For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

Monday, January 12, 2009

Books,Books...Oh How I love to read!

A friend of mine is hosting a book giveaway on her blog(you can link to her blog in the right hand corner of mine and join in the fun/she is also selling candles to help with expenses for their upcoming adoption). This giveaway got me to thinking about some of my favorite books. As many of you know I was a kindergarten teacher for many years, and my favorite part of any day was storytime or anytime that I got to share books with my kiddos. One of my favorite authors during my teaching career was Jan Brett(author of The Mitten,Gingerbread Baby and many more). When my boys were still itty -bitty, I read a book to them entitled When Daisy Comes Home by Jan Brett. This story was one of our favorites, and the boys and I read it over and over. As with all things as time went by this favorite was replaced by others. This brings us to the present,to the book giveaway, and my reason for this post. When this book came to mind, I went on line and searched a little information on it. I read through the review and BAM! it struck me... This book is about a little girl from China. Do you know where the setting for this book took place?... yep, Guilin and the Li River.You can read more about the book on www.janbrett.com. When the boys and I began reading this book several years ago, we could never have guessed that we would go across the ocean to adopt a sister and to tour this very river. Another of my very favorite books was one that I read a very long time ago as a little girl. It was entitled Mandy by Julie Andrews Edward(yes of Sound of Music fame). This book was my absolute favorite as a child. The original copywrite date is 1971, and I still have my original copy. A 30 year anniversary addition is now out and available for purchase. This book told the story of a young orphan girl(about 7yrs old) who lived in an orphanage. It details all the adventures, hopes and dreams of this little girl. Now, when we were selecting a name for our 7 yr old daughter, I hadn't recalled the name of this book(I promise!)... but take a look...
All of this made me realize(really slapped me in the face),yet again, that God was planning this all along...even back to when I was a little girl...

2 comments:

Jill and Rick said...

I also love Daisy Comes Home, and it's extra special with our Annie connection too. :-)

I have never heard of "Mandy." Must read it! & how amazing that it was part of your own past, pointing right to your future. That's a goosebump moment for me, Kim!

Jill

connie said...

Kim, it brings me to tears when I think of God's goodness and amazing plans ... and to be on the back side reflecting on the seemingly fragmented pieces of a beautifully orchestrated puzzle that is our life ... and to realize He had it planned all along! Wow! I need to check out these books too!