I came home today from meeting Sarah at a park in Salt Lake for lunch—a park that, not too many months ago, I was running laps around with her, burning calories instead of consuming them. Today I was just sitting in a comfy beach chair…
Month: April 2020
Saturday night I was having a bit of a meltdown: I was really stressed out by something–probably in greater part by being inside too much with the quarantine!–so I hid away in my room and read. Ahhh. Lovely, quiet retreat. And I finished reading Maggie’s Door–which gave me a little more perspective on my own tiny problems.
Maggie’s Door is the second book in a 3-book series by Patricia Reilly Giff (Nory Ryan’s Song, Maggie’s Door, Water Street) about two families who emigrate from Ireland to the United States after nearly starving to death in the Great Famine of 1845-49.
Nory Ryan, a young woman about 12 or 13 years old, receives a ticket to sail to America to join the rest of her family who have voyaged there. Her oldest sister, Maggie, is married and already lives in Brooklyn, New York. Sean Red, who is Nory’s best friend and the younger brother of Maggie’s husband, is also trying to get to Maggie’s home. The book tells of their dangerous journey crossing the Atlantic.
I loved this book! While the story is fictitious, about a million Irish people did emigrate during the potato famine, and their journeys to America were fraught with difficulty. Reading this story helped me feel gratitude for those young and old who sacrificed so much, endured so much, and overcame so many obstacles to build a new life here. Surely we have built upon the foundation built by people like Nory Ryan and Sean Red.
A tale of selflessness, faith, and grit, Maggie’s Door will help readers better understand the mettle of so many immigrants. It can inspire younger generations to honor their ancestors and have greater respect for refugees who are making similarly precious journeys to freedom.
I love Scandinavia: maybe it’s because I have Danish ancestry! I haven’t been to any Scandinavian countries yet, but it’s on my bucket list. I’d love to go see where my pioneer ancestors lived in Denmark and where Lane’s pioneer ancestors lived in Sweden. I’d…
This April, we celebrated the 200th anniversary of the First Vision, we watched a very special general conference due to COVID-19, and we celebrated Easter–all in the midst of a beautifully blooming spring.
There were so many things to celebrate! And that was only in the first two weeks of this month!
Here are books that I put on display that relate to each of those special occasions:
Boys Who Became Prophets by Lynda Cory Robinson
Celebrating a Christ-Centered Easter by Emily Belle Freeman and David Butler, illustrated by Ryan Jeppesen
Come Unto Me: Illuminating the Savior’s Life, Mission, Parables, and Miracles by Brad Wilcox, Gayle and Tom Holdman
The First Vision Illustrated by Cary Austin and Greg Newbold
Girls Who Chose God: Stories of Courageous Women in the Bible by McArthur Krishna and Bethany Brady Spalding, illustrated by Kathleen Peterson
He is Risen: Rocks that Tell the Story of Jesus by Patti Rokus
He Took My Lickin’ for Me by Timothy Robinson, illustrated by Ben Sowards
I Am a Child of God (board book) by Wendy and Michael Nelson, illustrated by Greg Olsen
I Love to See the Temple by Kathleen H. Barnes and Virginia H. Pearce, illustrated by Dileen Marsh
(Not pictured) The Messiah: The Little-Known Story of Handel’s Beloved Oratorio by Tim Slover
My First Book of Mormon Stories (board book) by by Deanna Draper Buck, illustrated by Jerry Harston
My First Church History Stories (board book) by Deanna Draper Buck, illustrated by Jerry Harston and Leslie Harston
My First Story of the First Easter by Deanna Draper Buck, illustrated by Jerry Harston
Over and Over by Charlotte Zolotow, illustrated by Garth Williams
Preparing for Easter: Fifty Devotional Readings by C.S. Lewis
Popcorn Popping on the Apricot Tree (board book) by Michael Muir and Georgia W. Bello
Sister Eternal by Dieter F. Uchtdorf, illustrated by Ben Sowards
Son of Man III: King of Kings by Susan Easton Black, illustrated by Liz Lemon Swindle
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, illustrated by Sarah Massini
You Are Priceless: The Parable of the Bicycle by Stephen E. Robinson, illustrated by Ben Sowards
I didn’t get to post as much as I had hoped in March: the coronavirus happened and my schedule shifted. But these are the books that I enjoyed and would recommend and will have to post about another day*:
This is Ireland by M. Sasek
S is for Shamrock by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Matt Faulkner
This is Scotland by M. Sasek
B is for Bagpipes Eve Begley Kiehm, illustrated by Alexa Rutherford
A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Tasha Tudor
Maggie’s Door by Patricia Reilly Giff
Water Street by Patricia Reilly Giff
Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie dePaola (who passed away in March 2020)
The Hope Springs series by Sarah M. Eden:
Longing for Home, Hope Springs, Love Remains, Long Journey Home, Valley of Dreams
Ireland: A Very Peculiar History by Jim Pipe
*Some of these I did review on Instagram (@RACFLP) during March 2020.