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7 Year Blogging Anniversary {And a Huge Announcement!}

by | Jul 23, 2014 | blogging, Decorating Inspiration, My Books, My Life | 239 comments

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A few weeks ago, this blog turned seven and I began my eighth year as a blogger. I’m sitting here in awe of how much has happened since that first day I plopped myself down at my computer and said hello to the unknown faces of the internet. Who could have imagined? Not me!

While much has changed on the internet and with the increasing social media avenues, much here on the blog has stayed the same. It’s still me as the author and creator of this space, sharing my home, my ideas, thoughts and heart.

While I remain faithful to my one blogger personal format, I’ve been blessed to also be able to share with you the journeys of my sweet daughters Kylee and Courtney (and their friend Michaela!) who are just launching their own lives at home. I love that we can see the world through their eye for beauty and be reminded through the newness of their experiences to embrace the simple blessings of home.

It’s a family blog, a family business. I’m beyond grateful to be able to share this adventure with my girls as well as my husband who helps me behind the scenes with painting and hanging light fixtures and all the ways he supports what I do. My fourteen-year-old son is slowly but surely becoming my strong blog assistant, helping with lifting and carrying furniture around for me even when he thought it was fine where it was.

Last year on my sixth anniversary I mentioned that I was writing a real live book. I don’t believe I have uttered a word about it since, so I’m sure it has been long forgotten. At the time, I was in the process of finishing a proposal. I’ll be honest, it was hard for me. Very hard.

But through the gentle encouragement of my literary agents (Ruth Samsel and Bill Jensen) who pursued me and convinced me I could and in fact should write a book, and friends like the amazing author Ann Voskamp who assured me she would buy my book (one reader, yay!) and my long time blogging cheerleader Holly Mathis, I took the plunge and last spring I agreed to at least write a proposal for a book I would want to read.

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Blog writing became so rewarding over the years that sharing here day after day was enough for me, I didn’t have that inner drive that many authors do, that I must have a published book. I was content to just continue doing what I was doing! Last summer, book writing felt very much like it would be a scary turn of events, one that would launch me into a vulnerable new world. But I kept on working on the proposal, not convinced it would ever be a book.

I procrastinated, was distracted, and held back that proposal as long as I could. Finally I told myself to just give it to my agent, Ruth, and move on. In January of this year, my proposal was sent out by Ruth to probably a dozen publishers. I was fully prepared (and actually maybe even secretly hoping for) the thanks, but no thanks messages, ha! But no. That’s not what happened. Within two days, we had positive emails and offers coming in. By the next week I was invited to phone meetings with a half dozen publishers. It was terrifying. Not only was my book idea well-received and wanted, now I had options of who would publish it. All of the publishers were so encouraging and their confidence and excitement about the proposal was pretty amazing. I would have been thrilled to sign with any of them, they were all great.

Yet one publisher went beyond the wonderful phone encouragement and actually invited my husband and me to visit them in person. I was so nervous as we sat in their beautiful conference room many months ago, but they immediately put me at ease. Surrounded by maybe ten of their staff at a big round table, each one shared a bit of their vision and excitement about the possibilities.

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They communicated a vision for my future and books that was beyond anything I had ever even imagined. Their designers created a powerpoint presentation that brought their vision to life and my husband and I were seriously blown away. It was surreal. I couldn’t have made something like that up!

Seven years of blogging (basically just me, by myself!) flashed before my eyes. How did a blog turn into this vision other people could see in a way I hadn’t even dreamed of? I was surrounded by a team of people who believed in what I had created (and it wasn’t my own family!) They believed in me. They believed the words I had written and the encouragement I had poured out all these years on the blog should be shared with a wider audience and with my readers in printed form.

Not only did they inspire me with what could be, but I could fully imagine them being a part of my team. I believed they could bring my blog to life where it could be held in real hands, set on real bookshelves and read from real pages.

