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Friday, March 9, 2012

High Five Friday & A Book Review




Happy Friday! It is rainy and cold here today (and the next 2 days), but I'm not complaining! Days like this fill our lakes and provide a fun summer for us!!

Here are my top 5 this week!

1. Ben gained 8 ounces in the last 10 days! WOO HOO! He is now at birth weight and eating well.

2. Look at the picture I got the other day! I just love these little feet!

3. Look at the difference 2 weeks can make. It is hard to believe that the picture on the left was just 2 hours before Ben was born. I'm down 20 pounds.

4. Finally got around to trying my extra Birchbox. I was chosen to test these products and they came the day before Ben was born. I've been using them and will review them on Thursday.

5. Hasn't happened yet, but the excitement is still on my top 5. Greg and I will celebrate our 1st anniversary on Monday. So the in-laws are keeping Ben on Saturday night (the WHOLE night) so we can celebrate! I can't believe it has already been a year!

6. Sorry I need to add one more! I'm totally excited about this book swap. If you are a reader, go check it out. Today is the last day to sign up. Click HERE for details and to sign up.



Linking with Lauren @ From My Grey Desk


Now for a little book review.
I read this book in college and I absolutely loved it. I promise you will too. It is a little deep, but such an awesome read!
Deftly written and emotionally powerful, Drowning Ruth is a stunning portrait of the ties that bind sisters together and the forces that tear them apart, of the dangers of keeping secrets and the explosive repercussions when they are exposed. A mesmerizing and achingly beautiful debut.
Winter, 1919. Amanda Starkey spends her days nursing soldiers wounded in the Great War. Finding herself suddenly overwhelmed, she flees Milwaukee and retreats to her family's farm on Nagawaukee Lake, seeking comfort with her younger sister, Mathilda, and three-year-old niece, Ruth. But very soon, Amanda comes to see that her old home is no refuge--she has carried her troubles with her. On one terrible night almost a year later, Amanda loses nearly everything that is dearest to her when her sister mysteriously disappears and is later found drowned beneath the ice that covers the lake. When Mathilda's husband comes home from the war, wounded and troubled himself, he finds that Amanda has taken charge of Ruth and the farm, assuming her responsibility with a frightening intensity. Wry and guarded, Amanda tells the story of her family in careful doses, as anxious to hide from herself as from us the secrets of her own past and of that night.
Ruth, haunted by her own memory of that fateful night, grows up under the watchful eye of her prickly and possessive aunt and gradually becomes aware of the odd events of her childhood. As she tells her own story with increasing clarity, she reveals the mounting toll that her aunt's secrets exact from her family and everyone around her, until the heartrending truth is uncovered.
Guiding us through the lives of the Starkey women, Christina Schwarz's first novel shows her compassion and a unique understanding of the American landscape and the people who live on it.



Linking with Heather at Blonde...Undercover Blonde




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7 comments:

a day in the life... said...

Those little toes are precious!! and, you're looking so good, girl! :)

Have a Happy Anniversary on Monday!!

Happy Friday!

Jessica @ Lovely Little Things said...

You're looking great girl! Keep it up :)

xo

Victoria said...

awww congrats on your baby!

that book sounds really good! going on my list :)

happy friday!

Emily B said...

I love pictures of little baby toes! So cute :) And happy anniversary!

Heather said...

You look awesome!! Go you!

Holly said...

Aww I love the little feet! So cute! :)

Lindsay @ Trial By Sapphire said...

Oh, my word! Ben's little feet are so precious! And you look great, Heather! Go mama!

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