All Manner Of Links And Whatnot

Here are a few things I’ve been meaning to mention / share / give away.

I will no doubt think of four more things as soon as I post this, but I’m gonna go ahead and run with what I have.

Clearly I am very zany and devil-may-care-ish.

Except not.

— In light of all the marriage talk around here, I’ve been thinking about this excellent post on marriage by Edie. Chock-full-o-wisdom, hope, and truth.

— It took us over a month, but we have finally settled on our favorite of all the K-Cups.


Newman’s Own Special Blend – Medium Roast, Extra Bold

I bought a big ole box because they were so much cheaper in bulk. And oh, we will enjoy the fire out of them.

— So. This year’s Allume conference is October 23-25 in Greenville, SC, and I am so excited to be speaking. I am also mildly terrified, but we won’t talk about that part right now because DENIAL. Anyway, I know that several of y’all have been to Allume before, so if you’re going again in October – or if you’re planning to go for the first time – be sure to let me know. Tickets go on sale March 1st.

Melanie probably won’t tell you this, so I will. Tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon from 3-4 central she’s going to be a guest on Chris Fabry Live. You can listen online or find a local station (it’s on WLJR 88.5 here in Birmingham). I enjoy Chris Fabry’s show so much, and I have a feeling that he and Melanie are going to be fast friends.

I will not play Flappy Bird. I will not play Flappy Bird. I will not play Flappy Bird.

— This morning I wrote on the very last page of this journal.


It has been a delight and a joy, and I will miss it terribly.

Also: I may be a smidge over-invested as far as my journals are concerned.

— This is a show that’s fun again.

— Every couple of months I land on a new book that I read very slowly in the mornings. My friend Anne actually got me into this habit, and I’ve realized that when I’ve finished my quiet time and the house is still quiet and I’m drinking coffee, I love reading a few pages from something that’s thoughtful and helps me ease into the day (I wouldn’t have been able to do this in my younger years because 1) early morning and 2) SLEEP). Here are a couple of books that I highly recommend for early-morning reading (or whenever reading, for that matter):

Notes from A Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider

God Is Able by Priscilla Shirer

I have two copies of each book to give away, so if you’d like to win either of these, just leave a comment on this post. I’ll draw for winners Friday night.

Happy Thursday, y’all!

This giveaway is now closed. Winners will be notified ASAP.

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  1. Love Tsh! Would love either book. I am always desperately in need of quiet.

  2. I love a good book!

  3. Hey Sophie!!! I need a good inspirational book so these two would be a perfect start. Have a great Thursday!!

  4. Jennifer J says:

    Would love to have either book. Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. I love winning books! :)

  6. Jessica H says:

    Love, Love, Love reading your Blog. Both books look good.

  7. Great giveaway! I love Priscilla–I’ve done several of her Bible studies.

  8. A little reading in the morning would be the greatest thing! Thanks for always being so generous.

  9. Doing a Priscilla bible study now!

  10. You have great giveaways! Hope I’m a lucky one!

  11. Julie Reynolds says:

    OH YES PLEASE!!! and Thank you!!

  12. Thanks for the recommendations! Both books look equally good!

  13. I would love either book.

  14. Those books sound great. Your blog is such a bright spot in my world. Thanks for your candid humor.

  15. Would love to win either one of those books!

  16. I would love, love, love to win the Patricia Shirer book. I’m a big fan of her dad’s One Place segment and listen nearly every day, and I’ll bet she is a very wise person too.
    Congrats on completing another journal. Though I have many journals, I’ve never completed even one of them. You’re my journaling hero!

  17. mary k burnette says:

    I would love a chance to win a book.

  18. I’d be thrilled to have either :).

  19. Yes, please and THANK YOU!

  20. Yay!! Thank you for making me smile with your blogs! :)

  21. First, please put my name in the pot for the drawing. I’m FINALLY reading The Gift of an Ordinary Day, and will soon be in need of another one that speaks to my heart.

    Secondly, I love, love, LOVE Greenville, SC! I took my daughter there to see Wicked at the Peace Center and had a wonderful time. Don’t miss Mast General Store.

  22. Pick me! Both look exciting. I love a book that seems to require savoring as you read it, so I appreciate the recommendations no matter what. But I’d rather win than buy it myself – (less about the money – just for the joy of winning)!

  23. I would love to have either of those books! Thanks for the giveaway!

  24. Nicki Baum says:

    Would love to read either of those books! Also, I feel you on the journals….so many cute ones out there begging to be filled with goodness and not enough hours in the day!

  25. Thanks for posting all the links and fun stuff. Thanks for the book recommendations as well.

  26. Oh, I would love either book, but I am about one click away from ordering Blue Bike!

  27. I would love to one anything. In God’s love, sheila

  28. Rachel F. says:

    “I may be a smidge over-invested as far as my journals are concerned.”

    You and me both, sister!

  29. I’d love to read both!

  30. I would love the books! I love this blog! Gives me a laugh everyday :)

  31. Would LOVE to receive either book!

  32. I would love one if those books!

  33. Free book…yes please!

  34. Would love to have a new book to read :)

  35. I would love to win either of these books.

  36. I’d love a copy of either! Thanks for the generosity!

  37. Brittney K says:

    I love a good book!

