sparkly green earrings

hey mom, you don’t need to wake me up in the mornings anymore.

why would i stop doing that?

well because so&so at church mentioned that if we wanted to be more responsible and independent we shouldn’t have our parents wake us up…we could set our own alarms and get ourselves up.

well why on earth would you rob me of the joy of one of my favorite things all day long don’t we find other ways you can become independent. like let’s go hang out in the laundry room or throw down some time in the kitchen?

(insert here. i am not finding this one bit funny as i glance over at dan who’s sorta smirking)

she walks off smiling. and i’m all like what the heck. what’s up with mr twenty something single man telling my child to cease our quality time together rise up responsibly, all for the greater good of independence?

to which my man replies…babe, she’s in middle school.

what? what, i ask, does that have to do with anything.  respect my tender maternal nature dude.

well, how many middle schoolers moms still climb in bed with them each morning & snuggle?

well i bet they all wish their mamas climbed in bed and still snuggled with them and i’m not talking about other kids, i’m talking about our baby? why aren’t we on the same team here? ( he’s still smirking)

( wrong time of the month to start talking about such miserable things as Independence. i mean i’m not all ” i need to be needed” kinda mom but come.on. i’ve got one living the dream at college, one who had her first college visit this week and another one who just drove her self. all by herself- in a car!-all alone this week. this ‘let’s cut our morning snuggle’ is just beyond me today)


such are the joys of raising our babies and always realizing everything we do is ultimately teaching them independence. from weaning off the breast or bottle to packing up for college. and my friends, it’s all in a blink.

one of my precious friends is having a big exciting week. sparkly green earrings releases this week!!

i had the honor of reading it a few weeks ago and ya’ll are in for a real treat! sparkly green earrings will make you slap your knees and do that laugh where no sound comes out and your husband thinks you’re nuts and then 5 minutes later you’ll be tearing up and all red faced and weepy. no matter what stage of parenting you’re in…whether you’re expecting your first bundle of joy or whether you’re expecting your first grandbaby, you’ll high five melanie and say , “i know sister, i know!” a dozen times. your tender maternal heart will connect with melanie over & over again.

melanie has offered one of you a chance to receive a signed copy of sparkly green earrings…no crazy jumping through flaming hoops, just leave me a comment & i’ll let ya’ll know early next week.

i’m so excited for you my friend!! and i can’t wait to high five you in person this summer! i’ll be wearing my sparkly green earrings for sure!

ps-  little bit asked me to wake her up this morning and snuggle -she was on her own yesterday. (it’ll be one of the sweetest parts of my day)… baby steps people. baby steps.

February 7, 2013 - 7:59 am

Cindy - Would really LOVE to read her book! Crying and laughing watching the video.

February 7, 2013 - 8:06 am

Amy Avery - Love your heart, Paige! I would and do have the same reaction, albeit from the younger child perspective, of the growing up and independent stages my girls go through. My youngest just told me that bows are not ‘stylish” at school. WHAAAAT? How is a bow not stylish on a kindergartener’s head. and how does she know what “stylish” is anyway? Oh well, she is my fashionista, so I suppose I must relent. I might just start sporting a bow myself and see if she thinks that is stylish ;-). I have been looking for something new to read so thank you for the reccomendation of the “Sparkly Green Earrings.” Hope you have a terrific Thursday!

February 7, 2013 - 8:14 am

Julie - I think this book is going to be so good. Thanks for the opportunity!

February 7, 2013 - 8:40 am

Susan - Looks like a delightful read! It all does go by so fast…I don’t want to miss a minute! Even with the hard times. I love my boys! This looks like a great gift for my friend whose birthday is coming up!

February 7, 2013 - 8:43 am

Brandi - I feel you, Paige!! Mine are still littles but every step away they take is so bittersweet.

February 7, 2013 - 8:43 am

Jennifer B - I love books like this! Thanks for sharing 🙂

February 7, 2013 - 8:43 am

Kelly - LOVE Melanie and hear stories about motherhood, she nails it every time:-)

(And I am totally with you on the morning thing…my middle schooler wants her space, but my 15 year old is a cuddler, and I love snuggling with her while she wakes up. Yes, she is capable of awakening herself with an alarm, but high school days are reality enough- a little gentleness in the morning works for me!)

February 7, 2013 - 8:50 am

gail kragthorpe - This book sounds so good…Hoping I win a copy!! p.s. you are such a good momma!

February 7, 2013 - 8:53 am

Deborah - Keep this tradition as long as well, as long as she let’s you. So precious. Thanks for the opportunity.

