Happy 8th, My Friends (And Some Links)

First of all, here are some links I thought y’all might enjoy.

– On Thanksgiving Day YouVersion is releasing the Bible App for Kids. I got to preview the app earlier today, and y’all, it is awesome. Kids are going to love it. The illustrations are great, and the whole thing is interactive.

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The download is free, and you should be able to find it in the App Store first thing Thursday morning!

– I talked to Travis a couple of hours ago, and he told me that I really needed to download The Isaacs’ version of “The Living Years” (think Mike & the Mechanics circa 1989). He was so enthusiastic that I bought the song while we were on the phone, and about thirty minutes later, when I left to pick up supper for D and me (Alex is with family in Mississippi), I decided to give it a listen.

No kidding: within fifteen seconds I was fighting the ugly cry. Normally I would’ve surrendered, but I just got new contacts today and I was scared I would lose one of them while I was driving. But make no mistake: this is one of the most beautiful songs I’ve heard in a long time.

You can download the song on iTunes. STINKIN’ GORGEOUS. And what a word.

– I am just starting to think about decorating for Christmas, but I know for sure that there’s something new I’m adding to our house this year: Christmas Rules Subway Art Print.

Christmas Rules

Isn’t it fun? I love having a framed print that I can move around each year – whether I prop it up on a buffet, set it on a window ledge, or hang it in my kitchen. Plus, it comes in a few different colors, including this very festive red.

Christmas Rules 2

They do mighty good work at Alexander Creative. And obviously this is not to be confused with the Wall Hanging of the Grievances that Melanie and I mentioned on the last podcast. Oh, heavens no.

– If you’re going to be on the road during Thanksgiving, don’t miss Dave Barnes’ new Christmas CD. I know I’ve mentioned it before, but it gets even better the more we listen. Instant classic.

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Finally. And second of all. Kinda.

Late last night I realized that today is my 8th blog anniversary. Or 8th blog birthday. Honestly, I don’t really know if it’s an anniversary or a birthday, but I do know that I started this blog 8 years ago, and I still can’t get over the fact that I’ve stuck with it.

Just for kicks and perspective, here are a few things that I’ve started and given up on during the last 8 years:

– the Paleo diet
– FlyLady cleaning techniques
– free weights
– menu planning by the month
– at least six different hidden object games
– Pathwords
– Words With Friends
– skinny jeans
– SongPop
The Office
– sewing
– Jillian Michaels’ 30-Day Shred

I think you get the idea. The fact that I’ve stuck with this blog is a wonder.

But I have loved it. And I still love it. And I’m forever grateful for y’all and the fact that you stop by and read and comment and make me laugh. I can’t ever thank you enough.

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

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  1. Happy blogiversary, Sophie! Hard to believe it’s been 8 years since we started the blog adventure. I didn’t even know what a blog was until I signed up for one on Blogger, lol.

  2. That song! Beautiful! Thanks for sharing and Happy Blog Bday! I so enjoy giggling (and sometimes crying) through your posts. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. I’ve enjoyed your world through your posts for about 6-7 of those years. (A little late to the party, but loyal follower now.) During these years, three of my children have married, two have graduated from college, I lost my sweet husband to cancer and gained a grandson. Life goes on, doesn’t it? Thanks for adding so much joy to all of our journeys!

  4. You and this eight-year old blog are quite a blessing!!!

  5. Happy Anniversary! Thank you for writing.
    May your Thanksgiving be joyful!

  6. THAT song…I sang that in 8th grade choir. The lyrics are so heartbreaking. I feel an 8-‘s day coming back tomorrow!

    Btw Happy Blogiversary!

  7. Eight is great! I love your blog and I am now reading your book for the second time.
    Hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving.

  8. Happy Blogiversary. 8 years is great! I feel like I should make some dip in your honor :-)

    I adore the Isaacs – thank you for sharing this clip.

    Have a blessed week, and a wonderful Thanksgiving. Thanks for blogging.