They said my proposal for the book I had in mind was great, except they wanted eight. Eight books. Not eight copies. Eight TITLES. SAY WHAT? I nearly fainted dead away. Being asked to do EIGHT books when I barely had the courage for ONE? Y’all. That’s crazy. I know it even shocked my agents, I mean this apparently isn’t the norm (but of course, I’m grateful for everything Ruth did to represent me so well!). The publisher (Harvest House Publishers in Eugene, Oregon) had such an exciting vision and beautiful ideas for the future that I took the leap and said yes. I knew it was the right fit.

They shared their vision of preserving my brand and creating something more than I ever imagined. I started to see what I’ve created as something bigger than a blog. Not in a sell your soul kind of way, it’s still just me and my heart for what I do is not changing. This is still my heart, it is just beating a little bit bigger outside my chest. I’m still terrified, maybe even more so now, but so grateful that others with such great vision have come alongside to nudge me along and take risks this big!

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Mostly I’m grateful for you, the readers who have been here encouraging me all along. I cannot tell you how many messages I’ve received from people over the years, and increasingly lately, encouraging me to write a book. Your gentle nudgings and confidence in me means the world.

I wasn’t sure how to announce that I was writing eight books over the next two years. It’s not something you just casually blurt out, I guess, ha! I just wasn’t sure how to say it. But finally I just decided it was better to just say it and have you along for the journey than to try and do this quietly on my own. Without you, this journey wouldn’t be the same.

I will admit I was worried that somehow my blog would suffer because of all the focus that is required for creating books and I just didn’t want that to happen. After several months of juggling how my new life as a book writer and my main life as a blogger will work together, I think I’ve found my rhythm. It’s been busy but wonderful. I am still fully engaged with all that I’m doing and grateful for all the opportunities to share my heart and passion for the home. Thank you for how you’ve always supported my new endeavors!

It’s a learning process (and I of course fear failure and falling flat on my face), but it’s worth the risk to try.

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My original book proposal over a year ago was for a book called Love The Home You Have. And that very book will finally be published in April of next year! It is a book that outlines my philosophy of the home and offers lots of encouragement and inspiration to find contentment and love for the home you have. I’m very excited about it!

It will be followed by three more books published in 2015, which I will share about in more detail soon! Phew. There. I said it. I’m going to have eight books. #faints

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    Wow! Congratulations on EIGHT books!

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    Melissa, that is awesome! Congratulations!

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    Hi there, I’ve only just discovered your blog (obviously I’m about 7 years late jumping on that bandwagon) but I’ve been really enjoying reading it. Congratulations on the book(S!!)

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    Amazing! So deserved, enjoy your new adventure as author of books….many blessings to you!

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      Thank you so much, it is definitely a new adventure — I already feel blessed as it is beginning!

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    …how wonderful!…yours was the very first blog i ever read…and the very first one i commented upon…about a pair of little shoes…of course you can fly!…for you know Who holds you aloft…blessings laney

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    FANTASTIC!! What a dream come true for you – what a blessing for us, your readers! It’s good all around! Let the Lord be praised!

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    Melissa this is the best news! Love Harvest House – they are the kindest people and will champion your books! I have loved working with them. So excited for you. Praying God’s blessing and words to flow as your write!

    I’m excited to read every single one!

    Stacey

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    I just recently found your blog after seeing it in BHG. I am a 30-year-old wife and mom of two and my hobby is working on making my home better little by little to become the perfect place for our family. I have loved going through your old posts and love your ideas about being content with the home you have! I am so excited to hear this news even though I haven’t been following your blog for too long yet. Good luck and I look forward to following along!
    -Suzanne

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    Congratulations!! That is wonderful news and I’ll look forward to reading every single one of your books. You are going to be sooo busy — but that is fantastic. You’ve worked hard and you deserve the good news.

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    What a wonderful affirmation for all your shared creativity. Thank you for sharing all this with your readers.
    You go, girl!

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    Great!!! I can hardly wait :-)
    I love your blog, but real books are very close to my heart and I promise you here – in writing – that Ann Voskamp will not be your only reader ;-)

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      Yay! Two readers :-) …. thank you so very much. I’m so grateful for your enthusiasm and encouragement!

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    Eight you say?! Well, my dear, that is wonderful! All good things to you. You’ve worked hard and you know your stuff! I’m going to start saving my pennies now so I can buy the first book.

