A Decade Of Rambling And Also Fancy (Numbered!) Lists

We just got home from spending a few days at Universal Studios in Orlando, and I think it was one of my favorite family trips ever. For one thing we love riding rides and rollercoasters and basically participating in all the theme park activities, but I especially loved being outside for a few days. Granted, I was walking around in replicas of Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade instead of, you know, nature, but my goodness it was nice to enjoy some sunshine and fresh air and see a little bit more of the sky than I normally do. We had so much fun, and if you ever get a chance to take a Universal trip with your people, I highly recommend it.



In addition to all the adventures in the park, we also experienced the rollercoaster that was the Mississippi State / Arkansas game this past Saturday night. I MEAN MY GOODNESS. We actually had to stop watching for a little bit during the 3rd quarter because State started to fall apart and my nerves couldn’t take it, and after about 10 minutes of no game, everybody fell asleep except for me. I couldn’t stand not knowing what was going on, though, so I grabbed my iPad and headphones and jumped back on the crazy train.

Well. When we blocked that field goal at the end of the game, I didn’t know what to do with myself. I couldn’t yell because of the sleeping people, but the adrenaline rush was something else. So I ended up sending a lot of ALL CAPS texts. WITH MANY EMOJIS.

And then I watched the game all over again via the WatchESPN app because TECHNOLOGY IS A MARVEL.

This week we have the Egg Bowl, of course, and I plan to dedicate several hours to research and YouTube videos on Thanksgiving afternoon. Before I can do that, though, I have to get ready for the actual Thanksgiving meal, and that is why I went to the grocery store right after we got home today. I feel very strongly about getting Thanksgiving groceries squared away before amateur hour cranks up Wednesday afternoon (amateur hour is when people who don’t do a lot of grocery shopping get sent to the store to pick up a few last-minute items, only they don’t know where to find what they need since they rarely grocery shop, and this is why grocery carts really should come with a horn or at the very least a whistle).

Thankfully I was able to shop without any major incident, and after being out of town and then pretty much not cooking the week before we left, I think it’s safe to say that I needed a few things.


We’ll have family here on Thursday and then another round on Saturday, so it’ll be big fun to get in the kitchen and cook and bake and whathaveyou. I have already decided that I’m not thinking about my book deadline again until Sunday, so I’m gonna enjoy our company and the holiday.

Last thing.

In about nine minutes it’ll be Wednesday, November 25th, which just so happens to be the blog’s 10th birthday. I cannot believe that it was ten years ago when I sat down and wrote my very first post, but it was. Alex was two. I had been married for eight years. We lived in a different house. And I had never even thought about writing a book since pipe dreams weren’t really my thing.

Life’s a kick, y’all.

So on this Thanksgiving, know that I am so grateful for you and the fact that you take the time to read here. Even though I’ve been more sporadic with posting the last year or so – deadlines and this particular stage of our family’s life have made it more difficult to find the time – I am still just as carried away with this particular medium as I can be. I used to tell people that I loved blogging because it gave me a place to put all my crazy, and that’s true. But the biggest reason I still love blogging is because y’all have created the kindest, most supportive environment in this little corner of the internet. Melanie and I say all the time that we have the very best readers, and ten years into this thing, I’m more convinced of it than ever.

So thanks for that. Thanks for being so awesome over the last ten years.

And Lord willing, here’s to ten more.

(Provided that blogs don’t become obsolete in the next ten years, of course.)

(But if they do, I’ll meet y’all on whatever the big new social media platform happens to be.)

(Fingers crossed that the new social media platform doesn’t require me to embed some sort of memory chip in my head.)

(I feel like this is a reasonable request.)

Love y’all!

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  1. Happy Blogiversary and Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Sophie, you and Melanie bring such joy and fun to all of us. I am thankful for y’all! Have a great Thanksgiving!

