Sparkly Green Earrings


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Sparkly Green Earrings: catching the light at every turn.






Sparkly Green Earrings:
catching the light at every turn
by Melanie Shankle






I checked out of life for about 6 hours last week to read this fun book.

Last summer I read a review for Sparkly Green Earrings and thought it sounded like a fun read but I already had my list of books for summer reading so I just jotted down the title onto my long list of books to read sometime. When I was looking through that particular list a couple of weeks ago I was reminded of this book so I went to the library and and checked it out.

It was perfect timing for me because I’ve been reading some “heavier” books lately and so this light, easy read was quite welcomed into my life.

Melanie Shankle, author of The Big Mama blog, (which I’ve never heard of until now but feel like we would be good friends if we were next door neighbors) is a very funny, lighthearted, insightful writer that shares her experiences of pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood in this book.  She has a great gift of taking the ordinary daily events and weaving them with the lessons learned about what’s really important in life and how God uses each of us and our circumstances to mold us and our children to become what He’s created us to be.  She also captures what I think every mother feels about being a mother ~  that it’s overwhelming at times, that we often doubt ourselves and focus on our weaknesses when we make mistakes, that we may take ourselves too seriously, and that we sometimes do things because “that’s what everyone else is doing.”  But she also captures how fulfilling it is to be a mother, that a mother loves her children more than she ever knew she could love someone ~ that it’s the “first true glimpse of how God loves us,” and a mother realizes the importance of loving and leading, protecting, preparing and letting go.  And that God is always there ~ for us and and our children.

This book has some of laugh-out-loud stories and a few that made me teary and a whole lot of tender moments that made me want to re-live the younger years of my children because I don’t think I cherished them as much as I should have.

I’m really glad I read this book and I’m already looking forward to reading The Antelope in the Living Room: The Real Story of Two People Sharing One Life.


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