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      Vee, I will send you one when the time comes, you’ve earned it. You’ve been my most faithful of readers. Thank you.

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    Congratulations Melissa! That’s a huge accomplishment. I love the title of the first book, I’m intrigued.

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    Wow what a way to start the day. EIGHT BOOKS OMG!! This is such great news sure you are nervous but you have such a way with story telling. This blog has gotten me thru the worst days with your funny and passion for your home and family and what can I say about Jack and Lily. You will become a wonderful bookseller because of your values. YOU GO GIRL.

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      Thank you for such an encouraging comment, I’m so grateful for your support. Thank you so much!

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    You give such encouragement with your “CAN DO” attitude! You are a woman on a mission!

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    Congratulations! Enjoy the ride!!! laura

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    Congrats Melissa! I’ve been reading your blog from the beginning. So happy to hear about the books! Good luck and I’m looking forward to reading them!

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      Thank you Dawn, I’ve always appreciated your sweet and supportive comments. It’s wonderful to have friends like you in blogland!!

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    Congrats! I can’t wait to read your books. I love your blog and your home and you inspire me in many ways! Thanks for sharing with us.

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    That is awesome!!! I can’t wait to read!!!

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    Congratulations !! That is fantastic and it is all down to your hard work!

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    Congrats! That is amazing news! I can’t wait to read your first book — it was your post over a year ago about “How to Fall in Love with Your Home” that inspired my husband and I stop looking for a different home -and to embrace the one we have. It changed our lives and the way we view our home. Thank you for that! So, I will be one of the first to purchase your new book when it’s out!

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      YAY! That’s very cool, thanks for sharing that encouragement, Kristen! I know I’ve totally changed in so many ways too by just focusing on the home I have. Thanks again!

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    That’s wonderful news! Eight books…. wow! I’m sure they will be amazing and I am looking forward to their releases! :)

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    Congratulations!!! I love the theme idea…it’s something God has been impressing upon me more and more often lately. :)

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    Oh Melissa, that is so awesome! I can’t wait! Congratulations!

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    Congratulations! Can’t wait :)

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    Congratulations! Wow, eight books in two years! You’re one brave lady – best of luck moving forward, and I look forward to seeing them at Barnes & Noble in the near future!

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    Congratulations Melissa! I have been reading your blog for a few years now and can’t wait to buy your book! Or should I say books! All eight! As an aside, I think you should also devote a volume to Jack and Lily, ’cause they’re my favourites! Just sayin’!

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      Ha! Jack would be all over that. He has lots of stories to tell! He needs to get his own agent and work on his proposal. :-)

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    Amazing!!! Well deserved!! And a ton of work, I’m sure :) So proud for you, Melissa!

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      Yes, indeed! So much work. Grateful for the timing of this, though, so many years I don’t think I could have handled this much. Thank you Emily! xo

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    Yes! Yes! Yes! Melissa I am so excited for you! I’m jumping up and down in my heart! Thank you Lord!

    God’s hand is on you (has been…yes!). I love how he takes humble people to speak into the lives of others and thrusts them into the limelight to shine for him.

    I’ve had a sense for some time that you’ve been up to something beyond what you’ve shared and I had totally forgotten about the book thing. :) You are a gifted writer, Melissa. I can’t wait to read your book(s)! Eight!! Gosh girl….eight!

    Thanks for being such a wonderful inspiration in my life. [hugs]
    P.S. I’ll be praying for you and your time, family, church, balance. ;)

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      Thank you Diane, your encouragement is always a bright spot in the blog comments! I’m blessed by your enthusiasm and kindness. It’s a challenge and I know I couldn’t do it without all the prayer and support around me. Thank you!

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    WOW. I’m so happy for you.
    I’ll buy all 8 of them!

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    Sounds like our God! He always thinks bigger than we do! Congratulations!
    Looking forward to reading! Blessings,
    Michelle

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    So very thrilled for you, Melissa. I know your family is proud of you, and we readers are too! I’ve been following you only the last 2 years, but have read every.single.post on your blog. You have a lovely way of communicating, and I love your casual elegant style. I have learned so much from your writings about decorating my own home. This book deal is fantastic, but it will test your commitment to God, to your family, and to Jack and Lily. I will pray that you’ll find balance. Can one of the books be about Jack? lol.

