Also, The Weather Is Finally Something Resembling Cold

Hey there, everybody (although “everybody” might be a generous term since I haven’t blogged in a while, so maybe a more accurate greeting would be “Hey there, person”) –

Well, it is Sunday night, and for the first Sunday in a lot of Sundays, I didn’t do any writing this afternoon. Instead I got home from church and Chuy’s and watched the Cowboys play. Then I watched the latest Mission Impossible movie (I believe it’s the 194th installment or something like that), and then I heated up a little supper, and then I caught up on Mississippi State’s women’s basketball team and their big win over Texas. For all of these reasons it has been an utterly delightful few hours. AND I have a whole week off of work in front of me. This holiday has totally snuck up on me for some reason, and it didn’t really hit me until this morning that I don’t have to set an alarm at all this next week. I for sure love the place where I work and the kids that I work with, but that no-alarm business for a whole week? THANKS BE TO GOD. I think everybody is ready for a break.

Yesterday my Bulldogs lost to the Arkansas Razorbacks in pretty spectacular fashion, but as I have said over and over this season, “AT LEAST THERE’S DAK.” My goodness it has been fun to watch him do so well. And after today’s game, when this clip went viral, all I could think was, WELL, I HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE PROUD.

Isn’t that oddly refreshing? To watch an NFL quarterback pick up his own trash? HOME. TRAINING.

We don’t have any big plans for the week; we’re just going to try to cross a few things off the house to-do list and enjoy spending time with our family. My sister, sister-in-law, cousin, and I are dividing the cooking duties, and I can’t wait to get in the kitchen later this week and make some of our favorite dishes. I also need to get the house decorated for Christmas, and if you just read the first part of this sentence and are still awake, KUDOS TO YOU because my word this is a whole lot of boring.

Okay. Here are a few random things I wanted to mention.

1) I have been all about some Christmas music this year. ALL ABOUT IT. And it just so happens that this year has been a great one for new Christmas albums. There are three that I love with all my heart: Simply Christmas by Leslie Odom, Jr., The Thrill of Hope by Christy Nockels, and The Christmas Collection by Act of Congress. I know that I’ve mentioned a couple of those over and over on social media (including the last podcast), but y’all, they are beautiful.

2) There was a chapter in Giddy Up, Eunice where I talked about how we can overcomplicate what it means to take care of each other (I think the whole idea was that the Lord will provide in our gleaning, but we don’t have to get into all of that right now). Anyway, not too long after I finished writing Giddy Up, I read an advance copy of my friend Karen Ehman’s new book, Listen, Love, Repeat: Other-Centered Living in a Self-Centered World, and I thought, Oh my goodness – this is what it looks like to glean in our daily lives.


There is so much practical wisdom in this book, and if you have a heart for serving others in small ways but struggle with putting that into practice, then here is some recommended reading. It’s excellent.

3) I mentioned this on Instagram a couple of days ago, and I wanted to make sure to share it here.

A couple of months ago WaterBrook Multnomah sent me five of these Everything Beautiful coloring books because one of the illustrations is a quote from one of my books. Well, Tuesday morning I knew I was going to have lots of girls in my office, so I picked up the books on my way out the door and thought maybe a few of the girls might want to color. Y'all. They all wanted to color, and they loved these illustrations because they look like printables a teenager would want in her room. For the rest of the week, kids would stop by my office just to color or ask where I got the books. SO, if you need a gift or stocking stuffer for a teenage girl, look no further. Get this book, a fresh set of markers, and DONE. Happy happy! Link in profile.

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Here’s the link if you’d like to check it out. It’s a winner.

4) Bruno Mars released a new album last week, and y’all? THIS SONG?

It is quite possibly the most fun musical moment of 2016.

5) A month or so ago I mentioned on Instagram that I’d bought the world’s most comfortable booties at Nordstrom Rack. Several people have emailed me asking for the link. Well, here they are.


I am such a fan of this cognac color that I went back to the store and bought them in black. They’re the kind of comfortable where I can wear them all day long and still love them just as much at the end of the day. The heel height is great, too, because you get a good little boost, but it’s still low enough that you feel stable and can walk really fast if fast-walking is called for.

All righty. I’m gonna go re-watch some Cowboys highlights and then read a little before I go to bed. Right now I’m reading Where’d You Go, Bernadette, and it is cute and quirky. I think the writing style and structure are really fun. And for some reason I love books where a house is almost a supporting character (that’s a big thing in Southern fiction, so maybe that’s why I’m drawn to it), and that’s definitely the case in this book.

Hope y’all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


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  1. i’m here! I’m reading! ;-)
    I saw the Dak thing go viral and my first thought was “That Momma done did her job gooood!” immediately followed by “I wonder if Boo Mama has seen this yet. She’ll be so tickled/proud.”
    I’m not sure I’ve ever fully heard/understand what your job is. You work at a high school and have a high amount of counseling-type conversations/spend your time doing something like this. Are you a school counselor at an all girl high school?

  2. My first thought when I saw that clip of Dak was, “I’m gonna show that to the kids tomorrow: we haven’t had a mama-sermon on the importance of being respectful/ respectable in a month or so!” My second thought was, “I’ll bet BooMama was tickled to see that!” Which is funny, because tons of my friends (including my two BFFs) are State/ Dak fans.

