This weeks five on Friday post is all over the place but here are a few things I am loving and/or feel is worth sharing this week. As always thank you April, Christina, Natasha, and Darci for hosting this link up.
1. Jason and I finally finished watching all the episodes from Friday Night Lights . It took us much longer than we would’ve wanted because our rule was that we had to watch it together which made weekday watching tough at times. Also, if I’m being honest, I didn’t want it to end so I made it last for as long as I possibly could. I loved that show so much and now that it’s over and Parenthood is about to come to an end I am feeling a little sad in the TV world. We are looking for another show to start watching on Netflix. I would love some suggestions?
I was originally drawn to Doll-baby because I had heard it was much like The Help. Although I did not find this to be the case AT ALL it was still a good book that has you falling in love with the characters from the beginning. This southern lit, coming-of-age novel is sweet, charming and full of family secrets. Here’s a brief summary taken from amazons website:
When Ibby Bell’s father dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1964, her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby with her eccentric grandmother Fannie and throws in her father’s urn for good measure. Fannie’s New Orleans house is like no place Ibby has ever been—and Fannie, who has a tendency to end up in the local asylum—is like no one she has ever met. Fortunately, Fannie’s black cook, Queenie, and her smart-mouthed daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South, both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets.
For Fannie’s own family history is fraught with tragedy, hidden behind the closed rooms in her ornate Uptown mansion. It will take Ibby’s arrival to begin to unlock the mysteries there. And it will take Queenie and Dollbaby’s hard-won wisdom to show Ibby that family can sometimes be found in the least expected places
Whistling Past The Graveyard is a heartwarming story about a spunky nine year old girl with a big heart living in the south during the 60’s. Again the author does a good job creating the two main characters, Starla and Eula, and you will immediately fall in love with them. This is a story about heartbreak, courage, racism and most of all love. Here’s a brief summary from amazons website:
In the summer of 1963, nine-year-old Starla Claudelle runs away from her strict grandmother’s Mississippi home. Starla’s destination is Nashville, where her mother went to become a famous singer, abandoning Starla when she was three. Walking a lonely country road, Starla accepts a ride from Eula, a black woman traveling alone with a white baby. Now, on the road trip that will change her life forever, Starla sees for the first time life as it really is—as she reaches for a dream of how it could one day be.
3. I finally found a new devotional to read during my early morning “quiet time”. One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, is a guide to giving thanks and finding joy in all aspects of life. Each devotional shows how we can find God’s graces even when we face hard times and difficult circumstances. At the end of the book there are 1,000 blank spaces for you to fill in thanking God for your own one thousand gifts.
4. Yesterday we met up with our playgroup for a fun morning at the Discovery Place. This family-friendly attraction is a great way to spend a cold winters morning with a toddler. They have interactive and educational exhibits, live animals, and an entire room with activities for younger children. We have been several times now and each time it’s been a hit.
5. I snapped this picture from a quote on the wall at my acupuncturists office this week. I have found myself repeating this phrase over and over lately. Here’s a little inspiration for you as you head into the weekend.