Peace in Reading with LM2

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This afternoon we made time for reading. This sounds like a simpler task than it is. There are so many things that pop up in each day that we usually save reading for the end of the day, when everyone is too tired to move, when snuggling in and hunkering down comes more naturally.

Thanks to our school’s EPIC account, this afternoon had exciting plans for us. LM2 and I sat in the living room for 45 minutes, cruising through books, topics, characters, science, and more.

It was fantastic.

LM2 and I never get this quiet time together, just the two of us. There are always other kids around. There are always competing interests in our house. There are always a zillion and one fun activities to distract us from mid-day reading, too.

But wintertime has its upside.

It’s cold and windy out today, so reading inside with a blanket and a cup of tea makes perfect sense. As well as “Huh-To-To,” what the kids used to call hot cocoa.

The best part about reading with my little man is what comes afterward. I love asking him questions and watching to learn how his mind thinks. I’m so lucky that he lets me in. I’m so lucky that he gives me insight into his world.

Taking time to focus on LM2 brings me such peace. Sharing something as simple as reading together is the most tranquil thing I can imagine. While we all read at night before bedtime, this extra bit was extra special.

What brought you peace this week? Share the peace!

Peace in A Good Read

Sometimes when I have too much to do, it feels like the perfect time to drop everything and read in the living room.

This sounds completely counterintuitive. And counterproductive. And selfish, maybe. But I have been trying to get through Paulo Coelho’s The Valkyries and I had finally had enough of waiting to “get to it!”

I set up LM3 with her barnyard and farm animals. I got out the Fisher Price camper and a few extra Little People for good measure. Then, I chose our cozy red recliner and hunkered down with a fleece blanket.

I read for an hour. And guess what happened next?

I powered through the other tasks on deck like a monkey on crack.




I rocked my Honey-Do list like a maniac. Everything got done, and I somehow carved in an extra hour for myself. Instead of starting with my list of less-than-desirable tasks, I started my day with a total treat.

What a peaceful morning! What an awesome way to rock the the week. My recommendation is that you treat yourself, too. Because, why not?

What brought you peace this week? What are you reading? Share the peace!