February 7, 2013 - 8:56 am

Andrea - I love your book suggestions and even if I don’t win, I’m gettin’ it!

February 7, 2013 - 8:57 am

Shannon - I’m just about to go crawl into my little ones bed to wake them up and snuggle, totally understand what you are saying!
I’d love to read this book–I’ve always loved reading Big Mama!

February 7, 2013 - 9:12 am

Jenny Beth - This book looks great. I sure hope I have plenty of days to crawl in the beds with my little ones and snuggle, snuggle them.

February 7, 2013 - 9:15 am

Jill Johnson - I. Will. Die. When Hutton doesn’t want me to wake her in the mornings. The older babies, I expect to want independence but I will try to hold on to motherhood by clutching on to the baby and never letting go. Poor Hutt.
I want to read that book!!!! Looks so sweet. And?! A signed copy would be amazing!

February 7, 2013 - 9:17 am

Alice Teets - I’d love to win! I’m going through the teen years with my two – where they want independence, and I want to stuff them in my purse and carry them around with me everywhere to keep them with me! And anything recommended by you & Ree Drummond… well, I want a piece of that!

February 7, 2013 - 9:20 am

Sally - OH – I so love waking my kids in the morning. I was with you all the way in this story! The books sounds interesting too. Can’t wait to learn more about it!

February 7, 2013 - 9:29 am

Roxanne - Yay! I love Big Mama’s blog. I would love to read her book!! Both mine still get up SO early.. before the dawn. *sigh* I know that will change 🙂
Still love your blog, check it every day 🙂 xo

February 7, 2013 - 9:37 am

sheri - Well sister, I agree. Move over in that bed. Mine is a Jr. and I still climb in bed to wake her up and sing Good Morning Mary Sunshine JUST LIKE MY MOM DID. And when my sweet boy who is NINETEEN is home, I climb in his bed and scratch his back and sing as well 🙂 I have to admit mine are a little sheltered, remember when Robert called from his first week at college and asked how to run the washing machine and if he could just put dish detergent in the dish washer – ah haaaa. I didn’t care one bit, I just explained how to do it. Not to mention the fact that when it’s cold out (and you know how cold it is here in Florida) I run out and start her car so it’s warm when she leaves for school – and then I see that she tweets “her mom is the best for warming up her car before school”. Didn’t mean to write a novel – thanks for sharing this post sweet friend. xo

February 7, 2013 - 9:39 am

Cabogirl - Just last week, my oldest daughter came home from school and insisted on showing me a video clip of the aurora borealis that she had seen that day. So I sat in the midst of my 4, 6 and 8 year old girls as this video played….and I burst into tears. They all looked at me like I was nuts and when I explained through my sobs that we live in such a big world and they can travel to see this one day and there are so many places they can go and see and live and do….they still thought I was nuts. They reminded me that I implore them to never grow up. Sobbing, I again told them that I never want them to grow up but that there is so much for them to experience when they do. They looked at me as if I were even crazier than they initially thought! This book looks sweet… might do me in!!!

February 7, 2013 - 9:50 am

liz mcneil - This is great! 🙂

February 7, 2013 - 9:50 am

Kristin L. - I have read your blog for a few years, but I think this may be the first time I have ever left a comment! (i might have written one a while back but i think in your old blog format it wouldnt submit correctly and i gave up!) I love to read and have taken many of your previous recommendations on books so I would love a chance to read this one!

February 7, 2013 - 9:52 am

Patricia - Loved the waking up the kids/snuggling stage…was it a stage? Because it didn’t really end…as they grew, they might not have needed my help getting up, but this momma’s heart still needed the cuddle time on most mornings! Now that all kids are out of house, I am missing how that excited my oldest is expecting a little girl in April! I am going to get to cuddle and love on a little one again. She lives 6 1/2 hrs away though….but are visits here and there will be week visits and you can get a lot of cuddling in in a weeks time…this book would be a wonderful gift to give my daughter when baby girl “Good” arrives ~ from one excited Nana-to-be

February 7, 2013 - 9:56 am

Heather - Don’t even dare mention it!!!! I’m at my sweetest … And they are at their sweetest during that time. I will NOT give it up. (Stomping foot) ….. Can’t even go there.

But I do want to read the book. 😉

February 7, 2013 - 9:56 am

Sherry Cress - Would love to win this book but if not still going to buy it!

