The girls and I read books together all day long. They love books, and will sign again for me to read books over and over again.
I never grow tired of this.
Just as with my garden, I want to cultivate the girls' love for books--for stories.
Recently Brad and I have been reading from The Big Picture Story Bible and The Jesus Storybook Bible while the girls drink their milk before bed. (Both great books!)
Doing this with them has brought back a flood of memories for me. When I was a little girl, I'd curl up on my papa's lap and listen to him read The Hobbit, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Wind in the Willows, Anne of Green Gables, to name a few.
I loved that he did that.
In fact, when I was hospitalized in the ICU--on a ventilator and unconscious, he sat and read to me every.single.day. I was 27 years old.
Once I woke up, and they took that terrible thing out of my throat, he still came and read to me. That was precious to me--I felt loved and cherished. Even in the stark hospital environment, his reading conjured up feelings of warmth.
A few weeks back Jennifer at Twinside Out made a list of books she wants to read to her children one day. Her list made me excited!
I began making this mental list of all the books I want to read the girls one day--I want to pass on that precious legacy of reading aloud to my children that my papa gave me.
Here's my list so far:
Anne of Green Gables
Wind in the Willows
Little House on the Prairie Series
The Chronicles of Narnia
A Wrinkle in Time Series
Dangerous Journey: The Story of Pilgrim's Progress
I'm sure I'm missing some important ones.
What's on your list?