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      Thank you Lori, it will be a lot of work and we are definitely doing all we can to guard ourselves throughout. Jack will definitely make his appearances and I wouldn’t be surprised if someday he gets his own agent and starts his own series of books. He has plenty of antics to fill the pages already!

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    Congratulations! I’m nearing my 6th blogging anniversary (Blogiversary?) and I truly admire and respect others who have kept with blogging for so long. I’m in awe of people like you who have made their blogs so successful and inspiring to others.

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    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you that this post actually brought tears to my eyes. I’ve been blogging for about 3 years and while I enjoy the journey there isn’t a week that goes by when I don’t question if I’m on the right path. It’s a dream of mine to publish a book, but I have to be honest right now I’m not sure how I would balance it all. Blogging is very time consuming as it is. I wish you the best and I would buy your book. Could one of those eight books be about finding balance in your daily life? I’d love to know your secret :)

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      Dawn, thank you for your kind words and your heartfelt comment. It is hard, isn’t it? Very hard. I’m learning as I go. Three years in I remember feeling the pressure even more than now, I think it’s definitely a balancing act. I do feel I’ve learned a lot. I’m not perfect at it by any means. But I will for sure be sharing many tips for how I balance my life in this first book as well as even more in subsequent ones. I do hope these books will be helpful to bloggers and women who just need that encouragement both in their home and life in general. xo

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    Okay. You rule.
    We’ve never met, of course, but I felt a little breathless, just now — just being happy for you!
    Can’t wait to see the books!
    Perhaps you could post about some of your favorite décor books!

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      You know, what books have inspired you?

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    MELISSA, I am grinning from ear to ear!! This is fantastic for you and for all of the readers of your books. You make decorating or creating a home doable for anyone. It is a down to earth approach that always keeps family first. Can’t wait to see your newly publish book series. Congratulations!!!!:)

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      Thank you so very much Kathysue, I appreciate your support and kindness. It’s wonderful to have such great friends to encourage me!

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    For some reason I got a bit emotional, reading the great news! I guess it is because I could feel your own emotions through your words. I am so looking for having the first book in my hands! Congratulations!

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    Holy cow, 8 books?! That’s amazing. I can’t even wrap my brain around writing that much while keeping up with the blog, too. I’m impressed and so excited for you. Can’t wait to see them on bookshelves near me! :)

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      Ha, yeah. That is exactly what I thought! But where there is a will, there is a way. My girls keep reminding me there WILL be books published, one way or another, so I just have to figure out how to do it. It’s challenged me, for sure! Thanks Julia!

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    Wow, congrats to you Melissa. Well deserved too. You’ve worked for it.

    Just think, I’ll be able to say, “I knew you when”.lol

    I’ll definitely buy a copy. Hope you’ll autograph it for me.

    Enjoy the adventure ahead. I’ll be following and reading.

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      Thanks Lisa, I always appreciate your encouragement and am inspired by your creative talent in blogland! Thank you again for your support and enthusiasm! I’m honored you stopped by.

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    This is not only unbelievably exciting news, but so very inspiring! Congrats!

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    Melissa, I am joyfully “bustin’ my buttons” for you. I wish you great joy and success with this new endeavor.♥

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    Wow! Talk about fulfilling our dreams beyond anything we can ask or think!!! Congratulations!

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    Years ago when my sister first discovered blogs (and PW would get maybe 30 comments on her posts) she noticed that some of them went on to write a book (“a” book as in one). Soon she saw that movies were being made from what began as a blog, then a book, then a movie. Who woulda thought? And now this amazing news from you, Melissa. Big congratulations!!! (BTW, when I saw “huge announcement” I thought you were moving).

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    First of all, Happy Blogiversary! I’m happy to say that I’ve enjoyed reading your blog for several of those years now. I love your writing style and taste and I always leave inspired and happy. I can only imagine how great your books (Wow, eight books!) will be. Can’t wait! Congratulations Melissa!

