We started our 11th year of homeschooling this past Tuesday. It’s been fun getting back into our school routine. I’m blessed to have the privilege of teaching my children at home. What a joy it is when reading clicks for them and they discover the joy of reading books on their own. I have always loved books. I remember my first grade teacher reading The Boxcar Children to us. It’s one of my all time favorites. For Christmas my fourth grade teacher gave us each a book. My fifth grade teacher would buy us a book to keep for every ten books we would read. What a blessing to have teachers who encouraged a love for reading.

My parents instilled a love of books in me as well. They gave me money to order books from Scholastic and how I loved getting new books of my very own when the order arrived. I remember belonging to book clubs where I would get a new book in the mail each month. One of my favorite Christmas memories is getting several new books and enjoying my Christmas break reading them.

Recently we went camping and Kevin and I were able to sit around the campsite enjoying some rare quiet time to read while our children were off exploring the dunes and woods. It’s definitely a way I enjoy relaxing.

I want to pass on the same enjoyment of reading and books in my children. I know my love for reading and learning has served me well and still does. This morning shortly after I got up, Taylor and Luke were up reading. Today is library day. We will make a trip to the library and look for some new books to enjoy.

Of course the most precious book of all is God’s Word. I was taught it from my earliest remembrances and I hope to instill the same love of God’s Word in my children that has been instilled in me.


  1. I love reading your comments. I think it would be neat for you to write more of your childhood, it seems when we get together we don’t always think of talking about those things. I wonder why…

    Lots of love.


  2. Looks like you got past your first post, eh? 😉

    You had some very neat teachers! It took a few years but I eventually caught the reading bug (I remember fairly foaming at the mouth when I got word that the Scholastic book orders were in!) and am trying to pass that on to my kids as well. We just got back to reading aloud again yesterday after being out of the swing of reading for most of the summer.

    It’s interesting you should bring up the Boxcar Children series just now. My neighbor’s niece borrowed a bunch of those a few days ago. 🙂 She borrowed one for a school project last spring, loved it and finally has time to read more.

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