Life is full of wonderful blessings, most of which include the love of my life and our darling children! It is so easy to get busy amidst the chaos of life and not prioritize our time properly. I want to look back on these days of having young children and homeschooling with gladness knowing that my time was well spent. That being said, there were many times over the past several weeks where I would’ve loved to blog about school, field trips, birthdays, Thanksgiving, how we celebrate the Advent season, Christmas, our relaxing vacation over New Years in the OBX, etc. However, I am well aware that blogging takes time. Time away from something else. Sometimes that is ok, but most of the time there is a little person asking me to read them a book, help them with their school work, “help” them bake a batch of muffins, or just spend time playing with them. We live in a world where getting the undivided attention of a mom is easier said than done. I want my children to know that they have my attention. There will always be the never ending laundry, dishes, meals to make, house to clean, and school lessons to plan. Not surprisingly, that doesn’t leave me with much spare time. What little spare time I have usually finds me reading a book instead of blogging.
I still enjoy blogging when I get bits of time, but it will likely continue to be incredibly sporadic around here! Hopefully those of you who read this blog use some kind of blog reader so that you know when there are updates and aren’t checking in every day. To the few who still read here, thanks for following along!
Since my book posts are often the most loved, I thought I would kick off the new year with a post highlighting some new favorites around here.
The Ashtown Burials Series by N.D. Wilson – A wild, action packed fantasy adventure filled with lost civilizations, ancient secrets, and buried treasure. These are wonderful books to read aloud if your children can patiently wait for you to read to them!
Andrea Carter Series (Circle C Adventures) by Susan K. Marlow – Hailey read this entire series on our vacation and thoroughly enjoyed it. Twelve-year-old Andrea “Andi” Carter, who lives during the 1880s in California on her family’s ranch – the Circle C, attracts trouble the way her palomino horse, Taffy, draws flies on a hot summer day. Andi is the type of girl that loves adventure, is curious about everything and always seems to get into trouble, despite her best efforts not to.
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart – This book has a captivating and unique story line with puzzles built into it that are filled with creative, engaging characters focused around 4 orphans who are exceptionally talented in their own ways.
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks – An imaginative story about friendship and responsibility.
Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry – A classic for horse lovers.
The Kid from Tomkinsville by John R. Tunis – A great read, especially for boys who love baseball.
The Redcoats are Coming by Marianne Hering – Book #13 in the Imagination Station Series is the first of three books about the American Revolution. In this book, the cousins meet Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, and John Hancock. A quick, engaging read that all ages will enjoy.
God’s Great Plan by Melissa Cutrera – Captures the message of the gospel in a beautifully simple and engaging way.
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt – This is a current favorite of Callie and Emma’s, but all of the kiddos find this book hilarious (especially the peach crayon). We are hoping that if we keep reading this book to Emma she will comprehend the proper way to treat crayons, ha!
I Had a Favorite Dress by Boni Ashburn – Another favorite of the little girls right now. A sweet story about a girl who has a favorite dress, outgrows it, and then her mom repurposes it so that she can continue to enjoy it and she learns to embrace change creatively.
God’s Providence by Sally Michael – We have enjoyed similar books (God’s Names and God’s Promises) and so we knew this would make a great devotional to use with the kiddos in the morning. I often read this to the kids before we begin school as part of our Bible time together.
Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung – “A mercifully short book about a really big problem.” As the subtitle mentions, we live in a world where being busy is the norm. This book is filled with biblical tools to address the busyness problem. No one is too busy to read this highly recommended short book!
Desperate: Hope for the Mom who Needs to Breath by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson – This book offers hope amidst the sometimes mundane and exhausting work that moms experience. Full of practical advice and wisdom to help you persevere and thrive as a mom to young children. The two perspectives (Sarah Mae who is currently in this season of life, and Sally Clarkson who is beyond this season of life) bring a unique vantage point that is refreshing and encouraging.
Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotion by Lysa TerKeurst – A funny and heartfelt book that will help you understand emotions and make wise decisions amidst those raw emotions.
The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield – An inspiring testimony and thought provoking read.
Not By Sight: A Fresh Look at Old Stories of Walking by Faith by Jon Bloom – Brian and I have been reading this together (well, I read aloud to him!) and have thoroughly been enjoying these short, faith building stories together in the morning. His imaginative story telling brings fresh life to old stories in an engaging way that will build your faith.
And last, but not least … I have been reading the last book of the Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson to the kiddos. This book is technically not available yet, but because we were a kickstarter backer for the last book in the series, we received a PDF version of the book (before final editing). However, it is only approximately the first half of the book, so pretty soon we will be waiting with everyone else for the conclusion! Now is a great time to start this series because you will not have to wait long for the final book by the time you finish the first 3 books in the series!
Happy reading! This time of the year is the perfect time to cuddle up on the sofa with a hot drink a good book!