One of my favorite things the past couple years has been reading classic girl chapter books with my older daughter (she is 8 now).
She loves books as much as I did as girl and it is such a joy to see her delight in the stories I read at her age!
After I read a book to my two younger children and tuck them in, I climb up into the top bunk bed with my 8 year old daughter and we read aloud for 15 minutes or so.
We just finished Anne of Green Gables and it was even lovelier than I remembered!
In fact, my daughter and I both fell so in love with Anne, that I've now purchased the box set!
It was fascinating to me to read Anne of Green Gables
now as an adoptive mom. I felt so sad for Anne when she was delivered by mistake to Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert who had requested a boy and they contemplated sending her back! But, oh how I related so much to the quiet Marilla as she parented the spirited, talkative Anne! Because parenting a child with a personality type so opposite your own is exhausting! And how many days has the constant chatter from my younger daughter adopted as a 3 year old also led me to tell her to stop talking. But, oh how well the book illustrates the ultimate gift of opening your home and heart to a child and how those spirited little girls can bring such joy!
Reading with my older daughter is not always easy, sometimes by 8:15pm at night I am so spent from the demands of my family and the day that I just want to have some free time and be done with kids. But, I'm so glad that I've made the time most nights. It's precious one-on-one time with my girl and when I look back over the past couple years those moments reading with her definitely stand-out as the good stuff!
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