February 7, 2013 - 9:58 am

Paige - Paige, I do understand that feeling. I miss thoughts days of waking up my baby. Now with her busy living the dream at college what I would do to have one more moment of those memories. I need a good book to read when I am off for Spring break.
Thank you,

February 7, 2013 - 9:58 am

Katie G - Looks like a great book. I’m just about to embark on the three under 3 kiddos club. I could use a book like this 🙂

February 7, 2013 - 10:02 am

Michelle L. - I boo hooed all through this post!!! My baby is only 4 and my husband thinks its silly i lay down with her at night until she falls asleep. Its my most favorite time of the day. She talks about her day, says her prayers, cuddles. It doesnt get any better! Melanie Shankle sounds like my kind of mama! Would love to be chosen for this signed copy! Blessings.

February 7, 2013 - 10:04 am

Hanni - Would live to win this book. I have two little ones under two at home and the while it’s exhausting it’s my greatest joy. Would love to read this book.

February 7, 2013 - 10:05 am

Julia - Oh, I feel you on the baby steps. Having two teenagers I understand. At least my baby is a big momma’s girl, so it has been a slow transition. Thank God, he knows I could not handle it otherwise. 🙂 Now where do I get those amazing green earrings to go along with the book?

February 7, 2013 - 10:07 am

Michelle - I’d love to read this book as my eldest packs her own lunch, shaves her own legs and goes to bed without warning me(!). Parenting isn’t fair.

February 7, 2013 - 10:07 am

Michelle Whitaker - I can’t wait to read this book. I cried during the video and loved reading a few pages from the Amazon website. My oldest daughter is a senior in high school. We had her senior night for cheerleading last night. The journey of parenthood is so precious and sadly passes so quickly. Have a lovely day Paige.

February 7, 2013 - 10:11 am

Tammy - I have been reading BigMama’s blog for several years. She is hysterical and I can imagine her book is completely delightful!

February 7, 2013 - 10:14 am

Lynsey Braggs - Oh this book sounds amazing! Also, I love how you still snuggle with your youngest they grow up too fast!!

February 7, 2013 - 10:15 am

Julie - I can’t wait to read Melanie’s book. Have you ever thought of writing a book, well, I think you should do it.

February 7, 2013 - 10:22 am

Susie - Our snuggling days are slowly going away. My youngest is a seventh grader. He still likes to be tucked in…thank goodness. My other two, not so much. I keep reminding my senior in high school that this coming fall, she will be away at college with no parents coming in to tell her good night. I can’t believe my first born is hold enough to be graduating this May and will be off to college this fall. Time does fly by.

I would love to read this book. Sounds amazing.

February 7, 2013 - 10:24 am

Angela Amick - Ooh, I’d *love* a copy!!!!! Big Mama is my favorite!

February 7, 2013 - 10:31 am

Amy C. - I can’t wait to read it! I hope I win 🙂

February 7, 2013 - 10:34 am

Angie H - I want to keep mine as close as I can and they are juniors in high school…. love when they still come sit in my lap 🙂

February 7, 2013 - 10:34 am

Shelisa - As my oldest turns 9 next week ( others are 7&6) I’ve been thinking about this. Loved your post and added the book to my want list. I will share it with my blog readers via FB too! Thanks-Amy Avery for sharing!

February 7, 2013 - 10:36 am

Julie - I would love this. Not a mom yet, but this could be some good prep!

February 7, 2013 - 10:37 am

Courtney Sloane - I love Bigmama’s blog, and I’d love to win a copy. However, if I don’t win, I’m still buying a copy for my Mama for her birthday.

February 7, 2013 - 10:37 am

Christy - Wow this book sounds amazing, loving the video too 🙂

February 7, 2013 - 10:39 am

carrie - oh! i NEED this book! i have my first child entering high school this fall. i’m trying to be a big girl about it, but it’s not really working so far. perhaps sparkly green earrings will help? 😉 that, and continuing to read blogs like yours that speak to the benefits and fun of watching them and helping to guide them while growing up. talk about baby steps! i take infant-like-crawl steps. <3

February 7, 2013 - 10:43 am

Michele - Would love to read the book!

February 7, 2013 - 10:45 am

Tracy - I can’t wait to read this book! 🙂

February 7, 2013 - 10:45 am

Gloria - I have a middle schooler also and she is resistant to snuggling too. But every now and then she surprises me and asks for a long hug. It makes me smile. love your blog!

February 7, 2013 - 10:52 am

Sara - Can’t wait to read this book….and those cute, green ear candies aren’t too bad either!!

February 7, 2013 - 10:52 am

Tiffany - I cannot wait to read this book!! And, girl, you love and kiss and snuggle with that BABY just as long as she’ll allow…I have two boys that I smooch on every single chance I get. At home, they love it. In public, they act embarrassed. But, I know better…they eat it up!

