We are still waiting for our foster care license to come through. We have done everything (so many big and little things), and we are waiting again! So much waiting… Amazingly, no matter how long we wait, we always manage to find something else that needs to be done! We really are done now though…except for re-cleaning the house and hang a little art work. Officially we have done all that we need to do. Now we wait for the powers that be to give us full approval, and then we will be eligible to be foster parents! We are all so very excited to serve the Lord as a foster family; I have to keep reminding myself: God’s timing, God’s plans.
Amanda’s Book List
I finished very few books this month, because I lost the first book I had been reading. I was determined to find the book before I started another. This was a mistake because unfortunately, it took me many, many days before I found the book–under my son’s bed! Since I never read this book in my kids’ room, I am at a loss as to how it got there! Perhaps a Bedtime Book Monster…
The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells Lately I kept hearing people mention H.G. Wells, and I realized that I had only ever read one of his books. When I happened upon a copy of The War of the Worlds, I had to pick it up. I am not usually a science fiction gal, but I really enjoyed this book! The story was vivid and unique. I was amazed at the depth and interest of the author’s vocabulary. He used so many interesting words, like heliograph, ululation, and integument. Honestly, I was so fascinated by Wells use of language that I marked the words I didn’t know and looked them up in a dictionary later!
If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty by Eric Metaxas I mostly prefer fiction, but Metaxas is my very favorite non-fiction writer. He is actually one of my favorite writers hands down. When the Constitution was drafted in 1787, Benjamin Franklin was approached by a woman asking what kind of government the founders had given the American people. Franklin replied: “A republic, if you can keep it.” Metaxas illuminates the story of our country’s beginning and the lives of some of those who helped to form her: George Whitefield, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and more. If You Can Keep It is fascinating, inspiring, and challenging. I think this book should be read by every American.
Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart: The Story of Amber and Essie told here in Poems and Pictures by Vera B. Williams This is a short, middle grade novel written in verse. Each one-page poem slowly reveals the story of two sisters’ joy and heartache. I struggle to find the words to explain this book to you. I happened upon it at the public library and read the entire book while my children used the library computer. I laughed, and I cried. The book moved me in a beautiful way, and I left changed.
Jeremy’s Book List
Jeremy read this month, but he wasn’t able to finish any books. He’ll get back to you next month.
The Kids: Both boys have been reading books by Andrew Clements, the author of Findle. All of the books are delightful and funny. The boys have enjoyed them all.
Family Read Alouds:
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis We finished this book (the third in the Chronicles of Narnia series) and really enjoyed it. We were inspired to have some spiritual conversations due to this book. I loved seeing understanding dawn in my children’s eyes!
Couple Read Aloud:
We are still reading A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle. Reading aloud as a couple is slow going, but we are enjoying the book.