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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Comments

    • Sue says

      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!!!

    • Kristin says

      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!

    • Lauren says

      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!

    • Heleen says

      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

    • Holly Mc says

      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

    • Elizabeth says

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

    • karla says

      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!

  1. 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!

  2. Rhonda says

    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!

  3. 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.

  4. says

    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.

  5. Shannon says

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

  6. says

    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!

  7. Christy says

    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

  8. 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!!

  9. 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!

  10. says

    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!

  11. Adria says

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

  12. 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. :)

  13. Christine Henry says

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

  14. Diana says

    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!!

  15. says

    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).

  16. says

    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!

  17. Kasey K says

    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

  18. 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!

  19. Sarah says

    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!!!

  20. says

    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??)

  21. 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.

  22. 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!

  23. says

    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!

  24. Donna says

    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 πŸ˜‰

  25. Kayla says

    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!

  26. 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!

  27. 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.

  28. Rebekah says

    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. :)

  29. Jenn H. says

    Very excited to read your book!! And shoot, a new pair of boots would be incredible, too! πŸ˜‰

  30. Sally says

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

  31. 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 πŸ˜‰ 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.

  32. 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! πŸ˜€

  33. Jennifer says

    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!

  34. Amy says

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

  35. Leigh says

    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!

  36. Traci says

    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.

  37. Anne G. says

    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! :)

  38. Sharon Flasche says

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

  39. 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!

  40. Chelsea C. says

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

  41. Crissy K says

    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. :-)

  42. sher says

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

  43. 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!

  44. Jennifer says

    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!

  45. 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.

  46. Margge says

    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!

  47. 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!

  48. says

    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.

  49. 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!

  50. Karen says

    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. ????????????

  51. Meghan says

    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!

  52. says

    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!!!

  53. says

    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!

  54. says

    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!

  55. Jessica B says

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

  56. 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.

  57. says

    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!

  58. Bamacurl says

    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.

  59. Michelle H. says

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

  60. Amy says

    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!!

  61. 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! :)

  62. Patty T says

    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.

  63. Jane says

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

  64. Amy W. says

    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! :)

  65. Jen says

    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.

  66. Colleen says

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

  67. 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!

  68. says

    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!

  69. says

    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!

  70. Heidi says

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

  71. Julie says

    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!

  72. Teresa Kissell says

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

    Teresa

  73. says

    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!!

  74. Kellie N says

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

  75. Megan says

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

  76. says

    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.

  77. Heather says

    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!!!

  78. nanette lynch says

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

  79. 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!

  80. says

    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 πŸ˜‰ 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! :)

  81. Jenn says

    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 :)

  82. says

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

  83. Dana says

    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.

  84. Mariel Kindl says

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

  85. 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.

  86. Carrie says

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

  87. Lindy says

    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!!

  88. 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!!

  89. Libby says

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

  90. Jennifer says

    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!

  91. Theresa says

    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!

  92. 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?

  93. 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!

  94. says

    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!

  95. 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

  96. Kristen says

    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!

  97. Dani L says

    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!!

  98. Amy Foxx says

    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.

  99. Robin says

    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.

  100. Pam says

    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.

  101. Rochelle says

    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 :)

  102. 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.

  103. Becky says

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

  104. 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. πŸ˜‰ It helps me to see that I am not the only one πŸ˜‰

  105. Sunni says

    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!!!

  106. 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!

  107. Ashley says

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

  108. Wendy says

    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!

  109. Amy Baker says

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

  110. 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.

  111. Rebecca says

    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!

  112. Beth says

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

  113. says

    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.

  114. Lyn says

    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.

  115. 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!

  116. 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

  117. 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!

  118. Cheryl says

    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.

  119. Kendra says

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

  120. Courtney says

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

  121. Rachel Harrelson says

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

  122. says

    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!

    • says

      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!

  123. 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!!!!

  124. says

    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!!!

  125. Tracey H says

    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…

  126. Tracy O. says

    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!

  127. Cheryl says

    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!

  128. 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.

  129. 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
    :-)

  130. Diane says

    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!!!!

  131. says

    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!

  132. Jenessa says

    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. πŸ˜‰

  133. Christi says

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

  134. Kelly says

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

  135. Laura B says

    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!!

  136. Mel says

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

  137. Dawn says

    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.

  138. Leslie says

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

  139. 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!

  140. Beth says

    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.

  141. 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

  142. Mandy M. says

    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!!

  143. KatieK says

    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!

  144. 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! :))

  145. Randi says

    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!

  146. DeLinda says

    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!

  147. says

    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.

  148. Daphne says

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

  149. Donna P. says

    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!!!

  150. Missy says

    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 :)

  151. Rhea says

    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!

  152. Colleen says

    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!

  153. Tammy says

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

  154. Jacey says

    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!)!

  155. 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.

