A Title, It Does Elude Me

I keep thinking that at some point today I’m going to get to sit down and reflect and write something Deeply Meaningful about 2007, something that will eloquently summarize all that I’ve learned over the course of the last twelve months, something that will Gently Encourage you to DREAM BIG! and FOLLOW YOUR HEART! and REACH FOR THE STARS! in 2008.

But the fact of the matter is that it’s 3:38 in the afternoon, I’m still in my pajamas, and I’m holding on to hope that I’ll be able to take a shower before the sun goes down because I BELIEVE IN GOALS, people.

So all that to say: I am smack dab in the middle of the ordinary right now. And here’s what I keep thinking about.

Last night I met my friend Traci at a Mexican restaurant. We drank diet Cokes and ate chips and queso until the people who worked there started to RATTLE THEIR KEYS to remind us that it was closing time, and then we sat in Traci’s car for the next hour and a half so that we could finish our conversation. As you can tell, we are some wild, crazy women who like to live on the edge.

Today I’ve been thinking a lot about some of the stuff Traci and I talked about. And while I haven’t had any big insights, really, I’ve most definitely been reminded of the blessing and necessity of friends. Not acquaintances. Friends. The people you can trust with your heart.

This past year has been the most surprising, incredible year of my life so far. A big part of that incredibleness (which is totally a word, by the way) has been this little blawg. The privilege of being able to “write” here blows me away every single day – and I am so thankful that I have such great readers. Y’all never fail to make me smile.

But the main thing I’ve been thinking about after my chips and queso extravaganza with Traci is that, incredible or no, I would have never made it through this last year without my girlfriends. There’s been a lot of change around our house in 2007, and my friends have been my sounding boards and my prayer warriors through every single bit of it. They have made me laugh until I wheezed, and they have spurred me on when I have been discouraged.

More than anything, they have listened patiently and loved unconditionally. I would be lost as a goose without them.

[cue Natalie Merchant singing “Kind & Generous” softly in the background]

[then sway gently from side to side]

[go ahead and flip open your cell phones, too – because we want to create a mood here, people]

So thanks, my sweet friends (and family – especially my family), for everything you’ve done in 2007. And whatever 2008 may bring, I’m more grateful than you know that I get to walk through it with such a precious group of people.

I love every single one of you to pieces.

Happy 2008, y’all.

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  1. Happy New Year to you and those you love and those interesting characters you bring so vividly to life. Hooray for mom bloggers and the fun, pathos and joy they bring to the blogosphere!
    Whew – that was too much excitement I’m going to have to get another diet coke and more spiced almonds hot out of the microwave!

  2. We love you too BooMama. Thank YOU for sharing so much of yourself with us. My day is always a little better when I’m able to check out your blawg (and Big Mama’s too).

    Happy New Year! And cheers to a healthy and prosperous 2008.

  3. You have a real knack for being light-hearted and dead-serious at the same time.

    Thanks for a year of smiling at my keyboard!

  4. Awww, right back atcha sister. I’m not much on hugging, but consider yourself air-kissed. Happy New Year!

  5. I’ve done a bit of smiling myself by coming to your blawg……you have SUCH A WAY with words, wit and wisdom. Thanks for writing for the internets!

  6. and a happy new year to you and your’n. (is that how you spell your’n? do you know what I’m trying to say? my mom always said that to me with a southern accent, so I’m assuming it’s a deep south thing. but she never had the decency to spell it.)

  7. Happy New Year! I’ve enjoyed your blog. You have inspired me to be more light hearted at times. I take myself way too seriously these days.
    Love in Christ,

  8. You know. Hugs.

  9. I honestly can NOT imagine my days w/out my BooMama fix. Whether you’re crackin’ me up or makin’ me cry or, *gulp*, makin’ me think…I can’t wait to hear what is on your mind each day.

    God’s light shines through you. You are the perfect example that Christ followers don’t have to be boring. They can be alive and full of quick humor…oh, and, um, FABULOUS cooking tips. ;-]

    Happy 2008, Sophie…

  10. I TOTALLY agree and have been thinking the same thing. As fun as blogging is having REAL friends to go out with and see one on one just cannot be and should not be replaceable :)

  11. I, too, am concluding 2007 with some Mexican food because it, along with my friends, has stood by me for many years now. The faithfulness of salsa and queso runs deep.

    Thanks, BooMama for sharing parts of your life with us so we can laugh along the way. And cry. Sometimes from sadness, but mostly from laughing so much.