February 7, 2013 - 10:55 am

Kristen L. - I have so been looking forward to reading this book! What a wonderful giveaway — thank you!

February 7, 2013 - 11:08 am

Michelle - The books sounds wonderful. Thanks for the giveaway.

February 7, 2013 - 11:09 am

Holly - I’m expecting my first and this book sounds amazing!

February 7, 2013 - 11:11 am

Jennifer Buford - I heard for the first time the other day…from her adorable little 3 year old room – that she didn’t like me and I wasn’t her family anymore. Thankfully I still got a bedtime snuggle and read 2 books! This mothering thing is EMOTIONAL!

February 7, 2013 - 11:15 am

marcie - Sounds like an amazing book. 🙂
I still remember the day my one and only came home from elementary school and told me she didn’t want me to “dress her cute any more.” Good bye hairbows and adorable outfits we spent time picking out together.

February 7, 2013 - 11:16 am

Kellie - Would love this!

February 7, 2013 - 11:18 am

Yesenia - Paige. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. I have a 12 and 15 year old and I am going crazy. Love you blog.

February 7, 2013 - 11:18 am

Colleen - I can’t wait to read this book. I have a very independent middle schooler (girl), a driving boy in H.S. and a college boy, too. I is hard being a mama some days – especially when they are going too fast!!

February 7, 2013 - 11:28 am

Brantlee - Thanks for this opportunity! I would love to win a copy.

February 7, 2013 - 11:33 am

Sarah - I’m on “round two” – my two daughters and sons(in law) – I have to insert that I claim them as sons, period (!) have each brought two grandchildren on the scene – first three were boys and then came the girl! Talk about a ride! They are so precious, so hilarious, so unique…and it’s so true: You can have a ball with them and then they go home! You are exhausted to the core and it feels wonderful. God knew exactly what He was doing! You are given children to raise at the time in your life when you do so with every ounce of energy that you have. They grow and they become independent. You find your nest empty but that’s not a bad thing. They still bring you joy…it’s just that the nest isn’t always brimming with activity like it once was. It’s more quiet. Just when your body starts taking on the vibes from the nest…you are more quiet, your energy level doesn’t always crave activity…but of course you still have that capacity to “mother”…here they come…and it’s GRAND!

February 7, 2013 - 11:33 am

Tracey - Paige, I have three girls. My oldest is a college sophomore just likes yours, and my youngest is a 6th grader…just like yours. 🙂 I long ago decided not to feel a bit of guilt about waking my girls up in the morning. I consider it a privilege to have the time for waking my girls with a head rub and an (off key) song. They have their entire adults lives to be a slave to a cold, annoying alarm clock, but as long as they’re under my roof, their momma is going to wake them. Now as far as laundry and independence? I am right there with you on that one!!

February 7, 2013 - 11:34 am

tammy - i would love an opportunity to win such a highly recommended book. lastly, boo (who is the same age as little bit and has known her her whole life) comes and snuggles in my bed just about every morning (once she is ready for school and has some time left). This morning it was a good 10-15 minutes. LOVE THAT TIME!!

February 7, 2013 - 11:44 am

E.S. Ivy - Would love to win the book. Thanks for the give-away chance!

February 7, 2013 - 11:59 am

Susan - I am more than thrilled over Melanie’s book! I cannot wait to read it…it would be awesome to win one!!! I still wake up my little one each morning….and he’s not so little but will always be my baby boy! Thanks for sharing your heart. xoxo

February 7, 2013 - 12:02 pm

Marina - Sounds like a great book! I’d love to read it!

February 7, 2013 - 12:15 pm

Kandi - would love to read this!

February 7, 2013 - 12:19 pm

Kelli - Well, I have to admit, I was happy when my boys started waking themselves up in their teen years–now I’m feeling guilty about this! Ha! I guess I felt it was important to “learn” this and for it to become a habit. I didn’t read all of the comments but I think I’m completely standing alone on this….mom guilt is creeping in;). Truly, I’m kidding for the most part (about “guilt”) as I couldn’t be more proud of the young men they have become! Love your blog Paige and reading about raising girls! 🙂

Onto the book–I would love to read this–sounds like it’s just the kind of book I love!

February 7, 2013 - 12:30 pm

Kelley - Thanks for the opportunity! I would love to win!

February 7, 2013 - 12:31 pm

Stacie - I am so not going to be ready when my baby heads off to college in a year My part in helping her get ready for school is starting her car up in the morning to defrost the ice on the windshield and warm up the inside. I would love to read this book!

