Sparkly Green Earrings

on February 8, 2013 in Dreams Coming True, I heart books. with 44 comments by

I have this memory from sometime in the late 2000s.

Melanie, Sophie, and I were riding in a car in Charlotte, NC looking for a place to have some queso dip and Melanie was talking about wanting to write a book. [This is also the same trip where Sophie introduced me to boo-berry biscuits from Bojangles and my word those things are amazing.] Melanie talked about the title of her book and the idea and it was really really good.

She and I had dreams that day that honestly, neither of us were sure would ever become reality. I remember we both felt almost sick with hope. Sophie, on the other hand, swore she’d never write a book and wished us both the best of luck in our endeavors.

So last week, when my copy of Sparkly Green Earrings arrived in the mail, I just teared up. Not only had Mel survived the publishing process, I don’t think she’d mind me telling you that she also survived a few low days on the path to publishing that led to many question marks. [If you ever plan to write a book, prepare yourself for lows. They are real.] But she persevered and God opened doors and I am so glad.

Over the last few days, I’ve read this book and it is some of the most heartwarming, honest, and beautifully sculpted prose about motherhood I’ve read in a long time. It is funny and sad and real and encouraging and all these descriptors that you would want in a weekend read that you just can’t put down but you don’t have to because it is Saturday.

Know what I mean?

Check out the video trailer… it explains the book better than I. Also, you get to hear Mel’s sweet voice and that just about makes me get on a plane to visit her immediately.

SparklyGreenEarings4 from Big Mama on Vimeo.

RIGHT? So sweet, huh?

So may I politely suggest that you grab up your own copy today or…..


Melanie and her publisher Tyndale were all, “AnnieBlogs? Yeah, we’ll let AnnieBlogs give a copy away. She has good people. People who like to read.”

[That’s you.]

All you have to do is leave a comment telling me why you want to read this book! Easy cheesy! [Aww, cheese. I miss you.] I will use the most random of number generators to pick a winner on Sunday night, BEFORE Downton Abbey. Obviously. Because I have to focus. You understand.

On a side note, to Melanie- I could not be more proud of you, friend. What you have written in this book is life-giving and the world is a better and brighter place because this book exists in homes, on bookshelves, and flying out of Amazon’s warehouses.

[Oh, and Sophie? Never writing a book? Yeah right. 🙂 ]

So comment away, you guys! And go get Sparkly Green Earrings for yourself and a few friends.


  1. Pam
    posted on Feb 08, 2013 at 9:09 AM  |  reply

    I’ve followed BooMama and Big Mama through the podcasts and such. Can’t wait to read BOTH their books. 🙂

  2. Amanda
    posted on Feb 08, 2013 at 9:12 AM  |  reply

    I can’t wait to read “Sparkly Green Earings”! I’ve been reading the Big Mama blog for almost two years and have been pumped about the book since Melanie’s first mention of it. 🙂

  3. posted on Feb 08, 2013 at 9:17 AM  |  reply

    Would love to win a copy! Thanks!

  4. posted on Feb 08, 2013 at 9:23 AM  |  reply

    I’ve been keeping up with Melanie (and Sophie) for years now and I’m super excited to check this out. Thanks for the chance, Annie!

  5. Jenny
    posted on Feb 08, 2013 at 9:48 AM  |  reply

    Because with a title like that and a writer like you know it’s gonna be good. I’d love to win!!

  6. Beth
    posted on Feb 08, 2013 at 10:20 AM  |  reply

    Can’t wait to read this book!

  7. posted on Feb 08, 2013 at 10:24 AM  |  reply

    I’ve been reading her blog for so long and always laugh at loud — can’t wait to laugh at loud all during her book!

  8. posted on Feb 08, 2013 at 11:17 AM  |  reply

    You and me at Sparkly Green Earrings, I really am looking forward to reading this!

  9. Mollyanne
    posted on Feb 08, 2013 at 11:20 AM  |  reply

    I think the main reason I want to read this book is because I’m pregnant and highly emotional and a glutton for punishment. Because I’m pretty sure I will cry a lot, judging by the fact that the video alone made me cry.