  3. Thank you Sophie, you have enriched my life and provided an oasis of peace and laughter. I love you too.

  4. As a long time BooMama blog reader and fan, HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY! I have loved every post, loved getting to know your heart and am proud of all you have accomplished in these ten years! xoxo

  5. Happy Blogiversary! i truly enjoy your writing so very much. Hope Thanksgiving goes great and hope your team does well Saturday. (I am a Clemson fan…I think the Clemson- SC game should go my way, but you never can tell with those crazy rivalries!)

  6. Hey BooMama, happy blogiversary! It’s a funny thing, the internet, how I can read your blog and feel like we could be friends. I can think of no better way to tell you that than to say that every Saturday this Midwestern girl (in the suburbs of Chicago) roots for Mississippi State because of you. Anyway, I love your blog! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  7. Awww Boo! You and Big are my favorites and I feel like ya’ll are my friends!
    Matter of fact I dreamed about you last night….we were in a car just chatting away like old buddies!!
    Hope you have a wonderful holiday, surrounded by the ones you love most on this planet!

  8. Congratulations on your ten year milestone! I have enjoyed the ride, laughing and crying as you share your heart with us. May God continue to bless your efforts! He has given you a real talent. Your books and blog touch a cord with so many women, helping us see that we all have a bit of crazy and it is ok!

  9. Happy Thanksgiving! Congratulations on 10 years in blogland!

  10. Happy Decade :) I have loved starting my day with you for just about all 10 years, thanks for being a fab “friend”. Happy Thanksgiving~~

  11. I’m so thankful for you and your blog! You are one terrific lady! Congrats on 10 years! :)

  12. Teresa Stout says:

    I have loved every minute of the past many years I have been reading this wonderful blog. I am your biggest fan!!!

  13. Happy Blogiversary!

  14. Happy 10th Anniversary!! I am so thankful you chose to go down this road. Thanks for sharing your heart with us. You bless us in so many ways. I look forward to each blog, book, and newsletter. Many blessings to you and your people for a very Happy Thanksgiving.

  15. I just found you this year ~ and what a blessing! Catching up on your blog, YOUR BOOKS!!! and the podcast have brought so much sunshine and warmth to this Ohio girl! Blessings to you and your family! (enjoy your writing break, but then get back to it! Can’t wait for that next book!!!)

  16. Happy 10 years! This probably sounds silly, having only met you at a book signing or two, but I feel like your blog blesses my life! You and Melanie provide me with an extra dose of laughter on days when it might be lacking, and insight into topics I may normally avoid or ignore. I love listening to your podcasts on long road trips and usually find myself in tears from giggling so much! You have also taught me that pulling out the vacuum cleaner is a mighty fine way of dealing with Mississippi State sports related anxiety. I will forever be grateful!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  17. Happy Anniversary! Thoughts on Dan Mullen taking the coaching job at Virginia Tech? We are losing Frank Beamer to retirement (as I’m sure you’ve heard) and I have read that Dan Mullen is a ‘serious candidate’ for the job. Next year will be interesting for us Hokies!

  18. Happy blog-o-versary! And enjoy your Thanksgiving!

    PS – I’ll be one of those shopping tonight….OY….work and life has been crazy, and tonight is the only time I’ve had this week….wish me luck. ;)

  19. Happy 10 years! I think I started around 10 years ago too, but not the same blog I have now. Congratulations on sticking with it and being successful! You personally make me laugh with almost every post.

    I will say that while you were silently cheering the blocked field goal, I was having to console my almost four-year-old who couldn’t quite understand that her team lost. I am a Razorback fan by marriage and OU fan by birth, so it didn’t hurt me quite as much. Personally, I’m kind of thankful I no longer have to listen to my husband discuss the impossible probabilities of “If Alabama losses to Auburn,” and so on. I no longer feel the need to remind him, “Baby, you lost to TOLEDO, and A&M, Bama, Texas Tech, and TOLEDO!” Talk about pipe dreams. Meanwhile, I was just thankful that OU managed to beat TCU despite Trevor Knight having to take over for Baker Mayfield.

