Sunday Reads: overbooked kids, appreciating life, the rhythm of family life, peanut butter pie

I apologize if this edition of Sunday Reads is a bit late in the day. I spent the first part of the day curled up in bed, re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-reading Anne of Green Gables. What can I say – I’m taking these Reading Sundays pretty seriously and that includes delving back into comfy old favorites. But I’ve also run across plenty of inspiring new reads this weekend. Here are some links for you to check out:

  • The Days Pass from Toddler Planet. If you don’t know Susan, a.k.a. “Why Mommy”, you should. She’s a brilliant astrophysisict (which I’m pretty sure is a fancy term for “rocket scientist”) and mom of two, who shares an honest and raw account of her fight with Inflammatory Breast Cancer, always with grace and humor and hope. I find her words inspiring and a great reminder to take nothing for granted.
  • Family Happiness and the Overbooked Child, at the New York Times. Nice validation for families who keep the extracurriculars limited and give “enrichment activities” a backseat to family and free time.
  • Food Blogging Community & A Pie For Mikey at SimpleBites. Last week, mom and food blogger Jennifer Perillo’s world was shattered when her husband Mike died suddenly of a heart attack. She asked those who wanted to help to bake a peanut butter pie in her husband’s honor and share it with friends – and over 1,000 people joined in. What a touching tribute – and hopefully some comfort to this grieving woman and her two young girls.
  • The Rhythm of Family, by Amanda Blake Soule with Stephen Soule. I’ve been a fan of Soulemama‘s blog for years, but really inspiring blogs and books sometimes have a way of poking at deeply-buried feelings of inadequacy…to which I am not immune. But after writing my post about the “Ideal Mother” and schooling choices the other day, I decided to leave my ego and any prickly feelings of “less than-ness” at the door and just enjoy the ideas and inspiration in this lovely little book. I’m so glad I did! The Rhythm of Family is chock-full of simple nature-based ideas and crafts to celebrate the seasons and gentle reminders to appreciate the here and now and pursue the truly important, along with gorgeous photography and narrative. If you’d like to get to know Soulemama a little better, you can also read my interview with her from last fall.

What are you reading today?

*Thanks to Shambhala Publications for sending me a copy of The Rhythm Of Family to check out.

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