Welcome to the work week, y'all! I trust you had wonderful weekends. Ours was as busy as I predicted it would be in my Friday Faves post. It was super fun to spend some time alone with my big kiddo on Saturday, though. It always reminds me that he's a pretty decent kid ;). He struggles with being a big brother sometimes... okay, A LOT of times. I think it's just typical, first-child syndrome. My older sister struggled with her position, too; but I sooooo long for my kiddos to have a better relationship with their siblings, as adults, than my husband and myself have with ours. Needless to say, Ezekiel has been occupying a lot of my prayer time.
My younger two have ordinary, sibling squabbles; but they're manageable. Adina may need creative ideas to play or work alongside Kaden sometimes, but she puts up with his annoyances and loves showing him how. One time, a friend of Adina's picked Kaden up and accidentally scraped his arm along the corner of a counter top. Kaden lost it. Unfortunately, we got a screamer with that one. Sigh. My hubby stepped in and comforted him, but Adina thought her friend was smiling about the whole thing and was nearly ready to take her out. We've taught our children that violence is never the answer; and Adina never would've laid a hand on her, but the mama bear in her had definitely made an appearance. I couldn't help but smile proudly. I'm so glad to know that even when they pick on one another sometimes, they still love one another in a way that no one else can.
All that said, the latter relationship is what inspired this month's For the Love of Books pick. It is written for children ages four to eight and simply, sweetly, and sensationally illustrated by the talented Peter H. Reynolds.
Little Miss, Big Sis, written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, begins with the momentary hesitation of a young girl learning that she is going to be a big sister but quickly moves on to her anxiously anticipating baby's arrival. She's a champion helper through the "Sleep. Fuss. Eat. Repeat," phase and genius entertainer as baby grows. Baby's messes, stolen treasures, and annoyances don't phase this big sister. She rolls with the punches and, from beginning to end, is the picturesque example of "the most wonderful big sis!"
Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy reading; and have a safe and blessed rest of your October, friends! Hugs!