February 7, 2013 - 12:35 pm

Karen - I’m with you, my youngest of 4 is a freshman girl and I cherish those morning moments!

February 7, 2013 - 12:37 pm

Diane - Oh my goodness, I would love to read and win this wonderful book. This just might be what I need this month, a little happy, a little teary kind of book! Thanks for giving us this chance to win this beautiful book. xoxo

February 7, 2013 - 12:46 pm

Mary Anne - Oh I would adore reading this book! I just had my first two babies in August and being a mother is an incredibly joyous, sometimes frustrating and tiring, lovely job all in one! Can’t wait to eventually read this!

February 7, 2013 - 1:08 pm

Beth - I would love this!

THANK YOU SO MUCH for making it an easy entry contest!!!!!!!!!

PS My hubby travels M-Th and my precious 9 y/o daughter is afraid to sleep alone. She and our Yorkie, Lulu end up with me almost every night. She is such a snuggler in the mornings, too. It will be sad for me when she gets up on her own and stops sticking her feet up in the air for me to help her put on her socks.

February 7, 2013 - 1:15 pm

Claire - This book sounds wonderful, just what us Mamas need

February 7, 2013 - 1:35 pm

Paulette Silkey - I REALLY REALLY want to win this book. Been waiting for it to be released!!

February 7, 2013 - 1:59 pm

Brooke jones - Would love to read her book!! Thanks for sharing.

February 7, 2013 - 1:59 pm

lacey poag - each blog post is wonderful! this book is on my slim wish list…ready and eager to take it in!

February 7, 2013 - 2:01 pm

Kerri - I totally agree with you Paige! Waking up our “babies” is one of the greatest joys as a mom! And no baby is too old for that! I haven’t posted in a few days~we are expecting a HUGE storm here is Massachusetts so I have been a little preoccupied! But I still love you just as much! Oh, I was also wondering if those green earrings are from noonday?

February 7, 2013 - 2:11 pm

Lisa - Right there with you Paige! My 17 year old drove to school (40min away) on his own today. Okay the hubby was in the passenger seat (lol). But it is one step closer to the “letting go and trusting” phase. Yes, I still get in bed and snuggle with my freshman and middle schooler (both boys). The freshman rolls his eyes and gives me a look like I better get away! (I know he enjoys secretly) and the middle schooler just smiles and grabs my arm when I get up to leave. Love them. Of course my girl would love me to move into her room and live there with her. And I will take each and every moment of that as it comes, because I know they grow up way too fast. As always, like I always say, I enjoy your blog and look forward to reading it everyday. Have a wonderful day!

February 7, 2013 - 2:12 pm

Ioana - haha, cute kid. i would take snuggles over independence any day, too

February 7, 2013 - 2:16 pm

Kitty - The book looks wonderful! …and to you, growing pains (for Mom) are the worst. I have felt your pain.

February 7, 2013 - 2:35 pm

Maria - This sounds wonderful. Thanks for the opportunity to win this.
P.S. Love your blog!

February 7, 2013 - 2:37 pm

heather - CANNOT WAIT TO GET MY HANDS ON THAT BOOK! already crying at the video!!
and oh sweet caroline— stop trying to grow up! 🙂

February 7, 2013 - 2:46 pm

peach :-) - I LOVE BIG MAMA and would love this book!!

February 7, 2013 - 2:52 pm

Michelle - I wanted to tell you that I am very much enjoying the fact that you learned to add video and are now so doing regularly!!

February 7, 2013 - 2:58 pm

Norma - I would love, love, love a signed copy!!!!

February 7, 2013 - 3:10 pm

Sue S - I love Melanie’s writing on her blog. I would love to win. Thank you for the chance!

February 7, 2013 - 3:13 pm

Corrine - Oh Paige! I have eight children, my oldest being 14 and I’m already starting to have mini panic attacks at the thought of them leaving. I sooo enjoy reading your own memoir here, at your blog. God blesses me through you! Thanks for the fun contest 🙂

February 7, 2013 - 3:25 pm

Susan Lanthrip - I would love to read it!

February 7, 2013 - 4:38 pm

Andrea - Looks like a great book, will definitely read it! Thank you!

February 7, 2013 - 4:39 pm

Shannon - This book sounds so good, I would love to win a copy!

February 7, 2013 - 4:40 pm

Kim @ Plumberry Pie - Yes, first thing in the morning snuggles are the best. They are so peaceful, warm and snuggly right then. A little slice of heaven.;)

February 7, 2013 - 4:46 pm

Caroline Milliken - Would love to read this book- I need something to make me laugh and cry right about now!

