Cold winter evenings. White chaise lounge. Snuggled on Grandma’s lap along with my brother. Listening to her read The Chronicles of Narnia and laughing uncontrollably whenever she came to the phrase “poop deck.”
Summer afternoons. Root beer floats. A pile of books. Screened in porch. Sitting beside Grandma as she read her novel, while I became Nancy Drew for an hour or two.
These are the kinds of memories I hope to make with my children.
A New Family Tradition
A few months ago my husband started a wonderful new family tradition. Each week he picks out new books from the library and we have a hot chocolate read aloud time.
It’s been so fun to cuddle up with the kids, chase marshmallows around our cups of cocoa and listen to wonderful tales of far away places.
The inspiration behind this new ritual of ours was a book called Read for the Heart by Sarah Clarkson. (Sarah is the daughter of Sally Clarkson, who wrote one of my favorite motherhood books – Mission of Motherhood.)
Read for the Heart is basically a book about great books. Sarah has listed and summarized wonderful books for every age range. Some of the books have a Christian theme, others do not. But all of them share a great story of character.
We’ve enjoyed all the books we’ve discovered through it and many of them have opened up great conversations and learning opportunities with our kids.Â
My manly hunter husband affectionately refers to this book as “the book I’ve been looking for my whole life.” It’s such an incredible reference for us to be able to bring excellent (in both quality and character) literature into our home.
I’m pretty sure we’ve recommended it to everyone who’s walked into our house in the last 8 weeks. So, I thought it was about time I told all of you about it as well!
I’m especially excited about cold weather coming so we can read by the fire. Butâ€¦we live in Texas so that will happen twice. Maybe.