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Ok friends. Here’s the deal. Many of you have asked, “Why don’t you post these on Sundays?” I’ll tell you. First, I am going by the dates in the manual. If you look I always publish my podcast the day it starts in the manual. I’m a rule follower. Didn’t you all hear my rant about obedience? If you didn’t, there should be a glossary where we can look that stuff up. Like, Episode 3 at 1 min 26 seconds she rants about obedience. Or Episode 6 25 min 2 seconds rambles about unicorns. Or whatever. Will someone get on that for me? I’ll pay you $12 on Venmo. Anyway! Sheesh! I even ramble in written form. Forgive me. Back to the date drama. So, besides following the brethren, who made this manual, there are two other reasons I don’t move it to Sunday morning.

1. When would I record it? I procrastinate to the very end every time. No matter how organized I think I am. Do you really think I will record it on Saturday night? Netflix can’t watch itself. And if you think I will get to business and record it in early in the week, then we don’t know each other.

2. IF I PUBLISH IT ON SUNDAY MORNING, YOU WILL BE PLAGIARIZING ALL MY STORES THE WRONG SUNDAY!! You’ll get to Sunday school and raise your hand with your super salty allegory and they will say, “Yo, what are you talking about? Wrong lesson. Get it together.” So, to save you from that embarrassment and confusion, just listen to it Monday morning and play it again for FHE and if you want to do a recap on Sunday before church, you can.

Peace out.

Someone wrote to me this morning about having a stillborn child years ago. She said that many people stayed away because they didn’t know what to say. I think so often this is the case. So we stay away or don’t mention it when we are with them because we don’t want to offend them. We worry we will say the wrong thing. We need to get over this. She said someone in her ward that she didn’t know very well came and sat with her and she appreciated it so much. When it first became public knowledge that I was getting divorced a woman in my ward came by with a card and some Reeses Pieces. She didn’t stay long and obviously, it was an awkward situation to talk about, but it meant so much that she would step beyond all that awkwardness and come. And she had no idea that the night of my dad’s death and friend of mine came over with a bunch of bags of Reeses Pieces and just handed them to us and left. He didn’t know what to say, but he came. My memory of that evening sitting around the family room with my siblings eating that candy and laughing and sharing memories of my dad, is a memory I treasure. My friend didn’t have to say a word to express that love.

So when I was responding to this woman this morning the story of Job and his friends came to my mind. I looked it up and it’s perfect. I am so sad I didn’t think of it during the podcast! But in Job 2:11-13 it says, “Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place… for they had made an appointment together to come and mourn with him to comfort him. And when they lifted up their eyes afar off and knew him not, they lifted up their voice and wept… So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none of them spake a word unto him, for they saw that his grief was great.” Isn’t that beautiful?? We can learn a great lesson from Job’s 3 friends.

Also, there is a book about validating people and letting them feel their feels that I love. Everyone should read it, at least once a year. I’m overdue. I’ll include the link.

Have a great day!

Bribes are awesome

So my sister shared this with me. When her family sits down and listens to the podcast each week she takes some candy into the room. Each time the kids say, “pause” and then share their feelings about something that was said, they get a piece of candy. She says it has really opened up many discussions and the kids are listening more closely and thoughtfully.

How have you bribed your children lately? Ha Ha Ha!

Ok friends, I don’t know what to do. I want to help others understand the power of the Book of Mormon and how easy it is to make it a daily part of your life. BUT I don’t like it in the podcast. It has bugged me since I put the two little Book of Mormon moments into this podcast. (Sorry I took them off.)

So what would be the best thing to do? Drop it? Do an Instagram story every now and again with my thoughts? Do just one podcast relating solely to the Book of Mormon? An email that goes out to people who are interested? I don’t know. As much as I adore come follow me – AND I DO! – I don’t want it to take the place of our study of the Book of Mormon. It’s the glue. I’m telling you!

Anyway, let me know your thoughts. If you ever see this. Which you probably won’t. Ha ha

Some Answers

Ha Ha Ha! I complained today that no one visits this site. Then I got on here and found a bunch of comments that I guess I had to “approve.” Oops. I don’t know what I’m doing! Forgive me.

The song my sister-in-law sang at the end of Episode 5 was “All He’s Done For Me,” by Clive Romney.

Here is the picture of the ice cream fight. I hope it’s ok to post it. I don’t know where any of these people are today. If they are in witness protection, at least they weren’t in 1993.

10,000 Downloads

If you know me, you know I LOVE confetti cannons more than anything! I made Courtney and Garrett blow them off at their wedding. They are the best things ever.

Here’s a fun story. A few years back I was finally able to live my dream of going to see a Garth Brooks concert. I had missed it in college (I think I blame it on Preston for some reason…) and had always been sad about it. During the concert, all of a sudden, BAM! they blew off a confetti cannon. I had never had all that magic fall down on me. Garth Brooks + confetti canon. BEST DAY OF MY LIFE. (Sorry kids – your births were second.)

This was a little scary – I’m not going to lie. But luckily we had one lying around for my car videos so we decided to blow that thing off. Too bad we didn’t know how.

And PS… I said it was the ten thousandth EPISODE. Let’s not get crazy people. I think that’s impossible. Thanks for sharing it with your friends because, well, it gave us a reason to blow that thing off!

Love you!

Like I said in the podcast, people are laughing at me for loving that I got second place in Mario Kart. Well, the kid that beats me to death and gets first every day was once the kid that felt this way about three 3rd place ribbons. We Wellmans are easily satisfied with our mediocracy.

3 thoughts on “What’s New”

    1. It will be on Amazon soon! I’m sorry it’s taking longer than I thought. Hopefully it will be out in the next few weeks. We really thought it would be out by Valentines Day. I guess I have to learn patience or something hard like that.

  1. I’m listening to your book. I love it!
    I also look forward to the next Come Follow me for Us every week! I’ve learned so much.

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