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Sparkly green earrings : catching the light at every turn - a memoir
Shankle, Melanie.
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Carol Stream, Ill. : Tyndale House Publishers, [2013]

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222 pages ; 21 cm
Melanie Shankle had the idealistic view that being a mom was super easy until she had her own child and realized it was very different and "so much better'.
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"There is really no better indicator you're a mother than acquiring the ability to catch throw-up in a plastic bag, disinfect your hands, and immediately ask your friend to pass the beef jerky as you put on another Taylor Swift song and act as if nothing has happened."This is the type of insight Melanie Shankle offers in this quirky memoir of motherhood.Written in the familiar, stream-of-consciousness style of her blog, Big Mama, Sparkly Green Earrings is a heartwarming and hilarious look at motherhood from someone who is still trying to figure it all out. Filled with personal stories--from the decision to become a mother to the heartbreak of miscarriage and ultimately, to the joy of raising a baby and living to tell about it-- Sparkly Green Earrings will make you feel like you're sitting across the table from your best friend. A must-read for anyone who's ever had a child or even thought about it.

Author Notes

Melanie Shankle began writing a blog called TheBigMamaBlog in July 2005. In addition to her blog, Shankle writes a quarterly column for the popular online magazine Praise and Coffee, is a regular contributor to the Pioneer Woman's blog, and serves as co-administrator and writer for LifeWay Women's AllAccess blog. She has written two nonfiction books that have appeared on the New York Times bestseller lists, Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn and The Antelope in the Living Room: The Real Story of Two People Sharing One Life. Her latest work is entitled, Nobbody's Cuter than You: A Memoir of the Beauty of Friendship.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Book of Dreamsp. xi
Chapter 1 Death, Taxes, & Motherhoodp. 1
Chapter 2 Eight Pregnancy Tests Later...p. 7
Chapter 3 The Worst Summer Everp. 13
Chapter 4 In the Ghettop. 19
Chapter 5 Shamu & the Chicken Spaghettip. 27
Chapter 6 I Wanted My Epidural in the First Trimesterp. 35
Chapter 7 Straight from Heavenp. 43
Chapter 8 That Time I Didn't Sleep for Four Yearsp. 51
Chapter 9 War Buddiesp. 59
Chapter 10 Back to Work, Back to Realityp. 65
Chapter 11 Potty Training: Bringing People to Their Knees Since Foreverp. 73
Chapter 12 We Don't Throw Sandp. 81
Chapter 13 Letting It All Hang Outp. 87
Chapter 14 I Can No Longer Bring Home the Baconp. 97
Chapter 15 Putting the Crazy on Displayp. 107
Chapter 16 Lifestyles of the Sick & Feverishp. 113
Chapter 17 Nitpickingp. 121
Chapter 18 Ready for the Worldp. 127
Chapter 19 The Big, Bad World of Elementary Schoolp. 137
Chapter 20 It's a Party & I'll Cry If I Want Top. 143
Chapter 21 One Isn't Always the Loneliest Numberp. 151
Chapter 22 Brothers from Another Motherp. 159
Chapter 23 Like a Band of Idiots We Go down the Highwayp. 165
Chapter 24 The Dream of the Wheaties Boxp. 179
Chapter 25 Adorable Cookie Salesperson in Polyesterp. 189
Chapter 26 Caroline, the Witch, & the Wardrobep. 197
Chapter 27 Little Steps of Letting Gop. 207
Acknowledgmentsp. 217
About the Authorp. 221

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