you are awesome! I wish you much success survivng middle school! An, oh yes, with your book too!

  901. 916

    I look forward to reading your new book. I really enjoyed the first one and I look forward to reading your blog each day. By the way, here in Missouri we are in the midst of a BIG snow storm. Highway department has issued a NO travel advisory. So enjoy your weather!

  902. 917

    If this new book is half as good as your first one, it will be awesome! Cannot wait to read it!

  903. 918

    I try not to miss a day of your blog and I don’t want to miss this book either. Can’t wait to read it!

  904. 919

    Can’t wait! I bought mine online last week, and am just WAITING for its arrival. I also need the boots! NEED.

  905. 920

    Just ordered my book on Amazon!! :)

  906. 921

    Blessings sweet friend. I wish I knew you in person.

  907. 922

    Looks wonderful! The book and the boots…

  908. 923

    A new book and a new pair of boots? I couldn’t be more excited!

  909. 924

    I am so excited for you and the book release. I read Sparkley Green Earrings and LOVED it. I can’t decide if I’ll go for the “real deal” with real pages or if I won’t be able to wait to get it at the store and just get the online copy for my iPad. Either way, I’ll be reading it this weekend!
    I wold love to be wearing some new boots while I read it also, so please choose me!
    By the way, when I typed in “Either” it autocorrected to “Die” so I think my iPad and your ants are in on something together :) Enjoy your book release day!

  910. 925

    I can’t wait to read it!

  911. 926

    As a newlywed, I’m so excited to read this book.

  912. 927

    Can’t wait to read this, I know it’ll be as great as the last!! Definitely wouldn’t mind a pair of boots either :)

  913. 928

    Congratulations on your new book! Loved the first one and looking forward to reading this one.

  914. 929

    I enjoyed your first book, and look forward to reading your new one!

  915. 930

    Loved your first book and can’t wait to read this one as well! Thanks for sharing your honest, real relationships with all of us!

  916. 931

    Congratulations! I really enjoyed your first book!

  917. 932

    I loved your first book and I pray that this book is powerful and real to those who are fighting for their marriages in the day to day and cherish the covenant that they made- and of course that they laugh at themselves too!

  918. 933

    my first time on your page. Very nice. Got here from Pioneer Woman. You girls have it going on!

  919. 934

    Good luck with your book!

  920. 935

    I can’t wait to read this!!! Thank you so much.

  921. 936

    Books and boots… two of my favorite things!

  922. 937

    One of the most delightful things to get in my inbox today was my shipment notice about your new book!! Congratulations and God bless! I’m PUMPED to read it!!

  923. 938

    Excited to read your new book! Love your blog too :)

  924. 939

    Love your heart for this book. Can’t wait to read it!

  925. 940

    Amazon says my copy will arrive tomorrow. I can’t wait.

  926. 941

    Sounds like a great read – may many be blessed and uplifted by it!

  927. 942

    I will be ordering your 1st AND your 2nd book ! The comments here and from Ree have convinced me I don’t want to miss out ON THE FUN AND JOY!!

  928. 943

    I am excited to read your new book. Thank you for sharing your life and your heart with the world.

  929. 944

    Congrats to you on your second book. I so much enjoy reading your blog and look forward to reading your new book.

  930. 945

    So excited to read your new book!

  931. 946

    I just downloaded the book onto my Kindle! Can’t wait to start reading it tonight! Thank you for sharing your life with us.

  932. 947

    Congrats! Excited to read!

  933. 948
    Tiffany L. says:

    I loved Sparkly Green Earrings and I’m sure I’ll love reading this book too…especially if it’s while wearing a new pair of Frye Boots!!

  934. 949
    Deborah Rhodes says:

    I pre-ordered this as soon as I saw it and it was like Christmas morning when I woke up to the email today that it was already waiting for me on my Kindle. I LOVED Sparkly Green Earrings and I have been waiting anxiously for the release of Antelope. It’s like a ray of sunshine in the midst of this crazy Winter. (I live in Indiana and I seriously feel like I’m living a real-life version of Frozen only without all the great songs and a talking snowman…) Congrats!! I’m headed off to read!!

  935. 950

    I loved Sparkly Green Earrings and can’t wait to start on the new one!

  936. 951

    Wishing you all the best on the success of this second book. I know it will be great!

