Being a parent is hard. I work outside the home so in the morning I am scrambling to get myself and my daughter fed, dressed and out the door. Then, after work I pick up my daughter, run home to fix dinner and squeeze in some play time before a bath and bed. And that's on a slow day! When I was staying home with baby things were even crazier! The stress of caring all day for a cranky baby found me standing at the door each evening waiting for my husband to come home so I could hand her off.
Normally when I review a book on my blog it's because an author or publisher has sent me a free copy to read so I can share my opinion of the book with you. This time though, that's not the case. I was scrolling through my newsfeed on LinkedIn and saw that Pastor Andy Addis had written a children's book and I was curious, so I bought a copy. I've heard Pastor Addis preach to adults and families on Sunday mornings, college students on Wednesday nights at Christian Challenge, and youth at our annual InDepth conference, so I wanted to know what he would have to say to a slightly younger audience.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.
As one of only two female firefighters in my class, I couldn't wait to get this book to read to my daughter! My husband asked me once why I bought so many "boys" clothes for my daughter. I would look at the pjs with the police cars on them and the jacket with the firetruck, then I would look at my husband and remind him, "Only one of us has ever driven an ambulance and, it isn't you."
As the school year winds down it's a good time to take a look back at all the things you child has accomplished in the past year. If you're attending your child's graduation this year, then no doubt you're reflecting on the growth your child has seen in the last several years. Your child has practiced writing letters, adding numbers, and reading stories. He may have written papers, painted a painting, or learned about living organisms.
Throughout life people try to get ahead. They want prestige. They crave power. They yearn for money. These people will never know true happiness. Their lives will be forever in darkness, turmoil, and strife. They will never know true joy.