Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A Book to Inhale

Mom gave me this for Christmas and I could not put it down.


The words were so beautiful, the thoughts so poignant. If you read Mitten Strings for God, you are familiar with Kenison's gentle advice on mothering young children. Here are her thoughts on raising teens and letting go as they grow up. I am going to re-read with a highlighter in hand.


18 comments:

Annie said...

oh, you just made my day! Mitten Strings for God was one of my parenting bibles when my kids were younger. I was just wondering recently whether she would write another one. My next click is amazon to order. Yay!

Annie said...

p.s. I've gotta post that video on Letters to a Parent, ok?

Dancin Queen said...

Oh wow. I just watched that You Tube and sobbed. How touching. Going to find both of those books right now. :)

kara jayne said...

i'll read anything you recommend. it's already on my goodreads list.

brooke said...

I shouldn't watch that kind of thing when I'm pregnant. She has a way with words. I'm going to buy Mitten Strings for God to read on a trip I'm going on this weekend. Thanks for the recommendation.

Travelin'Oma said...

Where's the kleenex?

Rochelleht said...

Well, holy cow! Did that ever make me cry. WOW! I needed that today. The girls have been at each other's throats. Nice to know that it doesn't mean they will hate each other forever.

I'm looking forward to 10 days of being with them. No school, no homework. Just us and sand, water and sun. And cousins, aunts, grandparents. Heaven.

Doesn't God really know best!? Heaven is family. You feel it so tangibly when she reads that essay. That's all I ever want. Family.

Susan said...

Wow, as the mother of two grown children, I am bawling, not just tearing up. I loved every minute of the girls' childhoods, never taking it for granted. Even still there are moments when I long for the days we lived under the same roof. Thank you! Warmest regards, Susan

Robin said...

Are you on goodreads? If not, you need to join up and add me as a friend. I want to see what else you are reading (only 50 pages left of The Help!).

Christie said...

So, so beautiful. Thanks for making me cry.

Lauren in GA said...

I turned on the YouTube video and turned it up and went to unload the dishwasher...and ended up sobbing. It really was poetic to me. I am beginning to see traces of an, "alien creature hunched over a cereal bowl" and he is only 12. I want to read both books, now...so, thanks, my dear.

Meg said...

I absolutely loved Mitten Strings for God.

I am going to add that book to my Goodreads right now.

Thanks for sharing it.

Hazen5 said...

I can't wait to read it!

calibosmom said...

Oh goodie!

Jenibelle said...

I am missing those days when all my children were young and sweet and funny and messy and loud.

But personally, I think God makes teenagers so obnoxious and ornery so that when they need to leave to learn to fly you''re glad to see them go. Then, just like childbirth, you forget the pain and anxiously await more of them. Then they come home to visit, drive you nuts and you're thankful you raised them well enough they can be on their own. And you pray that they get payback from their own kids.

I do miss my little ones though.

diane said...

"They really are gone." My house is too quiet and will soon get quieter. I'm not ready but she is. I guess that's what counts.

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Meg said...

I just started reading this. I love it already!

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