Gift From The Sea

This book is a mystery to me – literally. My daughter plucked it from the bookcase and handed it to me. Gift From The Sea? Where did this book come from? I asked my husband and he wasn’t sure either. Oh well. I’m a strong believer in fate.

So I cracked it open. I always like to open a book in the middle and read a page before I decide if I’m going to read the whole thing. I was intrigued, so I determined that this book will be the first of hopefully many that I’d read in 2019.

What I didn’t know was that this book was exactly what I needed to read. From a vacation to the sea into the pages of this book, Anne Morrow Lindbergh provided thought provoking messages about relationships, marriage, finding peace in solitude, and balancing obligations we may carry on our shoulders.

In this non-fiction quick read, Anne takes us to the ocean. Each chapter is named for a shell she has found on her walk along the shore. These shells are symbols for different obligations that the author is currently pondering.

It was a humbling reminder that we, as women, shouldn’t lose ourselves in the role we are meant to play. Women have come such a long way, much further than when this book was published back in 1955. Yet we still struggle in the role of “the woman.” A role often portrayed as the ultimate home maker.

I would bet that this book caused a little uproar when it was first published. I found it to either be ahead of it’s time or possibly just still so relevant in the obstacles that women face daily.

I wholeheartedly recommend this book to any woman who is trying to find or re-discover herself in the throes of her marriage, motherly duties, or general life. It’s easy to lose ourselves in the daily hustle, but it’s imperative that we remember who we are.

Dreaming of Warmth

It has been snowing quite a bit in the last week. As someone who just spent 40 minutes shoveling the driveway, I can honestly say I’m ready for the days of rain that Spring tends to conjure up.

Our backyard after the first snow.

Don’t get me wrong. I do love how beautiful the snow is. I love crunching the ice below my boots, sledding, and snowball fights. I would just rather not have to clear my driveway in 8 degree weather. At least the sun was out.

The real terror comes when the roads are too dangerous to drive, so I find myself attempting to entertain my toddler for two days straight. I think she feels the same way because she’s actually letting my write this instead of trying to type with me.

What are some of your favorite activities with the tiny humans when you are snowed in?

We usually color, draw on a chalkboard, practice shape and color identification, snack on cookies, watch movies, play with CJ’s ever growing collection of cars & trucks, read books, snack some more, play trains, dance & sing, shoot hoops in the living room, work on problem solving activities (sliding pipe cleaners through strainers, etc), play trains, tidy up, work floor puzzles, watch the squirrels & birds outside, more snacking, more reading… We need some fresh ideas.

I’m tempted to let her paint, but I dread the mess. Plus, she’s usually more interested in organizing the paint supplies than painting. She’s definitely my kid. Maybe I could introduce her to Harry Potter… Is it too soon though? Maybe I’ll wait another year or so before I try to peak her interest in it.

So let me know, either here or in my instagram stories, what are your favorite indoor activities with the littles?