  9. Congratulations and thank you for brightening my days! I have so enjoyed getting to know you these last few years! Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. Happy Blogiversary and Happy Thanksgiving Sophie! The book arrived yesterday for our daughter’s birthday. She was thrilled. Thank you again!

  11. Happy birthiversary! 8 years is a long time for anyone but we are glad you stuck with it. Thanks for sharing your humor and insights and links with us through the years!

  12. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you…..for continuing to bring smiles, laughter, serious thoughts to think about, new ideas, links, and for making my mornings happier.

  13. I can’t believe it’s been 8 years. I can remember sitting at my computer at our old house in Madison laughing so hard at you and all the comments. The good old days….

  14. Happy blogiversary to you! And thanks so much for sticking with it! My mornings wouldn’t be the same without you. :)

  15. Happy Blogiversary! We love you Boo-thanks for sticking with it-you’ve done good Girl!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  16. Happy Blog-aversary!!
    Sophie, you are truly a gift to so many people. I hope you know how appreciated you are!

  17. Happy BlogBirthday! You are such a blessing. You make me smile all the time!!!

  18. Thank you so much for listing all those things you have started and given up! I have many of those same things on your list, and I let them make me feel guilty (yes, I can allow even Words with Friends to make me feel guilty), but you give things up too! I bet a lot of people do! I don’t have to feel bad for deserting SongPop!

  19. Happy Blogiversary!!!! And that song? I have never really heard the lyrics like that. And the Issacs? I LOVE them. Heard them at a Gaither Homecoming I went to with my parents while I was a student at MSU.

    Thanks for always sharing your heart. And our Bulldog ups and downs!

  20. Julie Reynolds says:

    Happy Blogiversary!!.Can’t wait to download both of these. Do glad I’m not the only one to give up on a few of those. :-) Have a blessed Thanksgiving Sophie.

  21. Happy Blogiversary! I’m a fairly new reader, about a year or so now. But just wanted to send you a note to say that I live in Rochester, MN and I had to put an advance reserve on your book at our local library because a few people had it checked out ahead of me. I had to wait about a month and got it last night and it’s great! So, even in the north midwest, you have fans! Keep it up!

  22. Renee Wheeler says:

    Oh Lord with the skinny jeans already! I sort of almost gave in to trying them because of boots. But I already look like a frog that is standing up, so NO. Happy anniversary / birthday. Sorry I missed the first 7 1/2 years but you can bet I won’t miss any now!

  23. Happy bloggy birthday, Sophie! You warm my heart and bring a smile to my face with every post. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  24. Happy Anniversary! You have blessed my life over the last eight years. Can’t remember when i started reading you, but once I did, I was hooked. You have brought laughter to my life and tears to my eyes. Dear Sophie, may you never quit writing and may you have a most blessed Thanksgiving.

  25. Happy Blog Birthanniversary!!! And…no fair passing on the ugly cry! But, since you followed it up with that art print I guess I can deal with the tears! SO GLAD I found your blog! Please keep it up!

  26. Kathleen George says:

    I thank my daughter for introducing me to PW because that’s where I found you commenting on the Entertainment section. Of course listening to you and BigMama made me apart of the blog world. So much out there. I look forward to your postings everyday. Have a scrumptious Thanksgiving with your family. Kathleen

  27. Julie in Michigan says:

    Happy Birthday Blog and Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! \
    Thank you for making me chuckle everyday.

  28. I first found your blog around 2006, and you make me laugh like no one else…but it wasn’t until this post that I realized your blog and I share a birthday! :)

  29. Happy 8th. Just. Don’t. Quit. Us.

  30. I didn’t even realize blogging had been around for eight whole years! I was still writing notes on paper to people eight years ago. You are a danged visionary, honey!
    (love the song).

  31. Happy blogiversaday, Sophie! You are a welcomed piece of Mississippi to this misplaced Kansan. I look forward to reading for the next 8 years!

