I found a comfy spot on the couch and read in the sun today while my older kids played and Eliza napped. It was glorious. I rarely ever read during the daylight hours. To me, something always seems more important, like I should be more productive and so, I hardly ever sit down until it’s late. But today I felt convicted that rest is important and it’s okay to slow down sometimes and allow myself to do nothing for awhile.
I discovered that doing nothing is actually more incredible than I thought it was and reading when my kids are awake is actually not only possible, but a good example. If I want them to be readers, maybe I should pick up a book when they’re awake sometimes, shouldn’t I?
Below are the Week 4 questions for our book club. Please remember that anyone can join the conversation! You do not to read the book to join and we’d love to hear your thoughts. Things like this are much more fun when women are brave and join in!
- In the first chapter for this week’s reading (starting on page 149) Amy talked about how both working Moms and stay-at -home Moms have such important jobs and how she’s only able to be a successful working Mom because of the amazing support people in her life. Whether you work or stay home, who are the people in your life who support you in your mothering?
- She also spoke to woman-on-woman violence….the type of thing that happens when we judge each other and spill out cruel and snarky comments. What do you think we as women can do to encourage each other, instead of tear each other down? What is one of the most encouraging things that someone has said to you?
- In “Bad Sleeper”, on page 177 Amy says: “Sleep can completely change your entire outlook on life. One good night’s sleep can help you realize that you don’t need to break up with someone, or you are being too hard on your friend, or you actually will win the race or the game or get the job. Sleep helps you win at life.” What about you, do you sleep enough? How does being tired affect you?
And in case you’re just joining us or if you need a refresher, here’s the schedule:
- Week 1 (September 20th): Read the beginning of the book through page 61
- Week 2 (September 20th): Read pages 65-93
- Week 3 (September 27th): Read pages 97-145
- Week 4 (October 4th): Read pages 149-201
- Week 5 (October 11th): Read pages 201-245
- Week 6 (October 18th): Read pages 245-286
- Week 7 (October 25th): Read pages 287-the end
- Possible In-Person Coffee Night to wrap this up? If you think that would be fun, let me know your vote for a location. Even if only some of us could make it, I still think it would be so fun!
To connect and discuss, answer this week’s questions in the comments section below. Happy reading, friends!