Thursday, January 22, 2015
My Book Year
Once again you may think it is this sunny and clear here in Sitka all the time, since that is what I keep posting. But you would be 100% wrong in that thinking. These were taken on one of the 4 sunny days in December. I remember it well, cold, clear and beautiful. The days that have kept January so far and very much not clear, cold and beautiful...but next Tuesday there is supposed to be sun..only 20% chance of rain..and that right there is hope. Which is all I need somedays!!
And with all the rain this new year I have a new mission as well. A mission I stumbled upon in the Seattle airport during a layover to see Pete's dad. I sat in the airport and read the newsletter from Amongst Lovely Things and she talked about her goals and her One Thing. I remember reading it thinking...I wish I knew my One Thing. My one goal that I wanted to set. I was not even allowing myself the luxury of thinking od different goals for different areas of my life. I just wished I could focus on one goal in one area. That would have really felt like MY ONE THING.
My struggle sometimes is I want to do so much that I overwhelm myself and wind up doing nothing. And then I stumbled on Modern Mrs. Darcy blog. And after days of reading her end of the year book posts, my One Thing began to take shape in my mind. My One Thing could be to read more. I love reading. It is what made me want to home school my kids in the first place. I read all the book lists in Laura Berquist's book and REALLY wanted my kids to be that well read...and hopeful that I could join the in reading them.
And part of that equation came true, Emily and Molly are amazing readers. They read ALL the time and they always amaze me with their ability to plow through a stack of books like it is a bag of chips. But I stopped reading as much as I wanted to. I listen to books ALL the time as I run ...but holding a book and reading quietly just stopped. I used to read to them ALL the time. Hours a day we would read. And then babies kept coming and I stopped reading out loud that much. The older girls were such good readers and the three middle people were so busy and not that thrilled about reading for hours. And I just got busy and put it all on a shelf.
And guess what Jack, HATES reading. He would rather do most anything else then read. I blame myself, but I will confess that whole situation another time. Lucy like the idea of reading but it is not a love yet...and Priscilla loves a story read to her but her actual reading skills are just about non existent. I could blame the public school system..and some of you guys reading may...but I blame me. I could have, I should have read more to them. I knew better. I saw better. I just forgot!! I just got busy. Getting piles of fresh books from the library became very hard...oh the list goes on.
Anyway...I am back to it !! I have a mission. This year is my year of BOOKS...all things books...for all of us. How can I expect my little kids to love reading if they have never seen reading being LOVED...if they have not had books wrapped up with good memories...and love...and mama???
It is not to late. I can change their hearts when it comes to reading. I been very inspired by Sarah and her podcasts and her revival, and by Anne's book posts and amazing blog. I will be back to share more later this week....
How can a mom who is not home schooling make this work?? Watch me try....