This is my front door.
For some reason, nearly every time I opened it this week, I was greeted by something wonderful.
My son brought this ginormous pumpkin just because he knew I’d like it.
My postal lady delivered the best mail ever from Eva in Spain who I met through the April A to Z Blog Challenge a few years ago. Her letters included the beginnings of a fairy tale based on our town coffeepot water tower with a coffee loving king and a river that flows with coffee!
Eva wrote that she hoped this mail would bring a smile to my face – Yes! I can’t stop smiling! Don’t you love receiving real mail? If you do, I suggest you take a visit to Eva’s blog, Mail Adventures.
Four wonderful new books arrived. You can read my review of Rice From Heaven written by Tina Cho and illustrated by Keum Jin Song here. I will soon post about the other three.
Ruth Asawa, A Sculpting Life by Joan Schoettler illustrated by Traci Van Wagoner
Born Criminal, Matilda Joslyn Gage, Radical Suffragist by Angelica Shirley Carpenter
Hey, Hey, Hay – A Tale of Bales and the Machines That Make Them by Christy Mihaly and Illustrated by Joe Cepeda
And this morning, my friend Gail brought three BOXES of books. If you’ve followed me for a while, you know that I’m all about bringing books to those with access to them. These are going to be the beginning of a library for the mothers at the shelter for women who are victims of domestic violence. I’ll be starting a children’s library there next so I am on the lookout for books to create a collection.
Just thought I’d mention the need for other books –
I am a member of REFORMA de Valle Central, a wonderful group that works alongside other community organizations bringing books and informational resources to Spanish speakers. I’m always needing books in Spanish so if you have any to share, let me know. We have a special need for children’s books and graphic novels in Spanish or bilingual Spanish/English.
I’m hoping to be able to return to Nicaragua soon to add to the collection for the children of Cocal and Valle de Volcán served by Student’s International. I need books in Spanish for these shelves.
And, of course, there’s always room for more books in my Little Free Library.
I wonder what will arrive next?
I’m glad the letters arrived!
Now you need to write the fairy tale… 😀
It’s a pity that I can’t send books from here (it would be to expensive, it makes no sense). You know I’m in love with your Little Free library…
Tina Cho says
Love your front door & pumpkin! How cool to be receiving such nice gifts 🙂
Trine Grillo says
A fairy tale based on our town coffeepot water tower with a coffee loving king and a river that flows with coffee!
Now that is a story I cannot wait to read!!
Fun post Claire!
Autumn Blessings to you
Joan Schoettler says
You remain an inspiration regarding the importance of gathering and sharing books for young readers. Thanks for mentioning RUTH ASAWA: A Sculpting Life too. We are so lucky to be a part of the world of children’s literature!
Hi Claire – that pumpkin is glorious … while the smiling son – a handsome man. Love the front door. Your books … I quite agree – and I hope many books will come your way … love the post – cheers Hilary
What a lovely article about the small things becoming big blessings.
Your post made my day!