Friday, August 21, 2009

Book Description: Susie wakes up after a party knowing something isn't right. When she discovers she is pregnant but has no idea who the father is, she decides to place her baby for adoption with an infertile couple from church. Following through ends up being more challenging than she'd imagined. But she wants to do the right thing. If only Jeff would quit trying to marry her so she'll keep her baby! Why doesn't he understand? It's not about him; it's about what's best for her child. Meanwhile, a man shows up in her life that looks irritatingly familiar. Could he be the father?

My Thoughts: I am adopted and this is the first book that I have read with the point of view focused on the birth mother and the couple adopting the baby. All of the emotions in the story were real and raw. I felt everyone of them. What is great about what Michelle Sutton is that she isn't afraid to write about what is real. This stuff is really going on in our YA today and she writes about it honestly and right in your face! I didn't want to put the book down! This is an absolutely beautiful story. It shows that an birth mother and the adopted family can work together for the good of the child. This is a definite must read, it's one of my top 10 for the year! I give it a lighthouse and shine a light on it for pointing a path to God!


Okay, time for me to rant just a bit! It's my blog and I'm allowed! While I'm glad to be away from my soon to be EX in the east. I love being west, but living in a little town stinks!!!! Because Nampa is a little town so are the way they see things. I tell you they have little mind mentality! And in a big way! They can't seem to see things in the big picture. Everything is looked at in the small little town way. They don't see things outside the box, meaning that what is right in front of them is the most important. Most have lived here all of their lives, no where else and they don't know what's outside ID. It's very frustrating for someone who has lived all over and know that things can and do function more efficiently elsewhere.

Instead of trying to make things enjoyable for the students at the high school they run it like a college. I wonder why . . . Nampa Nazarene is just down the street. Lets get the kids all ready to straight from high school onto Nampa's campus. Like that is what I want for my daughter! Went to a Nazarene college, not my plan for my daughter; she can go where she wants!

High school is suppose to be fun, as is the sport a student chooses to play. Not if you live in Nampa! You can just forget that! The coaches take the fun out of the sport by working the players so hard that their vomiting while running the mile during conditioning for volleyball tryouts. New students get put on probation for grades from their last quarter when the school year hasn't even started, and the athletic director knows nothing about the student or the circumstances surrounding that student. It's just these are the rules . . . plain and simple! The big picture is you find out about the new students who make the team and work with them. Not ping them off the bat. Especially when the coaches say that for the students who've been at the school they won't know about their grades until half - way through the season. Talk about a double standard!

If that isn't enough when it comes to registering for classes your herded in like a bunch of cattle to pick your classes. After taking 3 years of German your student is told she needs to take Spanish because she will need it because of the area she now lives in. She was also told that her Drama class wouldn't count for a speech class . . . why I have no earthly clue. The last time I checked in Drama you stand in front of people and SPEAK!!!!!! After choosing all of these classes you then WAIT for the schedule to be done and then make any changes. It's utterly ridiculous!

I'm hoping and praying that I will get use to this "mentality" in time. Right now it's hard to swallow with my lil girl in the middle of it.
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