  937. 952

    Good luck on the release! And those boots are lovely!

  938. 953

    I love your writing, your humor, your real-ness. Can’t wait to read the book. Laughed until I cried at SGE, so very excited.

  939. 954

    Cannot wait for the new book! When is the book store signing in San Antonio again???? Also, the Frye boots?! They seem imperative to my happiness.

  940. 955

    As a newlywed almost to our 1 year anniversary, I am really looking forward to reading this book. We were told marriage is hard work, and although some days are tough, it’s been my biggest blessing. I love your truthful, humorous look on real life situations!

  941. 956
    heather Kirk says:

    I’m sure iwell love the Antelope as much as I love sparkly green earrings! Can’t wait to read it and love love love those boots :-)

  942. 957

    Congratulations on your new book. I’ll be in San Antonio tonight so I’m hoping I’ll have time to stop by and get you to sign my copy.

  943. 958

    I’m heading to Lifeway over my lunch break to get your book. And I hear you on the junior high thing – my oldest starts kindergarten this fall which is not possible since she was just BORN YESTERDAY.

  944. 959
    Lisa C in Dallas says:

    Congratulations! You have such a gift and I’m glad you are able to share it with us. Gig’em!

  945. 960

    Looking forward to getting and reading this book!!

  946. 961

    I pre-ordered the book and can’t wait to start reading it tonight! And I would love to win me some Frye boots. :)

  947. 962

    I can’t wait to read your book Big Mama! Please oh please start writing the next one!

  948. 963

    I am so excited for your new book!

  949. 964

    I have been impatiently awaiting (a.k.a. stalking your blog) for the release of the 2nd installment of “Melanie Shankle is a rock star”. Thank you for sharing your world with us. Your normalcy defeats my crazy! I can’t wait to enjoy The Antelope in the Living Room!

  950. 965

    How exciting! Best of luck with your book launch…I found your book through a friend on social media, and can’t wait to read it!

  951. 966

    Your blog and writing make me happy. Thank you.

  952. 967
    Jean Choate says:

    I think I must read this book! Having allowed (or tolerated or accepted) that monstrosity of an antelope to live in your house, you must have the wisdom of the ages on marriage. Something I could use, even after 46 years of wedded bliss. :). Can’t wait to read it. Congratulations!

  953. 968
    Christina Domingeuz says:

    I am a new reader to your blog and I am super excited about this book :) Congratulations, this is a huge accomplishment!

  954. 969

    Congratulations!! I bought the book on Amazon this morning. I cannot wait to read it :). Thanks!!

  955. 970

    I just found you today through Edie at Life in Grace. She loves you so I am confident I will love you as well. I am a Texas girl, now just down the road from Edie in Tennessee.

    I find it funny how God is placing you in front of me while I am focusing and praying to strengthen my marriage. So glad he has introduced us.

    Good luck with your book! I will be praying for you. I look forward to reading it and your blog.

  956. 971

    Just what I needed on this cold and wet day, a great book to read!!!

  957. 972

    I can’t wait to get my hands on the new book!! My mom bought me your first book for Mother’s Day last May and I read it in 2 days! Now, for a lot people they can read a book in a matter of hours. Me, on the other-hand, not so much. I’m a SUPER slow reader because I read EVERY word. No skimming here! I haven’t ever read a book in 2 days!! I just loved it! Thank you for your wonderful blog. I’m anxious to read all the funny, heart-warming, enlightening things you have to say each day. It makes me smile!!! I will see you at Books-A-Million in Katy on February 15th. Can’t wait!!!

  958. 973
    Megan moss says:

    Can’t wait to read the new book! Loved your last one!

  959. 974
    Mary Beth says:

    LOVED Sparkly Green Earrings – can’t wait to read this one!!!!

  960. 975
    curly girl foodie says:

    Thank you for your blog. Your words are inspiring and what you write about makes me realize I’m a normal woman in this crazy journey known as life.

  961. 976

    Pre-ordered mine and it should be here today!! Can’t wait to read :)

  962. 977

    Congrat’s Melanie! Simply amazing to have two books out in such a comparatively speaking short time span. Think I’ll scurry on down to Barnes and Nobel, grab your book , park myself in the in store Starbucks with a hot chai latte and have a splendid afternoon.

  963. 978

    Cannot wait to get my copy! Best of luck – prayers being said for you and your family!

