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Friday, May 18, 2012

My Dearest Sister Abby

Everyone needs a sister like Abby.
Photo from my mom

A few weeks ago she sent a package in the mail containing David's birthday present, my birthday gift, and four glitter-adorned cards.  (The order is a) envelope b) card c) inside)

Card #1: To David

Card #2: to both of us

Yeah, this one made me laugh for a really long time.  

Card #3: To me

Oh man. You have no idea how much I miss our hugs. If ever you are in need of a good bear hug that squeezes your sorrows and cares away, you must visit Abby.

Card #4 David's Birthday

Abby made this pillow in sewing. Didn't she pick an excellent pattern? 

Oh how I love my sister, Abby. Her personality is incredibly quirky and loveable. She is a born leader and is a friend to everyone. I look up to her in many, many ways! See these posts from my mom for more reasons Abby is amazing. Here. (Dear Rachel #9) Here (Nativity by Abby)  Here (Dear Rachel #1) Here (Vintage View-master) Here (Love Note) Here (Abby's Gift--If you only look at one, read THIS one) Here (Red Pepper Trend Setter)

If you have time, these posts are amazing. And funny--at least to me.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Recent Goodwill Finds

Oh how I love Goodwill. I think I'm an addict. You would be too if you found brand new children's books that are 1) actually worth reading 2) well-known 3) hardback. Here are some of my recent finds. Have you read them?

Miss Rumphius has always been a favorite. Although it always bothered me that she never married and the only jobs she held was a librarian and school teacher. Traveling the world certainly is a bonus.

Peter Spier is one of my favorite illustrators. His books are simply pictures, no words.

The Jolly Postman is quite clever. You actually get a copy of each of the letters. They are very cute. I also found the Jolly Postman Christmas Letters.

Patricia Polacco is one of my favorite Children's author's/illustrators. This book in particular is very touching and makes me cry every time. It is about two boys from the Union Army in the Civil War who get separated from their army and get caught in Confederate territory alone.

Another Peter Spier. This is my second favorite Christmas book ever. It isn't Christmas without this book. His dipictions of the Christmas festivities are incredibly accurate, right down to the mounds of dirty dishes, the not pristine Christmas tree with homemade decorations, and too-small Christmas gifts.

This is my favorite Patricia Polacco cake. I was afraid of thunder when I was younger and this book helped me overcome it.

And to my surprise, it was even signed by the author herself. Talk about a bargain for only $1.50. :)