Things you want to know…maybe

1. My dear friend Kelly Minter has the best book called Wherever the River Runs that’s coming out on August 1. I read an early copy several months ago and I can’t even tell you how much of it has stayed with me.

The best part is her publisher is offering several free gifts to anyone who pre-orders the book, including a audio devotional featuring Beth Moore and Priscilla Shirer and a Brazilian brownie recipe. You can find out more about the book and the gifts here.

2. Sophie and I are doing a couple of events together this fall and I’m so excited about it. I can’t guarantee that we’ll sing a medley or anything, but I can promise we’ll laugh a little.

One of the events is the Sweet Sisters Conference in Charlotte, NC on November 7-8 at First Baptist Charlotte. They are offering a discount for the entire month of July, so ladies that register by July 31st can do so for just $45. On August 1st the price goes up to $55 so you might want to sign up now if you know you can make it. For more information or to register, you can click here.

3. My friend Annie Downs released a new book yesterday called Let’s All Be Brave.

It’s funny, engaging and so honest about the struggles we all face when called to do hard things. It’s a great read.

4. Several weeks ago I mentioned that a reader named Heidi has a boutique called The Ikat Elephant on Facebook. She always posts new things for sale on Wednesday nights and so I like to check in to see what’s coming up. I was excited to see a skirt that looks like one I’ve been eyeing for a few weeks now.


And also this great bracelet.


Both of these things will go on sale here at 8:00 p.m. central time Wednesday night.

5. I have no five. Which seems like a great excuse for a gratuitous picture of my best girl with one of our best dogs.


This happens to be Piper because she’s a much better poser than Mabel who tends to get a little antsy when asked to hold still for the camera.

Hope you have a great Wednesday!

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  1. says

    Oh yay! You’ll be about two hours from me in Charlotte (Brevard, NC), so yes, I will sign up. Need a get-away. Excited to hear you speak! Number 3 is mine today. Need courage at the moment, and I hate even typing the words. Would rather type, “need a new dress, or car, or house, or something!” Off to work.

  2. says

    I live in Greenville SC, but i am going to make the 2 hr trip to Charlotte to hear you’all. Can’t wait. I will be the one at the meet and greet who is an introvert trying to be an extrovert :)

  3. says

    Love the picture =0)
    Thank you for the preorder offer for Kelly’s new book!
    A friend and I have done two of her studies together; Nehemiah and now Ruth. She is amazing – can’t wait to read the book!

  4. Jennifer S says

    I’m so excited that ya’ll are coming to Charlotte! Can’t wait to see you at the conference!

  5. Melissa says

    Melanie, thank you for your posts. Our Book Group read “The Antelope in the Livingroom” and discussed it on Monday night. We all loved the book. It is so funny! Many ladies in our group could relate to a lot of your stories. haha!

  6. barbara says

    wowza!!! lots of news…and we vote for puppy pics everyday ,even if they have nothing to do with your posting :) they change so much the first year, ( like babies), so we need frequent updates :) c. looks so happy with Miss P. …glad everyone is settling in.