- Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists--I love this book. I spotted it at Barnes & Noble recently and had a coupon, so had to buy it. I bought it for a relaxing activity for myself, and love sitting on my rocking chair on the front porch with my sketch book while the kids play in the yard, but the girls and I have some fun together with it too. Very fun projects in here, whether you're good at drawing or not! I think the key point in this book is that you don't have to be great at drawing to enjoy it.
2. What is a Family? This is another winner by Edith Schaeffer. I loved her book, The Hidden Art of Homemaking a few years ago and I love this one just as much so far. Great read for women. Both these books are out of print, but you can order them used on Amazon like I did.
3. Grace Based Parenting--I mentioned I was reading this a few weeks ago, but I've finished it now and can say that it was rather life-changing for me. It not only revolutionized how I think about my children, it changed how I think about God's feelings toward me. I am really, really glad I read this one. A little disclaimer, though--if you, as a parent tend to err on the side of leniency, please read this book with careful discernment. However, if you have to fight against harshness, anger or frustration, like I do, this book is for you!
4. The Reading Lesson--This is the book I chose to teach Natalie to read this year. I really like it and it's working really well. Within the first few days, she could read several words and the lessons coincide almost perfectly with the fabulous B.O.B. books. It was a good choice and I'll definitely use it for the other two kiddos when the time comes!
5. Little Women--I have really been enjoying this book, although I read it when I was a kid and of course, I've seen the movie. There's nothing like a good classic! I have a nice little collection of these Barnes & Noble Classics, thanks to my mother-in-law and Casey last Christmas. They look so pretty, all matchy-matchy and stacked on my book shelf :) I can't wait until the girls are old enough for me to read Little Women out loud to them--and Anne of Green Gables and all of Jane Austen, obviously ;) And I hope Kelby will like The Count of Monte Cristo when he's older, one of my favorites! Since I liked that one so much, I started Dumas's The Three Musketeers and gave it about 120 pages before I gave up on it. I think I'd have to have a Master's degree in French history to make any sense of it. Oh, well, I don't have to like them all, right?