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    Amazing! Congratulations and blessings to you all. and to think, we knew you when … ;-)

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    What a thrill it must be for you. Congratulations !!

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    I only “know” you through your blog… but I’m thrilled for you! So glad you took that leap of faith….congrats!

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    I think my heart might explode for the happiness of it!

    For this — I have long prayed.
    I set an alarm on my phone to pray for you, Melissa, and words and books.
    And look what God did!!!

    Just — Thank You, Lord! Heart fireworks! ((Melissa))
    Your faithful cheerleader!
    Ann

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    Warmest congratulations! I’m excited for your new adventure and it will be fun to follow your,progress here. One selfish request: please don’t forget about this blog and those of us out here once you are published. Sadly, another similar home decorating blogger has pretty much abandoned her blog readers once her recent book came out. It’s felt like a strange mixture of disloyal and sad on the receiving in. Stay with us!

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      I will not forget you all here, this is where I belong — you have all been my loyal friends and cheerleaders. I’ll still be here, no matter what! :-) Thank you so much.

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    That’s awesome!!! Congratulations! This is my favorite blog by far, so beautifully presented! Can’t wait until I can buy your book!

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    Congrats, that is such exciting news! Can’t wait to get my hands on the first one. I love the title… it nutshells the sweetest sentiment about home. :)

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    Many congratulations and may your work be fruitful! I’m so glad for you!

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    CONGRATULATIONS, Melissa! I’ve read your blog for years and have found it so real and inspiring (helps that your house looks JUST like my BFF’s & we both live in PNW!) Can’t wait to see it next spring.

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    What awesome news – congratulations! THRILLED for you!

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    I absolutely cannot wait for your book to come out! I love everything about your blog! It has given me so much inspiration in making my home a beautiful, fun place. Thank you for all of your hard work:)

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    This could not have happened to a more deserving and talented person. I find your authenticity and beautiful writing style to be far superior to other blogs I follow regularly. I am so happy for you and wish you great success . Secretly hoping you stop here to Mi on your book tour to get a signed copy of your book .

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    Amazing news! Congratulations! I wish you all the best on this exciting journey.

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    So A W E S O M E!!! Congrats! Can’t wait to by them all!

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        …and by ‘by’ I meant ‘buy’! Goodness gracious!

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    I am so amazed at how God uses our fishes and loaves. Blessings to you and I know you will continue to look into His eyes. What God calls us to do he will equip, he promises to give us everything for every good work.

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    How amazingly blessed you are! Jeremiah 29.11 revealed for you. Woo-Hoo!

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    Excited for you as I’ve been a big fan of your blog for quite awhile!! Happy to see great things happen to talented bloggers, such as yourself. You are very inspirational.

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    Oh sweet Melissa…I’m overjoyed for you! Put me on the pre order list =) We need women like you writing books that can inspire us! When I’m telling you I’m doing the happy dance for you…I’m not lying!
    Happy Happy Day!
    PS…I’ve been waiting for this announcement ;)

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      Teresa, one of my most encouraging of all commenters and friends. I do hope to meet you in person one day and give you a big hug of thanks with REAL ARMS! ((Teresa))) Thank you, so much. xoxo

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    Wow..that is quite an announcement! Congratulations and I look forward to buying the book next April (now you have two readers–:) Enjoy the process!

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    So thrilled for you Melissa!! Congratulations and blessings to you on this new adventure!! And right now we are where you were a year ago…we have signed with an amazing literary agent and just this week put the finishing touches on our proposal. YIKES! It’s exhilarating and terrifying all at the same time…actually right now terrifying trumps exhilarating. LOL! But we believe that God is opening those doors and we give Him all the glory for it! It is so encouraging to watch others on a similar journey!

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      Vanessa,

      Congrats on your own adventure! How exciting, I’m so happy for you! Yes, what a blessing it is when God opens these doors for us and we muster up the courage to walk through into the unknown. Happy to be walking along side such lovely women on similar journeys!!!

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    Congrats! That is awesome news!

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    Wow! When God has a plan for our lives, there’s no stopping Him! What exciting news. Congratulations!

