Big Wolf & little wolf

I love everything about this children’s book.  Big Wolf & little wolf written by Nadine Brun-Cosme and 
Illustrated by Olivier Tallec is a tale of two wolves that evokes a great deal of emotion.  I enjoy reading books to my children that puts a stir in their hearts.  The storytelling is simple, but deep.  This sweet book has led Brayden and me into a couple of precious discussions that I will not soon forget about friendship, love and sharing.  I must say that the illustrations are beautiful.  The colors are deep and the lines are strong.  I highly recommend this book!

Here is a little summary of the book I found on Enchanted Lion Books.

Big Wolf lives alone under a tree at the top of a hill. He is alone, but happy. One day he sees another wolf approaching, a little wolf. Without a word, Little Wolf sits down next to Big Wolf. He stays all night and all the next day. At first Big Wolf is suspicious. He also is worried that Little Wolf will grow bigger and become a rival. After a while, however, he starts to feel fond of his small companion. He decides to let Little Wolf share his covers, just a little, so he isn’t cold at night. The next day he shares some of his lunch. Just as Big Wolf is starting to get used to his new friend, and even to care for him, Little Wolf disappears. Big Wolf is too proud to cry or get upset, but the reader cannot miss the great mix of emotions he feels, which are movingly portrayed in Olivier Tallec’s sensitive illustrations. Big Wolf loses his appetite and cannot sleep. He spends his time staring at the horizon, waiting for Little Wolf to return, but without the slightest reason to hope that he will. But with the arrival of spring Little Wolf does return. Big Wolf is so happy his heart almost bursts. The two wolves shyly admit that without each other they found life lonely. Never again will they leave each other’s side.

If you enjoy this book, you’ll love big wolf & little wolf The Little Leaf that Wouldn’t Fall

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Holding Him Up

It was a hot summer day and the kids were already in the pool.  I had been setting up our table and chairs after just arriving.  This just means that I was getting towels out and lining up flip-flops and such.  It was almost 99 degrees out there and I was ready for a cool dip in our neighborhood pool.  I took a head count and noticed Kalen coming towards me.  He mentioned wanting a snack.  I quickly gave in because his school days are long and I am sure he truly was hungry.  We sat and he chatted about the events of his day.  All the while, I had my eye on the other three swimming in the pool.

I began to watch Brayden specifically.  This little guy has recently been able to swim on his own in water deeper than his height.  However, when he is doing this, he looks like he is drowning.  He will go down in the water and come back up and take a big deep breath to go back down.  I kept watching him while I began to talk to Kalen about how amazing it was to watch Brayden swimming all on his own in the 4 ft part of the pool, away from the wall.  Brayden seemed to stay up towards the top of the water the more we watched him.  Kalen began talking and we looked at each other.  He said, “Mom, it’s amazing, it’s like God is holding him up just like this,” he cupped his hands and held them up together.  He wore the sweetest smile and I just melted.

As I think back on this sweet moment and exchange with my son, I am grateful for the way that God seems to hold me like this and keep my head above water.  What a sweet image.

A Recent Harvest

As we have been touch and go with our garden this spring and summer, I have often thought of our garden along with The Little Engine That Could. It has bounced back each time we get the extreme temperatures of our hot summertime.  When I look over the deck into our garden, I can almost hear a faint I think I can, I think I can . . .

Currently we are harvesting peppers, okra, zucchini, cucumbers and tomatoes.  I am so thankful for a garden that is green and growing.

A Note I’ll Never Forget

I really like notes, I always have.  I feel very loved by words written to me.

This morning after our school kids were at school, I picked up the house in preparation for cleaning.  I clean our house on Fridays.  As I walked into the kids’ bathroom, I found this note (above) from Madelyn.  My heart skipped a beat as soon as I saw the Dear Mom. My thoughtful daughter knew that this would mean something to me.  Even sweeter, she remembered that it was cleaning day and let me know she was willing to contribute.  I hadn’t said a word to her this morning about cleaning.  I’ll never forget these precious words written to me today, never ever.