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Thankful memory

Anna was home this week for two days with a stomach flu. The second day that she was home, I felt like someone had pulled the plug on my energy reservoir. I had none. I was exhausted and didn’t feel very “up” to caring for a sick child.

But I wanted to. I thought of the character of Christ and how I want to develop it, and I prayed for help.

At one point in the day, I was in the kitchen. A song came into my mind: “Read Me a Memory.” This is a song that nearly all of our children learned in kindergarten. The words and music are beautiful:

Read me a memory
Tell me a tale
Speak of wondrous adventures
Together we’ll sail
Off to forests enchanted
And lands far away
Fairies and kings
And magical rings
My heart has wings
When I sit at your knee
And you read to me.

Years turn like pages
Soon I’ll be grown
Maybe someday I’ll read to a child of my own
Now I may not remember the stories we shared
I always knew that time spent with you
That you loved me, too.
While I sat your knee and you read to me.

Childhood, like summer days, dews on the grass
Soon will be yesterdays
Don’t let it pass
‘Till you read me a memory
Tell me a tale
Speak of wondrous adventures
Together we’ll sail
Off to forest enchanted and lands far away
Fairies and kings
And magical rings
My heart has wings
When I sit at your knee
And you read to me.

(Music and lyrics by Jay Richards)


Kristi G.

I thought of my dear friend Kristi, who taught us this song. (She was one of the great kindergarten teachers in this world for many years. I feel so blessed to know her!) I thought of all the sweet kindergarten childrens’ voices I had heard singing this song. I thought of the countless hours I read with our children and all the happy memories we’d had together.

And I remembered that Anna had asked if I would read with her that day.

The books arrived right then

It was almost in that same moment that the doorbell rang, and a package from Amazon (that I had ordered earlier in the week) arrived with some books that I had ordered for our family for November. Excitedly, we opened them. I brought the books to the couch and read to Anna.

I recommend each of these wonderful books:

Thankful by Eileen Spinelli (the same author of another favorite book, Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch)

The Quiltmaker’s Gift  by Jeff Brumbeau

Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki

It was a sweet moment. It made my day so much happier. It was the very help I needed right then to be able to take care of Anna better. It was an answer to my prayers.

Help is available

I am SO grateful for a loving Heavenly Father and Savior who help me as I try to help my family, even when I feel tired, weak, grumpy, or incapable. They always come through. They knew not only what Anna needed, but also how to nurture me in my fatigue. What a gift!

To read more books that I recommend for November, go here.

Many thanks to Kerry at SelfSufficientKids.com for her post on books that teach generosity and gratitude, which helped me find two of these books.❤️

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