As you know, I just had a birthday and because my friends and family know me well, I received quite a few amazon gift cards. Yay!! So, my list of books to read is long. Here are a few that I have ordered, and I still have some room left on a gift card...
I always appreciate an honest review of a book before I purchase it, so I thought I would say a few things about each book as I make my way through the stack--with each book serving different purposes, obviously. But before I even start with the stack above, I thought I would talk about a book I borrowed, rather than ordered--Loving the Little Years. I had actually been wanting to read it for a while because I can always use advice on how to navigate my way through these young children years, particularly from a biblical perspective.
The book is a really short and really easy read--which is maybe appropriate for it's audience ;) It was easy to digest in the midst of the craziness of day to day life. It's mostly a practical book. It felt a bit like I was sitting down for coffee with a good friend, who is maybe a few steps ahead of me in motherhood and she was asking, "have you tried this?" and then providing some really good tips for "doing motherhood" well. At first I was going to say that it is a book to borrow rather than buy, if you can, but the more I think about it, the more I think I might order it. It really is one to go back to on a bad day for a reminder of a better way to handle things. Let me give an example, Rachel Jankovic (the author) suggests choosing a word to eliminate from your vocabulary (in theory, obviously the word will come back up at some point). For her, the word was overwhelmed. She noticed that she was often using that word out loud and in her head, and she realized that as soon as she "let herself go there," it only made things worse. As I reflected on that a bit, I realized that my word is "stressed," and it's so true, as soon as that word pops into my head, it is all too easy to slip into a pity party. If I dismiss the word as soon as it pops up, it is much easier to just face the situation head on and get on with it. Does that make sense at all? Bottom line, I really did leave the book with very practical tips for finding more joy in this stage of motherhood. (She absolutely addresses the heart issue behind all of it, but for the most part, there is a lot of practical take away, which I really liked).
Now, I have moved onto Give Them Grace. I am only one chapter in, and already I am underlining left and right. It is so good, so I am sure I will have much to say about that one when it's over, and maybe along the way?
Like I mentioned, I still have some amazon money to spend, and I would love to splurge on some really fun fiction. To me, there is nothing better at the end of the day than getting lost in a fiction book. So, do you have any recommendations? Please!! I like lots of different things--The Hunger Games, The Mitford Series, Harry Potter, Jane Austen, Anne of Green Gables, other classics--but nothing too "schoolish,"--so please share some of your favorites. Thanks!!
And I'll close with some pictures of the kiddos just to mix it up