February 7, 2013 - 4:51 pm

Yolanda McLean - I love Big Mama and I have already pre-ordered my copy of this book, but I’d love to gift it to another Mom.

February 7, 2013 - 4:54 pm

Juliette Mariano-Carlson - Oh my goodness, I can’t wait to read this book. It is soo touching and I can totally relate to Melanie’s feelings and words. I have 3 boys, ages 22, 20, and 5 and they are also my light and joy. I am sooo blessed to be their mother. I remember having to “cut the cord” with my older boys when they were in high school. And I am going through the process again with my littlest one, remembering that independence is the goal of the game so that one day he can spread his wings and fly from the nest with the skills necessary in life. I am also blessed to have come across your blog, Paige. I love it and look forward to reading each post. You are soo real in the world of la la land blogs. It’s refreshing. Thanks for being YOU!

February 7, 2013 - 5:06 pm

Tery - I would love to read this book. The video left me wanting more!
Thank you for the chance.
Teaching independence is one important strength but boy it can hurt.

February 7, 2013 - 5:16 pm

Alecia - Helloooo….20 something single guy can’t take that away from you…how dare him…it’s your baby…do NOT make her grow up too fast…LOL!
This book looks absolutely wonderful.

February 7, 2013 - 5:24 pm

Marilyn Patterson - I would love to win!

February 7, 2013 - 5:35 pm

Poodle - I can relate exactly….I would wake up my daughter with a sometime quick cuddle, sometimes not so quick…even through her senior year of high school. She’d sometimes complain – loudly or with small groans…I figured she just didn’t want to wake up. When I turned 60, she made a book for me of “60 reasons I love you, Mom”. One of those reasons is because I woke her up by the cuddles, even when she wasn’t always so “polite”. Now with 3 kiddos of her own, she knows why I did it…and plans on doing the same with hers.

February 7, 2013 - 5:36 pm

Vickie - I would love to read this book!!! I have to remind myself(repeatedly)that when I see my (not so)little ones growing up right before my very eyes, the wise words of Dr. Seuss.. “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”

Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!!

February 7, 2013 - 5:37 pm

rachael - Melanie’s blog, as well as your own, is one of the ones I try to check daily. I’d love a chance to win her book!

February 7, 2013 - 5:38 pm

Cathy Y. - I would love to win! Thanks for the opportunity.

February 7, 2013 - 5:47 pm

Larissa - Would love to read this book! I have a 15 year old girl and a 7 year old boy. I really appreciate my time now more with my 7 year old because I know there won’t be many more years where he still wants me to do things like come eat lunch with him!

February 7, 2013 - 5:52 pm

Kimberly - I love your blog and can so identify with this today! I have a son that is a junior in high school and an 8th grade daughter. We too are doing college visits, driving mission trips..but I still love going and waking them up in the morning. I hope I win the book but will buy it if I don’t ! Thanks!

February 7, 2013 - 6:06 pm

robinanne - Oh my gosh it’s hard to let them grow up…I imagine especially the last one. I only had one. One chance. One first time and one last time for everything. I hope I did something right! The book looks fun and those earrings are beautiful.

February 7, 2013 - 6:15 pm

Joy G - Sounds like a really neat book to read!

February 7, 2013 - 6:17 pm

Ann - Oh my goodness, I don’t know what I would do if my Monkey decided she didn’t need me anymore. We still sit next to each other on the couch and she always grabs my hand when I get teary.

February 7, 2013 - 6:56 pm

Becky J - This ol’ gal could use some laughs…would love to win…thanks so much and Blessings!!

February 7, 2013 - 7:02 pm

Staci Amy - I’m with ya sister….one of my fave part of the day 🙂 Opening those curtains jusssst a little to let some sun in….that is NOT up for discussion!!!!!! heeeheee 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity of this awesome giveaway too!!!!!

February 7, 2013 - 7:02 pm

Katelyn Hensley - Ooohhh…I would love this book!

February 7, 2013 - 7:36 pm

Laura Reeves - Sounds like a great book…always looking for a new read 🙂

February 7, 2013 - 7:47 pm

Lisa S. - I love Melanie’s Blog and just know her book must be wonderful.

I still kiss all over my 12 yo daughter when I wake her up each morning! It’s such a sweet way to start the day and so far she still wants me to wake her up!

February 7, 2013 - 8:13 pm

chrissi - Thanks Paige, it looks like a fun read. The cover art is perfect! Who would not want to pop that book into a few gift bags this year?

