I'm excited, so although it's a bit unrelated, I am sharing my news in this post about books. My friend, Emily, and I have officially started a book club! I'm looking forward to this in so many ways. I've wanted to participate in a book club for a long time; it feels good to start one and finally have it off the ground. And, it feels good to know that there will be great books by my bed (being read) and dedicated time each month to gather with some amazing women. Our first book, recommended by Lisa, is The Book Thief. I'm starting it today.
Today, I will also be reading the following book, which is one of Anna's current favorites:
The Hound from the Pound is actually Anna's first love story. Mo D bought this for Anna because it is FULL of doggies. I'm pretty sure that's why Anna loves it - not because the woman who brings home a house-full of dogs from the pound ends up marrying the dog trainer who helps her manage the pets. For whatever reason, we are reading this every day right now. We kiss the doggies, we howl like Blue, and of course, we read this story to Pinky and Bee Bo (the stuffed monkeys) in the rocking chair before bed.
Five Little Fiends is an old favorite. I LOVE this story, which was given to me by my friend, Betsy, before Anna's birth. It's light on words and heavy on meaning. It highlights nature and how aspects of our natural world are interdependent, it speaks to the connectedness of us all, and it reinforces the beauty of sharing. This is one book we will be reading for years.