You know that feeling you get when you receive an unexpected little present from someone? That's how I felt less than two weeks ago. My husband's brother lives about an hour away, and he was down to go fishing with their dad. While we were visiting, he mentioned that his wife sent a box full of textbooks and things for me, because they were the right age for my boys. I don't know what I was really expecting, maybe a textbook or two or some workbooks. What I got was an unexpected surprise. I was completely blown away with this box!
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The first thing I saw were books. Living Books. Books that we've read and enjoyed, books that are on my favorite go-to read aloud lists for children, books with Newbery and Caldecott Medals. Be Still My Heart! Titles like Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag, Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats and more! There were also a few board books, which will go in Eleanor's room.
She's also a school teacher (and has homeschooled) so there were other things she passed on to me as well. There were workbooks, a few issues of The Mailbox Magazine, some teaching aids, a couple of art books from the children's art series Come Look with Me and a few other random books and art supplies.
Then . . . there were also 35 Readers!
The readers are various levels, and one of them is actually a 10-in-1 Storybook, so there is a great variety of reading practice here for Elliott. Some are classics like Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik, Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish and Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel, others are I Spy books, and there are other familiar authors like Cynthia Rylant and Seymour Simon. I'm not a fan of making trips to the library, so having a nice set of readers for the boys makes me happy!
As I was writing about that unexpected surprise, it made me think of how very blessed I am to have married into my husband's family. Everyone jokes about their in-laws, but mine are actually pretty awesome. My husband has two older sisters, an older brother and a twin brother. Between the 5 children and spouses, there are 13 grandchildren, ranging from 18 down to 6 months. When you add in his parents and grandparents, family functions can get chaotic and loud! However, it's always a fun and special time. I can honestly say that they are all good people with big hearts. My husband and I come from backgrounds that are similar in some ways, yet completely opposite in others, and they've accepted my differences and welcomed me into their family anyway. Very is hardly adequate enough to describe how blessed I am and how much I love my husband's family.
Plus, it doesn't hurt that they spoil me and like to support my book habit!
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