  10. posted on Feb 08, 2013 at 11:47 AM  |  reply

    I’ve read Big Mama’s blog off and on the last couple of years and still remember the intake of breath when I read her post announcing this book. It reminded me book dreams can come true, even the unexpected ones.

  11. Alexandra
    posted on Feb 08, 2013 at 11:51 AM  |  reply

    I would love, love, love to win this book! I love the way bigmama writes, her sense of humor and love for Caroline.

  12. Christine
    posted on Feb 08, 2013 at 11:53 AM  |  reply

    I love her blog, and I can’t wait to read the book!

  13. posted on Feb 08, 2013 at 12:11 PM  |  reply

    Ok…so I have to admit this. I am a blog stalker. I don’t have a blog. I wish I did. I teach 4th grade and I am a mom. Overwhelmed- a lot! But I love your blog, and BigMama and BooMama. and my one and only daughter’s name guessed it..Caroline! for reals. So, I am going TODAY to buy this book after school. If I win it, I will take it with me to the beach in two weeks when I go with 3 of my besties- who will fight over it. Yeah!

    • posted on Feb 10, 2013 at 10:03 PM  |  reply

      Congrats, Allyson! You won the book! Email me your address and we’ll have it sent to you ASAP!

  14. Nancy Grace
    posted on Feb 08, 2013 at 12:17 PM  |  reply

    I loved the Sparkly Green Earrings Trailer, I can’t wait to read the book.. we’ve actually been discussing it on the newest community for the faithful –

  15. posted on Feb 08, 2013 at 12:21 PM  |  reply

    Melanie and Sophie are the ones who introduced me to you – and that was before I lived in Nashville!! And can I say I love you for writing so honestly about the season you’ve living in right now? You are beautiful, Annie.

  16. Cara
    posted on Feb 08, 2013 at 12:55 PM  |  reply

    I’ve been reading all three of your blogs for quite some time. I really enjoy the encouragement that I get from you ladies. Thank you for all that you do!

  17. Leslie Ruth
    posted on Feb 08, 2013 at 2:06 PM  |  reply

    When I watched the video trailer, I teared up because I remember finding Melanie’s blog when Caroline was that little! I’ve been looking forward to hearing more of her story ever since she started talking about the very possibility of this book. Can’t wait to read it!

  18. Mary B
    posted on Feb 08, 2013 at 3:07 PM  |  reply

    Seems like I’ve been reading her blog forever. Love her and can’t wait to read her book. She is a gem!

  19. Kristen
    posted on Feb 08, 2013 at 4:25 PM  |  reply

    I am looking forward to reading this book, however I obtain it, because I like you! And I trust you and your friends. And I love the boo and big mama blogs. What fun!

  20. Anna
    posted on Feb 08, 2013 at 6:02 PM  |  reply

    Would super duper love to win this book! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy-and winning would be a fun surprise.

  21. LeAnn
    posted on Feb 08, 2013 at 6:10 PM  |  reply

    I read her blog everyday and really want to read the book.

  22. Lauren M
    posted on Feb 08, 2013 at 6:32 PM  |  reply

    Truthfully, I LOVE the title and cover. (I’m that superficial). But seriously…I love hearing about people’s journey on this crazy road called life. It reminds me of how personal and creative He is.

  23. Christie
    posted on Feb 08, 2013 at 8:12 PM  |  reply

    Loved the preview video and I am now a mama to two little girls. Looks like a fun read!

  24. Miranda
    posted on Feb 08, 2013 at 9:09 PM  |  reply

    I would love to read it myself because it sounds so fun, but I would also love to pass it along to my sister-in-law who is still adjusting to life with 2 kids!

  25. posted on Feb 08, 2013 at 9:32 PM  |  reply

    I’ve heard so much buzz over this book that I’d love a copy to dig into!

  26. posted on Feb 08, 2013 at 10:25 PM  |  reply

    Would love giving the book to my niece who is pregnant with her 3rd child. (After I read it, of course.)

