Dec 4, 2010

Spring cleaning & reading habits

My last assignment was finally handed in and that weight is off my shoulders. It's time to prepare for Christmas.
It has been a year since I got the 5 ft tree. Last year I put it up alone, this year, the kids will do it.

The rainy season has kicked in too. Christmas is always wet for us, not white.

The personal stuff still weighs heavy on my mind but I am practicing at managing it.  Proceedings are not over yet, a couple of hurdles yet to go over what is called the 'ancillaries.'  But I am less worried over that.

Today saw the slow beginning of spring cleaning. The first are the children's bookshelves. There are so many good books and yet the boys who need to get in the most reading have the toughest time about it. They are not into my definition of 'good' books, they are into beast master,  monster,...  ghost and creature, ..power or action figure fiction.
I end up buying books they will read so that they do read.

Why is it so much harder for boys to read books than girls?

I was thinking maybe I should pay them to read the good books !

I had to make space painfully and so many of these books will have to go to the thrift shop because I know they will never get read at all here. So sad.

The new year will hold many new experiences for us, and keeping those in mind, I am looking forward to it.
Like the rain that washes the air clean, so too the new year will bring us a cleansing of the negative.

3 comments:

  1. in many ways this post is so positive. Hope the holidays is a good one for you and your boy...Really like your last two sentences

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  2. Adored reading your words:

    "The new year will hold many new experiences for us, and keeping those in mind, I am looking forward to it."

    I'm believing with you for God's blessing and favor in your life this upcoming year. That in the future when you look back on this upcoming year, you'll see it as one of your best.

    You know, I did all those things that we're told to do to help us engage our kids in a love of reading. Read to them for years (they were at the end of middle school before I stopped reading to them at bed time), made visits to the library a regular part of their early years and up through elementary school, have books about the house, enjoy and engage in reading myself as a role model. The results: My oldest son is a total reader,the other two - not so much.

    But it has encourage me to see that my youngest son, age 16, has started to get more into reading this past year. Just goes to show that you never know and there's always hope.

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  3. BM thank you for sharing. The words have encouragement. Blessings.

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