Turning That April 15th Frown Upside Down

I’ve had a running list in my head all day long. I am happy to share it with you at this juncture. Also, I am so sorry that said list did not appear in my head in the form of connected paragraphs.

– The other day Alex asked me if I knew the reciprocal of 1/2. Much to my surprise, I blurted out “2/1” and then wondered what in the world had happened. Alex couldn’t believe I knew the answer. NEITHER COULD I. But I’ve thought a lot about it and am sort of curious to know if there are other random math tidbits lodged way down in the recesses of my brain. DOES THIS MEAN I STILL KNOW HOW TO FACTOR?

– Last night I went to my friend Pat’s book club. A group of women from my church started the book club back in 2006, and they are such dedicated, thoughtful readers. The English teacher in me could have listened to them talk about their favorite books all night long. Their April book was Home is Where My People Are, which was so very kind of them, and for our dinner they made the recipes that Tyndale sent out in the pre-order incentive. IT WAS THE MOST FUN. I didn’t get home until almost 10, and that is a big night out considering that I am person who is typically in pajamas by 5:30 in the afternoon.

Anyway, I say all of that to tell you that in the next few days you’ll be able to find book club discussion questions on the HIWMPA blog page. I hope they’ll be helpful!

– The new NEEDTOBREATHE live album is so good that it makes me teary-eyed. I am a huge fan of their studio albums, but there’s never been one (in my opinion) that came even remotely close to the thrill of seeing them live. This new album – Live from the Woods – beautifully captures what a unique experience it is to listen to them live. It’s FANTASTIC.

– Next week I’m speaking at BLOOM at Crossroads Baptist in The Woodlands, Texas. Here’s the info if you live somewhere nearby; I would love to see some of y’all there! I’m looking forward to a great night-o-laughter-and-fun.

Lifeway Postcard for Sophie Hudson

– This is a great post by Sarah Mae: “Choosing to Wake Up to My Own Life.” Such good perspective for when we’re feeling bogged down in the day-to-day.

– And if you’ve made it this far, here is your reward. Just because I love it (and y’all, too), I’m giving away five (5) copies of NEEDTOBREATHE’s new live album. So if you’d like to enter to win, leave a comment on this post. I’ll close comments sometime Friday afternoon and draw for winners then.



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  1. Love the blog and the books. :-)

  2. wohooo!

  3. Carolyn Harper says:

    So excited you’re going to be in The Woodlands! Maybe I’ll get to see you!
    P.S. I’d be mighty pleased to win one of those albums. 😊

  4. JennyJoT says:

    I’d love something new to listen to!

  5. Pajamas at 5:30 pm? Right on.

  6. evelyn k says:

    I loved HIWMPA! I liked that it was honest but still gracious and joyful versus cynical and angry, like it seems so many recent memoirs have been.

  7. I actually don’t own any of NTB’s CDs, nor have I heard them in concert. I think I live under a rock.

  8. Kara Spitz says:

    This is great! I’m loving your writing!!

  9. Amy Childs says:

    Would love a new CD

  10. Ashley Moshell says:

    Excited to hear this one!

  11. Thanks for the giveaway chance!

  12. Joanna Ellis says:

    I would LOVE to win a copy of the cd. But more than that I want to thank you for making me laugh all day today as I ran errands and cleaned my house. I found your podcast recently and found it was the perfect thing to keep me company today. Thanks for making me smile. Now to go dive into your book I just bought on my Kindle. :)

  13. Sure would love to win this one! My daughter has loved NeedtoBreathe since they were playing local gigs at Clemson when she was in college. Thanks for the opportunity!

  14. Sarah W says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. Mollie Landers says:

    Thanks for that blog link- SO good. I’m going to the Needtobreathe/Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors concert next week here in Tuscaloosa. Never seen either of them live — can’t wait!

  16. Thanks for the give-a-way! Need To Breathe is a favorite of mine. :)

  17. Would love to win a CD!

  18. I always say that 5:30 is the evening. Not the afternoon. It makes me feel so much better about being in my pajamas at that time! :)

  19. would love the album cd!

  20. Melissa says:

    Would love a new cd!

