Five Things Friday

Fingers crossed this is the last day of Christmas vacation. These three little kids of mine had their last day on December 19th. ALL of us are ready for the school routine again. We are supposed to get hit with another round of snow this weekend, so there is a chance for a snow day on Monday. We spent the last two days cooped up in the house because the roads were so bad, today we are busting out of here! My daughter turns 9 tomorrow (I swear she was JUST born) and I need to pick up a few things.

In no particular order;

1. Cereal. I have never been a huge cereal lover until the last week or so. Honey nut Chex of Frosted Mini Wheats with a banana and cold milk. Yes, please.

2. Citrus. I am so obsessed with oranges and grapefruits right now, I think we have 10lbs of grapefruits and two giant bags of oranges.

3. Soup. My lunches have been a variety of soup with a piece of fruit on the side. Easy, but so delicious.

4. Cloth Diapers. The cost was a HUGE factor in deciding to cloth diaper this time around, but seriously, how cute are these?! I have a few more coming and that will bring our stash to about 20.

5. Books. I set a goal to read 100 books this year, and I have already started with this one.

The youngest of three daughters, Angela DeSaria Malone was always “the princess” of the family, a girl who thought she knew how her life would unfold. High School. College. Marriage. Motherhood. That was how it had gone for her sisters, her cousins, her friends. But it didn’t work out that way for Angie. She and her husband tried desperately to have a child; year after year, their perfectly decorated nursery remained empty. Finally, their marriage collapsed under the weight of lost dreams.

After the divorce, Angie moved back to her hometown and rejoined her loud, loving, slightly crazy family. In West End, a place where life rises and falls in time with the tides, she will find the man who once again will open her heart to love . . . and meet the girl who will change Angie’s life.

Lauren Ribido lives in a rundown apartment in a bad part of town with a mother who cares more about her next drink than about her daughter. At seventeen, Lauren knows that her aspirations in life may never come to pass.

From the moment they meet, Angie sees something special in Lauren. They form a quick connection, this woman who is desperate for a daughter and the girl who has never known a mother’s love. When Lauren is abandoned by her mother, Angie doesn’t hesitate to offer the girl a place to stay. But nothing could have prepared Angie for the far-reaching repercussions of this act of kindness. In a dramatic turn of events, she and Lauren will be tested in a way that mothers and daughters seldom are. Together they will embark on an intensely moving, deeply emotional journey to the very heart of what it means to be a family.

Have a great night! Want to post five things you’re loving this week? Leave a link in the comments.

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