February 7, 2013 - 8:21 pm

Ricki d. - I totally understand…snuggles with my 7 yr old in the morning are the best! Thank you for the opportunity for the book. Blessings!

February 7, 2013 - 9:03 pm

Karen H. - I can’t wait to read this book. I already pre-ordered one but I would love to give a copy to my mom!

February 7, 2013 - 9:05 pm

Sarah Baker - Would LOVE to win her book! I can’t wait to read it 🙂

February 7, 2013 - 9:27 pm

Michele - I’d love to read this book Paige!

February 7, 2013 - 9:33 pm

Kim S - This looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance.

February 7, 2013 - 9:34 pm

Reagan - Would love to win a copy of the book!

February 7, 2013 - 9:54 pm

Jill Talbert - Hope I win the book!

February 7, 2013 - 9:55 pm

Becki W. - I cannot wait to read this book!!!!! Thanks for the giveaway!! 🙂

February 7, 2013 - 10:17 pm

Liz Mullenax - I would love the chance to win the book! Also, I just LOVE your blog. It is my “go to” after a long day at work. Thank you for sharing!

Blessings to you and yours.

February 7, 2013 - 10:38 pm

Pam - So happy you (both) got your snuggle back! Oh how we love our girls! Enjoy you and your blog so much. Thankyou!

February 7, 2013 - 10:56 pm

Keisha - I would love the opportunity to read this book! I love your blog, Paige!

February 7, 2013 - 11:05 pm

Jackie - This sounds so pertinent to my life right now. And I need a side-splitting laugh. 🙂
Thanks for the opportunity.

February 7, 2013 - 11:29 pm

Carrie - Would love to read the book! Keep hearing how great it is!!! LOVE your blog!!!

February 8, 2013 - 12:12 am

Alyssa - Love her, would love to win her book! Being a momma is precious for sure. i love how in the video she says as a mother we spend a lot of time trying to slow it down, motherhood!

February 8, 2013 - 12:28 am

LLH Designs - I had to laugh so that I wouldn’t feel too guilty when I ready your sentiments about not waking your girls up in the morning. You see, I’m not a morning person…at ALL. Waking up isn’t my gift…much less waking someone else up. My girls do it on their own. And make their own breakfast. There, I said it. (Wink!) I won’t be claiming any best mom ever awards from others, but my girls think I’m the best mom ever, and that’s all that counts. I won’t tell them most moms wake their kids up and make their breakfast! I need a good laugh these days, so maybe I need that book? xoxo!

February 8, 2013 - 1:00 am

kelly - love your blog paige. i have to say that mornings are not our favorite around here….i have a 7 year old that has decided 1st grade just isn’t for her…ha! so we ALL dread morning time. but i’ve never been a morning person so i guess she comes by it naturally. and i’m so excited about big mama’s book….i have those knee-slapping laughs just reading her blog every day so i can only imagine how funny the book will be!

February 8, 2013 - 1:35 am

Mary - I would love to win this book! It sounds like it will melt my heart!


February 8, 2013 - 2:44 am

Michele - I can’t wait to read it 🙂

February 8, 2013 - 9:33 am

Jen - Her blog often makes me laugh out loud; I expect the book will, too!

February 8, 2013 - 10:01 am

Kim K. - Love your blog…you and your girls have a great sense of fashion!! I would love to win the book – thanks!!

February 8, 2013 - 10:52 am

Janet Lawson - Very touching post..Funny too..I can remember those days and wanting to hold onto just a piece of it..My girls are now 34 and 30 and married..I have an adorable grandson now that I have the pleasure of seeing all the time..Time flies so fast..But I say OVERRIDE the alarm clock and hold onto every minute ya can..I also would like to be entered into your giveaway..Have a wonderful weekend..

February 8, 2013 - 11:06 am

Polly - Just looking for something new to read and you have a giveaway! Thanks so much, have a great week-end!

February 8, 2013 - 11:47 am

Andrea - My girls are 7 and 10 and still sleep together :). Sarah and Avari have been waking up to their own alarm for 3 years now. It is something they wanted to start doing. But when they come downstairs they both end up in my chair with me. Well not Sarah for the last 3 or 4 months or so because this really isn’t a 3 bum chair. Picture a cork coming out of a bottle because it is that snug 🙂 so I still get my cuddles in the morning.

February 8, 2013 - 12:14 pm

Chelsea - Thanks so much for the opportunity! I would love to read this book- Big Mama cracks me up but also manages to be encouraging at the same time.