    Best of luck in the Egg Bowl!

  20. Love ya more’n my luggage! My BFF Amy (who, if I call her
    “Amy” and not “Aim,” thinks I’m mad at her) and I have decided that you, Melanie, Sandra Bullock and the two of us could all be friends. In a not weird way.
    Y’all are just our kind of people. Y’know, people who love Jesus and sub-par Mexican food.

  21. I appreciate you so much. I enjoy reading and your podcasts make me smile. Thanks Sophie for stepping out and sharing what God gave you. God has truly blessed what you gave. He always does more than we ask or can even imagine. Happy Thanksgiving.

  22. Jeannie S says:

    Love the idea of the horn on the shopping buggy! Have a blessed Thanksgiving! Thank you for writing!

  23. Thanksgiving Blessings to you, Sophie – I simply don’t recall what I read before you and Melanie! … Or that I even enjoyed. Thank-you for sharing and keeping on, keeping on!

  24. Happy Anniversary!!! Blogiversary!! Whatever you want to call! You bring such joy to my life. You never fail to make me laugh & smile. We’ve never met but oh, how I feel like we’re friends. Enjoy Thanksgiving. War Eagle (My the LORD have mercy😊). God bless!

  25. Happy Blogiversary!!! I am so glad that I’ve been part of your family for the last 18 months!!! Thank you for sharing your life and goodness me I hope our Dawgs beat those Bears aka TSUN aka the Ole Miss Rebels!!! Go DAWGS!!!

  26. Happy 10th! I can distinctly remember the day I “stumbled” on your blog. I discovered you through a link from Beth Moore’s and was immediately hooked! You’ve inspired me to write more and try more recipes and embrace the Southern in me.

    Thanks for all you do and can’t wait for the next 10!

  27. Congrats!! Thanks so much for making me laugh and smile. Sometimes you just need to laugh.

  28. Kathleen G says:

    Happy Blogversary! Happy Thanksgiving! Happy I found you years ago along with Bigmama through The Pioneer Woman:) Blessings, Kathleen in Az

  29. Happy Thanksgiving, Sophie! Your blog is a delight to me, and I’m thankful for the heart and humor in your posts.

  30. You are a blessing and I’m so happy I found Melanie and you. Y’all are my most favorite! !

  31. Dear Boo – Thank you for the inspiration, the laughs, the insights, and sharing your love of our Father in Heaven and your peeps here on earth.

  32. Natalie N. says:

    Happy Blog Birthday! I enjoy sharing a birthday with your blog :) (though I am *slightly* older than 10).

    Also, Sister Schubert’s rolls! Has there been any reason to mess with dough since those hit the freezer aisle?

  33. Love your books, love your blog! It all reminds me of growing up in the South with family and friends. And Thanksgiving – cooking! I miss doing that with my Mama, Grandmama and Aunts. Thanks for bringing back those memories!

  34. Happy anniversary! It’s been a pleasure coming here. Thanks for sharing your life with us, and I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  35. Happy 10 year Anniversary! I think I have been reading for about 6 years. Angie Smith had Melanie show how to tie a scarf and when I found her blog, I found your blog! What a huge blessing that has been for me! I love your humor, your love of all things Southern and most of all your super kind heart! I cannot wait to read more blog posts and especially your next book! Also, I do love when you and Melanie podcast! Sometimes, I laugh so hard I cannot breathe – most especially when y’all get tickled! I would have loved to have heard the Adele songs in her 40’s! You both are on my list of things I am very grateful for this Thanksgiving!
    You are loved and appreciated!

  36. Congratulations on ten years! You and your writing are a delight!! You give us smiles, laughter, thoughts to ponder, and bring to mind memories through sharing your own.

  37. Love your blog, and it is such a weird world, that I have bought things based on your recommendation… many times, and I don’t “know” you, and yet I trust your suggestions like you live next door:-) Love blogging, and am so glad you are still here! Happy Anniversary, and thank you for sharing and encouraging!