Friday, September 1, 2023

Friday Favorites & the books I read in August [9.1.23]


Happy Friday, friends, and happy September! I'm linking up with Andrea and Erika for today's favorite blog post of the week. I hope you've had a great week! I'll jump right in with some favorites from my week.

I went to get my nails done last Friday after my dad left, and this color is one of my favorites! It's Less is Norse, by OPI. I went darker since I knew it was the start of my favorite time of year.

Scripture writing is my favorite! I have been doing a form of this for a very long time, and the reason I love it is because it helps me to remember God's word. I love to pray it back to Him and I love to be able to use it when I'm encouraging someone. 

That being said, I'm going to use this plan in September. Do you want to join me? I used to print this out, but now all I do is copy the references down in my journal and write it out there each day.

This is my favorite picture of my man! He bought himself a used Harley last weekend, and I could not be happier for him. I'm eventually going to ride with him, but he wants to get more confident before that happens.

It was my favorite thing getting to see my sister Lisa this week! She flew in to surprise Mom for her birthday on Monday, and we had a great time hanging out on Saturday, then again on Monday night. I hadn't seen her since last Thanksgiving, so it was good to get my fix. 

We ate lunch at one of my favorite places, Moondance, and I had this amazing wedge salad.

Those are my favorite! 

Chloe's favorite thing to do is to lean on Chip. He's her favorite toy! 

It's my favorite thing in all of the world to see my sons sitting together in church. This was three out of four of them last week. Noah was traveling back from Dallas on this morning.

After church, Missy and I jumped in the car and headed to Nashville for the rest of the day to see this sweet friend. That was a favorite from the week, for sure. 

Taking notes is also one of my favorite things to do, and I had plenty to write the night of the women's event. Sophie Hudson was the speaker. and I love what she had to say.

This is one of my favorite pictures of my mom. She's with my handsome nephew, Tyler, and this was taken a couple of years ago. Aren't they adorable? 

This is one of my favorite memories from when the boys were younger. Jonah and Noah saw these giant bears at Costco one time and convinced me to let them spend their money on them. Me being me, of course I was on board with this, so this was us in the Suburban heading home afterward. You should have seen the stares we were getting over this! 🤣

I was in the mood for fall, what with the cooler temps we've had this week, so I decided to put out all of my favorite décor! I'm just sharing a sneak peak...I'll share more in a few weeks.

And speaking of decorating, that's what I've been doing all week at the bookstore, as well! I've been rearranging displays and trying to make things eye catching for people who come in.

This is my favorite saying and sign!

One of my sweet friends from Bible study brought me her fresh peach on Wednesday. She had brought it as a snack and never ate it, so she gave it to me. I ate it when I got home; it was delicious!

And lastly, yesterday was my favorite lunch view! I was at the bookstore, and had sat to eat and do a few things on my laptop. The little spider plants I have are my favorite as well. I bought four of them a month ago, and kept two of them here. The other two are at the bookstore, and today, I replanted them in coffee mugs. 

Isn't that cute? This mug above is one that my sister Debi gave to me, and the other one not pictured is in a mug that looks similar but that my best friend gave to me. I love having little reminders around me of the people I love. 

That wraps up my favorites from the week...


...and now for the book portion of this post—click on the picture of each book, and you'll be taken to a separate link on Amazon. I hope you're inspired by one or two of these!

First up was...


You see five stars because I loved this book! First, it's the same author of another recent and favorite book, Nora Goes Off Script. This one was every bit as wonderful! It's the story of Sam, who is off to her parent's Long Island beach home to scout out wedding venues with her fiancé Jack. She hasn't been to this beach house in ages, and with good reason: everything about the place brings back all of her old memories of her very first love, Wyatt. Imagine her surprise when he shows up to her parent's house, acting as if he's their long lost best friend that has come back home. Even her little sister Gracie loves him! Sam tries to stay away and keep her distance, because her heart still hurts over the way he ended things when they were in high school. After years of counseling, she's finally able to speak his name without feeling sick; can she survive one week with him living right next door and showing up to every single family dinner? What will Jack think? Will she be able to face seeing him every single day she's there that week? 

Don't just take my word for it, friends. You should definitely read this book. 

Next up was...


Benedict Stone is a quirky man with a family business of jewelry making. When his parents died, not only did he raise his younger brother, he also took over the family business. He and his brother are estranged now, though, and his marriage is in trouble. Late one night he gets a knock on his front door; a beautiful young girl is standing on his doorstep, claiming to be his niece. After proving to be who she said she was, Benedict agrees to let Gemma stay with him for a few days before going back home. Is she really there just to visit, though? Or is there something else going on? Gemma is more than he bargained for, but in a surprising way.

This was a really good book! I had a few issues with it, though. One, I've seen this as a Hallmark movie and couldn't get past the differences. Secondly, I loved the story and how things turned out, but the author droned on and on and on. I was ready to be finished by the time I actually reached the end of the book.

