trip to the library


Caleb is feeling better, I’m finally getting spunky again, it’s just Grace who is sick-ish now.  But not too sick for a trip to the library!  Rich and I took the kids there this morning and I took my camera along, just for the fun of it.  It’s chilly out, but the sun is shining.  It takes us about 10 minutes to drive to the library and I like it because it’s outside of town, it’s a nice little library.  I usually take the kids myself during the week so it was a treat to have Rich come along this time.  There weren’t too many people there today.  Jacob, Ethan, and Grace each have their own special library bag.  They have their own library cards, too, but no one could find them.  But they did find and take along their stuffed animals! 

I had to return a video that our VCR “ate”, I was wondering if I would have to buy it but I didn’t, thankfully.  I’m so grateful that we have free public libraries, but Rich says that I ruin it for our family by paying a fine every time I go!  Today I had to pay 4 dollars.  Yikes!


Caleb always runs as fast as he can to his favorite spot, the train table!


Here’s Grace with her stuffed kitten, picking out books.  She’s been reading all kinds of animal books lately.


Here is handsome E, choosing a book for himself, with his brother Jacob looking on in the background.


I found this handsome guy (my husband) . . . . .Rich ended up choosing and taking home two huge computer books.


David was thrilled when his Daddy agreed to play a game of checkers with him.


This is the only “staged” photo, of myself.  My friend Hannah (thank you Hannah!!!) sent me some books to read, so today I only checked out cookbooks.  (besides, I was hungry)


Then I found little Caleb on his tummy, looking at a Thomas book with faithful Percy by his side.


Jacob and Ethan got right down on the floor to look at a comic book.  Are they cute, or what?  I told them they looked like they were siamese twins.  Hard to believe that Jacob will be 11 on Monday. . . . . . .


I didn’t think David would look at a book without me telling him to, but he did!  He looked at the same Thomas book that Caleb had found.



I just finished the most excellent book yesterday, I’ll attach the link below so you may order a copy.  It’s written by John G Paton, who was a missionary in the mid 1800’s to cannibals.  It’s 500 pages long but so good I wished that it was even longer than that.  I tell you I laughed and cried through the whole thing, and my heart was so warmed by his amazing testimony.  The book is crammed packed with glory to God. . . .very stirring words indeed.  Please read it for yourself, you won’t be sorry.   

The rest of my reading list:

The Twenty-fourth Of June, by Grace S. Richmond.  This is a book that Hannah lent to me.

Safely Home, by Randy Alcorn.  Another book from Hannah.  (By the way, Hannah, I already read Stepping Heavenward, that’s why it’s not listed here.)

When People are Big, and God is Small, by Edward T. Welch.  I have read most of this now, Joanna recently read it and recommended it. 

he Puritan Family
, by Edmund S. Morgan.  From my Dad’s collection of books.


What about you?  Do you like to read?  What’s on your reading list these days? 


0 thoughts on “trip to the library

  1. I’m not reading any great books for myself right now, but here are some our children got for Christmas; No Bears on Hemlock Mountain, Doctor de Soto,Blueberries for Sal,Island Boy,Boxcar Children, and some others. This year I made a list of  books I wanted them to have and gave it to my Mom when she asked what they needed. These are what we’ve been enjoying this week.
    From the library we have Christmas Day in the Morning and, The Last Straw.
    Oh, I forgot! I did read Upstairs the Peasants Are Revolting by Dorcas Smucker. Delightful and thoughtful.

  2. I LOVE  LIBRARIES! Your’s looks so inviting. What a lovely family outing, and even better that Dad was there.When Bri was very little, I’d put her in her red carriage and walk down town, it took about 25 minutes. We’d play at the beach park, get a cookie at the bakery, then go to the library…I’d pick out at least 15- 25picture books to read to her each time. Then we’d wait just outside for our local bus, and catch a ride up the hill. I went to the library yesterday, but didn’t even make it inside, the used book store had all their lovely Chrismas books marked half price!

  3. Do I like libraries?  Well now, I think I do.  Two or three years ago, I had to quit (because of a health issue) my job at our little local library where I had worked for nearly 24 years.  It was a second home to me and our family.  I absolutely loved my job and cried buckets when I had to leave.  Little children who were in storytime when I began working there (I worked there before the library opened for the first time, actually) were grown and bringing their own little ones to storytime 24 years later.  I felt like a grandma to half the patrons.  Quitting that job was one of the toughest things I’ve ever done.  Yes, I like libraries and it warms my heart always to see others using and enjoying them.  Read, read, read!  There can never be too many books ~ that’s what I say.  It’s funny though, since I no longer work outside my home, I have less time to read ~ why is that, I wonder??  I’m reading Sixth Covenant by Bodie and Brock Thoene, part of a series.  Next on my list is Amish Grace if I can get it away from dh ~

  4. Yup, I enjoy going to libraries… although I havn’t been to ours in years. I’ve been meaning to go, though, because there is a book that I’ve been wanting to read. I LOVE bookstores, even more than libraries. I guess they aren’t quite as musty because the books are new, so they bother my allergies less.
    I used to read  a LOT when I was younger, but my eyes really can’t take it like they used to so I don’t read nearlu as much. Right now I’m reading “Lessons I Learned in the Light” by Jennier Rothschild, and it has been very good.
    Enjoy your books!

  5. Our family loves our library (and I know you know it well, too.) and we try to get there often.  We haven’t been since Casey went on Christmas break, but we all love it.  I’m reading one of the three books Matt got me for Christmas, it’s called The Glorious Appearing.  I love it, so far.  I hope you’re having a good Saturday.

