A good family friend, Sarah, has just started blogging in the last few months as she courageously (and with a lot of spunk and style) battles breast cancer. Yesterday, I was catching up on her blog and I read a post about how good it felt for her to do "normal" things. She was just starting to feel better after a recent treatment and was so excited to be able to vacuum and change sheets on the bed. Reading that post was the reminder I needed this week. Here I am dragging my feet and grumbling through my "normal" day’s activities but reading Sarah’s blog entry quickly brought everything into perspective for me. It was a much needed little kick in the pants, slap in the face. Thank you, Sarah.
When Dan and I moved from Wisconsin to the farm apartment, we only brought the necessities. We were putting our house on the market weeks before everything fell apart and we blindly thought we would be reunited with our stuff in just a matter of months after the house sold. Hahaha!!! So here we are, two years later and the reunion has just begun. (though not because we’ve sold the house!) But one of the things we didn’t intend on leaving behind were several large boxes of children’s books. It wasn’t until we started unpacking and saying, "Where are all the girls’ books???" that we realized we’d forgotten them. So this week, Dan has been bringing over a box or two in the evenings for the girls to dig through. Oh, it’s so much fun!
Since my pre-mommy days were spent as an elementary school teacher, I have quite the collection of books and I’m finding many multiple copies as I dig through boxes. So, as I come across them, I figure I’ll share some of those extra copies here with all of you. The two I found in the first box, ironically, are about the same topic–Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance expedition whose goal was to cross the Antarctic continent on foot. If you don’t know this story, you must read a book on it. It is an amazing story of willpower and strength and courage and leadership and adventure. Dan and I have this book which you should definitely check out, if only for the amazing photography.
But moving on, I have two children’s books about this story to share today. The first is called, "Trapped in the Ice", which you can read about here. It is an easier read, soft cover picture book.
The second is called, "Shipwreck At The Bottom of The World". It is also a soft cover book, but definitely more in the young adult category or maybe a read aloud. Read about it here. It has some of the amazing photography that you’ll find in the book Dan and I have.
So if you’re interested in one of these books let me know in the comments. If there are more than one or two of you, I’ll just draw a name again.
Now do me a favor…I looking for a good book to read. What are you reading these days? Any suggestions?