Some Sunday Sunshine

Well, I managed to just flat-out disappear last week, and it wasn’t anything I planned. But late Monday I flew to Houston, and Tuesday I spoke to the ladies at Crossroads Baptist Church in The Woodlands (they were just delightful, by the way), and then Wednesday I flew home and drove straight to work once I got here. Wednesday night I ended up cooking supper and washing clothes and finishing a book I started reading on the Houston flight, and Thursday I got my hair cut and highlighted after work (hallelujah) and then had to work on an article that I completely forgot about last week when it was due. Because I am a pillar of organization and follow-through.

Friday I had a super-busy day at work and then picked up salads for supper (this information is way too specific and boring, I realize, but I’ve committed to the boring at this point and feel like I have an obligation to stick with it), and then yesterday morning I ran errands before storms rolled in. I spent the rest of the day working on some writing stuff that I hope will eventually become the third book, and it was so good for my brain and my heart to focus on one thing for an extended period of time. In fact, when I finally opened my office door around 6 and walked to the kitchen to start cooking supper, I was so recharged by the whole process that I pretty much talked in capital letters for the next two hours.




Our former pastor preached this morning at church, which was SUCH A TREAT, and after our usual lunch at Chuy’s we ran in Target for a few things I totally forgot to get yesterday. David needed to get some car washing stuff (the aisle of car washing products is his happy place, much like the aisle of pens and pencils is mine), and while he was debating the merits of one product versus another, I spotted this little number on an end cap.

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Oh, y’all. It is a wonder. I put it on my desk, and it’s just perfect if you like some air circulating but don’t want to mess up your hair or worry that pieces of paper will fly all over the room.

I haven’t named it yet, but I’m tentatively thinking of going with MY PRECIOUS.

Anyway, I’m about to go clean out the refrigerator since I feel like I’m playing Jenga every time I open the door, but before I do that I wanted to mention a few things that I probably should have told you about last week.

1. Melanie is coming to town next weekend, and we have a couple of fun things in store. The first is that we’re signing books together at the Brookwood BooksAMillion on Saturday, May 2nd, at 6 pm. We are excited about getting to sign books, visit with some of y’all, and maybe even re-enact scenes from Coal Miner’s Daughter during the lulls. Since Melanie’s third book is brand new I am expecting that she will sign a LOT more books than I do, so please know that I am also happy to serve as a photographer in the event that you’d like to have your picture made with her. I will even select my favorite Instagram filter at no extra charge to you. It’s just a book signing service I like to provide.

2. Also, Mel is speaking Sunday afternoon at SavALife’s Mother’s Day Brunch.


I got a little giddy when I saw that the brunch was sponsored by Ashley Mac’s, because if they wanted to bring some of their Baby Bleu Salad with them, it wouldn’t hurt my feelings even a little bit.

You can buy tickets right here.

3. There’s a conference called Look at the Book at our church on May 29-30, and I am so intrigued by the content and the format. John Piper is the teacher, and from what I understand he walks participants through passages of Scripture and shares his method of reading and analysis. A few minutes ago I watched a video that demonstrates the kind of teaching he’ll be doing, and it looks super interesting. Tickets are only $12, and the schedule still leaves some room in your weekend (6-9pm on Friday, 8am-1pm on Saturday).

All righty. I think that’s all.

If you need me, I’ll just be sitting here in front of my fan.

Happy Sunday, everybody!

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  1. kuliejellogg says:

    I had some REAL misreads here that caused a substantial amount of confusion there for a little bit. At first I understood you to write that you finished WRITING a book that you had started on your way to Houston just days before. I was both impressed by and tired for you. I’m going to go ahead and infer that you finished READING a book instead. That makes me feel better for both of us. Then when I glanced at the sign for Melanie’s gig at the Mother’s Day brunch, I thought for a second that her first name was actually Arthur and that I had been missing an important detail for YEARS. I’m glad to know it’s only my reading comprehension – and not my memory – that needs work.

  2. Terri D says:

    Whew!! Superwoman.

  3. So you now have an office?! I remember you and Melanie debating needing offices in your homes on a past podcast. We need a new podcast!!

  4. Margie Hoffman Johnson says:

    I want a precious fan too! Sweat keeps beading on my upper lip at the office and I smear my lipstick wiping at it. Target – here I come. Yes – look at the book is serious stuff – went to that conference in Minneapolis & saw it all in LIVE action. How neat that your church is offering that teaching . Love hearing from Boo Mama.

  5. John Piper is incredible. You should definitely attend that conference.

  6. Kelly O says:

    Maybe Ashley Mac’s will have those little muffins, and some strawberry cupcakes…

    I say purely out of love and not jealousy that I am too far away to attend.

  7. So, I feel as if I am being taunted….I used to live in Cahaba Heights but now live a glamorous life in Silicon Valley (as glamorous as a 2 bedroom apt with 2 children can be, right?) And it just so happens that my trip home to visit is now….right after Jen Haymaker spoke at my Bham home church, and right before Melanie comes….now ya’ll too have gone an cooked up a Bham book signing! Come on!!! I can’t change my flight back to Ca!

  8. Jeannie S says:

    I was at the Crossroads Baptist Church event that you spoke at. You are just the cutest and your message was oh so timely. I took notes and copied them into my journal. My husband was laid off two weeks ago so I thank you for touching my heart with your words.
    Many blessings to you!

  9. On cleaning out the frig: “…I feel like I’m playing Jenga every time I open the door.”

    Fist pump of solidarity, right here.

  10. I can’t believe you AND Melanie will be signing books the WEEKEND I AM IN BIRMINHAM! How’s that for talking in all caps?! Talladega can wait, I’m hoping to hit BAM!

  11. Cindy A. says:

    Thanks so much for sharing the Look at the Book resource!! In the past you’ve shared cute and fun high school girl graduation ideas. Might you be doing that again this year? :)

  12. PLEASE record a live podcast!! It will delight me to no end. :) Have a wonderful girls weekend together!!


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