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Sparkly Green Earrings


By Melanie Shankle
“There is really no better indicator you’re a mother than acquiring the ability to catch throw-up in a plastic bag, disinfect your hands, and immediately ask your friend to pass the beef jerky as you put on another Taylor Swift song and act as if nothing has happened.”
This is the type of insight Melanie Shankle offers in this quirky memoir of motherhood.
Written in the familiar, stream-of-consciousness style of her blog, Big Mama, Sparkly Green Earrings is a heartwarming and hilarious look at motherhood from someone who is still trying to figure it all out. Filled with personal stories—from the decision to become a mother to the heartbreak of miscarriage and ultimately, to the joy of raising a baby and living to tell about it—Sparkly Green Earrings will make you feel like you’re sitting across the table from your best friend. A must-read for anyone who’s ever had a child or even thought about it.
Read an Excerpt Here

SparklyGreenEarings4 from Big Mama on Vimeo.

Melanie Shankle was in fourth grade when her teacher asked her to read a story she had written to the entire class. Even though that story now seems a little silly and simplistic, it made the students in Mrs. Rice's homeroom laugh out loud, and a little dream began in Melanie's heart—a dream to use words to make people laugh.  Check out Melanie's Blog here

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WOW and AWESOME are sometimes overused words. However, when you take 30 of the best songs on Christian radio and put them on 2 CDs for under the cost of 4 Mocha's, legitimately you can't help but say WOW! The anticipated annual release WOW Hits 2011 promises to be even better than the year before! Includes Christian radio hits from the best-known artists, including Francesca Battistelli, Casting Crowns, Natalie Grant, Third Day, TobyMac, and Chris Tomlin. WOW is the perfect gift for current fans and for those new to Christian music.

NEW THIS YEAR: WOW Hits 2011 Deluxe Edition featuring 6 BRAND NEW Remixes from BarlowGirl, Group1Crew, Hawk Nelson, Jars Of Clay, Sanctus Real, and Third Day.


Disc one

1.    "Until The Whole World Hears" - Casting Crowns
2.    "Our God (Radio Version)" - Chris Tomlin
3.    "What Faith Can Do" - Kutless
4.    "The Greatness of Our God" - Natalie Grant
5.    "Healing Hand of God" - Jeremy Camp
6.    "Hold Us Together" - Matt Maher
7.    "Love Never Fails" - Brandon Heath
8.    "My Own Little World" - Matthew West
9.    "The Words I Would Say" - Sidewalk Prophets
10.    "Heaven Is The Face" - Steven Curtis Chapman
11.    "Better Than A Hallelujah" - Amy Grant
12.    "Before The Morning" - Josh Wilson
13.    "Love Has Come" - Mark Schultz
14.    "You Found Me" - Big Daddy Weave
15.    "My Help Comes From The Lord" - The Museum
16.    "Tunnel" - Third Day
17.    "Like a Child" - Jars of Clay
18.    "I Need You to Love Me" - BarlowGirl

Disc two

1.    "Get Back Up" - TobyMac
2.    "Beautiful Beautiful" - Francesca Battistelli
3.    "Born Again" - Third Day
4.    "Lay 'Em Down" - NEEDTOBREATHE
5.    "Healing Begins" - Tenth Avenue North
6.    "Born Again" - Newsboys
7.    "Hero" - Skillet
8.    "Walk On The Water" - Britt Nicole
9.    "Let The Waters Rise" - MIKESCHAIR
10.    "Forgiven" - Sanctus Real
11.    "Your Love Is A Song" - Switchfoot
12.    "Follow You" - Leeland & Brandon Heath
13.    "More Beautiful You" - Jonny Diaz
14.    "Starry Night" - Chris August
15.    "No Matter What" - Kerrie Roberts
16.    "I'm Not Alright" - Sanctus Real
17.    "Walking On the Stars" - Group 1 Crew
18.    "Live Life Loud" - Hawk Nelson


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