Didn't want you all to think I'd given up...but after "To Kill A Mockingbird" it was really hard to concentrate on anything else. (How do you pick a book to follow up Harper Lee's magic?)
I've been reading a couple of books that were not on my list to help me "get back into the groove."
I finished a great book by Sally Clarkson that really helped to refresh my "mission" as a mother. She has such a sweet, accepting outlook on motherhood that reminds me that there should be no expectations of perfection in my role as the temporary protector, nurturer, and guide to these incredible "little people" that God has lent to me. And, I feel so validated in her reflection on what I'm actually trying to accomplish here...to raise intelligent, thoughtful, loving, responsible, Godly children that I will one day send out into the world to continue the cycle. That in itself sounds nearly impossible for one person to do, and I have always complained that there was no "manual" for parents to follow to help in raising children. Mrs. Clarkson gently reminded me that there is indeed a book full of all we need to know to raise great kids laid out in 66 easy to read chapters...the Bible! Excellent book! (Of course I mean "The Mission of Motherhood" AND the Bible!!)
The other book I'm reading (and relishing) is Robert K. Massie's "Peter The Great", an 800+ page tome that I dove into after a great lecture on Russian history. HAD to know more!
This one will take me a bit...so I can officially start back on my list and...
on to Book #13..."Their Eyes Were Watching God." I've been told I will need Cliffnotes for this book, but I'm going to give it a try without and see what happens!
Onward and Forward!!