I Miss Reading

I miss reading, curling up in bed, or a cozy chair with a mug of coffee. I miss that quiet, rainy day when I could choose to forsake other responsibilities an get lost in a story.  I really enjoy reading, novels are my favorite, but really any kind of reading makes me happy.

I wanted to accomplish the 2015 Reading Challenge, I got as far as making the list.  I am actively reading “The Call” by Os Guinness as well as “Finally Alive” by John Piper. I’m enjoying the a lot, I am also working through a 52 week personal challenge and a business book.  This is a major step forward, and I am proud of that. I am also reading Money Making Mom by Crystal Paine.

No novels for me lately, using a SNS with breastfeeding is a pretty hands on experience.  I am always amazed to hear moms at LLL meetings say they read while they nurse.  I can’t manage it.  I can barely manage to hold my phone while nursing.  Someday, I won’t be nursing.  Someday, there will be no babies to hold.  Someday, I’ll pick up a captivating novel and get lost in it without worry of my children destroying something or getting injured.

For now, I click interesting links from Twitter and Facebook and get mesmerized by Instagram.  I watch my favorite people on Periscope and You Tube while I do dishes.  It isn’t glamorous, but it’s real.  Somehow, these creatives have connected me to online communities that have helped me feel connected, more confident and less alone in this mothering work.

So, this lazy Sunday evening I am sharing with you a few great reads from my week.

This article made me think about the words I use.  Do I have political or social ideals that I’m not willing to back up in my day-to-day choices?

Why White Parents Won’t Choose Black Schools

This article made me think about how sometimes I want to say something, I fear sounding foolish and just remain silent.

10 things to say when a baby is born with Down’s Syndrome

This one reminds me that how a woman feeds her child isn’t my business, and that I shouldn’t really even give it thought unless I actually care enough to listen to and strive to understand her story and her choice.

To The Mom Who Didn’t Breastfeed

I never clicked over, even though i LOVE The Onion but this looked like fun too

New Study Finds Link Between Breastfeeding, Always Knowing What is Right for Everyone

I hope you had a lovely October weekend.  I am hoping to share some of my PPD experiences this week and possibly Baby J’s birth story.  We shall see how the weekend goes.

What are you reading?  Do you make it priority? What blogs and websites do you keep up with?




  1. I used to read A LOT. But like you I’ve got my hands full of baby now. I do listen to books on tape in my car on my way to work/doctors appointments/grocery store etc. I am in a bunch of Facebook mommy groups; from recipe exchanges, to cloth diapering forums, to funny meme groups of why mommy drinks. They all have links of quick stories I can read in 5 mins about moms and their struggles or triumphs. I think we all miss parts of our pre baby lives (not that we’d give up our children to have it back) but we do miss some of our hobbies and the fact that we used to just have to worry about ourselves.

  2. Oh plus I read this too while breastfeeding.

  3. Yes, I used to read much more before kids. But now that they are 8 and 10, and doing more reading on their own, I love snuggling up with them to read together – sometimes I read a book out loud to them, but often they are reading their own book while I read mine. We homeschool, so we have more opportunities to do this, but we even do it sometimes just before bed.

    • SparklyStefka says:

      That is my dream for the future, and as I weed through homeschooling style and try to figure out what works for us, I anticipate lots of reading together. My 2.5 year old often asks to read before bed (mama needs to be more consistent) and my 4 year old is starting to take an interest in learning to read. My 8 month old loves to gnaw on board books. =)

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