I could give away books every day for the rest of my life, and I would probably always feel torn.
365 days of the year, and I’m telling you, folks…I would still be debating with my book-loving, book-devouring self!!!
Should I give away serious and challenging or light-hearted and popular?
Should I give away practical and encouraging or deep and thought-provoking?
Should I give away fiction and happy or true and sad?
Should I give away long and fun or short and scriptural?
Should I give away my “favorite reads” or my “new finds?”
A copyright of 1999?
Ai yi yi…the choices, the choices, the CHOICES!!!
BUT, I have decided that as I give away books throughout this year, I am going to give WHATEVER I want and in WHATEVER order I want…even if it seems random, awkward, “too much,” or frivolous.
I am going to give away the books that touch my heart, enlighten my soul, re-center my mind, and excite me!
I am going to give away what I LOVE!
What books am I giving away this month?
I am giving away two sets of three different children’s books, all written by Marianne Richmond.
They are books that have become a family favorite–books that have become known as “Mommy and Caden’s special book,” “Mommy and Evie’s special book,” and “Mommy’s-special-reminder-book-when-she-struggles-to-want-to-keep-them-little-forever” book.
I Love You So…, You are My Heart, and If I Could Keep You Little… have become near and dear not only to my HEART, but also to my little LOVES.
And why am I giving away these books?
One: I LOVE children’s books!!! Always have and always will…end of story.
Two: When Caden and I first read my copy of I Love You So…(first given to me by a dear friend in college when we graduated way back in ’02; you should read her blog because it’s really good, too), he immediately connected with the words that begin and end the book. Initially, I hadn’t realized that he had connected with the words of this precious book until one night, while tucking his little 2 year-old self in bed one night, I said, “I love you, buddy.” And without missing a beat, he asked, “How Much?” I smiled as I remembered the words. “SO MUCH,” I responded. To which he said, “How much is ‘so’?” And as I shut off his lights, I whispered the last line, “Way, way more than you know!”
Ever since then, these are the words we often whisper-exchange as I turn out the lights and say, “Goodnight.”
Three: When I find an author I love, I become an addict. And when you are an addict, you search, find, and consume MORE and MORE of what you LOVE! And that, my friends, is how I found Evie and I’s special book (You are My Heart) and how I landed my parental-grief book to deal with my awkward inability to handle the transitions of “growing up” (If I Could Keep You Little…)!
So what are a few of my favorite line(s) from these books?
I Love You So…
“I love you being NICE, and when you’re CRANKY, too. I love you without liking the NAUGHTY things you do. My ‘love you’ DOESN’T change like the temper of the days. It’s a CERTAIN kind of thing in many DIFFERENT ways.”
You are My Heart
“You are also my GRACE when we learn how to say, “I made a mistake–let’s start a new way.”
If I Could Keep You Little…
“If I could keep you little, I’d kiss your cuts and scrapes…but then I’d miss you LEARNING from your own mistakes.”
So how can you win a copy of these books?
In the comment section below, share something that you would LOVE to give away for the rest of your forever and on Friday at 4 PM (EST), I will randomly select two winners to enjoy all three copies of these sweet, heart-warming, Valentine’ish books!
Happy LOVE month!