So, I sit here at the end of the day with my laptop and a glass of wine. I listen to a crackling fireplace, my babies are tucked in and dreaming sweet dreams. My older boys are enjoying an indoor campout with a movie and popcorn, while my husband finally gets to sit and relax after working all day. I feel so very blessed to be with my family…..all of us, home together. My heart hurts for those who work in healthcare, who drive truck, work in grocery stores, and continue to work because it’s their duty. I feel for those who are scared of possibly bringing sickness home to their own family. Our whole world is going through this mess together…..but, we shall get through it just as we always do! We are AMAZING like that 😉
I find myself feeling a bit helpless. Like many of us, I want to do more to help. I’m not exactly sure how to do that yet, so for now I will show kindness, pray for our world, and try to inspire in some way or another.
Whenever I’ve needed inspiration or uplifting, books have never seemed to disappoint. People and books are what influence me the most in life. I have been moved by so many books, so decided I’d like to share my list of Good Reads 🙂 I realize we all have different taste in topics, but hopefully some of you will find one you enjoy! Personally, the only way I can really enjoy a good book is in a quiet space with a good cup of coffee. So, kick back and see if any interest you.
For those of you who want to feel hopeful that there is always goodness in life (and don’t mind welling up a bit), I recommend The Choice by Og Mandino and the Ultimate Gift by Jim Stovall. I’ve read both several times…they are extremely heartfelt and inspiring. For those of you who want to read about romance, I recommend Ashes in the Wind by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss (one of the first romance books I ever read) or any book by Nora Roberts 🙂 Two of my favorites are the Chesapeake Bay Saga and the Inn Boonsboro Trilogy. These are great “take me to another place” reads. If you love stories of summer beaches, I recommend the four Barefoot Bay novels by Roxanne St. Claire and Summer Breeze by Nancy Thayer. If you find yourself missing or grieving loved ones, I found comfort in Max Lucado’s Beyond Heaven’s Door and Mitch Albom’s The Five People You Meet in Heaven. If you are looking for something to improve your outlook on life, I suggest reading Joel Osteen’s Your Best Life Now or Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly (even though the author is Catholic, any believer of any religion could benefit). Last of all, If you just want to simplify your life, I suggest reading A Simplified Life by Emily Ley. It is an easy read with beautiful pictures. It’s about decluttering your life for the better! It’s a rather perfect read when you are spending more time at home 😉
We are always telling our children there is nothing better for the imagination than reading. We sometimes forget that we need that, too. That being said, I hope you decide to let a book inspire you. Make sure you do it right….quiet place, cozy blanket, warm cup of coffee or tea, and a crackling fireplace (real or find one on YouTube 🙂 During this crazy time, let it take you away~
~Spread Kindness, always Kindness.