So how have you been? I’d tell you I’m still swamped here, but you already know that, so we’ll dispense with that formality. 🙂 Actually, though, I’ve read two books recently (like in the past two weeks) that I’d like to recommend. Somehow, I’ve ended up on a blogger-turned-author kick. Anyway, the first is Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected about Being a Mom, by Lisa-Jo Baker. I don’t read very many motherhood books anymore that really speak to me, because I’m pretty far down the road, but this one did. I was thinking, as I read it, how we become mothers all over again with each new child. It’s not something that happens to us just once, but an ongoing journey, through which we continue to grow and evolve. And I liked that her role model for motherhood was someone who was in love with her children. 🙂
The second is Something Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It, by Jennifer Fulwiler. Before I start, you should know that I don’t read her blog. I don’t really like her blog, so I was not expecting to like this book. (I really don’t know why I purchased it.) A lot of it, though, reminded me of my own journey into the Church, and I was delighted to learn that she, too, had been baptized as an infant. I really believe that was an important factor in my own coming to Catholicism. And I cried at the end, as I cry whenever someone new is brought into the fold, whether an adult at the Easter Vigil Mass, or an infant on an ordinary Sunday afternoon. So. I don’t like her blog, but I very much enjoyed her book, and intend to recommend it to my older children. I think it would be nice to read as they’re thinking about Confirmation.
I read another blogger book in early May that I didn’t mention, The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful, by Myquillan Smith. Never read her blog, either, and, after checking it out after the fact, never will. I loved the book, though, and it got my creative juices flowing. I hung pictures on the wall! And I’ve settled on what I want to do in our bedroom, as soon as I get Davey to knock down a weird cubby taking up all the space. 🙂 So that makes three books, not two.
I may not have much blogging time, but I can read and knit.
Since I’m on a roll, how about a fourth? We’re almost done reading aloud The Mysterious Benedict Society. Highly enjoyable, though at 500 pages, it’s a long read-aloud. The older girls were supposed to go to youth group at church last night, and they almost backed out so they wouldn’t miss the story. Megan tells me that when they got there 15 minutes early, they stopped the car just long enough to ascertain that the doors were still locked, before speeding home and rushing into the house to discover, with happy sighs, that we hadn’t begun story hour yet.
We’ve got a happy little life here.
Now, I’m going to go change my sheets. That hasn’t been done in an embarrassingly long time. 😉