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My Summer Reading List

My Summer Reading List: Fiction & Non-Fiction

A few friends have asked about my reading list for our upcoming trip to Mexico!

Have I mentioned that our good friends invited Ryan to officiate their wedding (Joey Trinbiani style :)—in Acapulco? It was just the nudge we needed to pawn our kids off on our amazing parents and skip town to celebrate our friends’ wedding and our 10-year anniversary. We’ve never done something like this before, and I still can’t believe it’s happening!

So naturally, I’ve been lovingly curating my beach reading list because after the wedding, all I want to do is soak in some pretty views with a good book. :)


My Summer Reading List


The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty

loved Three Wishes, with Big Little Lies as a close second. Liane Moriarty does chick lit in a way that makes you think about life—where our choices lead us and what the people in our lives really mean to us. Love her.

A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley 

Kearsley’s The Winter Sea is my all-time favorite book, so naturally, I’ve read most everything she’s written. None of them have quite lived up, but they’re all so darn engaging—perfect for the beach. Kearsley does historical fiction very well, weaving together past and present, mystery and just enough romance. :)

The Distant Hours by Kate Morton

Another well-liked author. Historical fiction.

When I Found You by Catherine Ryan Hyde

I don’t know much about this one, but it looks touching, and it’s well reviewed on amazon!

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes 

I was so engrossed in Me Before You (a bit heavy but beautiful) that I ordered this one even before I’d finished the first.

  My Summer Reading List: Fiction and Non-Fiction

My Summer Reading List


Love Does by Bob Goff

I cracked this one early, and I LOVE it so far! Probably enough to inspire a future blog post… :)

Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv

Totally smitten with the title.

Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It by Kamal Ravikant

From my self-love reading list for 2015. I’m still plugging away!

Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson

Because… I heart photography, but I’m really just winging it. :)

I have a handful of paperback copies and a handful on kindle / audio. Usually I listen to non-fiction rather than read it, and I love that the audible app lets me drop bookmarks and make notes as I read that I can easily access later.

Have you read any of these, or anything else good lately? You know I love to talk books!

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I used to worry…

Sunday night musings about life and family and love…

I used to worry that if I didn’t have more children, Quinn (our youngest) would never have what her two older brothers share: each other. I worried she’d always be the odd one out, partly because she’s a girl and partly because she’s not quite as close to them in age. It seemed to be an inevitable dynamic in a family of five.


Last night, my husband and I watched a scene unfold from our front window. A little neighbor boy, who is younger and smaller than Quinn but still cannot resist pinching her every time he sees her, started gleefully running after her, pinchers ready. Quinn started running away in fear.

Trenton noticed and started calling to her, leading her toward our front door. Chase defended her from the back, spreading his arms out around her, guarding her as if he were playing defense in a pickup game.

Together they led her straight through our front door and deposited her right into my arms. It was a game for them (they thrived on the drama of the moment), but also a duty that seem to have picked up on innately.


If they’re jumping on a bed, she’s jumping on a bed. If they’re riding bikes, she’s riding bikes. (Here she is, leading the pack). Half the time, if they’re crying or yelling or protesting, she’s doing it too.

They belong to each other and to us and to God. I realized only a few months into mothering my three children that I didn’t need to worry about Quinn being the odd one out. My boys have taught me how to look out for the third.



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