Just Blogging Today

I haven’t just written in soooooo long.

Or, just shared pictures.

So, hi. Let’s do that today.

I remember when I first started this blog a few years ago, I’d sit down with a cup of coffee and just write to you all…tell you about life, tell you about where I am, tell you about the flavor of creamer in my coffee cup. (Pumpkin spice today, since I know you care. ;))

That stopped…and there are reasons why, and maybe I’ll share those another day.

But there are things I can tell you today, so why not? πŸ˜‰

So it’s Thanksgiving, and we are headed up north. (Such a Minnesota term.) πŸ˜‰ This time, though, to Green Bay to see some of his family. That will be fun…but, confession? And not really a new one…I hate to be cold. It’s gotten worse since moving back from Indonesia, but thankfully the weather report is sunny and not too frigid.

Some of you may have seen this picture on facebook…Maelie got her own tree for her bedroom, and she’s beyond ecstatic about the fact that it’s hers and all things sparkle. This is one of my favorite pictures of the two of us ever…and it’s a memory I will always hold close. She looks happy in the picture…but I wish you could have seen the excitement and heard the squeals as she raced around the room, almost unable to contain her joy in between hanging pink ornaments. Yes, pink. πŸ˜‰


I kind of want to live like that every day…well, minus the pink ornaments. :)

And I still haven’t fully processed Allume. In fact, I might be the last person who attended to actually write about it. Sometimes you just can’t force the words, ya know? I’m working on one post that’s not quite there yet…it’s heavy but even so much more amazing that I’m still trying to wrap my brain around all that God did…and is still doing.

I also want to tell you about the book. And how I left Allume with hope instead of hurt and, for the first time, the actual desire to let God do with it what He wants, instead of me pushing it like crazy. I’m taking a break until January, and then the plan is to look (and pray!) for an agent. And actually pursue publishing it. Squeeeeee! :)

And I want to share pictures and tell stories of women who have made such an impact.Β I’m not kidding when I tell you that hugging them (in)RL was a highlight of my year. Lisa-Jo, Ann, Holley, Kristin, Delonna, Christine, Gindi, Mandy, Julie, Crystal, Laura, Kim, Elise…and so many more. So many sister-stories to tell,Β and I want to tell them.Β How they’ve changed my life and my community, every single one of them.

MelandLisa-JoMe with Lisa-Jo…hugging her was like hugging an old friend. So thankful for her and her heart for community!

HolleyandMelAnd, Holley…my sweet friend and mentor. She is truly as beautiful, kind, and wonderful (in)RL as she is through the words on her blog and in her books. The whole weekend felt like being home with her and my wonderful GSDT sisters.

PhotoboothLove ’em! Oh, girls, how I miss you…and making silly faces in the photo booth with you!

More stories to come. :)

And because I’m usually so random and it’s just me to throw something like this in here, you need to know about these. Oh. My. Goodness. Where have they been all my life??? (Or, more accurately, where have I been?)

51o-PDE3IbL._SX190_CR0,0,190,246_I. Kid. You. Not. They make arm warmers…aka: elbow gloves. Oh, the happy in this house. You can buy them here because, come on. You know you want them.

And at the risk of disappointing you all, I’m trying to drink less coffee. It’s 7:30 a.m. and I’m on my first cup. (Oh, the horrors.) Really trying to limit it to two cups a day…I’m starting to think maybe all that caffeine isn’t such a great idea, for more than one reason. So far I’ve managed to survive the coffee-downsize with only a two nasty headaches in the last few weeks. Here’s to embracing moderation and drinking more water. :)

And I could probably go on and on about coffee, but I need to stop thinking about it. That’s probably not helping much, either. πŸ˜‰

Thanks for joining me, friends…and for enduring my random. Wishing you all a blessed Thanksgiving! (((hugs)))



  1. I don’t have a coffee mug in my grasp, it’s OJ…but regardless, I raise my juice glass in a toast for the optimism and glee you spread. And in thanksgiving that you had a carefree free-write moment!

  2. Love the updates and hope to hear more from you soon!! Praying you have a wonderful trip “up nort” πŸ˜‰ and stay warm!! :) Happy Thanksgiving friend!!

  3. I love this, Mel! Your words reflect your joy! Have a beautiful Thanksgiving, and safe travels! :)

  4. I haven’t blogged yet about Allume either! I’m a very slow processor–especially when life is swirling at a swift pace!

    Happy Thanksgiving! Hopefully your elbow gloves will help you stay warmer.

    (My family is in Green Bay and will be celebrating together! I’ll be making my annual call to fill up with family while we celebrate in SC.)

    Deb Weaver

    • Oh, that makes me feel so much better! You get a virtual hug for that one. πŸ˜‰ How cool that your family is in Green Bay, too…it’s actually a pretty great place. We like visiting, just not so much in the winter! Happy Thanksgiving, friend…many blessings!

  5. I LOOOVVVEEEE that picture of you and sweet Maelie. If we could just all face everyday with the excited of little ones at Christmas, we’d be much better off. I also enjoyed the pictures from Allume. I thought all the Allume pics and post would make me sad that I wasn’t able to attend but instead they have made me excited to see what God is doing in the lives of those around me. Praying for you and yours to have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.

    • Oh, friend…you are such a blessing. I’m praying we’ll get to hug soon, whether at Allume or somewhere else. Love to you…and a blessed Thanksgiving to you and your family! :)

  6. That picture of you and Mae is so sweet. Is she going to let you put the tree away in a month, or is she going to have a pink Christmas tree up all year? πŸ˜‰

    • Haha…you’ll have to keep an eye on her bedroom window to find out the answer to that one. (I’m sure the meltdown will be heard for blocks when we finally take it down, though!) πŸ˜‰

  7. This was such a sweet post from the time decorating your daughter’s tree with pink ornaments πŸ˜‰ to being apart of ALLUME and the exciting news of possible publishing! That is too exciting!
    I’m so proud of you! Happy Late Thanksgiving and praying everything goes well with your coming book. I’ll definitely be a reader! :)

  8. Love those gloves! My Christmas shopping just got a much needed shot in the arm! I was starting to get discouraged but feel much better now. 5 pairs purchased!

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