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Chocolate Chip Cookie surprise

Chocolate Chip Cookie surprise

Last night I was making dinner when I got a text from my daughter saying she had left a surprise for me in the cookie jar. So I opened it, and voilà! There was a jar full of perfectly soft cookies–our favorite recipe, which I…

Nory Ryan’s Song

Nory Ryan’s Song

Today was a perfect day for me to read this book again. Home with the flu–or some other energy-sapping, fever-inducing bug, I stayed snug in my bed with this beautiful story to brighten my day and help me feel more grateful for every bite of…

February 2020 Books

February 2020 Books

This month I’m starting early on listing the books I want to share! February is such a wonderful month. I already put away the January books and set out the February books and decor. The Valentine-making supply basket is back out on the kitchen table. I just love celebrate love in families, marriage, and friendship!

So here are the books I’m sharing this month, either by displaying them in my home, posting about them on Instagram (@RACFLP), giving them away to family and friends, or after reading them in classrooms:

Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming

A Conneticut Yankee in King Edward’s Court by Mark Twain

Fanny’s Dream by Caralyn Buehner

Freckles by Gene Stratton-Porter

Hello, Love! by Taro Miura

In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek

A Lantern in Her Hands by Bess Streeter Aldrich

LOVE Is… by King James Bible and Wendy Anderson Halperin (Only the hardback version, as the paperback version pages are in black and white and difficult to see the details well)

Loving through Heartsongs by Mattie J.T. Stepanek

Magical Hands by Marjorie Barker

A Picture Book of John and Abigail Adams by

Poetry for Kids: Robert Frost, edited by Jay Parini, Ph.D.

Smoky Mountain Rose: An Appalachian Cinderella by Alan Schroeder

The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria A. Trapp

Words on Fire by Jennifer Nielsen

To see more books I’ve shared in years past for February and Valentine’s Day, click here.

January 2020 Books

January 2020 Books

It’s the evening of January 31, and I wanted to record the books that I shared during this past month before moving on to February. I LOVED getting to share these books. There are some remarkable stories here–especially that of Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, whose parents…

Winter Walk

Winter Walk

Winter Walk by Virginia Brimhall Snow. This wintry tale takes you on a walk outside along with a grandmother and her children to discover some natural beauties of the season. We meet a fox, raccoon, bear, and cardinal, as well as holly, snowdrop, blue spruce…

2019 Christmas Books

2019 Christmas Books

I didn’t get to list the titles of the books pictured above that were listed in my Christmas 2019 sidebar:

Tacky the Penguin

Tacky the Penguin

“Tacky was an odd bird but a very nice bird to have around.” (Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester. Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger.) Tacky is a penguin who is quite different from the other penguins around him: socially awkward, dresses in loud Hawaiian shirts, does…

Happy New Year! Moving forward in 2020

Happy New Year! Moving forward in 2020

Happy New Year! I hope you had some lovely holiday moments in the past few weeks that warm your heart when you remember them. And I hope you have some thoughts that are lighting a flame of hope in your heart for a goal or…

We need a little Finnish Christmas

We need a little Finnish Christmas

We had a sweet visit with our Finnish “grandmother” today. She is truly an angel! She is either ninety or turning ninety this year, and she is just remarkable. She has aches and pains and challenges but doesn’t like to speak of them. She told us today, “I don’t advertise my complaints because I have learned there is no market for them.” I love her positivity.

She told us about all the people she gets to interact with and how loving they have been to her. I want to be like her when I am 90!

We brought her some pulla that Sarah baked yesterday. She said Sarah was the best pulla maker in America! (We would tend to agree….) She gave us each a Finnish gingerbread cookie that she had made that we relished. I told her how I give every married couple I know (as part of their wedding gift) a tiny gingerman and gingerwoman cookie cutter and tell them to look up her recipe for Finnish gingerbread cookies. I also tell them that whenever they may find any frustration between the male-female differences in their interactions, to remember that those differences are divinely ordained, and to make cookies together instead of being frustrated.

So I opened up my laptop to start on Christmas card labels and saw that sheet music on my computer desktop, which has been there for months and months because I wanted to put it in my blog for safekeeping. So I did. It’s a song that comes from this album that Lane brought back from his mission to Finland 27 years ago. It is fun song that our children remember from childhood Christmas music. And it just makes me happy! So I think I’ll turn on that music, because I need a little Finnish Christmas music now….

Hyvää Joulua!

(The sheet music comes from https://peda.net/aanekoski/perusopetus/atk-tuki/oppiaineet/oppiaineet/gbip/joululauluja/tonttujen-jouluyö (I hope I am not infringing on copyright. I don’t speak Finnish, so I wasn’t sure, but you can click on the linke to the webpage from which it came.)

What if you lost a child at Christmastime?

What if you lost a child at Christmastime?

I read the blog post “The Miracle of the Pink Christmas Tree” today on churchofjesuschrist.org. Sunny Mahe recounts how her daughter, Elsie, died right at Christmastime in 2016 and how her neighbors responded with an outpouring of love. This love has continued as neighbors put…