The school year is starting up for kids in my area this week. And depending on the family, I’m hearing stories of technological online school mishaps, or in-person school excitement and concern, or homeschooling routines modified and adapted. It’s more change, more stress, and more opportunity to love one another well and find the joy in the everyday moments. Like my friend’s daughter who, when her teacher had an internet issue and fell off the class Zoom call, pulled out a trumpet to entertain the class until the teacher returned. My friend’s daughter doesn’t play trumpet. That didn’t stop her. The trumpet concert was the highlight of many of her classmates’ days.
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A Faith to Hold Onto
Janna Barber tells a story of her childhood.
- As a child, I always made it to the car first after church. At the end of every service, Dad would call on someone to say the final prayer and then walk to the lobby in the back of the church to shake hands with everyone as they left the building. As I walked to the car, mom stayed near the front of the sanctuary to visit with anyone who lingered up there, and my little brother would run outside to play in the churchyard. I don’t know where my older sister got off to, but I probably didn’t care.
Box by Carole Boston Weatherford
Janie at Redeemed Reader recommends a picture book for older kids.
- Box is the remarkable true story of one man’s bold plan to free himself from slavery. When he finally had the opportunity to write his autobiography, Henry Brown had already overcome near-impossible odds.
sparrows and dryers
Mandy at life.faithful reminds us how faithful God is in the small moments.
- We’ve got a lot going on in our life right now (things I’ll go into in more detail later), big changes that are setting our path for the future. And as always seems to be the case, we’ve got stuff piling up. The last few days have been trying for our family–capped by my niece getting injured in a freak accident with a barn door. I went to bed last night quite simply worn down. My mind was racing with a hundred different things and I really can’t tell you how many times I woke up through the night.
Photos Reveal 19-Month-Old Boy’s Point of View
I love seeing the world through the eyes of this little boy when his father handed him a camera.
- The world looks very different through the eyes of a 19-month-old, which we can now see thanks to the pictures taken by Stanley Jones, the son of British Army photographer Timothy Jones. One bright and summery day, Jones shared his old Canon G12 with Stanley and taught him how to press the shutter and shout out “say cheese.” Jones writes, “He wandered round the house and garden snapping away saying ‘cheese’ at everything. He even managed to switch the settings to ‘sepia’ at one point.”
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The Wilderking Trilogy: A Review
Théa Rosenburg reviews a modern classic series by Jonathan Rogers.
- I love many moments in The Wilderking Trilogy, but one of my favorites happens outside the story, on the faces of those hearing it for the first time: it is the Moment of Revelation, when that niggling feeling that there’s something about this story, something familiar . . . But how could that be? The child’s eyebrows work athletically as she tries to place it. No, she thinks. It can’t be the gator grabble. Whoever heard of a gator grabble? And she’s never heard of a feechiemark either, let alone a feechie—those scrappy, raucous folk of the swamp. So it can’t be that.
The Hide and Seek of Imagination
Rachel Wassink compares the life of the imagination to a game of hide and seek.
- As a little girl, I often ventured to the backyard to create a world of my own, crafting storylines filled with characters and garden creation props. These stories stayed on the backburner of my mind even when the streetlamp turned on, signaling it was time to go inside. I longed all night to go back to that world as soon as I could. I loved the escape to the backyard, the development of the story in my mind, and twigs of potential in my hands. At some point, the land of imagination in the backyard fizzled, and it was off to a land of practicality filled with music lessons, school work, and little time for even a good book. These were all good things, which I continue to be thankful for, but I had no idea that during these years, I was letting my imagination get squelched by a life of hurry.
Something to Do with Your Kids
These are marked as things to keep your kids busy while you work from home, but, frankly, they just look like fun to me.
Something to Watch
I didn’t know this bit of the story of the ratification of the 19th amendment, but I loved learning it this week on the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote.
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-The Story Warren Team