  12. Right back at you, girlfriend.

  13. A happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to us all, Sophie.

    Love and hugs,


  14. I just recently found your blog, and I’m glad I did!

    Happy New Year to you…


  15. I’ve had so much fun with you during our blogging…your Christmas tour was just fabulous and I loved doing it.
    Thanks so much for the great birthday wishes (glad you like those wild shoes of mine!:)
    hugs, bj

  16. I just discovered your blog on Christmas Eve Day and I’m so glad I did!! I have spent some time going back through your past posts and have thoroughly enjoyed them all. Your wit and wisdom and gift of writing are all so refreshing! I have enjoyed your blog with my morning coffee the past several days. Have a great 2008 and I’ll be back for a visit!!


  17. You are a new discovery for me, as well. Thanks for promoting the “best medicine”. You’re doing a real service here. C’mon, people, she’s doing a service, here, right? I have no doubt you have hooked another avid reader and fan in me. I just love your view of your world.

  18. {{{{{{{Sophie}}}}}}}

    From one lil’ ol’ humor-lover to another. Happy New Year to my younger sister in the Lord!

  19. I love reading your blog, so much in fact, I’ve de-lurked myself in honor of the New Year. Hope you and your family have a wonderful 2008. I look forward to reading more of your “writing”.

  20. Sophie,
    May God bless you for using your wit and writing ability to unite tens of women daily and give them reason to get their housework done, laundry folded and put away, dinner in the oven(well, maybe the phone book out to order the pizza) so they can get down to the real adventure in life: reading BooMama’s blog for the day!! I expect any day now to see you on the Nightline exclusive: BooMama’s Guide to Changing Women’s Lives Across America (and the uttermost parts of the world) Through Blogging! Happy New Year and we can’t wait to see what ’08 will bring!

  21. As you are the contest queen, skip over to my blog, watch a slideshow of images I took this year, pick your favorite, tell me which one and you will be entered in to win a $20 Target or ITunes gift card.

  22. BooMama & Sister…. I am glad I got to know you this past year. I am glad you both had a good Christmas.. I pray the new year will bring only good things for all of us…

    Sister, I am so glad you stopped by to visit! I wish you the best year ever! Hugs to both of you… Cecil

  23. We got Mama an email account at presto-dot-com for Christmas.


    So she can read her BooMama every day … without the bother of the interweb.


    Thanks for making our 2007 such a hoot.
    !!!Happy New Year!!!

  24. My friend, Amy, and I have to be kicked out of restaurants and then go sit in the car for another hour or two. We’ve started picking Applebee’s because of their half-priced appetizers after 9 pm. Works great! Put the kids to bed, then go eat food no 30+ year old woman should even think of eating after 9 pm and talk for 3-5 hours.

    By the way, more than one day during this holiday season has come and gone with me in the same pajamas. Maybe 2008 will be the Year of the Shower before noon. Or not.

  25. Aren’t you the sweetest southern gal? Truly you are. I truly love visiting you – you often make my day just by your little quips and observances. And your are truly right about the friendships being so meaningful.

    Wishing you and yours a Happy new year!!!

  26. Dawn - Houston Texas says:

    Yours is the ONLY blog I’ve ever responded to. Perhaps it’s the MSU thing, or maybe it’s that southern accent thru writing, or maybe it’s because your a mom to an Alex (and I’m a mom to an Alexander and 4 others) …I don’t really know, but I’m so glad I have. Happy 2008 to you and yours. And I am so glad to be able to click and laugh…every day!!

  27. “I’m still in my pajamas, and I’m holding on to hope that I’ll be able to take a shower before the sun goes down because I BELIEVE IN GOALS, people”— literally left me wheezing (after I cleaned up where I spewed my sweet tea all over myself!)

    Thank you for sharing your gift of gab with all us internets! Your light-hearted and hilarious writing is what keeps us coming back (and keeps us laughing until we spew!)

    Happy New Year!

  28. Happy New Year!

  29. Kelly in Carrollton, GA says:

    Happy New Year, sweet Sophie!! I will never tire of telling you just how grateful I am to share this journey with you! Thank you for opening your heart and your life with us internets…we are BLESSED!!!! Friends and family really do make this ride worthwhile.

    God bless you and yours!

    Love, Kelly

  30. Your “blawg” has brought me much joy this year. Looking forward to more in ’08! Cheers!

  31. So glad you share this thing called blogging with all the rest of us trying to say something profound.

    Thanks for a boatload of chuckles and quite a few loud guffaws this past year. Lookin’ forward to seeing how God chooses to use you in the new one ; )

    Happy New Year, dear Sophie! You know you have a special place in my heart.

  32. Happy New Year. As for the title, I think:

    Girlfriends. They are a blessing.

  33. I know you like me the best but that you really can’t say it publicly. :-)

  34. Happy New Year to you, BooMama! You have blessed me in more ways than one in 2007! I’m amazed at how the Internet has changed the way we do things, especially for moms and women who need that special connection. Thank you for all you do and may 2008 be a blessed one for you and your readers!

