Morning, friends! I trust you're all having a wonderful week so far. We're enjoying our first full week of the carefree days of summer and have already become ever so thankful for EVENING softball and baseball practices and games. It's been SO, STINKIN' HOT. Daily trips to our local pool have already become a part of our routine; as aside from staying indoors, it's truly the only way to stay cool. But I wanted to stop in here today to share my pick for this month's For the Love of Books post. Matter of fact, last month's post totally slipped by without a peep from me; and I had really wanted to get it out before all the graduations began. So, if you've still got a graduation gift to send or party to attend, I'm making up for it today with not one but TWO books for your favorite, LADY graduate.
This first pick leaves my stomach in knots and the tissues absolutely necessary, as I know "someday" will be here all too soon for my own beautiful daughter. It is written for children ages four and up and makes a wonderful Mother's Day gift, as well.
Someday, written by Alison McGhee and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds, tells the story of a mother's deep love for her daughter. "One day I counted your fingers and kissed each one," the mother begins. She goes on to express all the dreams that she has for her daughter, as she watches her sleep, knowing those dreams would someday take her child away from home and out into the world to experience, grow, and create a life all her own, and ends with the assurance of a future someday, when her daughter's hair glows "silver in the sun", that remembers mom.
My second For the Love of Books pick is digitally illustrated as beautifully as the words are eloquently stated. It is written for children ages four to eight but reveals a simple message that no one can ever outgrow.
God's Great Love for You, written by Rick Warren and illustrated by Chris Saunders, begins. It goes on to talk about how big, unstoppable, deep, high, and wide that love is. How it "is with you wherever you go". It is unconditional, "perfect... everywhere... and will never end."
Sigh. It has been the kind of month where I desperately need the latter's reminder. I hope that it blesses you as much as it has my family. Thanks so much for reading, friends! Have a wonderful Wednesday; and congratulations, graduates!