Thankful for Bookshelves

 

When I was at my parents house for Thanksgiving this week, everyone spent a lot of time reading.  Kids read with their feet propped up in comfy armchairs, grandparents pulled out the reading glasses, Todd snuggled up with his i Pad, and I wandered around looking at the bookshelves.

readingMy parents are official book-aholics.  They read prolifically, give books as gifts, and collect them on shelves, in stacks, in baskets and in the back seat of the car.

I certainly and thoroughly inherited this love.  When I was a kid and needed consequences and discipline, the only leverage my parents had was in my books.  If necessary, I would not be permitted to read in order to refine my focus on other areas, such as math problems, exercise, dishes, and getting dressed on the weekends.

love to read

I had some good tricks up my sleeve for sneaking my habit unnoticed…  (Cracking the door just so, to let in the tiniest shaft of light; the ability to feign sleep at a moment’s notice and to deftly slip a book into my pillowcase and under my cheek.)

Looking back, though, I wonder if my parents didn’t know all along of my sneaky ways, and yet allowed it to go on…  They empathized with my situation.

I am so thankful for the book passion that my parents nurtured in me.  Their shelves are full of books about faith, far away lands, how to build a deck, who murdered who, ideas, truth and humor.

My kids didn’t inherit orderliness from me, nor did I from my parents.  I’m so glad, though, that our stacks and piles and overflowing closets are mostly filled with books.

And The Winner Is…

I’m so excited to announce the winner of the first ever Mish Mash Make blog giveaway! Yahoo!  Thanks to everyone who participated.  I like to give people things, and am looking forward to doing it again soon.

Our Super Top Secret Scientifically Calibrated Random Picking Machine

Here you can see my highly scientific method for choosing a winner.  I put the names on paper, cut them up, and my 6 year old, Miles, closed his eyes and pulled out a name.  One name only.  And that name is  (dah-dah-dahhhhh)…

Laura!

Laura!  Laura is a Finnish blogger who writes about living a beautiful country life.  (Her blog can be translated with the click of a button – how cool is that?) Laura, I’m so glad you won! I hope that you really enjoy both of the books, and that they spur you on in your creative journey.

If you didn’t win, but are still interested in these books, click on the thumbnails to purchase a download.


This is Miles.  Today, he is dressed up as Super-Bat-Ninja-Man.  We promise that he closed his eyes while picking the name, and did not use his x-ray vision.  🙂