Thank you so much for your prayers as our family continues to change and grow. Please pray that the Lord would continue to give us mercy, strength, compassion, and love. Pray that He would bind us together in love as a family.
Amanda’s Book List
With the preparation for our additions and trying to finish up the end of the school year, we didn’t read a lot this month. Honestly I think I am the only one who read anything worth sharing about, and my book list is short. By the way, I would love to hear if any of you have read any of the books we are reading or if you are planning to read them. I would also love to hear any of your book recommendations!
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren I was a huge fan of Pippi as a child, but I realized that I don’t think I ever read about her. I apparently only saw her on the screen; though whether I was introducted to Pippi through one of the movies, on TV, or on the cartoon, I can’t remember. Maybe it was a mixture of all three. But I do remember having my mom thread pipe cleaners through the middle of my braids so that they would curve up like Pippi’s; so when I happened upon a copy of the book, I was really excited. And then I was really disappointed.
Now every character doesn’t have to be a role model. We learn a lot and get great interest in reading about people who royally mess up their lives. My problem with Pippi was that she was so interesting and likeable that she was clearly the hero in the story. Who wouldn’t love a story about a super strong girl who has a pet monkey and a horse who lives on her front porch. (She carries him into the yard when she wants to drink coffee on the porch.)
But Pippi is a liar. She lies a lot, all the time in fact, as in numerous times in every chapter. She sometimes admits that she is lying, but then she uses the excuse that you can’t expect her to tell the truth because she doesn’t have parents. It drove me crazy the whole book. In the last chapter Pippi plays with a sword and two loaded pistols, purposefully shooting holes in her ceiling right after saying: “Never let children handle firearms.” She offers two of the pistols to her friends as gifts; one is “enchanted”, and the other accepts as long as hers is unloaded. The friends’ father seems to have no issue with this. The whole book left me frustrated, and honestly I felt mad at the neighbors who all seemed to believe that it was too difficult to force Pippi into a children’s home and apparently didn’t care enough to welcome her into their families, curb her bad behavior, or talk her into going to school.
The Princess by Lori Wick This is one of my go-to, happy books. I commonly read this book when I am stressed, anxious or overwhelmed. But I wasn’t actually feeling any of those things this time. Perhaps I read the book to get the bad taste of Pippi out of my mouth… The Princess is a story about a young woman who agrees to an arranged marriage with a man she doesn’t know because she feels that this is a way for her to serve the Lord and her country. The book is a light, easy read. In some ways it feels like an unimportant book, something quick and frothy to enjoy. But the story is also filled with deep truths about love being an committed action over a feeling and about how God expects us to deal with anxiety. Reading The Princess makes me so happy!
Better Together: Strengthen Your Family, Simplify Your Homeschool, and Savor the Subjects that Matter Most by Pam Barnhill Pam Barnhill is one of my favorite homeschool gurus. I listen to all three (that’s right. Three.) homeschool podcasts, and I use her Plan Your Year resources for my homeschool planning. She is so practical and helpful. Her book is inspiring and oh so practical in helping homeschooling parents plan a homeschool that works for their family. I will be going back to this resource again and again. Oh, and Pam is a fellow Alabamian!
Family Read Alouds:
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell I loved this story as a kid; and I had fun sharing it with my kids, though in retrospect I decided pretty quickly that worm eating may be a lot more interesting to children than grown ups. They really liked it. I think their only complaint was that the chapters were very short. How can they insist that I haven’t read long enough if I have already read 4 chapters?! Truthfully this book is such an easy read that my boys could have read it individually in one short sitting. In fact I tried to get them to read it on their own, but they wanted to share it as a family. Honestly, how could I say no? 🙂
Thank you again for all of your support and prayers. Please continue to lift us up! We really need it. Also let us know what your family is reading and how we can pray for you. Love to you all.