Tuesday, July 14, 2020

readers are leaders // summer reading 2020

in one month, my kids will begin 8th grade and 11th grade.
(i just cried a little as i typed that out.) (seriously, don't blink, mamas.)

until then, we are spending these self-quarantined stay-home-stay-safe summer days watching movies, playing in the pool, family game nights, bike riding, walking the dogs, ordering take-out, hanging out with a friend or two (not more than 10), video gaming, and reading. reading has always been a favorite pastime for my kids. i'm thankful! it's been instilled in them since they were very young that readers are leaders and leaders are readers :) 

here are some of the books my kids are reading this summer:

haile, age 15, going into 11th grade, is reading
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Bible book of Romans (Paul for Everyone, Wright)

josh, age 12, going into 8th grade, is reading
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Tempest by Shakespeare
Classical Me, Classical Thee by Rebekah Merkle
The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
Bible book of Romans (Paul for Everyone, Wright)

great classics! and if there's ever time to get lost in a good classic novel, it's the summer of 2020.

josh is also reading the Wally McDoogle series- books about 12 year old Wally and his hilarious hijinks and outrageous adventures. josh says he likes the "plot twists" and "unexpected endings." the illustrations are similar to the other series' geared for this age group, and the sense of humor definitely appeals to my pre-teen son. but mostly, i love how the Wally McDoogle books incorporate essential lessons about friendship, pride, and faith, and the importance of trusting God with it all. so important! 

and, just for fun, my summer booklist includes
The Banty House by Carolyn Brown
The Imposter by Suzanne Woods Fisher
An Uncommon Grace by Serena B. Miller
Plain Roots by Becki Willis

and my husband is reading Atomic Habits by James Clear, and The Idea Factory by Jon Gertner. 

what do your kids like to read? are yall reading anything good this summer? 


Monday, June 01, 2020

bridges and trolls

historically, trolls have a reputation for lurking under bridges. 

taunting, mocking, and tempting any one who tries to pass. spewing negativity, whispering lies, planting seeds of doubt and discouragement, trolls might as well be the devil's advocate. a trolls goal is to get you to not cross over the bridge. they want you to stay where you are. second guess yourself. question your convictions. change your mind. and maybe, hopefully, best case scenario: get down under the bridge with the troll.

bridges are elevated. they are the high road. bridges keep you up, safe. bridges take you from the cliff's edge to the continuing path.

be aware of modern day trolls. they sneak into DMs spewing their hopeless hatred. their curt comments aim to discourage and diminish joy. they are bitter. especially if you have hope on the bridge.  

take the high road. stay on the bridge. stay true to your convictions. stay on the path.

and as a side note, it's okay to cross the bridge quietly. it doesn't need to be announced and broadcast that you're taking the high road. just do it. you can get past the trolls to the other side with your hope, peace, faith, joy, and freedom in tact.     

take the bridge. do it quietly or do it shouting I TRUST GOD'S PLAN! either way, take the bridge and ignore the trolls. 

"If with heart and soul you’re doing good, do you think you can be stopped? 
Even if you suffer for it, you’re still better off. Don’t give the opposition a second thought. 
Through thick and thin, keep your hearts at attention, in adoration before Christ, your Master. 
Be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you’re living the way you are, 
and always with the utmost courtesy. Keep a clear conscience before God so that when people throw mud at you, none of it will stick. They’ll end up realizing that they’re the ones who need a bath." 
1 Peter 3:16-18