Memory Lane

I  don’t expect this post to be of interest to anyone other than immediate family, but since this blog serves as my only “baby book,” I figured I would document my recent trip down memory lane.  I was going through some old children’s toys and books (many of which I hadn’t unpacked since our last moved, whoops!), and these few items loomed large in my memories of my kids early years.  I know I’m already forgetting things about their childhood that I swore I would always remember, so I guess I’m feeling the need to write it all down while I can. 

This LeapFrog activity table was an awesome toy that entertained all four kids, occasionally all at the same time!

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This was the book that Jim and I read or recited to the girls nearly EVERY NIGHT of their lives, and we now recite to the boys before bed.  It’s a simple little book, but it’s always ushered our kids into peaceful dreams.    photo IMG_7913.jpg  photo IMG_7914.jpg   photo IMG_7916.jpg  photo IMG_7917.jpg  photo IMG_7918.jpg  photo IMG_7919.jpg  photo IMG_7920.jpg  photo IMG_7921.jpg  photo IMG_7922.jpg  photo IMG_7923.jpg

This book, a collection of stories written and illustrated by Eloise Wilkin, was a lifesaver for me during many hours of church.  The girls would sit, enraptured by the beautiful pictures, and would give me a few moments of peace while I would listen to the prayers and preaching.  I’ve brought the book out for the boys, hoping it will have the same captivating effect on them! (So far, no luck!).

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And this book was the book responsible for turning Jimmy into a book lover.  It was a chunky Thomas the Tank Engine board book we checked out of the library, and never checked back in because Jimmy loved it to smithereens.  I don’t remember exactly how old he was when he finally started liking to look at books, but I think it was somewhere around 18-24 months old.  I was SO relieved and excited when he finally started paying attention to all those books I was reading to him! 

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1 comment to Memory Lane

  • Linda

    I still have some early books in my hope chest that were precious to you and your sister when you were young. Perhaps it’s just a Mom thing; but it brings me nostalgia and comfort, and the possibility of reading them to a future generation.

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