Tuesday, January 26, 2016

What we are reading, watching, talking about....

The kids and I love, from late October to mid-March, to snuggle up and dig into books, get lost in awesome movies, and have deep talks.  Here have been some of our recent favorites....

Frindle by Andrew Clements
Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker
Narnia Series (audio)
Missionary Stories with the Millers by Mildred A. Martin
The Complete Brambly Hedge by Jill Barklem
My youngest and I are also working our way through the entire Magic Treehouse series together

Max Lucado's A Christmas Candle
Crown for Christmas
A Bishop's Wife
Norman Rockwell presents Christmas Tail
Oh Christmas Tree
The Egg and I & Ma and Pa Kettle

My kids are always asking questions....I mean it seriously never stops.  Some are soul stumping: 'why, after I pray and pray, does God not make things better?'...some are curious: 'why does the flamingoes knee/leg bend both ways?'....some are funny: 'Mom were you alive when George Washington was?'....and some are eye opening: 'What are you feeling right now because your face looks grumpy'.  

At the end of the day I am rung out, so so tired.  My introverted self seriously craves alone time, time to think and time to get lost in a book.  But as I sat down the other day to finish crossing off the dots in my bullet journal, I realized that as I have grown older I have lost that curiosity that comes so naturally to kids.  But I want it back, I want to stop now and ask 'what's working/what's not', 'what's God doing in my life, in my marriage, in my relationships', I want to ask my kids the same things and truly listen to their answer.  Not listen with the intent to reply, but listen with the intent to connect and understand their hearts.  We have them for such a short time, I don't want to waste the gift...

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