Children’s Books

I have to tell you that I love Beverly Lewis!  It has been awhile since I read a chapter book from a children’s series, so it seemed a bit simple at first, but then I had to remember it needs to be simple.  😉  She has little people as her audience.  We began reading The Cul-de-sac kid series as a family, but my daughter also reads them on her own.   I recommend them to anyone with lower elementary aged children.  It is especially great for our family since we live on a cul-de-sac street, have girls and boys, and have adopted!  I love how closely the family in the book relates to our family.  Most importantly, the children in the story PRAY!  I am so excited that an author wrote a children’s book in which the children pray.  We have only read the first book, but will definitely continue the series.  Love The Cul-de-sac Kids!  🙂

When our cat died I looked for some books for the kids to read and help them.   The Bible is not clear on what happens to animals when they die.  There is no way for us to know if they will be in Heaven or not.  Sooooo….a lot of assumptions are made in children’s books to make the child feel better.  It is a great thing to make a child feel better, but in our family we want to make them feel better with truth and not assumptions.  I previewed the books and ended up not giving any to the children to read, solely because of mixed messages.  The worst one, however, was the one that was trying to be most politically correct.  I will not mention the title, but according to the reviews it is a pretty popular choice.  The entire book was great…up until the point when the author had the daddy character tell his child that we are not sure if there is a heaven or not.  That closed the book for me.  I understand for sales an author may not want to step on toes and offend people.  However, I give great praise and credit to the authors who aren’t afraid to stand up for their faith even in children’s books.  Thank you Beverly Lewis!

Doggish Cat

My daughter has a Barbie movie in which there is a cat that is referred to as a “doggish cat.”   Most likely because it is a tomcat and barks.  We all know that cats in Barbie movies are usually girls.  😉

My husband and I adopted 2 tiny kittens a few months after we were married.   Non-pet owners will not understand, but before we had children, they were like our babies.  Unfortunately for them, after we had children, they lost a bit of rank in the house.  😉

One was abused in her first month of life.  The shelter found her on the side of the road with her whiskers pulled out.  Stormy was the size of a snowball when we saw her.  She loved us right away, but would go into hiding when others would come into the house.  She is definitely a cat cat…she has cuddled with me since she could fit in my shoe, but she is a bit overly skiddish and has a mind of her own.  She is beginning to warm up to others now…slowly but surely.

Riley was our doggish cat.  We chose her from the shelter at the same time as Stormy, and though they look identical, Riley was born at the shelter.  She and Stormy were great “friends.”  Riley would come when called, would thump her foot when we scratched her ear, would follow us around, and sleep in my daughter’s bed each night (sometimes as the pillow).  We even were able to play fetch with her when she was young.

We had to say goodbye to Riley this weekend.  Pets are loyal and love you unconditionally, they let you cuddle them when you need comfort and “forgive” you when you ignore them.  It is hard to lose a pet, hard to lose anything that has been a positive part of your life for 13 years, but it is even harder when you have small children.  They knew she was sick, they knew she was not likely going to get better, but in the end she went much faster than we thought.  That is a blessing, especially for her sake.  It was hard to watch her in the end.  Kids are troopers, though, and though they miss her, they have an ability to put things in better perspective than adults sometimes.  Again, I know pet owners, or even simply dog owners, may not understand, but our hearts are heavy this week as we miss our doggish cat.