    Blessings from another Southern gal, Laurie

  35. In my opinion “being in the middle of ordinary” is a lovely place to be. Beats the heck out of Bizarro World or Help, I’m Trapped in the Movie of the Week Land. (I have t-shirts from both.) Don’t you think? Dwell happily there, sister.

    Thanks for blawging this year. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you.

    Happy New Year! May it be a blessed one.

  36. Love you Boomama! Happy 2008! May His favor shine on you this year.


  37. Great post. Friends are key. And being smack-dab in the ordinary? In some ways, that’s the biggest blessing of all.

    Happy New Year, Boomama! :-)

  38. Thankyou for your post! I cannot express how much your blog has blessed me this year. It’s amazing how God can use a vehicle such as the “interweb” to connect women.
    Happy New Year!

  39. I think that is my favorite title of yours ever.

    With “A title, if I had one, would go here”.

  40. Ditto! Thank you for the words that you give us each day! Happy New Year and blessings in 2008!

  41. Happy New Year! I found your blog this year and have so enjoyed reading it. Looking forward to more in 2008!

  42. A friend referred me to your site a few months back but I have never left a comment before. I just want to say thanks for making me laugh. I love your site. Have a Bombdigitty New Year!

  43. Thank you for sharing. It’s been a privilege and looking forward to 2008. God Bless!

  44. Happy New Years!

    May 2008 provide you and your family with a happy, healthy year.

  45. I’m pretty new to this here blawg, but I’m glad to have found you and look forward to much reading in 2008! Happy New Year to you also!

  46. Happy New Year to YOU, and thanks for sharing your humor, fashion sense, and family with the rest of us…it’s truly wonderful to have found another college football fanatic in the world who is not, you know, MALE! Congrats to your DAWGS, by the way!

  47. Happy New Year to you and your family, BooMama!

  48. aren’t friends great? you mentioned internet bff’s a few posts back (or was it bigmama?) and i am so glad i’m not the only one who has those. never mind that we’ve never met—we are *sisters* for goodness sakes! and totally cosmically in sync. it’s just that most of my internet bff’s don’t know that yet. or maybe they’d be scared to know that. anyway…

    happy new year!!

  49. May the Lord bless you and keep you. May He lift up His countenance on you and give you peace. May 2008 be a time of personal revival, strong family ties, good health, love, service to others and spirutal growth for you and your family.
    To God be the glory. Great things He has done! Jean

  50. Love you, too, Sophie!

    Praying for your things and stuff and asking God to come and blow afresh over your New Year. May 2008 bring many Christ-filled joys and hopes fulfilled!

  51. We’re so glad you do blog, BooMama! Your posts never fail to bring a smile, chuckle (and more often, a guffaw) to my day, along with the feeling of having sat down to a cup of coffee with a friend (for the longer posts) or chatting over the donut and coffee table in Sunday School (with the shorter ones). Either way, it’s always a pleasure. Your way with words is both amusing and yet sprinkled liberally with your faith.
    Thanks for spreadin’ the light!

  52. Your blog is one of the highlights of my day every day! Thank you for sharing your humor with all of us! I hope ya’ll have the greatest year ever in 2008!

  53. I totally agree, their is nothing quite as sweet as good friends.

    Happy New Year! I can’t wait to see what 2008 brings.

  54. Jenny from VA says:

    Your blog has really helped me in a multitude of ways this year. I have found inspiration, humor, recipes, fashion advice, great music, good products…etc. Thank you!! You truly have a blog ministry and I am grateful. Happy New Year!

  55. aww :-)

  56. Awwww… That is so sweet! Happy New Year!!!
    Hugs to you & boys!!!

  57. Oh BooMama, I loved this post because of how sweet and real it was. I too, have been hit over the head lately about how lost I would be without my girlfriends, who talk me down when I am being just plain unlovable and love me still. I am glad you have that, and I am glad that this blog has brought you so much joy. You certainly bring a bit of that to others. Happy New Year right back atcha.

  58. ChristyCate says:

    Thanks for being such a sweet, stress- relieving part of my everyday life. At times, you really are my pretend BFF because you know EXACTLY what I’m trying to say and bless you, you just SAY IT!!! What a ministry God has so fun-lovingly placed in your heart!

  59. Happy New Year!! I have truly enjoyed your blawg this past year. So has my husband, who refuses to spend time reading online, but I often read parts of your blawg to him, and it never fails to crack him up! :-)

  60. Right On! I have my jammies on and it is 2:40. I don’t care, I’ve gotten a lot accomplished today. I still have time to get dressed before hubbie gets home.
    Friends & Family Rock!!

  61. Happy 2008 to you too! I don’t have many girlfriends near where I live…most of them live quite a distance away. Reading your blog has provided me with plenty of laughs through this year, and I love living vicariously through your “girlfriend outings”. HA!
    You truly have a gift, and I appreciate it so much!