Hi. How Are You? Does The Blog Still Work?

Well. Hello there.

I realize that it’s been some several months since I wrote a blog post, so the odds that more than four people will see this post are pretty small. Nonetheless, I’ve been down for the count with the sinus plague for the last few days, and I’ve pondered more than once that 1) I have a blog 2) I can still use it and 3) Maybe this is a fine time to play a little bloggy catch-up.

So here I am.

I’m actually headed to Atlanta in just a little bit for a speaking thing (I realize that there are better ways to say that than “speaking thing,” but somehow “event” or “engagement” seems fancier than I have a mind to be, so “thing” it is), and since Hazel is currently super content to stay *THISCLOSE* to me while I’m doing a few things on the computer, I’m going to do my best to write a whole post before it’s time to get ready. Since I’m a little out of practice with the organizational structure of a blog post and all the necessary transitions, I’m going to stick to a list format because I think that’ll be easier for all of us.

I trust my over-explaining has removed any morsel of joy from the reading process. You’re welcome.

1. I never intended to take a break from the blog. Well, except that after Mama died I did sort of want a break so that I could think and process and grieve and all of those things. But then, after those few months, I was smack-dab in the middle of writing the devotional book, so that got most (all) of my writing energy. And when I finished the devotional book, I flat-out craved some time to just be with my people and soak up ordinary life and try to take care of myself a little better. So that’s what I’ve been doing for the better part of a year. I would not trade a second of it. Don’t get me wrong: I love writing. But it took me a full calendar year to start to miss it. Isn’t that weird?

2. It took a while, but over the last couple of months, I really have missed writing; I’ve missed being in my head and thinking about a story and figuring out a way to tell it. So I have just started to TIPPY-TOE into writing a new book. It’s been fun to start to plan and figure out how to write paragraphs again. At the rate I’m going the book will be finished in approximately 2024, so clearly I’m going to have to pick up the pace this summer.

3. Alex turned 15 (FIFTEEN!) last month, and I have so many feelings about the fact that this is the last year for me to drive him around and drop him off and pick him up because this time next year, HE WILL BE DRIVING AN ACTUAL CAR ALL ALONE. How does this happen? How is this person currently in possession of a driver’s permit?

I know that Melanie and I have talked ad nauseam on the podcast about how much we love this current stage of parenting, but sweet mercy it’s the truth. It’s hard in ways that surprise me sometimes – mainly because of the issues / decisions in play – but my goodness it’s delightful.

4. Our Spring Break was about a month ago, and at the last minute we decided to piggyback on a trip to Washington, DC that our friends Stephanie and Joey were planning for their family. We couldn’t leave at the same time, but that Sunday night we met at our hotel in Arlington, and on Monday morning we HIT IT in terms of seeing the DC sights. We had the best time. We laughed until we hurt.

I did in fact get “the food poisoning,” as Martha would say, on our second night there, but that’s another story for another time. And the important thing is that I was able to push through and did not in fact miss our tour of the Holocaust Memorial Museum the next morning. Which reminds me: if you have not visited the Holocaust Memorial Museum, GO. It is heartbreaking and breathtaking and will stay with you long after you leave.

5. The day after we got home from DC, my friend Daphne drove to Birmingham so that we could go to Columbus, Ohio to see Mississippi State play in the Women’s Final Four. It is one of my favorite things I have ever done. After State won their semi-final game against Louisville, Sister flew in from Nashville, and y’all, we had ourselves a blast. I loved getting to see Columbus and OSU, but the most fun part of all was being with our fellow Bulldogs. It felt like Columbus was the midwestern Bulldog outpost for a few days.

The end of the championship game? KILLER. I still get a little twinge in my heart when I think about it. But oh my goodness. What a blast to follow State’s team all the way to the Final Four. I wouldn’t change a thing (except the last three seconds of that game). :-)

Okay. I need get ready to hit the road for Atlanta. But I hope y’all are doing great! Don’t forget that I’m on Twitter and Instagram (I. LOVE. ME. SOME. INSTAGRAM.) if there’s another bloggy break that I don’t anticipate. Social media can be a good back-up plan.

Happy rest-of-the-weekend, y’all!

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  1. Tammy Elrod says:

    Glad you’re back! Keep it coming. =)

  2. Rachael says:

    Yay! Glad yo “hear” from ya!!

  3. L Furcron says:

    Excited that you are back

  4. Kathy Spann says:

    Such a cute picture of Alex in his Daddy’s shoes.

  5. I enjoyed your post as usual! I check in very often to see if you have written. So excited about you writing another book! Looking forward to it.

  6. Neena McKee says:

    So happy you are back

  7. Glad you are back! I’ve missed you, even tho instagram is fun, it isn’t the same!

  8. Dawn W. says:

    Glad you’re nack!

  9. Woo Hoo! You have been sorely missed!

  10. Welcome back! Enjoyed episode 102 today, thanks!

  11. Yay – so glad you are back, love reading your posts! And the recent podcasts have been awesome.

  12. Cheri Ellwood says:

    Just finished Home is where your people are and A little Salty to cut the sweet. Loved both of them. Praying you feel better soon so you can finish your new boo and I can read it. God bless!

  13. Yay!

  14. Yay!

  15. Kimberly Reed says:

    It was so great to have you last night! So glad you’re back at it :) feel better soon!

  16. Missed hearing from you! So glad to see the blog this morning!

  17. Jennifer S. says:

    Good to hear from you! I missed your voice. Have only been to the children’s Holocost Museum, but it affected me so much that I had to walk out. I could barely hold myself together.

  18. Christy says:

    Glad to see you back here!

  19. Debbie C says:

    Great to hear from you again!!! Have missed you, but the highlight of the fall, for me, was your “appearance” at GBC’s women’s event in Germantown, TN!

  20. Welcome back. I have been checking occasionally. I don’t subscribe to blogs🙂.
    I have not been to the Halocast museum and want to go. Love our nations capital.

  21. Thrilled to see you back!! Yay!!

  22. I have missed your blog posts so much. I am thankful you are back blogging. God bless you!

  23. I check every day! So happy to see you back!

  24. I’m glad you’re back! Don’t go away for so long again! :)

  25. Sherri Len Amundson says:

    Yay! You’re back!! See, more than four people saw this post!

  26. Always love to see your blog pop up in my reader!

  27. JennyJoT says:

    Woo-double-HOO! So glad you’re back. Blessings from Idaho!

  28. Kelly Davis says:

    SO glad to hear from you:-) I love your blog, and since I am really trying to limit social media… I don’t keep up on instagram or anything else. You are a delight, as always!

  29. I am so glad you’re back!! I also keep thinking I will get back to my blog…but then the thought of moving it out of Blogger to somewhere else (maybe WordPress?) makes me scared! Anywho…it was great to read your words again. I ‘m cheering you on from Charlotte and cannot wait until your next book is finished!

  30. YAY!! You’re back! I’ve missed you.

  31. Jeannette says:

    So glad you are back. I have missed you. I have prayed for you during this time of grief and teenage boy parenting. Being a parent of teenagers is not for wimps.

  32. Sophie, you are such a good writer. Thank you!

  33. Sally says:

    FINALLY! I’ve waited so long for a new blog post. So first of all, thank you. Second, please do not tippy-toe into writing your new book…DIVE ON IN! We are anxiously awaiting!!! And 2024 is unacceptable. ;-))