  964. 979

    Congratulations on your new book!

  965. 980

    I will be downloading the new book to my kindle today. Congratulations!

  966. 981
    Heather Collins says:

    I so enjoyed Sparkly Green Earrings and my 13-year-old daughter enjoyed it, too! Just finished reading it again in anticipation of your new book being released. Thanks for writing and sharing our life and experiences with all of us.

  967. 982

    Love the boots! Proud of your new book!

  968. 983

    Came you your website by way of The Pioneer Woman. I hope that your book does well. It is always nice to see new authors being successful!

  969. 984

    Can’t wait to read your new book! AND, thanks for the wonderful give-away!

  970. 985

    I loved the first book and can’t wait to read this one – I would adore to win the boots!!! Thank you!

  971. 986

    Just downloaded The Antelope in the Living Room on my Nook. Now I’m headed to the backporch swing and will be there until I’ve finished the book. Your blog post describes everything I already think and feel about marriage. I know your book will be fantastic. oh, and I’d love those boots!

  972. 987

    I LOVED reading Sparkly Green Earrings and I CAN.NOT.WAIT to get my hands on this one! I had the privilege of meeting you last year at dotMom in Dallas and just absolutely fell in love with your personality and candidness…..and it doesn’t hurt that you are a fellow Aggie. I admit I didn’t’ start following the blog until last year but since then I have become quite the fan. Thank you for letting us in to your life and I look forward to seeing you again at your Barnes N Noble book signing here in the “motherland” also known as College Station :)

  973. 988
    Missy McDaniel says:

    I can’t WAIT to read this book!!! LOVED your other one so I know I will love this one! I am trying to save it for my trip in 2 weeks but I doubt I can wait that long!!!!! Congrats!!!!

  974. 989

    Congratulations on your 2nd book! Our Boerne MOPS group is excited to hear from you on Monday!

  975. 990

    Loved the first book…can’t wait to read this one!

  976. 991

    I hope the book is in the mail when I get home tonight; looking forward to another great read from you!

  977. 992

    Wow! Such a great picture of what true love really is – we don’t hear it enough. All the best!

    (P.S. – And as my third started middle school this year, you might be glad to know that all three of my kids have liked middle school even better than elementary – in contrast to my own traumatic years in junior high. It’s possible for middle school to be a great experience!)

  978. 993

    Can’t wait to read this next book!

  979. 994

    Can’t wait to read it and I love those boots!

  980. 995

    Yay! Look forward to reading it.

  981. 996
    Georgeanne says:

    I can’t wait to read you new book!! Loved the first one!

  982. 997

    Looking forward to reading your book!

  983. 998

    What could be better than YOUR book and FRYE boots??? Congratulations on the big day!

  984. 999

    Can’t wait until my copy arrives from Amazon – woohoo! Thanks so much for thinking of us, Melanie!

  985. 1000

    Can’t wait to read your new book!

  986. 1001

    I can’t wait to read your book!

  987. 1002

    I am so looking forward to reading your new book. I loved the first one and your blog is the first thing on read online every morning. Those boots are awesome and I want them.

  988. 1003
    Marianne Gleason says:

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to read this one, too! 30+ years of marriage for me and I can still elarn something new everyday.

  989. 1004

    I blogged about your book yesterday! My UPS tracker linky thing says my copy is out for delivery! I’m excited to crack it open. A new book delivered to my door step is definitely my drug of choice ;). Keep writin’ girl!

  990. 1005

    I pre0-ordered this on Amazon last week. When I got to work this morning I see it was sent to my Kindle……guess what I will start reading in a hot bubble bath tonight? (because that is really what all moms look forward to all day, a hot bubble bath)

  991. 1006

    I cannot wait to read this book! I may have to lock myself in a closet with Diet Coke and chocolate to get time to myself :)

  992. 1007

    I cannot wait to read this next book! Your first one was my “school carline” companion. I got to sit in the car and laugh out loud hysterically and enjoy all your wit and humor each afternoon around 3:00. LOVED. IT. Seriously excited about this one too. You rock. Oh – and the Frye boots?? I would die. Thank you.

  993. 1008

    My pre ordered book shipped yesterday:). Can’t wait to get it! Loved your first book!

  994. 1009

    So excited to read your second book. I received an email that it will arrive on Saturday!