  27. Rei
    posted on Feb 09, 2013 at 12:37 AM  |  reply

    I’m 18 and I just LOVE children. I can’t wait to be a mom!
    But I would definitely give this book to my mom… she’s the best 🙂

  28. Kimberly
    posted on Feb 09, 2013 at 12:41 AM  |  reply

    I tear up just by hearing the preview, and also always get a laugh reading Melanie’s blog so I know it must be SO GOOD, if I dont win I might have to go and get me a copy!

  29. ~VA~
    posted on Feb 09, 2013 at 6:14 AM  |  reply

    I might have watched that video twice…in a row…because it is so cute…I bet the book is great too 🙂

  30. Jenny
    posted on Feb 09, 2013 at 7:31 AM  |  reply

    I’d like to read it cause I love bigmama!

  31. posted on Feb 09, 2013 at 4:15 PM  |  reply

    I finished the book this morning, and omigoodness!!!! I sobbed. I laughed. I laughed til I cried. It. Is. Amazing!!!

    (So, yeah, do not include me in the giveaway since I have read it. And highlighted all through my copy!)

  32. posted on Feb 09, 2013 at 10:52 PM  |  reply

    In 2011 I became a mom. Honestly Melanie said it best in the video–it is the hardest and most wonderful thing I’ve ever done. I would love a copy of her book. 🙂

  33. posted on Feb 09, 2013 at 11:36 PM  |  reply

    I think I found your blog through Melanie’s blog somehow, so how fitting would it be to win her book on a giveaway on your blog?! Her blog cracks me up, and if great people like you are raving about the book, then obviously I need to read it! If I don’t win, I am definitely buying it anyway!

  34. Courtney Sloane
    posted on Feb 10, 2013 at 12:08 AM  |  reply

    I stumbled upon Melanie’s blog several years ago, and I have checked practically every weekday since. It was through her blog that I found your and Sophie’s blogs, and for that I’m ever so happy.
    I’d love to win this book, but let’s be honest, I’ll buy it or request it for my March birthday (if I hold out that long).

  35. Trish
    posted on Feb 10, 2013 at 9:53 AM  |  reply

    I have loved reading BigMama, Mel’s blog, for years. I would love to have her book. Hope you pick me.

  36. Kay
    posted on Feb 10, 2013 at 10:31 AM  |  reply

    I recently stumbled on Melanie’s blog and I just love her writing voice! I would really enjoy reading her book 🙂

  37. posted on Feb 10, 2013 at 11:07 AM  |  reply

    I have 3 reasons that I would love to win this book!
    #1-Because I love reading and haven’t read an entire book in a while (#gradschoolproblems)
    #2-Because I trust your recommendations.
    #3-Because I love sparkly things!


  38. Angelica
    posted on Feb 10, 2013 at 4:20 PM  |  reply

    I don’t know why I’d want to win a copy, however I know you recommend good books! So hey, why not? 😛

  39. Stephanie
    posted on Feb 10, 2013 at 6:53 PM  |  reply

    Why do I wanna win it? Because I’m pretty sure if you say it is good, then I will love it. And in all honestly, I love reading stuff from real-life, down-to-earth people – which is just what Melanie sounds like. (I need to start following her blog, me thinks).

  40. Russanna Cook
    posted on Feb 10, 2013 at 7:06 PM  |  reply

    Your description totally sold me on wanting to read this! Can’t wait to check it out!

  41. posted on Feb 11, 2013 at 1:06 AM  |  reply

    I hope to win this book, because I think I need to read a book like this. My husband and I are hoping to try for a baby this year, and I’m honestly fearful and wondering what it will be like. The book looks incredible by the looks of the trailer, and I think will be a wondermous read – thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  42. posted on Feb 11, 2013 at 2:04 PM  |  reply

    I want to read this book because I too have a far-off dream of writing a book (though it feels like it will never, ever happen), and reading the words of others really does help me become a better writer.

    Plus, the title alone makes me want to read the book!

  43. posted on Feb 11, 2013 at 10:07 PM  |  reply

    I am on a quest to read 52 books this year is one reason, but other than that, I’ve heard about this book from multiple places so that means its something I need to check out!! I would love to read this and your book as well. I have been following your blog silently for a while now and I just want to tell you how much of an inspiration you are to me. In more ways than you know. 😉

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