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I am happily married to an amazing military man who spent 9 years enlisted and is now an Officer in the US Army. We have two amazing boys who are not so little any more! They still infuse every moment of every day with creativity and energy, and make my life an adventure.  I was educated at home, and am now teaching our children - second generation homeschoolers! I try every day to become more like Jesus Christ, and to love like HE does. If you want you can try and catch me at bethylovesandy@yahoo.com

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"For the Lord gives wisdom. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding." Proverbs 2:6 NKJV 
The Message translation puts it this way "God gives out Wisdom free, is plainspoken in Knowledge and Understanding."

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Bedtime Stories

Every night before bed I read to my boys. They get to pick a story or two themselves, then we have our "God story". These are read sitting up, looking at pictures, all gathered together on the bottom bunk.
But after they are tucked in, and resting quietly (or not so quietly as may sometimes be the case with Zion... but he is only three after all) I read them a chapter or two of something "bigger".
We read a short mystery based on Sherlock Holmes, only with a mouse as the detective. We read "The Hobbit" by JRR Tolkien. We most recently read "The Princess and the Goblin" by George MacDonald, which I read as a child and loved. I posted a quote from it on my Facebook page while we were in the middle of reading it, but I don't think I ever put it here. Let me share...

"We are all very anxious to be understood, and it is very hard not to be. But there is one thing much more important."

"What is that Grandmother?"

"To understand other people."


Now, isn't that beautiful? Deep? Thought provoking?

I am not sure my children are really old enough to catch the wisdom hidden in his books. Nor all of the beauty of the descriptions. But they are hearing the vocabulary, and soaking in the ideas, and ideals.
But I have to believe that someday, that will count for something. Soak it in, growing minds, soak it in.

We have now started the sequel to "The Princess and the Goblin". It is "The Princess and Curdie", and is the continuing story of the boy who helped rescue the princess... and who she in turn rescued... from the goblins.
It also is full of big words, beautiful descriptions, and these beautifully worded pieces of wisdom.
This is describing Curdie's parents,
"They were the happiest couple in that country, and that was because they always understood each other, and that was because they always meant the same thing, and that was because they always loved what was fair and true and right better , not than anything else, but than everything else put together."

Once again - Isn't that beautiful? Deep? Thought provoking? Don't you want a marriage like that?

I am really enjoying George MacDonald with my children right now.
Of course, I have several books going just for myself also... but that is for another blog.

What are you reading? I would love to hear about it!

6 comments:

Carrie said...

AGH! For being such an avid reader I am SOOOOOOO bad about reading aloud to my kids! I gotta get better about this!

Karen said...

This sounds wonderful...some of my favorite memories with my boys was going from room to room and reading stories with them at bedtime...sometimes they would read to me and sometimes I would read to them...I loved it and miss those times...Corey seems to be the only one that shares my love of reading now...we have some interesting conversations about books...

autumnesf said...

I think my older two would agree that their favorite book that I read aloud to them was Jo's Boys (sort of a continuation of Little Women).

EmileeHope said...

Oh I remember the Princess and the Goblins story. I think I was a little scared of that one. I want you to come over and read aloud to me, I just don't have time to do all the reading I want to because I am too busy!!

Abigail said...

I just started reading Mrs. Piggle Wiggle to my younger kids. So far they like it! I know I probably should have picked a missionary biography or book about Florida, but for today, we needed something to make us laugh. Aaaaand it's a favorite from my childhood. :-)

Carrie said...

Where did you go?!?! :)