  38. Carole K. says:

    I’d love to win!!! Reading is my FAVORITE!!! (said in my Elf voice…)

  39. I’d love a copy of Notes from a Blue Bike!

  40. I would love to win a copy!!

  41. Well, that’d be great!

  42. Would love to win! and so enjoy your blog!

  43. would be sooooo awesome to win :)

  44. I would love both !!! thanks BooMama! :D

  45. Melissa Thomas says:

    I would love to win either one of these. Please and thank you!

  46. So many new, great books!

    Would love any of them!

  47. Marilyn C. says:

    Reading is probably more worthwhile than Flappy Bird. I’m hesitant to download it.

  48. Would love to read those books!

  49. Kristen Gregory says:

    I LOVE reading. Pick Me!!!

  50. I would enjoy reading both – thanks for the give away.

  51. Love your blog , it’s a snowy day in Texas!

  52. Would be so nice to have either one.

  53. I’d love to win either book!

  54. Thank you for recommending these!!!!

  55. You know I love a good giveaway!

  56. Carley M. says:

    Yay for book giveaways! Thanks!

  57. Both look great! Love your blog!!

  58. Haven’t read either of these!

  59. Julie in Michigan says:

    I would enjoy reading either of these books!

  60. I would love to have these to read. They sound very inspiring!

  61. Michelle Auffant says:

    I obsess over pretty stationary. It’s taken me more than a month to find a padfolio (that’s a holder for legal pads, thank you very much), on Etsy. I search and search!

  62. Cherish Burnside says:

    They both look great!

  63. Would love to win!

  64. I LOVE Priscilla Shirer!!

  65. Either book would be welcome!! Thank you, Boo Mama!

  66. Would love to win one of these! I need something new for any quiet moments I can find to read!

  67. Yea! Would love to have one.

  68. There are so many great books coming out!

  69. Kelley Galyen says:

    Would love to win! Both books look interesting! Thanks for the opportunity!

  70. Yes, please. It’s cold here in Nebraska.

  71. Love to read in the morning when it is still quiet! Kids have yet to figure it out :)

  72. Would love to win either or both! They look like great reads.

  73. Thank you! I can’t wait to read these books. I also just ordered the journal. I can’t resist a cute journal.

  74. Jennifer J. says:

    You are so sweet! I would love to win a new book.

  75. Books look great- I want to win or maybe I’ll just add them to my amazon wish list- either way it’s a win.

  76. I’m trying to use my time wisely, as lots of teachers told me over the years. These books would be great!

  77. This would be amazing! Thank you:)

  78. I love to read in the mornings with my coffee, too.

  79. Amy Williams says:

    Thanks for the giveaways!

  80. Greenville, SC is not too awfully far from me (hour and a half drive, maybe). I may have to check this Allume conference thing out!

  81. Jennifer V says:

    I’d love to win one or both of these! I’ve heard so much about blue bike in particular!

  82. Heard great things about the Blue Bike… would love to read it… or of course, anything by Priscilla!!!

  83. Please and thank you.

  84. Would love a new book. Cause I’m gonna be done with Melanie’s before your next one comes out…

  85. Looks like some great reads!! Thank you!

  86. I too am a BIG fan of the Newmans Own K-Cups….but they gotta be the extra bold! I’d love to win either book!!

  87. Thanks for the giveaway! I am watching Idol for the first time in many years and I so enjoy each of the judges. They really try to listen and talk about BEAUTIFUL people. My goodness, I can’t take my eyes off the judges.

  88. I would love to win one of these books!!

  89. Amy Childs says:

    Love a good book

  90. Jennifer C says:

    I would love to win a book. I enjoy reading so much.

  91. I am loving American Idol again this season – I walk next door to my parent’s to watch as we do the Roku thingy. And love a good book to savor anytime, so, here’s hoping. Love reading your blog, My mood always perks up a little when I see you have a new post showing up in my reader!

  92. I’d be honored to win either one :)
    (And I have THAT VERY SAME JOURNAL. If memory serves me correctly, it was half price at BAM. It’s exclusively used for journaling on overseas mission adventures. Makes me happy just to think about it.)

  93. carolyn bowen says:

    Would love to read them.

  94. Betty Holcomb says:

    What could be better than reading in the morning?

  95. Would love either of the books! Thank you for offering them!!! I had to smile when I read the titles…… one and only bicycle was blue. Our Harley-Davidson is red, but that’s for another day:)

  96. Beth Taylor says:

    Pick me! Pick me!!!

  97. Hi! I’m new to the blog, thanks to your fantastic podcast! I just love you ladies. It feels like I’m listening to myself chat w/ my girl friends. Too funny! I would love to win a book but either way, I’m just glad to have found y’all! Thanks for the great blog and keep the podcasts coming!

  98. This is definitely the winter for a few good books.

  99. Ooo, ooo, pick me! Pick me! Pleeeeeeeease? Pick me!

  100. Alicia W. says:

    I would love to win either of the books!!