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    To say congratulations doesn’t even begin to cover it. And it’s more than just the sheer delight that you’ve been asked to write eight (EIGHT!!!) books, it’s that you said YES to the whole thing. I do admire your courage and your willingness to say YES. Incredible. And so very encouraging to us, the masses, to be wisely bold in our own lives. So, congratulations and THANK YOU!!!!

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      Thank you Camille! It is a big scary YES but I guess it will be an adventure, right? Thank you so much for your encouraging comment and support. It really does mean a lot!

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    Congratulations Melissa! It’s amazing – “more than we can ask or think.”

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    Congratulations, Melissa! What an incredible and life changing experience. It makes me so happy to see someone making their dreams come true. It is inspiring! Thrilled for you!

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    Congratulations I am sure you will bring Glory to God through your books. Harvest House is one of my favorite publishers. I love their books. I love your blog. I am inspired as I read it not only for decorating ideas but way beyond. May God richly bless you.

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    What? Soooo exciting! Melissa, you will rock this and I for one can’t wait to get my hands on all 8 books! Yay for you!

    Kerry

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    Congratulations, Melissa! I found your blog years ago through Nester’s 31 Days. I believe I picked 3 blogs to read, and yours was one of the three. So you are at the very top of my longest-read blogs list.

    You deserve everything that is coming to you.

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    Wow! That is so wonderful and exciting. Very happy for you, Melissa! Can’t wait to read them :)

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    AWESOME! It was so fun to read your story this morning – so happy for you. What a journey you’ve begun and I am sure it will be a crazy one as you move forward into the unknown! Celebrating with you!

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    Congratulations! I look forward to reading all 8 of them. Thanks for being such an inspiration!

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    So excited for your 8 books … congratulations!!

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    Hooray! :D

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    Congratulations – a series of 8 is such an amazing blessing for you! Looking forward to the first one and details on the rest. Happy 8th year of blogging : )

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    CONGRATULATIONS!!!
    What awesome news!!!!
    HAVE FUN GIRL!!!

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    So,so very wonderful…So,so very happy for you.I wish you could see my home and how your blog has helped me to love the changes I make and love my home. Thanks so much…

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    As a first a first-time visitor to your blog I am thrilled to drop in a just the right time. Very thrilled for your opportunity.

    I am able to coach writers and I tell them all to blog, to blog consistently, and to blog well. Most will never be published like you, but if you do those three you will be fulfilled creatively.

    Blessings and congratulations

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    I have just discovered your blog, and really enjoy it! I’m definitely looking forward to reading your books as well!

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    Oh my gosh, Melissa this is great! I’m so happy got you right now! I’ve been quite a silent reader for a few months now, but I had to congratulate you on this achievement. Your blog is one of my favourites and I really hope I’ll find your books here in Europe as well.

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    Congratulations! I can’t wait to read your books! ~~Ang

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    Woo Hoo ! Melissa, way to go you!
    Congratulations. Eeeeehhh. how exciting is this?!
    Hugs, Gee

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    Wonderful! Congratulations. :)

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    Congratulations! That hardly seems adequate…eight books! Wow! Again…congratulations! ;)

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    Wow! Can’t wait to read them!

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    Congratulations! That is so awesome! I love my tablet and the relationship I have with digital media. But honestly, there is nothing like getting your hands on a book when it comes to design! I’m very excited for you and I am sure your books will be best sellers!

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    Hi Melissa! Congratulations on your upcoming books! I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to purchase a copy! xo

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    So thrilled for you Melissa and the next step on your journey of building your business and team. I enjoy your posts very much. Each blog has it’s own personality and yours I truly feel relaxed and calm – like I’m reading a book – so I’m not surprised at all that a book is in your future. I think it will be a huge success and I wish you the best of it. And I look forward to reading much more from you and maybe even having coffee someday – since I always wish I had coffee while reading your posts (I often do my reading at night).

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    So, so happy to read this today. You have shared your heart in ways that we need to hear. Thank you, Melissa! What a great ride this is going to be for you!
    Blessings as you continue this journey.

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    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you. I know you’ll do just great with this new adventure!!

