All Manner Of Linky Merriment

Well, yesterday we celebrated our first round of Christmas festivities in Mississippi, and we had such a fun time. My sister-in-law Rose is always so great about making things laid-back and easy, and even though we talk on the phone a good bit, it’s always good to see each other in person and visit and laugh and eat some ham.

We really did eat some ham. It was tasty.

We exchanged presents with D’s side of the family since our little family-o-three will be here in Birmingham on Christmas Day, and you’ll be happy to know that I made sure to take a picture of Martha in one of the things that we gave her.


I went to the grocery store as soon as we got home today (you may remember that my primary holiday grocery shopping goal is to shop three to four days in advance, mainly so I can avoid the amateurs and sacrificial out-of-town relative errand-runners). Later this afternoon I tried to make some cinnamon rolls but completely messed up my dough (the baking and I really struggle sometimes, what with its “precise measurements” and “need for accuracy”), so I’m going to try again tomorrow.

See? I am filled with Christmas-related optimism and cheer.

But if the dough goes wrong tomorrow, I’m going to resort to the Pillsbury variety that you pop open with a spoon.

ANYWAY, there are a few links that I wanted to be sure to share before next week gets away from me.

– If you need a last-minute Christmas gift for someone you love, may I very humbly suggest that you present said person with a gift card for Melanie’s new book, Sparkly Green Earrings? Because Melanie’s book is funny and tender and wonderful and will make someone very happy when it arrives at their house on the first Tuesday in February.

By the way, I told myself that I was going to try to be low-key about Mel’s book.

But that’s not gonna happen. Because as it turns out, I feel more like a stage mama who wears a t-shirt with her daughter’s name airbrushed on the front.

So it’s a safe bet that you’ll be hearing lots more about Melanie’s book from me.

– I meant to link to this video about a month ago, but I got sidetracked by football season or Thanksgiving or Real Housewives or something.

Better late than never, I reckon.

Shoot Christians Say

(I give it a 98 on a 100-point scale.)

(I deducted two points for not using the phrase “Christ-follower.”)

(And careful if you have little ears in the room.)

(But oh my. HILARIOUS.)

– A couple of weeks ago my friend Jennifer sent me a link to a website that she thought I’d like.


Old Try: A Southern Print Shop

They’re closed on Sunday, by the way. Which in my opinion is just one more reason to love them forever.

All righty. I think that’s it. I hope y’all have a wonderful Christmas – I am so grateful for each one of you!

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  1. Love it! The video was incredibly funny, a bit humbling, and definitely worth sharing!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!


  2. LOVE Martha’s sweater!
    She is just darlin.
    Many blessing to you and your family this Christmas.

  3. Merry Christmas to you and your sweet family!

  4. Merry Christmas to you and I am adding Mel’s book to my “to get for myself because no one else will” list…it is getting long!

  5. Susan berry says:

    Loving the Martha picture! I fell sure the ensemble “must” be from Stein Marts!
    Merry Christmas!

    • I totally agree, but…’s not a 3/4 sleeve. Seriously, that is the first thing I noticed. Check out Miss Martha bucking the system. You go Miss Gurlfriend!

  6. Wow, a website that is closed on Sundays is so cool! (although I wouldn’t be typing this comment if yours was closed, and that would be sad!)
    Merry Christmas!

  7. Kimberly/OKC says:

    Merry Christmas, Sophie! Thanks for making my life a little brighter, a little happier and making me smile (which, btw, is my new guideline for adding anything to my home decor. It has to make me smile!).

  8. Regarding cinnamon rolls: Pillsbury Grands Flaky Supreme Cinnabon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing are fantastic. There’s a can in my fridge waiting to be popped with a spoon tomorrow morning.

  9. Merry Christmas Sophie!

  10. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  11. Merry Christmas to you and your precious family!! You always bring a smile to my face. Love you!

  12. i just feel the need to say, that every.single.time. you put up a picture of miss martha, i get a little teary. she reminds me so much of my sweet granny. her smile, her stance, her hair, and especially her style. granny…. she was a big fan of the jacket. or “light top”. or really anything you could consider a “layering garment”. i miss her terribly, so i just love to see miss martha out here rockin her jackets and sweaters and pearls! perfect.

    merry christmas to you and your family. (especially miss martha)

  13. Merry Christmas to someone to adds cheer to the whole year! Thanks for brightening another wonderful year. Stay safe and have a wonderful Christmas!

  14. I got my sisters (and me) Sparkly Green Earrings. I included a poem describing what I got them. (You know, because they don’t know who Melanie is and are not aware of the book *gasp*). It was pretty elementary-level, but I felt good about my rhyming skills :)

  15. Sister Schubert’s frozen cinnoman rolls are even easier and oh so yummy!

  16. Traveling from Ohio down to New Orleans. Spending the night in Meridian, MS tonight. Any *must sees*?

  17. Martha is adorable!

    Try cooking those Pillsbury rolls in your waffle iron (thank you Pinterest!). Melt the frosting and pour over your cinnamon roll waffles. Fast & easy. Yum!