Thirdly was this one...


Four summer camp that set the trajectory for the rest of their lives...even if life has taken them apart in miles, they'll always be the Songbird of Summer to each other. When they learn the summer camp of their youth is in major financial trouble, they band together to save it; if it meant so much to them, it would surely mean that to more young girls! 

I love Kristy's books and I love a good story about adults returning to summer camps of their youth. Have you seen the movie Indian Summer? It was from the 90's, and this was very reminiscent of that movie. I enjoyed it, but again, I was ready to be finished with the story once I knew how it was going to turn out. 

And last was...


Darley, the oldest daughter in the wealthy Stockton family, traded her job and inheritance for motherhood; Sasha, a middle class New England girl, married into this family that lives in the Brooklyn Heights, and finds herself cast as an outsider; Georgiana, the baby of the family, has fallen in love with someone she can't have...and she must decide what kind of person she wants to be. 

I love a book about family drama, and I also love a book set in New York City; this one sparkles with flawed but loveable characters, the peculiar characteristics about a family that is unknowable, and the miles between the haves and the have-nots. This book was witty, sharp, and enjoyable. The only reason I didn't rate it with 5 stars is because it took me a long time to read it; I don't know if it's because I could put it down, or because of my life at the moment and how I've been busy again. Either way, I highly recommend this one!


Did you happen to read my other blog posts from this week? I'll link them below.

Saturday was Share 4 Somethings, which always takes place on the last Saturday of every month.

Monday was a weekend recap post where I shared about my mom and sister who flew in to surprise her for her birthday.

On Wednesday I talked about my new job, responsibilities, and what I've been wearing in this month's edition of What's Up Wednesday.

And finally, for anyone still here at the end of this monumental post, this Wednesday September 6 is when I'm hosting this month's Currently post. We'll be sharing what we're currently loving, experiencing, dreaming, eating, and using to decorate. In October we'll share what we're currently loving, excited about, watching, seeing, and observing. I hope you join us! Thanks for reading my blog, friends. Love to all!


  1. I am so excited that Same Time Next Summer is waiting for me at the library but I have no time to get it! I am going to try to get it tomorrow right when they open. I am also interested in Pineapple Street!
    Love your nais, love the bookstore! Happy Friday, friend!

  2. You're going to love it, especially if you loved her other book! I'm excited for you to read that book. I plan on finishing Pineapple Street today! Thanks, friend! I hope yours is great!

  3. So much goodness in one post- love it all! That is one of my favorite fall and winter nail colors too :)

  4. Thanks, Holly! That's funny about the nail color. I was looking for the color Alpaca My Bags by OPI, but they didn't have it in the dip powder. I do love this one, though! I hope your weekend is wonderful, my friend. 🖤

  5. That is a nice bike! I know you enjoyed time with your sister. Sounds like a good week and yay for September & fall decor!

  6. I love your pretty nail polish and it looks just perfect for fall. I bet that peach was so good. I will miss all of the summer fruits. I hope you have a nice weekend.

  7. That was a great post full of favorites!! I need to go back and read about your new job, a bookstore!! I love all your family time and books! Have a great weekend!

  8. I tried to print a pdf of the scripture writing from Sweet Blessings website but was unable. May I ask for a pdf of your copy?

    PS - I purchased the Lexus yesterday

  9. Oh I can image the stares over those large bears! LOL My mother in law used to drive around all winter with a large snowman strapped into the rear passenger seat just for fun. It was hilarious. I am going to have to check out Same Time Next Summer; I LOVED Nora Goes Off Script.

  10. I can't wait to read Same Time Next Summer. It will be a good way to wrap up the summer reading season. Love the motorcycle!!

  11. I love your fall nail color! I just got my nails done and did my traditional Funny Bunny...I will remember your color for when the temps cool off and I go darker. The bear pic is too funny...thankfully, you had a suburban! haha
    I love all of your family pics. I hope you have a great weekend.

  12. Marilyn, I think so too! I love seeing him on it and that he has something that he loves to do that's relaxing for him. Every man needs a hobby!

  13. Thank you, Julie! I love darker nail colors when it's closer to fall. I love this time of year, but I am like you and will miss fresh veggies and fruits. We've eaten our fair share of both this summer! We've been on an avocado kick all summer long!

  14. Thanks, Sarah! Yes, I love my new job as the keeper of our bookstore/café! I feel like I am living my dream and feel so fortunate every time I go to work there. I thought that Sunday as I was there!

  15. Jen, congratulations! I can't wait to see pictures of it...maybe you'll share one or two on your blog? I forgot about the PDF file...I actually don't have one, but you can go to her blog and find them, I think.

  16. Tanya, it's so good! I read another great one this weekend, by Lynn Painter. I found another new author to love!

  17. Thanks, Jen! The second September comes, I'm ready for darker nails. I'm such a nerd and have my colors scheduled way in advance! I already know what I'll be wearing in October as well. I only go once a month, so it's something I like to plan.


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