Growing Up Loving Books

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I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.  ~Anna Quindlen, “Enough Bookshelves,” New York Times, 7 August 1991

Each Christmas we give our children books to add to their libraries. We are a book-loving family and want to cultivate that in our children. Some years they ask for a specific title and other years I choose something I think they will like.  I’ve gotten good feedback from everyone this year. Dimples told me she has already plowed through her set of three books, which makes my heart happy.

This is the first time I’ve given cookbooks, but Pioneer Woman is so fun, that I consider her cookbooks to be a good read as well as a resource for recipes. Additionally, each recipe has step-by-step photos, so for my kids who are learning how to cook, the books are extra helpful.

If you are interested in reading any of Brene Brown’s books, The Gifts of Imperfection is only $6.19 right now, which is quite a bit less than what I paid for it. I may stock up on a few copies to give to friends.

Did you give or get any books for Christmas? I would love to hear from you in the comments.

We’re heading to Seattle in a couple of hours. If you think of us, please pray for safe travel there and back, and for a sweet reunion between Bee and Dimples. Pray that we will find pockets of joy and that we’ll build some healing memories with them. This feels weighty; I need to hold my hands open and let the days flow the way the Lord intends, not the way I think is best.

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Have a wonderful day, friends.


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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. Paula Miles Spears
    January 8, 2014

    We have SO MANY books in our house that last year we got all three littles e-readers for Christmas. They love them and they are great for reading in the car on the way back from Lincoln on gymnastics nights. Reading is my favorite past time.

  2. Cindy Mc
    January 8, 2014

    Yes! Books cover many of our walls and there are stacks everywhere. I purchased a "Reading Vacation" for my husband for Christmas (8-10 books covering his interests, a cabin rented, food etc). We get each of our girls a new cookbook each year. Our adult children often request books and we get them books that we think they will enjoy. Nephews, nieces, grandchildren… all of them got books. We purchased special books for my Mother to read to her great grandchildren. I tell our kids, if they will read, they can learn anything and they can explore the world, even if they are sitting in the house.

    We are pretty enthusiastic about reading, can you tell? 🙂

    Much love!
    Cindy Mc

  3. Tracy
    January 8, 2014

    We draw names and do a book exchange each year so that each of my four children gets to pick something out for someone else. Had to go to Half-Price books this year because my husband is out of work, but we still all found something to give!

  4. PK @Little Red House
    January 9, 2014

    Prayers said for your trip today.

  5. Emily
    January 9, 2014

    I got the Flannery O'C book for Christmas and am loving it. I love you! Praying.

    1. Lisa Qualls
      January 9, 2014

      You and Hannah are kindred spirits.


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