  995. 1010

    Just got a Kindle Fire over the weekend….your book will be my first purchase!

  996. 1011

    I read Sparkly Green Earrings and can’t wait to read this one too!

  997. 1012

    So excited to read your new book. I loved “Sparkly Green Earrings.” Congrats!

  998. 1013

    Loved SGE and looking forward to reading this new book!

  999. 1014

    Love the boots! Can’t wait to read the book!

  1000. 1015
    Katie Pavlick says:

    Loved your first book, can’t wait to read this one!! And I love Frye boots!! Would love to win these!!!

  1001. 1016

    Can’t wait to read the book!

  1002. 1017

    Loved your first book and can’t wait to read this one. Plus….I’ve been ordering and returning boots from Zappos….maybe these are the ones I’ve been searching for! ;)

  1003. 1018

    Congrats! Just got the book and would love me some Frye boots!

  1004. 1019
    Billie Jo says:

    Can’t wait to read the book!

  1005. 1020
    Brittney K says:

    LOVE! Just started the book, can’t wait!

  1006. 1021

    Thanks so much for the chance to win these boots! Best of Luck to you, can’t wait to read it!
    Just don’t pay attention to the negative people or comments. You have so much support from
    So many positive people. Focus on that! Caroline will be fine, and you will too….congratulations!

  1007. 1022

    On the 18th, I have several books I plan to order! Yours will be one of them! I’m excited.

  1008. 1023
    Alexis K. says:

    Congrats on your new book. I’m very excited to read it and share with friends and family. I absolutely loved Sparkly Green Earrings and last month when you let us all know it was on sale at LifeWay, I bought 2 more copies!!! My mom just finished it this past weekend and I’m sending a copy to my cousin who is 5 months preggers right now! I’m so looking forward to reading Antelope! I love your writing and humor and faith…you reinforce mine! Thank you so much for everyday smiles!

  1009. 1024

    Love you and am excited to read the book! God bless this new journey you are on!

  1010. 1025
    Aimee Kartchner says:

    SO excited to read this book! LOVED your first one so I’m sure I’ll love this one too!

  1011. 1026
    Shelley Renee' says:

    Gorgeous boots and a good book — who can resist!?!

  1012. 1027

    Love your blog, loved your last book, can’t wait to read this one!

  1013. 1028

    I just finished your first book and am planning to read this one next! I laughed my way through Sparkly Green Earrings and can’t wait to laugh through this one. Best of luck!

  1014. 1029
    Emmilee Racek says:

    Excited for the book! And the boots, too.

  1015. 1030

    Thank you for sharing a piece of yourself with the rest of us!

  1016. 1031

    Exicted to read the new book. I loved Sparkly Green Earrings! I have always wanted a pair of Frye boots. Thanks for this chance to win.

  1017. 1032

    Congratulations on your second book! I loved our first one and can’t wait to start reading about the antelope. Gig’ Em!

  1018. 1033

    Can’t wait to read the new book!

  1019. 1034

    Can’t wait to read the book!

  1020. 1035

    Cant’ wait to read your book in some new Fry boots I hope to win! : )

  1021. 1036

    I am so excited to read this, especially after reading about your reasons for writing. I would love to read it in some new boots, too!

  1022. 1037

    So excited about 2nd book!

  1023. 1038
    Heather P. says:

    Can’t wait to read it!

  1024. 1039

    I love your blog and loved Sparkly Green Earrings. I think I will head to Target and pick up The Antelpe in the Livingroom. You always make me laugh. Good Luck today-Enjoy.

  1025. 1040

    I hope yo be there tonight! So excited!

  1026. 1041

    I got it! I got it! The big brown truck came and delivered it today. Woohoo!

  1027. 1042

    I loved your first book and I can’t wait to read this one. Congratulations on your success!

  1028. 1043

    Congratulations! I’m looking forward to reading your second book!

  1029. 1044

    Yay I can’t wait to read it!

  1030. 1045

    Looking forward to reading “The Antelope in the Living Room”!!! I would also LOVE the boots! Fingers crossed!!!!!

  1031. 1046

    I loved your first book, and am looking forward to reading this one! And heck yeah, enter me in the boots drawing! I might love those as much as the books. :-)

  1032. 1047

    So excited for you! And I want those boots. Bad. Wish I could come out and meet you tonight but I’ll be having super fun times at the Second Grade Math and Science night instead.