  21. Bonnie M says:

    yeah- take that April 15th!!

  22. jacqi teehan says:

    I am almost finished with A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet and just downloaded Home is Where My People Are Today! You definitely need to keep writing because it is an amazing talent you have and a gift. Not everyone can talk about bacon and football games and table decorations and make everything sound like you are sitting in the room with you while it is happening! I love your work! I feel like I have gone South and had dinner with an old friend to catch up! Please do not ever stop! I read your blog everyday, its very uplifting! and sometimes just the smile i needed for the day! Be blessed Sophie Hudson!!

  23. Pick me! Pick me! Pick me!

  24. Take that taxes!

  25. Teresa M says:

    Thanks for the chance!

  26. I’m pretty impressed that you almost made it to 10pm.

  27. Rachel Forrest says:

    i NEED to check them out!

  28. Oh how I wish you and Melanie would come to the northeast for a speaking event or book signing:) l am definitely a huge fan in Boston!

  29. Love your books and I’d sure love to win that album!!

  30. Yea for a chance to turn that frown upside down! :) (We got money back several months ago, so no April 15th hangover, more of just a “Hey, how are we half-way through April already?!?” reaction.)

  31. Jennifer Gibby says:

    We are huge needtobreathe fans here at this house. Love your books too!

  32. Never heard of Need to Breathe but I NEED TO BE EDUCATED!!!

  33. Loved your book. Would love a NTB CD!!

  34. Marianne Gill says:

    Love Need to Breathe and I love your books! !

  35. Thank you for being so encouraging! I’m a fellow Needtobreathe fan and I can’t wait to hear the new album!

  36. Love Needtobreathe!

  37. Julie Goodrich says:

    we can’t wait to see them in concert in 5/7 in Knoxville!!!!

  38. Love reading your blog!

  39. Well yay, I didn’t realize this album was out yet. Probably because of getting bogged down in above mentioned daily life.

  40. Deana Lewis says:

    My people and I are huge n2b fans! Pick me! Pick me!

    Thanks for the fun,

  41. love love love Need to Breathe – especially live!!! their shows are soooo good! thanks for a giveaway!

  42. Would love to win the CD.

  43. Ann Gregory says:

    My son and I love Need to Breathe, too! He’s always telling me to turn he radio up when their songs come on the radio!

  44. Cindy L. says:

    I bought your new book last week! And as soon as I get the band banquet planned, I will start reading! I can’t wait!
    Also love Need To Breathe!

  45. Haha, my mom is a Language Arts teacher who abhors all things math, so that sounds all too familiar, haha. And thanks for the giveaway! I’d love to come out from underneath the rock I live under and hear some of Needtobreathe’s music… I’ve heard great things about them forever and still haven’t heard any of their music.

  46. So excited for April 15th to be over AND a giveaway!

  47. I love Needtobreathe!

  48. Thank you for the fun give away!

  49. Sophie…..LOVED HIWMPA….it was so timely for me…just what I needed, right when I needed it :)

  50. Melanie says:

    Would love this album! Thanks for the opportunity!

  51. Perfect for tax day!

  52. Love your book…love the band! Mandy


    (I sound like my kids when they were young. “But, Mama, I NEED it.”

  54. LOVE seeing NeedtoBreathe live! They actually are from my part of the country so we got to see them before they were big… in little bars and such across campus. So fun now to see them play big!

  55. Fun post! Thanks for doing the give away.

  56. Michelle R. says:

    My husband is a Need to Breathe fanatic!!!!

  57. I love your music pics! Keep them coming.

  58. I love Needtobreathe too!

  59. My husband is a CPA, and I’m glad to get him back, now that April 15 is over. He would love to get this album as a gift! Thanks for the giveaway! Cheers!

  60. Love need to breathe!

  61. I’m a tax preparer, my frown turned into a big smile the minute I finished that last return!

  62. Kathy in IN says:

    id be so excited to win!

  63. Ashley D says:

    I’d love to win!