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    Congratulations on so many successes . I look forward to your blog every day and have for many years.
    Followed you from house to house and also looked forward to your trips through the cameras eye as you
    checked out many lovely homes in your near and far areas. You have truly been an inspiration as your
    family has grown . Jack was so much fun and now your girls adding to it all . Thank you so very much
    for following your dream. It will be great to see your young son as he grows with the success you and your husband have given all of the children such great examples. It is good to have you in our daily lives.

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    Congratulations Melissa! I am so happy for you. Can’t wait to get my hands on book #1!

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    That is so awesome Melissa!!! Congrats and way to go for sticking with your passion and taking a leap! Way to fly. :)

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    Wowza and congratulations!!!! I could be more excited for you…..and for us! I have followed you forever (I know….I hardly even comment…sorry)…..but now I can’t wait to read your books. Lot of pretty pictures too please!!!

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      Thank you Andrea, glad you took the time to comment today. It meant a lot to read your encouragement, thank you! :-)

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    May the force be with you!!

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    Amazing! Congrats Melissa. I can’t wait to buy my copy of your first book.
    Happy writing!
    Nat
    xx

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    I’ll say this is a huge announcement! You are so creative, Melissa…and so deserving. Yours was the first blog I found I could relate to style-wise and the first one I started following. I’ve noticed the bloggers I really like have such a way with words. I’m sure your book(s) will be very successful. :-)

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    Melissa, that is absolutely AWESOME! Congratulations!
    I cannot wait to begin reading the first book! I have only recently found you in the blog world and you are the first one I open when I receive emails. May God bless you on this fantastic journey, as you will surely bless others with your written words. So happy for you!! :)

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    LOL, congratulations on your 8 book deal! You’re octoauthor. Thanks for the great post (My efriend Nester pointed me over here) it is very timely for me. :) ~ karen

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      Ha, an octauthor! :-) Thanks for coming by and your encouragement. PS I hope that timely means you are writing a book! :)

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    Congrats Melissa,

    That is extremely exciting news and well deserved.

    Best Wishes,

    Penny

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    So excited for your new adventure and your bright future as an author! I’ve loved your blog for years and this is a natural expansion of your talent, bravo my friend!
    xo
    Kate

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      Thank you, I’m so grateful for your friendship and encouragement. It’s a real blessing! xoxo

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    What exciting news…EIGHT books!! Congratulations!! :D

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    Congratulations Melissa! You truly are an inspiration! I so enjoy your blogs!

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    Wow! I am genuinely excited and thrilled for you! Seriously, this is some awesome and positive energy coming your way. Woo-Hoo! Melissa, I wish you much continued success and happiness. :D

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    Well! I joined in the readership about three (maybe four) years ago. I loved your style and your attitude. Never once have I felt talked down to, and I have always enjoyed what you have to say. I have also, every once in a while envied your furniture. OK, I own up, it’s that console table on casters which I cannot buy in the UK!!!! But now, I write from over the pond to say Enjoy the ride! It’s going to be fun, a bit worrying sometimes, but I wish you so much enjoyment from your new (ad)venture!

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      Thank you Susan, I’m so grateful for your e-friendship across the miles!!! I’m so sad that console table can’t be purchased in the UK, though! It’s the best. Darn. Thanks again for your encouragement and support!!

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    Awesome! Put St. Louis on your book signing tour!

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    Congratulations Melissa!! That is such fantastic news.. looking forward to next April when your first of eight books is on the shelves!

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    For years I’ve resisted the idea of all things blog, that is, until I recently found yours. I’ll save the sentimentality to simply wish you an amazing amount of continued growth and success and a huge, homespun ‘pen to paper, heart to God’ blessing!

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    Wonderful news! So excited Harvest House shares your vision and look forward to your books being published! Bravo to you and your family!!!

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    This is awesome news! I’m so happy for you and all God has blessed you with.
    Looking forward to getting my hands on a copy soon!

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    Wow! Congratulations! That is way beyond exciting. I love the Title of your first book and can’t wait for it to be published. I want one! Woohoo! I am so thrilled for you. :oD
    Cecilia

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    Wow!! What an amazing and overwhelming blessing! :) Can’t wait to hear all about your wonderful works!

