I Confess…

Happy Monday morning, friends!

Though the calendar may say March 18th, my lawn in the burbs of Chicago is blanketed with white.


Gotta say I’m ovvvveeeer winter.

Spring, come on!!!

Yesterday morning I got up early and actually went for a run. Outside. It was glorious, exhilarating, and slightly cold, but it gave me full-on spring fever.

I thought a few Monday confessions might be good for cheering up my soooooo-ready-for-spring heart. Feel free to add some of your own in the comments. :)

I’m sitting here in a running jacket and the thickest scarf I could find in the closet. (Snow makes me cold. Even if I’m not outside in it.) Oh, and guess where I bought the scarf? Indonesia. Not kidding. Not sure I ever actually wore it there, but I do love it here! :) (And I realize this is not a great pic…another confession: This is the real of Monday. Really thankful for makeup today.) :)


Lately I’ve been missing Bali.Β  I always have a little ache in my chest when I think of Indonesia, and that’s nothing new. But Bali…it must be the lack of spring around here. And the fact that I’m doing a last read-through of my rough draft before giving it to my first readers. How I miss the ocean and surfing and wiggling my toes in the sand of Kuta beach. (Here’s a pic to make you want the beach, too. Anyone wanna go on a little vacation?! ;))


I let Maelie wear my new (Goodwill) heels this morning. She put them on over her footie pajamas and tromped around our bedroom. And though a small piece of me thought those three inches might be a little dangerous, when she put on my headband, my heart just melted, and I sat back to enjoy the moment. Then I took a picture before I made her take them off. (Sorry, the lighting in our bedroom is not fabulous for an iPhone. And please forgive the pile of clothes…I’ll clean them up later today. ;))


We may, or may not, be slightly addicted to Tangled in our house. And not only is it a great movie, the music is so fun. For the last few weeks, I have been trying to get the first song down…besides having a ton of words, the note jumps are tricky. But I’ve got it and am, unashamedly, admitting that I walk around the house singing it all day long. (Do any other musicians out there think this is a hard song to sing?)

And…here it is! Rough draft. Printed off last night. 123 pages and 36, 223 words of heart and soul on paper. I’m (most likely tearfully) handing it over to three friends this week. I’m not sure if that part is the confession…more the intense mix of elation and nerves that are currently taking over my stomach. Nothing like a little fear of rejection to make a person sweat. πŸ˜‰ But mostly, I’m thrilled to be at this point. FRIENDS, I WROTE A BOOK!!!


And since my heart is pounding like crazy just from telling you that, I’ll just wish you, again, a happy Monday!

Blessings. :)



  1. You wrote a book!! How awesome! And I like the new look of things over here. It’s time for me to change things too, I’m just not sure where to start, ahhh!
    Happy Monday!

    • Thanks, Alecia! Yeah, I was getting bored with my blog layout and liked this one, but it’s going to take awhile to figure out what I want it to look like! (I agree…overwhelming!) That’s why I’m thankful for all of you and your advice! Happy Monday to you, too! :)

  2. Whoo-hoo! A draft of a book is a fabulous way to start the week!

  3. Hi friend, I went completely off the radar last week. I had a huge work project due by 1:00 pm Wednesday and it ate up all my time and energy. Then, I was so tired that I took Friday off and didn’t even do the internet things. So, funny that I found out later that we FMF topic was rest. Anyway, I am so PROUD of you for finishing your book. What an accomplishment! I can’t wait to see it published. Also, I look the picture of you in your scarf. Spring has sprung here, and I am wearing shorts as I write this. Don;t be too jealous – by the end of May, it will 90 degrees and 90% humidity and you will be enjoying regular warm weather. I wish your editing process well and look forward to exchanging comments again this week. Good Bless You and Your Book!

    • No worries! Sometimes we all need a little break…I’ve just missed seeing you on here! Thank you for your sweet words, too! I have to admit I AM jealous of you and your shorts today…a little. πŸ˜‰ Have a great day, friend…will hop over to your space soon! :)

  4. Yay, book!

    I’m so with you on the weather. It’s flurry-ing now, do you believe it? Can’t wait until the warmness gets here

    • I think this is our payback for last March. I know…I had these grand plans to go running this morning, took one look at the snow, and went back to bed. πŸ˜‰

  5. So excited for you!! Can’t wait to see where God takes this…and yes I am ready for spring too!! :)

  6. Kayse Pratt says:

    We are SO addicted to Tangled. It plays at least 3times a day here, which I am embarrassed to admit. And I can’t sing the first song either!! Working on it.

    CONGRATS on your book! I’m going to email you about it. Hugs to you!!!

    • Kayse, your comment just made my day, and so did your BIG news…I’m cheering for you and praising God with you! (And letting a few happy tears drip, too!) Thanks for the blessing you are! :)

  7. Yay for the rough draft printed and friends reading it!!! O what a journey Mel!! Hope you know I’ve been keeping up with you and praying for you all along!
    Oh and ya I’m praying for spring, too–but nuts…not sure those prayers are getting thru the thick clouds overhead!! Love ya lady!!
    Give Maelie a squeeze from me! Hug yourself for me, too!!

    • I’ll definitely pass on the hug…and thank you for your prayers and sweet words! I’ll keep you updated on the book. (Of course…like I could ever keep it quiet!) πŸ˜‰

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