You may think you will never have time to read again, but I’m here to tell you, “Don’t give up!” When my boys started napping regularly (yes, it will eventually happen!), I would grab a book and try to read a little on most days – even if it was only 15 or 20 minutes! I might have even popped some popcorn for a “healthy” snack. Who am I kidding — nap time is chocolate time! Sometimes it was a childcare book, but most often it was an entertaining or inspirational story – a little escape from reality and sometimes even more energizing than sleep. Don’t be afraid to give yourself permission to curl up for a few minutes with a book or something else you like to do. If you end up falling asleep, that’s ok — time for you to rest and relax is important, too! Believe me, your babies will not notice if the dusting or vacuuming has been done. My boys are almost 21 and they STILL don’t notice if the dusting or vacuuming has been done – just sayin’.
I believe continuous learning is a great thing!
Below are some of my favorites with links if you want to learn more:
The Traveler’s Gift – Seven Decisions That Determine Personal Success
The Noticer – Thought provoking and inspirational!
Vicki & Tom Dau:
The Marriage Alphabet – Click HERE for your free e-book! OR purchase a copy HERE as a gift for an engaged or married couple. Contains basic truths that we need to be reminded of often to be successful in marriage and all relationships.
Out of the River (by Vicki Dau) – A Parable of Empowerment, Freedom and Truth
The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic – Click HERE to get your free copy.
Let God take your spiritual life to the next level or help reinvigorate your parish
The Mitford Series – Sweet, heart-warming, real-life stories about an unlikely family
Trusting God Day by Day – Short reflections are a perfect way to start your day
The School of Essential Ingredients – A delicious slice of life that you will enjoy from beginning to end
Paul Coutinho, SJ:
How Big Is Your God?
Just as You Are
Will challenge you to grow stronger and deeper in your faith and in your relationship with God—a God whose love knows no bounds.
Connie and Alan Higley:
Reference Guide for Essential Oils – Packed full of valuable information, this guide includes individual sections for the following: Science & Application, Single Oils, Oil Blends, Personal Care Products, Supplements, and a Personal Guide which is alphabetized by health condition. I use this book almost every day! Click HERE to learn more.
Richard Paul Evans:
The Walk (Part 1)
Miles to Go – The Walk (Part 2)
The Road to Grace – The Walk (Part 3)
A Step of Faith – The Walk (Part 4)
The Walk (Part 5 – Coming Soon)
An unforgettable series about hope, healing, and the meaning of life.
The Five Lessons a Millionaire Taught Me (for Women) – worth reading at least once for the financial health of your family.
Stephanie Plum Series – May make you laugh out loud – I don’t advise reading these in bed while hubby is sleeping.
Earlene Fowler: – Great mysteries with a touch of quilting and ranch life
Mary Lou Quinlan:
The God Box – a new way to give your concerns to God
Dorothea Benton Frank:
Isle of Palms
The Land of Mango Sunsets
Stories about women from all walks of life and how their experiences make them stronger
Water for Elephants – My favorite ending to a story ever!
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons – Do you know of ANY housewives that actually eat bon bons?
The Red Tent – a biblical, fictional story of traditions and turmoil of ancient womanhood, told in the voice of Dinah, daughter of Jacob.
Dr. Kevin Leman:
Have a New Kid by Friday
Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours
A Chicken’s Guide to Talking Turkey with Your Kids About Sex
Adolescence Isn’t Terminal
The Teen Whisperer (I know it’s hard to imagine, but, yes, your babies will be teenagers some day!)
J. K. Rowling:
Harry Potter series (I started reading these because my boys were and I was hooked – I would actually sneak their books while they were sleeping and of course I stayed up way too late!)
The Help – I liked the movie, but the book was even better!
Ron Hall & Denver Moore w/Lynn Vincent:
Same Kind of Different As Me – An incredible and memorable story
The Glass Castle
The Silver Star
Inspirational stories about overcoming hardships and abuse and learning to thrive
Her women’s fiction is real and true – she captures stories of the heart.
Your Kids Are Your Own Fault – Parenting is a tough job, and it’s easy to get discouraged. Be persistent and check out these guidelines to help you raise your children to become responsible, independent, successful, generous adults.
Maisie Dobbs, A Novel
If you like mysteries, check this series out!
Dr. James Dobson:
The Strong-Willed Child – Almost every family has at least one – hang in there!