But I digress. (ha ha, does that make me a real blogger to use that dumb phrase?)
They have a summer reading program for adults too, so I signed up. I got a free book for signing up. So I have busily reading my books this summer. Here is what I've read, with one line reviews:
- The Five Languages of Apology: How to Experience Healing in All Your Relationships by Gary Chapman, Chapman, Jennifer Thomas --If you like his Love Languages book, you will also appreciate this one.
- The Actor and the Housewife by Shannon Hale --This book was totally lame, but I had low expectations, I was just looking for a fast read to full fill my summer reading requirement and it was on display on the library so I grabbed it. It was INCREDIBLY predictable.
- The Mother in Me: Real-World Reflections on Growing Into Motherhood ed. Kathryn Lynard Soper
I really liked the third stories (second story as far as numbering goes) about the woman who didn't expect to be a stay at home mom and didn't start out as one, and often felt bad that she didn't hold up to being as good as a prophet's mother. Yes I could relate to all that. I'm very grateful that my husband has never forced me to be a stay at home mom, but at the same time told me in his opinion me raising our kids is way more important than a job, and he doesn't want a day care raising my kids. I was not a stay at home mom the first 14 months of my kids life. It was a hard adjustment to being at home every day.
I also appreciated the stories from women who said they felt and knew their children before they ever conceived them, and their personalities were not surprising because they already knew their spirit. Neither of my kids have surprised me at all I've always known who they were, the little one's personality might be challenging, but hasn't surprised me. I've always known who she was since I realized my oldest wouldn't be an only child. It was also nice to remember, that God is merciful, and has not told to me to have more children than I can handle, or closer than I can handle. It was a nice reminder that children are challenging but can bring joy not misery.
Oh and as a part of the summer reading program I've gotten a pack of post it notes, and new chap stick. Sweet huh?