Friday, March 14, 2014

Love wins. Fault in out Stars.

Afternoon pick up

"You say you're not special
because the world doesn't know about you,
but that's an insult to me.
I know about you.

~John Green
The Fault in our Stars.

I'm almost done with this heart-breaking, thoughtful book.
It happens to be all the rage for the teens.
Katie read it first and I wanted to read it so we could talk about it.
I know I should do it the other way around but...I don't.

It is a good book that can be hard to read.
There are many important themes in this book and lots of poignant quotes to save and ponder.

I enjoyed the writing and the characters and the words.

"The world is not a wish-granting factory."

Not for anyone....which is strangely comforting to me.

All we can do, really, is love one another...really really well.

With love,


  1. Anonymous12:01 PM

    Love this photo of you two!
    There are many days that I don't feel special . Might have to read this book, thanks.

  2. Beautiful, both of you.

  3. Anonymous12:35 PM

    My daughter (15) read it in two I had to read it! We both loved it, for reasons that are close to our hearts. My husband (her daddy) has cancer, so although a different scenario from Hazel and Augustus, still a beautiful "real" look at relationships in the face of illness.

    1. You have my prayers, Lisa.


    2. Anonymous3:12 PM

      Thank you Di. It is kind of you to comment. I love Donna's blog :) Always encouraging and "real". I like real.

    3. I'm so glad you commented. I loved how Hazel's patents were written and how she was so concerned for them. God bless your family.

    4. Anonymous4:54 PM

      Praying for your family Lisa!

    5. Anonymous8:44 AM

      From my family to yours, Lisa.....peace.....

      Bridget in Minnesota

  4. Anonymous12:37 PM

    Great picture! Katie is as cute as can be.

    You got it, Donna. Love wins.

    Now, instead of doing my work I am going to go back to the book post and make a list.
    ta ta,
    Sarah P. from Iowa

  5. I just typed out my list of recommendations from Weds, Donna. Such great titles. I am still working through the last list, but I love to keep going!

    Lovely photo. Great glasses, Donna.

    And if I could learn how to do my make-up as well as your girl does? Well, that would be grand.

    Happy Friday!


    1. Anonymous1:39 PM

      I just finished making my list of books from the book post. 35 books to read now. LOL I'm set for a long, long time. : )
      Sarah P.

  6. Wow -- such a gorgeous image you posted today. Glorious. Do you follow Anna Maria Horner (the glorious fabric lady) on IG? Her cute teen daughter cut her waist length hair to super short like Katie yesterday. She posted pics. Made me think of you! :)

    LOVE the quotes you shared from this book. Must add this to the list for the summer. Wish granting factory indeed....

  7. Anonymous2:20 PM

    I love Hazel and Augustus -- and John Green for bringing them to life. Molly had encouraged me to read that book and so, when she was in Europe last summer, I picked it up and coudln't put it down until I finished.

    **Spoiler alert** Moll and her teammates were touring Anne Frank's house on the exact day I was reading about Hazel and Gus doing the same. It gave me goosebumps.

    LOVE this picture of you and Katie!!

    Mary Z

    1. I'm glad to know you read it and loved it too Mary. Ann Frank's house...oh the two of them climbing...and kissing ;o)

    2. That is amazing about the timing of your reading overlapping your daughter's visit! Cool!

  8. I keep hearing about this book; I need to add this to my list :-)

  9. Katie's hair is sooooo soooo cute. I love it.

  10. I love that you read the same books so that you can discuss them. How wonderful that she cherishes your thoughts and feelings on such subjects. Bravo!

  11. Soooo, is this a thumbs up recommendation? I have an avid reader teen and I'd love to have her read more books with a bit o'grit to them. I definitely don't have much time to read and tend to rely on the opinions of those I trust :-)

    Tammy ~@~

    P.S. I am taking time to read Winter Watch and am almost done! :-) Yay, Anita!

    1. Anonymous4:56 PM

      I finished Winter Watch a week ago….I agree, Yay, Anita!

    2. Tammy, I'm afraid this would be too gritty for your daughter. I was unaware of the swearing and one other particular situation... When I heard about them I knew I had to read it to talk things over. It is ripe for discussion. Just not sure how much you want your teen to read. Check discussion boards first.

  12. Anonymous5:00 PM

    Let us love one another, really, really well….speaks to me!
    Two beautiful gals in that great photo, thanks for sharing!
    love and prayers from a tired, but happy nana who "ran" around outside with the energy explosion that happens when our two grands play, jep

  13. just saw the trailer for the movie. looks heartbreaking.

  14. Love wins is my motto! Lovely picture of the two of you!

  15. That is a great picture of you both! And I thought I'd share that, while doing my annual college basketball picks as we approach March Madness, I found myself choosing "Wisconsin" a few times because I enjoy reading your blog. :) That's one of the BEST reasons for choosing bracket winners, don't you think?


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