With this absolutely perfect weather we’ve been experiencing in the Midwest, we have been outside every spare second – bike rides, swings, chalk masterpieces and walks.
We made it through spring break (enjoyed the lazy mornings and lots of togetherness…but oh, the togetherness) and joyfully celebrated Easter. There’s only a month left of school, and Connor’s first grade class has begun their ABC countdown for the last 26 days, landing on C for Crazy Sock Day today! In a couple of weeks, we have a big meeting with Brenna’s IEP team to discuss the transition to…KINDERGARTEN. She couldn’t be more thrilled and continues to ask nearly every day how far away August is!
Today, I’m rounding up what I’ve been into this month – what I’m reading, links I love and favorite family moments…
(that time I sat outside with both kids reading and it was the best thing ever.)
One of my favorite recent reads is The Same Sky by Amanda Ward. It’s fiction with a dual storyline that intersects at the end, and I couldn’t put it down! I finished two wonderful pieces of children’s literature as well: Fish in a Tree and The War That Saved My Life. Highly recommend both of them. And this week, I just finished reading A Mother’s Reckoning by Sue Klebold, mother of one of the shooters in the Columbine High School massacre. It was raw, vulnerable and quite eye-opening.. and it has certainly impacted the way I think about parental vigilance as my kids get older.
Currently, I’m in the middle of A Man Called Ove and loving it. I’m striking a nice balance these days of finding really good fiction to read alongside my usually preferred nonfiction.
Connor finished up all of the books in the 13-Story Tree House series (26-Story, etc.) and is back at the Magic Tree House and Came Jansen series that he’s been drawn to this year. I’m planning to dive into the Boxcar Children series with him this summer and am so excited about it. We’ve read the first one already, and he loved it. I picked up a sweet new children’s at the library, Not Quite Black and White, which Brenna has been reading on repeat!
This post from my friend Mary DeMuth is a powerful reminder: “We’ve preferred the opinions of the masses to the still, quiet voice of the Holy One. We’ve chased popular opinion instead of following the narrow path.”
My friend Mike Berry of Confessions of an Adoptive Parent recently opened the Oasis Community, which is an online site providing in-depth resources, face-to-face support, and mentoring for foster, adoptive, and special needs parents. I’m thrilled to be part of the community, which so far has been extremely welcoming and helpful. You can check out oasiscommunity.me to learn more and enroll.
We loved getting the chance to make dinner at our local Ronald McDonald House with both sets of our parents, and two cute little sous chefs!
My book, A Different Beautiful, is now available for order!
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