Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Book Club

Pull up a chair and drink your Starbucks or Sonic Diet coke or water and get comfy - because it's Book Club Day.   This is our first day and I hope we can keep this going.  

I need to give a disclaimer that I have no earthly idea what I'm doing but hopefully this will be fun!!!!

If you haven't read yet - that's okay - you can always get the book and catch up.  I read it in a few hours so I know you can join in if you want! 

We are starting out with "The Antelope in the Living Room" which is a hilarious look at marriage. 

Melanie (on the far right) is the author.  She writes the Big Mama Blog.  This was one of the very first blogs I ever read eight years ago.  Somehow we became friends and I have been lucky to spend time with her on several occasions and even travelled to the amazon with her with Compassion.  This is me and her and her best friend Gulley.  I love Melanie because I relate so much to her.  If you read her books or blog you will know that she and Gulley are so similar to me and Laurie.  And her husband Perry and Scott are basically the same person.   I also told Melanie when we were trying to get pregnant that I really prayed I would have a little girl just like Caroline. And now we laugh that God gave me JUST that.  Harper is so much like her.

Also Melanie is possibly one of the funniest people I have ever met.

So let's discuss.  I'm going to just mention a few of the highlights to me from the first FOUR chapters.  Then in the comments - please add anything you loved or that jumped out to you.

And then I'm going to answer the first 3 questions that Melanie shared on her blog for book clubs!
I would love for you to share your answers and hopefully we can have discussion in the comment section.

"Marriage can be the biggest blessing and the most significant challenge two people ever take on." 
* Laughing at the first chapter when she talked of waiting for Perry to pop the question and then of living in the assisted living and getting her wedding gifts delivered.  And loved that she said when she and P go to weddings now they look at the bride and groom and say "Those two fools have no idea what they are getting into.  They don't deserve new dishes.  You new who deserves new towels? WE DO." ha! 
* Loved Melanie talking about meet Perry in the second chapter.  And I love this statement (single girls listen up!): 
"I think it can be easy to settle for less than you deserve just because less is right in front of you and the best may still be unseen." 
* I so agree with Melanie in chapter 3 about planning a wedding back in the days before pinterest.  I would have been done in.  We didn't have the chalkboards or the wedding hashtags or the mason jars and burlap or photo booths.  So much less pressure. 
* Chapter four just makes me laugh because it's so much like my thoughts after we got home from our honeymoon.  It's an adjustment to get used to living with a man. ha! I only wish I would have told Scott he had to do his own laundry.  I have not been set free from that bondage. 

1. In Chapter 1, Melanie mentions that she’d always envisioned a Christmas wedding but ended up getting married in August. How did your own wedding day differ from what you thought it might be?
I always wanted a fall wedding and that is just what I had.  I think our day was just how I would have wanted it.  It just went by so fast! 
2. Have you seen ways in your own life that marriage tends to amplify whatever insecurities you have? Have you looked for your husband or job or anything to complete you in some way?

3. Do you remember the first time you met your spouse? What stands out in your mind?
We went on a blind date that Laurie set up.  We met at a mall in Little Rock down in the food court and I hid in a store so I could check him out before we "met."  I just remember he was tan and muscular and manly.  And he made me laugh.  I was smitten immediately.  

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