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What I’ve Been Reading #136–The Things We Wish Were True

Friday, September 30, 2016


I received a copy of The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen from TLC Book Tours in exchange for my review. The story of the people who make up a small town neighborhood, I really enjoyed reading and getting to know each of the characters in this book.

“From the outside, Sycamore Glen, North Carolina, might look like the perfect all-American neighborhood. But behind the white picket fences lies a web of secrets that reach from house to house. Up and down the streets, neighbors quietly bear the weight of their own pasts—until an accident at the community pool upsets the delicate equilibrium. And when tragic circumstances compel a woman to return to Sycamore Glen after years of self-imposed banishment, the tangle of the neighbors’ intertwined lives begins to unravel. During the course of a sweltering summer, long-buried secrets are revealed, and the neighbors learn that it’s impossible to really know those closest to us. But is it impossible to love and forgive them?”

The book is told in multiple view points from each of the main characters that live in the neighborhood, from the young girl left in charge of her younger brother, to the single dad of two trying to cope after his wife has left, to the older woman who takes care of everyone around her. The lives of the characters intersect in sometimes surprising ways, making the story interesting and fun to read. One thing that stands out about the story is that each of the characters are wishing for certain things to be true – such as the husband who wants another child while he wife does not and the woman who wishes she did not have to return to the neighborhood that she fled when she was younger. However, the characters come together and learn to accept the truths in their lives, growing and accepting themselves and each other in the process.

I am able to give away a copy of this book! If you would love to read it, just leave me a comment and I will pick a winner next week!

What have you been reading lately?

September In Review

Thursday, September 29, 2016

What? September is over? That’s pretty surprising actually! Usually, the fall holidays have at least started in September. This year our October will be filled with them instead! September was mostly filled with school and getting back into our routines. I am once again linking up with Shoes To Shiraz for her monthly Numbers Link Up!

Trips Taken – 1:
Omaha for Labor Day


Parades Watched – 1


Baseball Games Attended – 1

Science City Visits – 1


Blog Posts About Our St. Louis Trip – 4:
Grant’s Farm | Gateway Arch | City Museum | Zoo

Other Posts About Things We Did Last Month – 2:
Simon’s Birthday Party | Kansas City Murals

Reviews Posted – 3:
Yummi Pouches | LuLaRoe Carly | Ipsy

Books Reviewed – 4 (4th one will be tomorrow)

Link Ups Joined – 3:
The Kids Behind The Blog | $10 At Target | This One

Pairs of Shoes Purchased – 4

New Pants Purchased For Zachary - 4

Times I Tried Taking Pictures on Manual – 2:
Sunflowers | Apple Picking

Pounds Lost This Month – 10.3

Doctor’s Visits – 1 (Well Visit for Zachary)

Dance Classes Attended By Gabbie –  17

Items In My September Picture Folder – 296

Photos Posted On Instagram – 21

Pictures Posted For The Falling For Fall Photo Challenge – 6

Total Blog Posts – 23

Happy Almost October!

Apple Picking

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

For the past few years, we have made a fall tradition out of visiting Cider Hill Family Orchard and picking our own apples. Last year there was a mix of red and green apples, but this year, we mostly picked green ones. I once again tried to use my manual mode on my camera, but there was a setting that I forgot to change and you can probably tell that it made my pictures a bit too green for about the first half until I realized!

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Have you been apple picking yet this year?