  3. Knew you’d be proud of “your” Dak! Of course, now that he’s in Dallas, he’s “our” Dak, too! ;-) Happy Sunday!

  4. Well, it looks like at least three of us are still here. I am so glad you felt like writing a post tonight. It’s like hearing from a friend (who has no clue who I am)! I had my own praise Jesus moment regarding the alarm Saturday morning. I woke up, and it was already light out, and I panicked thinking I had overslept (I’m a mom of four and teach a pre-K class of 14 four and give year olds). When I realized it was Saturday, and that I have a whole week off, it made me so happy! Enjoy your time off, and happy Thanksgiving. I know it will be a tough one for you.

  5. Downloaded Bruno’s album Friday at work and Perm is the only other fast song, so of course it is a favorite. There is one song that takes me back to Bel Biv Devoe though.

  6. Sophie, no blog post of your is ever boring!

    Another great new Christmas album to check out is The Spirit of the Season by Voctave. It’s a must for anyone who loves great acappella singing.

    Have a great week off with your family!

  7. I love all of your music and book recommendations! Please keep them coming! I, too, am a Bulldog grad and could not be prouder of Dak if he were my own flesh and blood child! You know what I mean, I’m sure! After all, we don’t have fans, we have FAMILY! :)

  8. Dak has manners. What a nice thing to see!! :-) One of my Book Clubs just read Home is Where My People Are and we discussed the book on Monday evening. Everyone loved it!! Of course, I had already read the book when it first came out, and read it over and over. You are a wonderful writer!!
    Thinking of you and your family this Thanksgiving and Christmas. Love and hugs! :-)

  9. Yolanda McLean says:

    I’m here too! Great update! Especially mindful of your family this holiday season. Prayers for you and yours.

  10. I’m always so glad to see you post, it really brightens my day. So thanks! My 17 year old son ran into the living room to show my husband that the clip of Dak had gone viral, they were both so impressed. Enjoy your vacation week of thanks & food & football & family!

  11. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, Boo!

  12. Laura Wentz says:

    I’m here too! Thanks for posting so many “feel good” things. Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your time off.

  13. Bernadette went somewhere I will never want to go. Just so you know.

  14. Christina D says:

    I so respect your passing along some book recommendations-those on faith are definitely needed right now. And Lord knows we could all use a comfy bootie with all the shopping, cooking and holiday-ing happening for the coming weeks. Have a lovely break Sophie:)))

  15. I’m here! Sometimes I just need a post about real life and not one that starts with “You’ll Never Believe The 5 Secret Things . . .” That’s why we’re still showing up :-)

  16. Sophie, love your blog and your heart. Always makes me smile. Wondering if you know of any good devotional books for 13 year old boys. Searching for one for my son and thought I would try to ask you since you have a boy that age yourself!! By the way, I am an Ole Miss fan from Jackson, MS but I am loving Dak and the Cowboys this year myself. A bright spot in an awful year for Mississippi college football teams! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  17. Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for the recommendation of Leslie Odom’s Simply Christmas. It is perfect!!

  18. Yay, a blog post! We enjoy them whenever you manage. Have a wonderful week, Happy Thankgiving.

  19. It’s always a pleasure to read your blog posts! Love them! Thank you for taking the time to write them! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  20. I love that you use the term “home training”. The first principal I taught for used this term without abandon. He mentioned it frequently on the intercom during morning announcements and to the parents himself when he had a hot mic at assemblies. Of course, he was also my principal when I was a child, so he’d earned the right.

  21. Hi, Sophie – I’ve been busy with the Thanksgiving holiday, but now that the house is quiet, thought I’d check and see if you’d written anything. Thanks for this! Christmas music appeared at my house yesterday, and I have to say, Kenny Chesney singing, “All I Want For Christmas Is a Real Good Tan” makes me feel like dancing … on a beach!
    I’ll have to settle for dancing in the kitchen, while looking out the window at my NY snow. Praying your Thanksgiving was a blessing.

  22. rachael b says:

    just now getting around to reading today. Had my first plane ride Sunday and listened to the podcast on the way (and on the way home) because I might have fallen asleep. And I want you to know it had nothing to do with you or Melanie or content it was probably the mild tranquilizer I took… ANYHOO…. Can’t wait to hear the Christmas music you’ve mentioned. I’ve also read, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” and can say I enjoyed it! I’ve missed you and glad to ‘see’ you this week!

  23. Jeannette says:

    I’m still here with you. And my third or fourth cousin Matthew H. is a freshman at Mississippi state. And I feel like I’m an alumni because of you.

  24. Jeannette says:

    I have lent your latest book to my Preschool minister. She is in love with the way that you write. I told her that the book was about mentoring and she wants to develop a mentoring program for young families.

  25. Brian Dwyre says:

    Interested to hear those Christmas music, I bet it’s perfect. Thanks for sharing this.

    Christmas is getting nearer. Maybe you could also share KidiokeKidioke, a sing-along music playing story books for kids, as a great gift idea this Christmas!

  26. Hey! Just wanted to say I love listening to you and Big Mama when I drive. I’m a new author (bless my heart—go ahead and please say it) and I’ve been driving all over kingdom come signing books and whatnot, and if I didn’t have you ladies to listen to I would have lost my ever-loving mind by now. The Big Boo Cast and Christmas music = my salvation in the car. Not kidding. But YES, Dak. Oh, Dak. Also, I met you a couple of years ago when you came to speak at the Arkansas Women Blogger Conference. Yay!!! #fangirl