Tuesday, May 30, 2017

What I Read: April/May

I love, love, love reading. And  I really love reading other people's book recommendations. I'm always looking for a good book so I thought I would share my own! I read A LOT of books these past couple months. I always take a book in the car line to pick up Linc man, and that's where I do the majority of my reading. This group of books did not disappoint.

(You'll see that once I read one Jodi Picoult book I read a bunch. Just a suggestion: You should too.)

I Let You Go - Clare McIntosh

This book was so good, and so heartbreaking. It's about a mother who loses her son in a tragic car accident and starts over.  It probably did not help that I read this the day before Lincoln's sixth birthday. So many twists and turns that I didn't see what was coming. Definitely a good read!

Small Great Things - Jodi Picoult

I'm calling this one of my top ten books I've ever read. When I got done I raved about it forever to Michael. It's about a labor and delivery nurse who has been told she can't take care of a baby/his family because of the color of her skin. The baby tragically dies and she gets tried for murder. What unfolds is brilliant. She develops the characters beautifully and the book makes you really think. PS. Read the Author's Note, it's amazing too.

Storm Front - Richard Castle

A bunch of murders with signature details means that Derrick Storm's enemy is back. The CIA calls on him to help solve the case. Along the way he meets a woman he's not sure isn't an enemy. It was just okay. 

Nineteen Minutes - Jodi Picoult

This book was so heartbreaking, and so so good. Definitely a favorite of mine by Picoult. It's about a boy who is bullied his whole life and then carries out a school shooting. This one will make you want to cry - for the boy, for the girl, for his parents, and for the town. Definitely read this one!

The Last Mile - David Baldacci 

Melvin Mars is a convicted felon awainting his execution when someone else confesses to the crime, and he's let go.  Because of some similarities in his own life, Amos Decker takes over the case, trying to find out why someone would commit to the crime, when it doesn't seem like they actually did it. An agent gets abducted, and they continue to try to find answers. Such a good book! Go read it!

Leaving Time - Jodi Picoult

This book is about a girl who lost her mother very early on in her life. Her search for truth leads her to some very interesting characters, and some even more interesting answers. I can't say much without giving the rest away, but go read it. Maybe not one of my favorite Picoult books, but still good.

Big Little Lies - Liane Moriarty

This books follows three women who come into contact with each other because of their kids starting Kindergarten. A lot more characters develop as a result. At a school function someone is murdered, and the whole book leads up to what happened. Such a good book! 

Salem Falls -Jodi Picoult

This book isn't one of my favorite Jodi Picoult books, but it is still good. It's about a man who went to jail for sexual assault, and has just gotten out. He's left with nothing and wants to start completely over. It comes to light in his new town that he is a registered sex offender and everything goes downhill from there. It's a quick book and easy read.

So there's what I read these last two months! I expect the Summer to be slower because there's a lot less alone time (which I don't mind!), but I'm already starting on my June list! What are your recommendations??

Thursday, May 4, 2017

My Boys

Today I'm sharing one of my favorite groups of pictures from our wedding - pictures of my boys! 

From the moment Lincoln and "Mikehodges" met, they've been inseparable. I remember being so nervous that day, and it was like after five minutes, they acted like they'd known each other their whole lives.  

Two years later and they've even more smitten now. Not only was my marriage to Michael a huge answer to prayer, I also got to watch that day as God answered one of my biggest prayers yet - a man who would love Lincoln as his own.

Hands down, one of my favorite pictures of our wedding day.

In addition to his vows to me, Michael also wrote vows for Lincoln. The next series of pictures is him saying his vows to Linc man. He also gave Lincoln a necklace to keep. It was the most thoughtful part of that day and I've been told there wasn't a dry eye in the house.

I prayed for this relationship between my son and a man for a long time. In every aspect, God exceeded my best dreams. I'm so thankful for these two and the love that they share - even if that means I get beat up a little beat in wrestle fight.

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