  6. Shanda, it was not like I outright asked Jen for an invitation to her wedding. I am much to shy for that. I asked my daughter, Joy, what she thinks it would take to get invited. She said she would find out. Jen told her she would be honored to have us come and she sent us an invitation, not really expecting that we would show up. There is more to the story, but I don’t want to bore you. I enjoyed your library pictures. I was amused at Rich’s choice of books. The only stores I enjoy browsing or shopping are computer stores and bookstores. Other places I am the typical male shopper. I am the “in and out” kind, getting what I am after and ignoring everything else. I hope you are enjoying your new piano. Albert

  7. Wow, that looks like a really nice library! Even tables set up with toy trains and checker games! You and your husband sound like me and mine, he going for the computer books and you for the cookbooks! I love it! Which ones did you check out? My latest favorites are the Barefoot Contessa cookbooks.

  8. What a nice library you have. πŸ™‚ I love the picture of the big kids with their bags. My 2 big ones have their own library cards too. I keep them, but they get to check out their own books on their own cards. πŸ™‚ You know, I have the same problem with paying fines every time I go. I never used to. Hmmm…(shrug) I hope you have a blessed New Year.Melody (frugalmel)

  9. We love libraries too.  I have been known to rack up fines as well….thankfully my husband says that contributing to the Library is one of his favorite donations.  Just think… book would cost more than that $4 fine.  I do try to avoid the fines by coming up with some sort of system
    I just read one of David’s Christmas books, it was very moving.  “Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer: A Granddaughter Remembers Her Wartime Hero”  by Kelly J. Brown.  He and his dad were reading out loud to each other today from the “Sergent York” book .  David asked his grandmother for both for Christmas. 
    I also just finished “Home to Holly Springs” by Jan Karon , in the middle of “Ultra Metabolism” by Mark Hyman, M.D.( I did his ultra simple diet so am learning more about how to eat to help my body heal) , and reading “John’s Story” from the Jesus Chronicles.  My favorite missionary book this year has been “Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret”.   I read it through and am now going through again to really think on some things. 
    My sis was the queen of the Storybook section in the Library.  She would get so many books to share with Bri that she could show you all the good ones!  When ever I can get to the other computer I will post some Christmas pics….David and Bri both dove into their books they recieved on Christmas eve!
    I loved going to the library with your family   My favorite shot is the one of Ethan and Jacob….I love the togetherness….and it reminds me of my boys.  Lord bless, Jenny 

  10. I cant remember the last time I had my kids to the library. Unfortunately while being a full time working Mom, I missed out on alot of things. Praise God, that I am home now and can spend “quality” time with them. Beautiful pictures as always!!! Happy New Year!!! Lisa

  11. hey, i’m coveting your library! ;)the shot of the boys on the floor is so great! and i’m always checking cookbooks out of my library too… a favorite pastime. have a great week ahead as we welcome in o8 ~ πŸ™‚

  12. oh, and to answer your ? at the end. yes – i love to read. and right now i’m reading The Gospel according to Job. and a book about the life of Mary, by Francine Rivers, w/ Katie.

  13. That looks like a fun day.  It’s been awhile since I’ve been to the public library but I used to spend a lot of time there when my children were young.  We have a real nice church library and and I like to shop on line for books that I’ve heard about, and sometimes you can buy used ones at real good prices.  I just finished reading “In an Instant” by Lee & Bob Woodruff.  Bob was an ABC co-anchor who was seriously injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq. It’s a compelling story of this family’s journey of love and healing.  I love biographies and autobiographies.    I received two photography books for Christmas — “The Digital Photography Book”, and “101 Essential Tips for Photography” so I’m sure I’ll be gleaning valuable information from them in the days ahead.

  14. LOL tell Rich you aren’t alone my friend. My husband says I keep the library in business with the fines I pay. I find it SO hard to get everything back on time, something I really need to work on. I LOVE the pic of the boys reading the comic book it reminds me of my boys.

  15. I love the library! Some of my best memories involve our Sunday afternoon trips to the library. We’d go to church, then go get something to eat, and swing by the library on our way home. That was the only day of the week we went “out” to eat, and we’d have an adventure afterward. I really think that was the best thing my parents could have done for us – take us to the library and help teach us how to love books.
    I used to be so proud of that little library card. I love seeing Grace with her stuffed animal and her books, it could have been taken by my mom when I was her age.

  16. I don’t use the library as much as I keep the used book section of in business! Then, I pass my books onto several different people. Did you enjoy reading “Stepping Heavenward” as much as me? It was sad, but a good story.

  17. The siamese twins picture is fantastic, I love the moment you captured.  It looks like it is a really nice library, they seem to have some great things to keep kids entertained.  David looks like he can’t contain himself he is so happy that his Dad is playing with him!
    I am still reading the Ed welch book which is cool to think that we are reading it at the same time!  I am also reading a book Steve picked out for me called Blue Highway that I LOVE and then a very “surface” book on style about a lady who owns a vintage clothing shop, it is something like “Alligators, something something something and new money” I know that is really sad I should just go up and get the title LOL!
    I love Stepping heavenward, it inspires you to be sensitive to the Lord, in a deeper sweeter way.
    Someday I hope to visit and you can show me your library like how you saw Albright.

  18. I love to read!!!!!  I just wish I had more time to do it.  I also love to sew, cook, and garden and it’s so hard to find time to do it all!!!!!  I’m reading “Christy” right now.  Great book!!!!  When I get to the end, I want to start all over again!  My basket beside me chair is overflowing with books right now.  I hope to get every last one of them read this year.  Oh, that sounds like a resolution!   Your library look fabulous.  Ours is kinda strange, but nice also. 

  19. Shanda, I loved these pics, felt as if I was there with you! I absolutely love to read and I find so much joy in being surrounded by books!!! I love cookbooks, self-help books, decorating books, anything really. Books make me smile.

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