  64. Love NTB!

  65. Love the book and would love the CD. Thanks so much.

  66. The last time I commented I won your latest book, maybe I’ll get lucky again! Love reading your blog!!

  67. Wish I could come and meet you.
    I will be leaving for Israel the next day so I have to stay home and soak up all of my people.
    I’m sure you understand that!
    Have a great visit to Texas where there is Tex Mex on almost every corner!
    Hope to catch you next time!!

  68. Christina Albritton says:

    Would LOVE the new need to breathe love album!!!!!

  69. I hope I win! Thank you for making me laugh!

  70. I wish I lived close enough to see you at one of your speaking engagements

  71. I would love some new music to listen to while working in the kitchen 🎉

  72. Mandy M. says:

    I’d love to win a copy of the live album! I’ve heard from a few different people that it’s so good!!!

  73. Megan Everitt says:

    Thank you for the generosity and I would LOVE to have one of those copies.

  74. Looking forward to book club questions.

  75. Doggone it! I live in the Houston area, but am out of town for a business trip next week. I would have LOVED to meet you. Calling the wahhhhhmublance right now!

  76. i applaud your success with reciprocals! I had a recent victory with factor trees and it carried me along for a few days.

  77. Melanie says:

    I’d love to have that NeedtoBreathe album! Hope you have a great day!

  78. J Rogers says:

    A comment.

  79. Melissa says:

    You always brighten my day, Sophie. :-)

  80. I love reading your blog and your books! As a principal of a high school, the “Need to Breath” CD might save my sanity in the last 27 days of school:)

  81. Laurel Millsaps says:

    Needtobreathe is my fav! I listen to Rivers in the Wasteland daily. Thanks for the chance to win!

  82. Jenna D. says:

    I absolutely LOVE NEEDTOBREATHE!! And as a math major, I truly appreciate that you remembered what a reciprocal is :)

  83. Thanks Sophie!

  84. The very best mornings are the ones where I wake up to find a new blog entry from you :)

  85. I love NEEDTOBREATHE too! Thank you for hosting this giveaway! You’re so sweet! :)

  86. Jessica says:

    Your music suggestions never disappoint. I have you to thank for my delight in The Fray, Amos Lee, and Dave Barnes just to name a few. Can’t wait to hear this.

  87. Abigail E says:

    I love NEEDTOBREATHE!! I’d love to win :)

  88. We love NEEDTOBREATHE! Hoping to catch them here next month with Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors- and hoping sweet Ellie Holcomb comes along, too!

  89. I love NeedtoBreathe! I have started on Home Is Where My People Are, and I love it too!

  90. Love NEED TO BREATHE. Winning the new CD would just make for a wonderful Spring day! Isn’t it funny how we can just pull random facts out of the recesses of our minds sometimes? I haven’t even heard the word reciprocal since school days and that was a LONG time ago.

  91. Monette says:

    Love your books. Would love to have the cd!

  92. Jeannette says:


  93. allison says:

    Love your blog, books and Need to Breathe!

  94. Your new book is sitting on my bookshelf just waiting to be read (along with a plethora of others!). I’ll get there!

  95. Dear Sophie,
    This comment isn’t to win the album you are giving away (I am not much for music). I just wanted to say that I’ve been catching up on the podcasts that you and Melanie have been doing. There has been a tedious project at work and listening to the two of you dissect TV shows and debate the merits of a wide belt, has cheered me immensely. It has also given me some sort of osmosis southern accent (I live in NH) which has my children concerned.
    Anyway, I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy the podcasts and hope you will keep doing them. I tried to leave a review on iTunes but can’t seem to figure out how to do that.
    Feel free to cut and paste this comment to iTunes in my name. I think you are both a treasure!

  96. Joanna Johnson says:

    Going to see NTB in May and cannot WAIT! Would love their live album! “Washed by the Water” live is my all time fav song of theirs!

  97. Sue Jones says:

    If you are ever in the Paris TN area……..I would LOVE to take you for lunch!!!!
    Love your blog!

  98. I saw them at the Alabama Theater, and I will never forget the moment when they walked to the edge of the stage and sang accapella with no microphones. It gave me chills!

  99. Thank you for this giveaway – my girls and I love this group and would so appreciate a cd to listen to!


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