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    Congratulations! Melissa, I am so excited for you! I can’t wait to set each and every book that you write on top of my library table. Congrats again!

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    Congratulations! Good things come to good people!

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    Hip, Hip, Hooray!

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    I am so happy for you and will be purchasing your book in April.

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    I am a long-time lurker but today I am going to say congratulations, and I look forward to buying your books! For me, your most inspirational post was about “destinations in the home.” It really made me think about how I use and move through the spaces in my own house, and the best way to say “thanks” is to support you in your exciting new venture!

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    Ohhhh I’m so very excited to hear this!! I will be purchasing all your books! Love love your blog.

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    Amazing. Wonderful. Beautful. Congratulations!

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    Melissa, I’m so excited for you and the doors God has opened for you and your writing. Believe it or not, I just learned about blogging around 2 1/2 years ago. : ) Your blog and Jen from Beauty And Bedlam were the first blogs to which I subscribed. Both of you write and share from your heart which has encouraged me over and over.
    I will be waiting to hear how to order your book(s) and definitely look forward to reading them. Just think, I can say I knew you when…. : )
    Continued blessings!
    ….a California friend!

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    Super huge congratulations! What an amazing opportunity, although if I were you I’d be feeling the exact same trepidation mixed with the excitement. Can’t wait to read your books though! :)

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    Congratulations! I discovered your beautiful blog about a year ago and now I have to check-in everyday! Your approach and style are both inspirational and refreshingly doable — that’s why I keep coming back. Looking forward to your books :) All the best!!

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    Melissa, this is so exciting! Congratulations!

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    So so so happy for you! Congratulations and I can’t wait to read it.

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    Congratulations that is fantastic. What a wonderful opportunity.

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    That is amazing! Congratulations!

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    Wow! I just started following your blog this summer. I’m a teacher and I wish I could read 100 more decorating blogs a day, but alas…summer is over. But I get your blogposts emailed to me and I love to read them. It’s like a treat. I LOVE decorating and am saving money to take some decorating/staging classes. So we’ll see what happens with that. Anyway, congratulations on the book. I will buy it when it comes out. Let us know about pre-ordering when you get to that point. Sorry about this very long comment!
    God’s blessings to you!

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    What?? What!!! How on EARTH did I miss this big announcement? Where have I been? (Oh, right…swim meets). I am (belatedly) SO excited for you! This is a huge undertaking that I’m sure you’ll handle very well. Can’t wait to read the first book. We’re all going to be cheering you on.
    <3 Maggie

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    What incredible news! Congratulations!! So inspiring.

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    Wow! I am absolutely THRILLED for you!!! I can’t imagine the feelings when this all came through. Congrats and looking foward to reading them!

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    I’m a blog newbie! I’m so glad I found you! Best wishes with the books. I look forward to them.

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    Such exciting news! I love your blog and your style. Can’t wait to buy the first book.

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    I have just now found your blog. You have inspired me so much! Thank you.

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    Oh my goodness, I’m so excited for you, CONGRATULATIONS!!! I think I’ve been along for the ride for at least five of your blogging years, and I’m very much looking forward to buying your books — they will be fabulous, guaranteed. One request: Pretty please, when the time comes, could you do a book signing somewhere in Kitsap County, so I can come meet you and get an autographed copy?! :)

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    Love it! I happened upon this post a year and a half after written when I followed a Pinterest pin. I’m so thrilled for the opportunity you were bombarded with and that you stepped up to see this amazing thing come to fruition. Yay you! And how fun to see the result of your work already finished. JUST LIKE THAT! (Well, from my point of view anyway. :D) You’re an inspiration. I will be writing a book, probably several, at some point as well. Not sure what and when just yet, but it’s going to happen and your blog post, which I had no idea was about writing books when I clicked on the pithy little … “What if I fall?” … Oh but my darling, what if you fly? What an inspiration. So thank you and congrats. :)

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      Yay, that is wonderful. I’m so glad you came by and feel inspired! Good luck with your future goals to write books. It’s been quite a fun journey! I’ll be releasing my THIRD book this spring and it’s definitely been an adventure! :)

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