Thursday, March 15, 2018

{a favorite moment} 15/31 #sol18

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One of my very favorite moments of the day is after the homework is complete, jammies are on, and teeth are shiny and clean. Technically, it's still part of their homework, but we don't call it that -- unless Daddy looks at his watch and mentions, "It's getting late. Can't we just skip it tonight?"

"Uh, nope. Sorry. It's part of their homework," I explain, winking at my girls.


We meet in my room. One girl on each side of me as I'm snuggled in the middle of our big bed with one or two books (or several, if we were recently at the library).


The other night we finished the fourth book in the Dory Fantasmagory series: Head in the Clouds by Abby Hanlon. We laughed out loud reading about Rascal and her antics! We talk about how silly she is and how her imagination runs wild. Her stories bring us tons of laughter and joy!


Last night we read the newly purchased book from our Target trip: She Persisted Around the World by Chelsea Clinton. It's such a positive book that shares short stories about women throughout history that persisted and made a difference in this world. Even when they were told they couldn't, or worse, shouldn't make a difference.


Tonight I was able to remind my girls to dream big. That if they see a problem, they can make a difference and help solve it, even at eight years old. These women remained brave. They fought for equality. They did what no one thought they could do.


The conversations that I have with daughters are powerful ... because of the books we read together.
Every night. Whether we laugh together or have serious conversations or even tears. I pray this continues for years to come.

Bedtime stories. A favorite moment of my every day.





12 comments:

  1. It's my favourite too! We are reading the original Winnie the Pooh chapter books each night. We love them. And my husband often wants to skip story time too. But truthfully everyone falls asleep quicker if we stick to this routine.

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  2. I can just picture this sweet moment. And lucky girls who get a mom who makes this an important part of the day

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  3. We don't skip our homework, either. Wishing you many happy years of bedtime stories with your kids!

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  4. Such a special time for you and the girls. Their love of reading will continue to grow and yes, there will probably be a time when they say, "MOMMMMM", but secretly they love that you are spending that special time with them. Talking with them, encouraging them to be all they can be. Enjoy each of these special moments. Love ya, Mom

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  5. That is the best time of the day!

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  6. Storytime is a cherished time of day in our house too. In fact, I just pulled three new books to share with Isabelle tonight. :)

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  7. Savour these times. And record more of them in slices to remember the closeness and magic of reading together.

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  8. My favorite time of day too! My son just gave up bedtime stories a few months ago (he's 15), and I am grateful that I managed to drag it out so much longer than most.

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  9. What a special time of the day. I hope you can hold on to this for as long as possible! Snuggled in the middle with one each side - the best place to be!

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  10. This sounds lovely! I miss these days with my boys!

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  11. What's better than that? The last time I read like that, I had all four of my friends' children, ranging from 1 1/2 to 5, snuggled in with me reading Dragons Love Tacos. I loved getting to talk about it with them. Enjoy that reading!

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  12. Oh my....if I let myself ruminate too long on this post, tears will come. Oh how I miss those special moments with my girls. My mom always read to me when I was little, and I was adamant that I would do the same with my children. Treasure these years, Michelle! They go by oh so quickly. Your girls are so blessed you make this a priority.

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts.