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I called my mom to ask her a question about a potential reading curriculum I was looking at for our oldest next year. Prior to ministry, my mom taught kindergarten for years, and I knew she was familiar with this particular curriculum. While we were talking she told me a childhood story I didn’t remember. Apparently as a first grader, we were driving to see my grandparents in Alabama. Not too long into our trip, I had read all the books I brought with me and her magazines. I had moved on to the newspaper my dad had and I was in the backseat asking her, “What are obit…obit…?” Mom tells me she laughed and said, “Obituaries are little stories about people’s lives written after they’ve died.” And then I continued right on reading.

I so hope our kids have the same love of reading. I love the C.S. Lewis quote, “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” I feel Mr. Lewis would have appreciated a Route 44 from Sonic Happy Hour–half sweet, half unsweet if he’s like me. I’ve got my Kindle loaded up for the week, and I’m looking forward to reading on my parent’s patio, hopefully under blue skies and warmer temperatures.

Here are a few of my favorites recently…

Reckless Faith by Beth Guckenberger- I mentioned this book the other day. Jessica gave it to me, and I absolutely loved it. Reading Beth’s story fanned my flame for orphans, and Jessica and I may or may not have hatched a plan to move to Mexico. (Matt and Stephen, we think you would look great in sombreros.)

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller- I gave this one to Matt for Christmas and then “borrowed” it. It’s inspiring and honest and a great kick in the pants–if there is such a thing.

The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin- I love historical fiction, and this story is based on the life of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, wife of Charles Lindbergh. I only knew the Wikipedia version of the Lindberghs’ piece of history, but this book illuminates the nuances of their family history from Anne’s perspective.

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas- This one could rival Moby Dick in terms of length. I still have a lot to read but it’s fascinating so far. It is rich with research and detail–not exactly beach material–but a great read late at night under the cast of a lone light bulb.

Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing by Sally Lloyd-Jones- I realized during Advent that the girls are much more receptive to learning in the morning so we got this devotional, and we read one every morning during breakfast. From the same author of The Jesus Storybook Bible that we read every night before bed with the girls, there are 101 short devotionals written in language that kids can understand and accompanied with beautiful illustrations. But the truth within these devotionals is powerful, and sometimes I feel like they’re more for me than anyone else.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty- Saturday night was date night, and after a pile of chips and queso and a yummy plate of fajitas Matt and I went to the Bartlett Cinema for the $3 version of this movie. It was great and slightly weird and funny and inspiring all at the same time. I loved the story and the music, and I might have added a few more things to my Life Goals list by the end. Though fighting off a shark while yelling, “Not a por-poise!” did not quite make the list.

I loved the quote from the movie where Walter Mitty asks Sean O’Connell when he is going to take the picture of the snow leopard he’s been waiting for. Sean replies, “Sometimes I don’t. If I like a moment, for me, personally, I don’t like to have the distraction of the camera. I just want to stay in it.” A few days into Lent and giving up social media, I have found myself taking less pictures. I love photography–love, love, love it. But it’s nice to just enjoy the moment too. I read this blog from The Define School a few weeks ago and enjoyed what the author Michele Anderson shared about putting down the camera.

The girls and I are headed to Mississippi today to hang out with my sister and parents during Gracie’s spring break. (Side note from a big sis–I’m crazy proud of my little sister. She is working so hard at nursing school and I can’t wait to hug her neck!)

Happy Spring Break!

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