  156. 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! :)

  157. Laurie says

    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.

  158. says

    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!

  159. Sherry P says

    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.

  160. 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!

  161. says

    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

  162. Linda b says

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

  163. Megan says

    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!

  164. Angel says

    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.

  165. 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!

  166. 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!

  167. Jenny says

    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. :)

  168. says

    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! :)

  169. 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!

  170. Carly says

    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 ;).

  171. Brandy says

    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. :)

  172. Colleen says

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

  173. 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!

  174. Whitney says

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

  175. Tara says

    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. :)

  176. 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.

  177. 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.

  178. Donn says

    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.

  179. sam says

    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. :)

  180. says

    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.

  181. Meg says

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

  182. 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…

  183. says

    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!!!

  184. 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!

  185. says

    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.

  186. 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.

  187. Stacy says

    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!

  188. Cookie says

    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.

  189. Eve says

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

  190. Cristy says

    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. ; )

  191. Chelsey says

    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!

  192. 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! :)

  193. Norma says

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

  194. 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! :-)

  195. Marion says

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

  196. Marianne says

    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!

  197. says

    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)

  198. Melissa says

    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.

  199. 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.

  200. Diane says

    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

  201. Cindy says

    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.

  202. 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.

  203. Amy says

    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!

  204. Chris says

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

  205. Dawn says

    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.

  206. Betsy S says

    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!

  207. says

    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!!

  208. 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!

  209. Nina says

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

  210. Sara says

    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.

  211. 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.

  212. Sarah says

    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.

  213. Debra D. says

    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!

  214. 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.

  215. Carrie says

    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

  216. Angela says

    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!!!!

  217. Courtney says

    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. :)

  218. 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.

  219. Sharon E says

    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!

  220. Jennifer says

    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 :)

  221. says

    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!!!

  222. Jennifer S says

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

  223. Emily M says

    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.)

  224. Holly K says

    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!

  225. Stacey says

    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 =)

  226. Megan G says

    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!!!

  227. 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.

  228. says

    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.

  229. Jan B says

    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

  230. Callie says

    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

  231. 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!

  232. 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.

  233. Michelle J. says

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

  234. Kristen says

    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!

  235. Aishlea says

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

  236. Patti says

    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!

  237. 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!!!

  238. Michelle says

    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!!

  239. Courtney says

    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!

  240. 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

  241. says

    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?!!

  242. Brandi says

    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

    • Brandi says

      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!

  243. Jill says

    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.

  244. 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. πŸ˜‰

  245. Christy says

    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?

  246. Kim says

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

  247. 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.!

  248. Cyn says

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

  249. Sharla says

    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.

  250. Mary says

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

  251. Michelle says

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

  252. Tracy says

    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.

  253. Myra says

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

  254. Laura F. says

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

  255. Melissa says

    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!

  256. Amanda Andrews says

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

  257. 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!!!

  258. Julie says

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

  259. Anne N. says

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

  260. Melanie says

    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!

  261. Cat M. says

    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.

  262. 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!

  263. says

    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!

  264. Julia says

    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……

  265. Kara says

    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 :)

  266. says

    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.

  267. kelly says

    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!!

  268. Lisa M says

    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.

  269. 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!

  270. Colleen says

    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!

  271. Merri says

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

  272. Katie says

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

  273. Symona says

    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”.

  274. 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!

  275. Lindsey says

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

  276. Jolene says

    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! :)

  277. Julia C says

    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.

  278. Joy D says

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

  279. Kim N says

    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..

  280. 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!

  281. BethA says

    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!

  282. Nicole says

    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……

  283. 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.

  284. Nancy R says

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

  285. Kelly S. says

    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 :)

  286. 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.

  287. SuzanneB says

    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!

  288. 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 :)

  289. Ashley says

    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!

  290. Sara says

    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!

  291. Heather says

    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!

  292. says

    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!

  293. says

    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.

  294. Jennifer says

    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.

  295. AnneC says

    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!

  296. says

    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!

  297. Liz says

    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

  298. Lea Nye says

    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!

  299. Maria D. says

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

  300. Kari M says

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

  301. Mandy B. says

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

  302. Yvonne says

    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 * * * * *

  303. says

    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!

  304. debbie says

    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! )

  305. Melissa says

    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. :)

  306. Jennifer says

    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!

  307. Tammy says

    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!

  308. Johna says

    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!

  309. Molly says

    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!

  310. says

    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!

  311. Jenn says

    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.

  312. 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!

  313. Sumita says

    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!

  314. Heather says

    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!

  315. Alisha says

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

  316. 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!

  317. 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!!!!

  318. Kathleen says

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

  319. Kim says

    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!

  320. 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!!!

  321. 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.

  322. Cindy says

    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!

  323. Kathy W says

    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

  324. Leigh Ann says

    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 :)