February 8, 2013 - 12:58 pm

Terry - Her book sounds wonderful. And you are so right…in a blink of an eye our kids are gone. My baby will be having her own baby this spring! Sigh…

February 8, 2013 - 1:25 pm

Shatcher - Would love to read the book!

February 8, 2013 - 3:40 pm

Suzanne - My 8th grader {boy}
sets his alarm, but
my senior {girl} likes
me to wake her up.
And while I don’t
crawl under the covers,
I usually sit and stroke
her hair or lean down
to inhale her signature
fragrance and whisper
something like today’s
“Happy Friday!”

I will so, so miss that
ritual next year.

Can hardly stand it,
actually : (

Love to you and yours,
xo Suzanne

February 8, 2013 - 5:12 pm

julie - i have heard so many wonderful things about this book! i would love a chance to read it, thanks Paige, and i LOVE your blog, p.s.

February 8, 2013 - 5:44 pm

Tiffini - first off…love the cover!!
adorable..and i love memoir’s
can’t wait to read…so heart happy for her
she must be over the moon

February 8, 2013 - 6:08 pm

heidi hatcher - looks like a sweet mama-hood book that would be fun to read!! thanks!

February 8, 2013 - 6:19 pm

Tina - Hi Paige! Just became an avid reader of your blog about 3weeks ago! I love it! You have great style! I would love to read this book! I am a mom of teenage boys, and I love a good belly laugh! Love the blog, and instagram too! God bless you!

February 8, 2013 - 8:58 pm

Andrea - I wished, for a hot second, that my middle school babies would hear their alarm when it goes off each morning…..and then I decided…..nay…… I love a good book… fingers are crossed!

February 8, 2013 - 9:45 pm

Theresa L. H. - I have been hearing good things about this book! Great giveaway!

February 9, 2013 - 12:15 am

Susan R. - I have heard a lot about this book in the last two days. I’m intrigued.
By the way…I’d tell so and so at church to mind his own deadgum business. One of the biggest joys I have is waking the kiddos up in the morning and starting their days off with a cuddle and kiss from mama. Tell him to take his suggestion back to the military.
I’m glad Miss C reverted back to what she knows is important.

February 9, 2013 - 8:48 am

Teresa - Crying….already…

February 9, 2013 - 11:16 am

jaime - Can’t wait to read it. I love Big Mama!

February 9, 2013 - 3:58 pm

Ashlee - Would love to read that book!

February 9, 2013 - 4:49 pm

Jennifer - I would love to win this book! It looks like a great read! Thanks for the chance.

February 9, 2013 - 7:37 pm

Michele - I just added this book to my wishlist for whenever my husband places another order on Amazon.

February 9, 2013 - 8:46 pm

Connie - I can’t wait to read this book

February 9, 2013 - 10:45 pm

Peggy - Oh Paige, honey, do I ever understand your pain!!! Having 3 boys… I think they are born semi-independent! However young one decided that he didn’t need me getting up or packing his lunch any longer. That was the beginning of this school year, 8th grade… how could this be?! What? no more sweet morning chats? Then the middle one pipped in with the fact that dad normally gives them a ride to school so I can just sleep in…. but i wanna get up with them. yes the year is over 1/2 way over and i only get to get up with them about twice a month. they don’t miss the morning chats… at all. however they do enjoy when we get up early and head to Hardee’s for cinnamon raisin biscuits… yep i’ll take what i can get for now! eldest leaves in a couple of months for south africa to do volunteer work at an orphanage then off to college, middle will be a senior and young one will be a freshman… yep all young men who will be heading out into the world far too soon for this momma! Thinking of you and your girls! 🙂

February 10, 2013 - 2:24 am

andrea mcatee - I would love a chance to win this book. Love your blog! It is definitely a favorite of mine. 🙂

February 10, 2013 - 1:27 pm

Tammie - Paige, Thanks so much for this post, I like/dislike to hear other Mom’s stories about their feelings of (losing) their babies(to us)/teens. My last baby has been gone for 4 years now and I still have weepy days and can not believe that my 3 have a life of their own now. There are always nice things to experience with them after they have grown but “Oh those steps of having them grow are SO hard to handle. I feel your pain;(

February 10, 2013 - 3:36 pm

Mandy M. - I’d love to win!! Dying to read this book!!!

February 10, 2013 - 6:56 pm

kelly - stories–bits of us, the moments of our lives–written down to be shared as remembered treasures! who doesn’t love a good story?! looking forward to reading this one….thank you for sharing! enjoy the day!

February 12, 2013 - 1:22 pm

Courtney C - Can’t wait to read this book!!!

February 18, 2013 - 5:54 pm

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