An important part of the spiritual life is to keep longing, waiting, hoping, expecting. In the long run, some voluntary penance becomes necessary to help us remember that we are not yet fulfilled. A good criticism, a frustrating day, an empty stomach, or tired eyes might help to awaken our expectation and deepen our prayer:
Come, Lord Jesus, come.
-Henri Nouwen, The Genesee Diary
It feels fitting to return to this little space as we approach the new church year. Advent begins this weekend, and we will celebrate with a New Year – Autumn – Friendsgiving party! Surely there’s a birthday to celebrate too, right?
This morning I climbed up to the tippy top bookshelf where we keep our seasonal books. We’ve enjoyed these books in Advent seasons past. (Click the cover image to view on Amazon)
**Sacred Space for Advent and Christmas is sold out, but Sacred Space 2017 would make a great Christmas gift!
I have my eye on these other options for this year, but may just end up using an old faithful. Open to suggestions!
Also, enjoy my Advent playlist on Spotify!
We love our local libraries. The four branches we frequent are wonderful in their own ways. One has a fantastic story hour. Another boasts shiny new facilities. There is a library biking distance from our house. And the last is good for rainy days because it sits by the mall with a soft play area.
Each week we check out about 15 books and maybe a movie or story dvd. I’ve been documenting the children’s books we read together on Goodreads.
The other day I realized this is one of those things that keeps me going as a mom. (Do you have these things?) The books I read to my kids act as tangible measures of my motherhood. It’s not a legalistic thing, like if I don’t read 30 minutes a day it doesn’t mean I’m a bad mom. I just feel awesome when I scan the books in to the app and “mark as read.”
Since this rhythm is steady for us, I thought I’d make a habit of sharing some of our recent favorites. (title links open Amazon, author links open Goodreads)
The Dinner that Cooked Itself by Hsyu, J.C.
On Meadowview Street by Cole, Henry
Francis the Little Fox by Boisjoly, Veronique
The Little Gardener by Hughes, Emily
The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone by Ering, Timothy Basil
The New Small Person by Child, Lauren