  1033. 1048

    I pre-ordered. Can’t wait to start reading it!

  1034. 1049

    I preordered my copy on Amazon and can’t wait for it to get here! I loved Sparkly Green Earrings and I know I will love this too! Congratulations!!

  1035. 1050
    Beth Jones says:

    Melanie, Loved, loved your first book. Really enjoyed hearing you speak at Allume. Thanks for sharing your life with us! Congrats on your new book. And, btw, if you decide to part with the Antelope, I’d love to give him (her?) a home in MY living room! :)

  1036. 1051

    Congratulations on your new book!

  1037. 1052

    i cant wait to read it. i’m so happy for you-this is a wonderful post and I hope you find TONS of encouragement in these comments and in your visits with people while signing books for the wonderful people who come to visit with you at your events!!! God bless!!!

  1038. 1053

    Love the boots!

  1039. 1054

    I pre-ordered the book, and cannot wait to get it on Thursday. I expect I will read it non stop just like I did with Sparkly Green Earrings. Congratulations on such a huge accomplishment. And cognac boots are my fave :)

  1040. 1055

    Can’t wait to read it!

  1041. 1056

    Can’t wait to read it!! CONGRATS!!! And seriously…junior high…I can’t even. I cried yesterday thinking about my son going to Kindergarten and that’s not for another year.

  1042. 1057
    Lauren Bowman says:

    Can’t wait to read the book…. And can’t wait to win those boots ;) Congrats on book day!

  1043. 1058

    Can’t wait to read the book! Sparkly Green Earrings was a blessing to me, so thank you Melanie!

  1044. 1059

    All this talk about your book (and the promo video) is making me weepy. I can’t wait to read it!

  1045. 1060
    Nancy Kosse says:

    Hear the book is Delightful!!! Can’t wait to read it.
    And I would love to win the boots.

  1046. 1061

    Congratulations on such a big accomplishment. I Can’t wait to read the second book.

  1047. 1062

    I can’t wait to read it!

  1048. 1063
    Jen Clouse says:

    So so proud of you. And can’t wait to celebrate. Boots schmoots. The prize is the book but boots would be a fun bonus:)

  1049. 1064
    TIffany Peay says:

    Once in awhile, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale…

  1050. 1065

    Good luck and congratulations – can’t wait to read this book!

  1051. 1066
    Ashley B. says:

    I think it’s great that you are on book #2! Congratulations on another big accomplishment!

  1052. 1067
    Stephanie G says:

    I cannot wait to read this book! I ordered it on Amazon and have been waiting weeks to get it. I think I may have to buy another copy though so I can go to the book signing tonight. :)

  1053. 1068

    Just thrilled for you! I asked my library to carry your last book and will do that again. Hopefully lots of ladies will pick up your book!

  1054. 1069
    Melissa Wilson says:

    I remember the day my friend, Tracey Gaddis Cantu, told me – “Hey, friend of mine has a blog, its hilarious, you should read it.” Life changing. Because I knew I wasn’t the only one anymore – that there were other ‘normal folk’ out there stuggling, laughing all the way.

    Congrats to you Melanie! Can’t wait to read this one! (while I;m wearing those Frye boots!)

  1055. 1070

    Seriously can’t wait to read it!!!!!! Congrats! God bless!

  1056. 1071

    Can’t wait to read the book! And oh how I want these boots! :)

  1057. 1072

    Looking forward to reading your new book! Many blessings to you and your family!

  1058. 1073

    Congratulations! So looking forward to reading this!

  1059. 1074

    Buying your book!!! Can’t wait to read it.

    • 1075

      I can’t tell you how much I enjoy and appreciate your writing! Loved the reminder from Colossians, “in Him all things hold together…” How I needed that this week! Good luck with this new adventure! Oh, and I love the boots!

  1060. 1076
    mary kathryn says:

    I loved your first book and look
    forward to reading your new book.

  1061. 1077

    Love your writing style, love your blog, love Sparkly Green Earrings, and know I will love your new book! Congrats!

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    I just downloaded and couldn’t wait to start reading…I’m at work, alone and I couldn’t fight the temptation. I’m on page 23 and laughing so hard. I just adore the way you write. I loved your first book and didn’t think it could ever be topped, but this one just may do it. I’m going to go dive back in before I have to leave for the day. Don’t judge me, my work is done and I’ve just prepared my bible study for women’s bible study group I lead tomorrow….this was the logical next step in my day! Thank you again for such an amazing book. God is doing wonderful things through you!!

  1063. 1079

    looking forward to reading this one! i’m about the buy it and send it to a friend who could use some encouragement!

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    Andrea Miller says:

    I can’t wait to read this book!!!!!

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    Can’t wait to read your new book!! I’ve loved reading your blog for years.

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    Jessica Montanez says:

    I can’t wait to read the new book. Just watching the trailer gives me goose bumps. THank you for showing me a whole new perspective on motherhood and now marriage. I love how witty an humorous but, also thought provoking you can be on the subject.

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    I pre-ordered on iTunes last week, but also bought 2 copies today for a couple of my friends. We can’t wait to discuss with our other friend Kendall…..as in Jackson! Much love and God Bless!

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    Lesley Boyd says:

    While I sure do love me some Frye boots, I love me some Big Mama more! Can’t wait to read it!

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    Amy scott says:

    I enjoyed your first book and can’t wait to read your latest!

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    I love that you had the courage to write a book about how marriage is hard but amazing. I look forward to reading.

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    Kim Everest says:

    Laughed my heart out at the first book, can’t wait to read this one!! Ordering now!!

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    I loved your first book and can’t wait to get the new one! I look forward to your blog posts everyday. Congratulations. :)

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    Kristen L. says:

    I so loved your first book, and so without hesitation I pre-ordered Antelope on my Nook a few weeks ago! Can’t wait to dive in! Your writing is such a blessing to us all!

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    Melanie, you are AH-Mazing! You may not believe me, but to me and a whole bunch of other people you are. Thank you for sharing your life with us. God bless.

  1075. 1091

    Excited to read your new book. I loved Sparkly Green Earrings!
    My good friend Jennifer Conant introduced me to you. (Not in person but as an author, you know ;)). I will spread the word about your new book to all of my peeps. God bless!

  1076. 1092

    Best wishes on your new book!

  1077. 1093

    I’m going to check out this book! I’ll be watching for the appearance of these awesome boots. :)

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    Rebecca Scott says:

    I can’t wait to read your book – I cried and laughed my way through Sparkly Green Earrings : ) And thank you for the chance to win those awesome boots!

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    Christine in Maine says:

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to read it.

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    I loved your first book and can hardly wait to get my copy of this new one! Thank you for making me smile each day……

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    Emily Sandidge says:

    Loved the first book! Going to get my copy of ‘The Antelope’ today!

  1082. 1098

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to read your book!

  1083. 1099

    Can’t wait to read your book!

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    I just bought your book on Amazon after reading about it and listening to your interview with Edie. I am excited to start the book and continue reading your blog!!

  1085. 1101

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! Oh and the boots would be fabulous!!

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    rachel elmore says:

    congrats!! being a newly-wed, i’ll have to pick this up.

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    Tangerine G says:

    I will have to check your book , it sounds intriguing .

  1088. 1104

    So happy for you and proud of you! I am so looking forward to reading it. Love you bunches Mel!!!

    I know how you feel about Caroline going to Middle School. I felt the same way when my girl moved to the Middle School. Next year she moves up to the High School. 9th grade!!! I’m really doing my very best not to think about it or I will go into a state of depression.

    Thanks for the giveaway! Would love the Frye boots.

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    Natalie E. says:

    I really enjoyed your first book and look forward to reading your new one! Lovin’ those boots too!

  1090. 1106

    I just found your blog and love it!!! And of course I love the boots ;-)

  1091. 1107

    Read your first book in one sitting in the bookstore. Can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

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    Monica Berney says:

    I’m excited to read the book and a chance to win such pretty boots! Thanks.

  1093. 1109

    Headed to buy it now! I have a feeling it’s exactly the word I need right now. Thank you for sharing your life with all of us. :)

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    Tricia Carter says:

    Ordered the book and cannot wait to read it. Many blessings to you and your family. I’m so glad to have found your blog/book and spirit. Congratulations on everything.

  1095. 1111

    I am waiting to see if I win your book from Ree over at Pioneer Woman before I order it— but you can be sure I will have it either way :)

  1096. 1112

    I can’t wait to read the book! I loved Sparkly Green Earrings, and the boots look pretty fabulous too!

