Welcome, fellow members of The Big Mama Fan Club! Thanks for stopping by! That Melanie sure is something, isn’t she? (oh–if you’re actually here to see me and didn’t just hop over from Big Mama’s, click on over to her site for a minute, then mosey back this way!)
In case you’re wondering, Big Mama and I go way back. To last June where we just about nearly almost met in real life. I (nervously) traipsed on down to Charlotte, NC for a She Speaks Conference (not as scary as I thought it’d be), and a couple of the sessions were on All Things Blogging. Big Mama, BooMama and Shannon Rocks were our fearless speakers, and they did a super job. I got to hug Sophie and chat with her for 31 seconds (give or take 2), but I only admired Melanie and Shannon from afar (and said “hi, nice to meet you” from my seat during a slap-your-knee funny Q & A). But we e-mail, like, all the time now so, see? We’re tight. Mel and I even have the same pink hairdryer.
There are a million-and-one things to love about Big Mama. If you’re one of her faithful readers, you already know all this, but if somehow, you’ve been under a rock (or stranded in xanga-land!–teehee) for the past couple years, allow me to share. Big Mama is brilliant and funny. She’s gut-honest and humble. She loves Jesus, her hubby, her darling daughter, and her friends and family. She writes about things I can totally relate to. Well, except for Fashion Friday (I’m so fashion-illiterate), but somehow, she’s even got me hooked there. Well, and I don’t always get her Deep South references (Tex-Mex, chicken-fried elk, the Aggies, some kind of grocery store about Butts), but I’m learning.
I do understand little girls who are tomboyish princesses. I do understand Target. I do understand Easy Bake Ovens. I do understand “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey. I do understand being amazed by God’s blessings. I do understand wanting my life to matter for eternity. I do understand the daily ups and downs of life and finding hilarity in the mundane.
She’s an amazing woman. And a fabulous writer. She puts words together in a way that most of us can only dream of. She can take the simplest, most ordinary thing and turn it into an entire side-splitting post. She makes me laugh. Out loud. With snorts. And sometimes cry. And then laugh some more.
Thank you, Melanie, for brightening my life–way up here in Ohio! Can’t wait to meet you and Girly-Girl at the Zoo (my first time in Texas!) in the spring!
p.s. If you left a comment at Big Mama’s and want an extra shot to win the book of your choice, leave a comment, and you’re in! (just tell me which book strikes your fancy–they’re listed on the sidebar on the right) And you have my personal guarantee that your odds of winning will be better here than over at Big’s. 🙂 Have an awesome day, friends!