Words to Live By

“Don’t sleep in your Speedo.”

“Yes, ma’am.”

p.s. I totally have my work cut out for me with the book list. I’ll do it — just can’t right this minute. Thanks to all for your thoughts!


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Elliott, to me: What can I do to get people to throw money at me?

Me, to Augie: Take his foot out of your mouth. NOW.

Augie, to no one in particular: I like jelly donuts.

Ellliott, to the WORLD: Doesn’t anyone KNOCK anymore?

Charlie, to everyone: They won’t let me do ANYTHING. I can’t play basketball, throw the football, Ethan won’t even let me wear his beard.

(yes, beard. For the school play tomorrow — Rip Van Winkle, here we come!)

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You’re So Money Monday

1350 1350_ () 1350 1350 Do you hear that sound? The one that’s looming large in my ears? It’s either a bomb about to go off or the sound of minutes ticking away towards summer, when the last bell rings at school and my boys come bounding out of the classroom, down the walkway and into the car. Where we will all scream and cheer and wave our arms in glee. And then, two minutes later, they will turn their heads to me, their fearless leader, and say “What now!”

The thought strikes me with simultaneous fear and delight.

I’m always very excited about summer, the slower pace, my boys all being here with me. But I’ll admit that every summer, the first few weeks are a bit of a roller coaster. It takes us some time to settle into the new routine, also for me to remember we actually need a routine, that we can’t just sit around chilling out all day everyday. But I do tend to take the first few days after school gets out to do, well, very little. And then I snap to, and remember that summer must be a healthy balance of fun, adventure, structure, learning and fun.

Which brings me to today’s topic: books!

Growing up, my siblings and I had required summer reading with our mother. She would have us pick out a book (or a series of books), read them, and then do a book report which we would then present to the entire family. I’ll admit that I have not implemented this as yet in our family, but I’m thinking this summer will be the perfect time. My boys are all at ages where this concept can really fly (though Henry will only be through the first few chapters of Humanae Vitae, so his book report might be a dud).

A few weeks ago, I asked the boys to start thinking about what book series they would each like to tackle this summer. Augie already had his picked out.

“Calvin and Hobbes,” was his quick reply.

Anyway, reader Denise asked me this very question last week, so I thought the timing is perfect:
Have you found any good books or book series for your boys to read?? My oldest is almost seven and just getting ready for chapter books, but every time we go to the library I feel lost. So many of the books for boys his age look junky or scary. I don’t need him to be reading only about the saints or anything, but I don’t want to have him reading too much that is questionable or beyond his scope.

What series’ have you found that are great for boys? Put them in the comments, and I think I’ll make a link list at some point this week. I’m going to add mine this afternoon. 1350″> ? . ,


Local Yokels

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This Tuesday, May 20, I’ll be speaking on “How to Find Christ in the Most Ordinary of Days.” If you live in the area and want more info, drop me an email or just show up! Gathering is at 11:30 a.m., I speak at noon, at the coffee house in Surrey Center.

I promise I won’t bring any charts or chore lists. But I’m thinking about wearing this sweater. It goes nicely with my new highlights.