A lovely reader left this comment on my blog awhile ago on Miranda’s Coming Home essay, and I earmarked it, because I love it and I thought all my readers would too.
Your story brings tears to my eyes since I takes me back to when my husband I took the same leap of faith. I am so grateful I listened to that still soft voice which beckoned me to trust in God’s providence and not our own – even though at the time I made the lions share of our income. That was almost 20 years ago and now the little ones I stayed home to be with have moved out and are beginning their own journeys. We endured some very lean years, but the gift of time has taught me that you don’t regret the materials things you sacrificed to stay home with them. Even all the hours we ended up having together didn’t feel like enough as we drove them off to college and helped them pack their things to move into their own places. This nation so desperately needs young children who feel valued, loved and secure… it is a priceless gift we give not only ourselves and our children but our communities as well.
I want to shout that from the rooftops. “Even all the hours we ended up having together didn’t feel like enough as we drove them off to college and helped them pack their things to move into their own places.”
We bought the “ingredients” to do thisalready. But right now, I’m going to appreciate the full green trees before they change and drop their leaves and become gray sticks in the sky for months and months. How I craved seeing the green in April! It was hard to imagine it, one gets so used to the gray sticks. So now I am going to take special notice.
I have a huge pile of books (mostly historical fiction) from the library to start on.
Here are a few of Janey’s favorites (this week!):
This is one of our favorite books, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read it.
Poor Mr. Carp has to save a fish who has grown too large for even the town swimming pool after a boy feeds his pet too much.
Janey has always loved these Dick and Jane readers I have had awhile. I remember these types of readers from when I was in first grade. Patrick is bringing home what they use in school now, and I can’t help but compare. The books now are so cartooney, and over-animated to me. The Dick and Jane books have such nice simple illustrations of real people and real things and events. I once had a great conversation with a retired teacher and she said that every couple years someone comes up with a new and exciting way to change the old ways that just worked, and eventually they go back, only to start all over again with the new and exciting way, whether it’s too teach handwriting, or reading, or math.
I noticed with my older kid’s textbooks there is so much information on one page-all these little sections with questions or extra facts and pictures, crowding out the basic text-so many distractions on one page, again and again. It hurts my head-maybe because I like symmetry and uniformity and to able to concentrate on one subject or story at a time. I don’t think our educational materials are helping our children’s concentration skills that’s for sure.
Have you noticed this or is it just me?
A first grade reading book today.
Here is a fun book from the library that Janey and I laugh over. This poor dog Katie can not control herself around new kittens, and keeps getting herself in trouble. There is a lot of emotion in this book which Janey loves-Katie goes from uncontrollable excitement to sadness when she gets scolded and for some reason Janey thinks that is hilarious.
Next up, our favorite autumn/Halloween books! And hopefully I will have stayed awake long enough to get through at least one of those books from my stack.