  1097. 1113

    So glad your book is out! Thank you so much for the giveaway!

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    Geni Pickens says:

    Looking forward to reading your book and excited at the chance to win a pair of boots.

  1099. 1115

    I have been married for almost two years! I can’t wait to read your book, Melanie!

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    Rebecca Dalton says:

    I know this book will bless many…cannot wait to grab my own copy and enjoy it while wearing my new pair of boots! :)

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    I cannot wait for your new book. I so enjoyed the last one. I am a pastor’s wife and we are having a serge of divorce in our area for some reason. This may be just what we need to let these folks know that it’s ok to not have a perfect marriage, but just be normal!

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    Loved Sparkly Green Earrings, and can’t wait to read this one! Much love and thank you for being the encourager that you are :)

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    Jennifer K says:

    Sparkly Green Earrings was the first book I downloaded with my kindle app. Loved it! I bought several more to share with friends!
    I was so excited about your new book coming out, I went to B & N this morning to get it and . . . they don’t have them yet! They said they were on order. I might have to order from Amazon! I can’t wait to read it!

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    Jodie Kimling says:

    Can’t wait to read your new book!

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    I can’t wait to read your new book!

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    Love your blog, can’t wait to read the book!

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    I am just finding your blog….cannot wait to read more and your new book!
    Congratulations and blessings!

  1108. 1124

    I love my autographed copy of Sparkly Green Earrings. =) And I remember how cute all of you looked in your Frye boots at the DotMom conference last year. Would love to win some!!!

  1109. 1125

    I love those boots and really enjoyed your first book..looking forward to reading your next one! Congratulations and I’ll be in SA this weekend for rodeo..will you be signing anywhere???

  1110. 1126

    I loved Sparkly Green Earrings and gave away several copies. I know I will for this one too!

  1111. 1127

    WOW! This book sounds amazing. I can’t wait to read it and laugh (or cry) my heart out!

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    Stephanie says:

    New here, and excited to read this book. And for those cute boots!

  1113. 1129

    I am going to get it today!!! I cannot wait! I loved Sparkly Green Earrings.

  1114. 1130

    Loved Sparkly Green Earrings and can’t wait to read this one! Love those boots too!!:)

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    Judy Bennett says:

    I’ve read your archives from beginning to end and your first book. I’m so excited about The Antelope in the Living Room and I’ll spread the word! Thanks for being here on the net, you’ve brightened up a lot of days.

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    Amy W from Nashville says:

    So excited about your book and the chance to win these boots!

  1117. 1133

    If you need representation when the antelope files suit, just let me know! :) Love you & love your blog; just downloaded your book to my kindle. Can’t wait to start reading!

  1118. 1134

    Celebrating your new book with you! I only wish I lived in Texas so I could offer a high five, fist pump, or an old-fashioned pat on the back. Way to go, Melanie!!

  1119. 1135

    My oldest started college this year so you’ll get no sympathy from me ;) You still have years and years with her.

  1120. 1136

    I’ve been married for almost 25 years and realize that as your life changes so does your marriage. So I’m always looking for a book that I can learn from and laugh reading. Thanks! So looking forward to this book.

  1121. 1137

    I pre-ordered mine a couple of weeks ago…it arrives tomorrow :)

  1122. 1138

    Very much looking forward to reading your new book! Loved the first!! Praying for those needing encouragement in marriages!

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    Stacie Sawvell says:

    Loved the last one. Can’t wait to read!

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    Those boots are amazing!

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    Paulette Elliott says:

    Waiting anxiously for my copy to arrive.

  1126. 1142

    Your friend, The Pioneer Woman-Ree Drummond, gave you a shout out on her page today so I downloaded a sample of both of your books to my Kindle. Can’t wait to dig in!

  1127. 1143

    Congrats on the book coming out!

  1128. 1144

    Congratulations on the book! I loved Sparkly Green Earrings and can’t wait to read this one. :)

  1129. 1145

    Congratulations!! I’m excited to check out your new book! :)

  1130. 1146

    Melanie, congratulations!!!! I can’t wait to get my grubby little paws on this one. It took every effort to not full on stalk you at Allume last year, I did thoroughly love meeting you though. Those boots? They would make a killer birthday gift for me, it’s Thursday. ;)

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