  32. Aunt Annie says:

    Thank you, Sophie. You make me happy and I really need that!

  33. The reason I love this blog (and you) is because you listed out the things you have NOT stuck with in the last 8 years. Oh dear, that was perfect. Let’s keep it real.

  34. Okay, can I just ask: where do you find jeans that AREN’T skinny jeans?!?! Swear, I spent hours at the mall looking for cute jeans with a boot cut and even a straight leg!!! I am 55 years old and although I’m not ready for the elastic waistband pants, I don’t necessarily want jeans that look like I got out the sharpies and colored my legs!!!!

    Okay, rant over. And Sophie, please don’t EVER stop writing! We girls have all got to stick together and face whatever comes our way – be it skinny jeans or God help us, bigger challenges – together with laughter, tears, and above all, our prayers and God’s unfailing grace and love. Happy anniversary!!!!

  35. Mary Kat's Mom says:

    I love you and am thankful for you!!!! You make me smile with each post. Or cry. Ha! You know what I mean!

  36. Dianne Lami says:

    I am a bonafide “newbie” to you, Sophie, your blog, even your book. Saw your book on the library shelf last week as I blew in to get SOMETHING to read while Beloved was in hip replacement surgery for several hours and then would be home doing nothing (big fat lie) and could NOT put down your book. So, I found your blog and am delighted to read more about you and your world. Keep up the good work!

  37. Well, I have only been here for about 8 months but I wouldn’t be without your daily laugh, smile, guffaw, or all out snort! THANK YOU!!

    I even find something to smile about when you do the sports blogs because you even make those funny for the non-jock that I surely am.

    Happiest of Thanksgivings to you and yours!

  38. 8 years??!! That’s just wonderfully fantabulous. Think of all the things that have happened in 8 years….=)

  39. I started reading only about 6 months ago and have giggled every day since! I’m so thankful that you blog too! Oh and I shudder to think of all the things I have tried and given up on in the past 8 years… yikes.

    Thanks for all the laughs, encouragement and fun!

  40. Stephanie C says:

    Happy bloggy b-day, Sophie! I’ve been following your blog for years now & so appreciate your hilarious voice =) Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

  41. anotherlisa says:

    i remember the day i read SCL and jon acuff had written about you and your self-effacing tagline -“read by tens of people”.
    i was hooked, and my only complaint is you have a life that interferes with even more posts and books. i wish you a truly happy anniversary to the blogworld; your gift blesses much more than “tens” of us!

  42. Sophie, you are to be commended on 8 years of blogging! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your people.

  43. Happy Blogibirthsaryday! & to take it WAY back, a quote on 8- “Eight is enough to fill our lives with love!” (I can still hear the theme song & see all of the Bradford’s smiling faces, especially my first crush Nicholas). Thanks for being just genuine, good people and for making the world a little happier, a little brighter, a little more poignant, and a little more giggly! We love ya Boo & Happy Thanksgiving!

  44. Happiest of blogoversaries! And on this Thanksgiving Eve, I am so very grateful for your blog – there have been many moments that I’ve clicked on your blog post to read and it has brought the gift of laugh out loud laughter that I so needed. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Two of my favorite posts that come to mind where I laughed hysterically were about the 30 Day Shred (At least my eyelashes don’t hurt!!) and the one you wrote about your hair debacle at a State game (I think??) Anyway, you are a delight to this Georgia gal! And I also love all your links to music, products, other blog posts, etc. :)))

  45. I am just super sorry that I missed the first 7.25 years of your blog. Maybe one day when I have loads of time I’ll try to read every post from the beginning of time.

    So…2052. That’s the year I think I’ll have that much time. Maybe I should just focus on keeping up on the current posts, instead of setting goals for when I’m nearly dead.

    Is that okay with you?

  46. Happy anniversary! We’re so glad you stuck with it!!

  47. Aunt Annie says:

    Your team played a great game last night!