I’m an auntie again! On Monday morning, my brother and his wife had a beautiful baby girl, Cora Noelle. She was 23″ long and 9lb 10oz. Yes, you read that right. Her mother is a champ. And sore, which is understandable. Ms Cora is rolly pollie in all the right places and on her way to being a tall drink of water like her aunt! And, I was told she even has the misfortune of having pod people toes like my dad and I. Flip flops will always be a struggle and she’s going to get weird looks every now and again, but we’ll be here for her to get through it. Isn’t she precious?
We were living in Tennessee when my nephew, Camden, was born so I wasn’t around for that experience which I’ve always harbored some remorse about. Being around for Cora’s birth and watching my brother dote over his new little girl and my mom hold her granddaughter for the first time was so special to see.
Even though she’s only a few days old, she already has all the love in the world from so many people. Myself included. Congratulations, Brent and Nikki. You two make some damn adorable kids.
Switching gears for a sec, I recently finished reading The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. Now I normally don’t do book reviews on the blog, but I was so moved by this one that I couldn’t not say something. It’s the story of two women, Vianne & Isabelle, surviving in Nazi occupied France during WWII. Vianne’s husband was shipped off to fight for France so she is left at home alone along with their daughter, Sophie, to become one of the many war wives of their time and maintain the household. Isabelle is a care-free and spirited young woman who has just left school because she believes in fighting for France instead of allowing Germany to take control. Throughout the years of the war the sisters lives intertwine as a German soldier is billeted in Vianne’s home so her life is under constant watch all while Isabelle has her own incredibly remarkable agenda. I hate to get too involved without giving away the best parts but what I will tell you is this; I opted for the audiobook version of this story and the narrater they chose was wonderful to listen to. It took me a chapter or two to really get involved but when I did, I was enthralled with the words and her dialect and the story. It’s about love and loss. Survival and strength. Family and friendship. And then we got to the last chapter. I haven’t balled from a book ever. There has been a few tears shed here and there but not like this. I’m talking ugly face crying. Ugh. Such a truly wonderful book. It quickly made it onto my top 3 and can safely call it a must read. SO SO good!
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I'm Bri! Lover of food, wine, and photography that is currently traveling with my professional bass fishing husband along with our cantankerous rottie, Kigen. When not traveling you can find me living the lake life off the shores of Lake Mille Lacs in Isle, MN. Pour a drink, pull up a chair and join me as I journey across the country documenting it all along the way!