APOLOGIES AND UPDATE

Dear Readers, It was brought to our attention this morning that the email that was sent to you with our “We’ve Moved” post had a compromised link in it that lead to an inappropriate site. This happen outside of our control and we truly apologize to any of you that may have had to deal with this.

We have contacted WordPress to discuss the issue and again apologize, and as we stated before we are closing this blog shortly and will be working solely out of our website.

If you have questions or would like more information please feel free to contact us at threeladiesoflit@gmail.com

 

Love,

The Three Ladies of Lit

We’ve Moved!

clay-banks-294117We have news-we’ve moved! This past Spring we launched our own website “Three Ladies of Lit.com” and have been in the process of transferring everything to our new home.  We’ve completed our move and are now ready to close up shop here on WordPress.

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Love,

The Three Ladies of Lit

 

Golly’s Folly by Eleazar and Rebekah Ruiz

Hi everyone, Audrey here. Lately I have been super busy with preschool, baking lessons with Mom and gymnastics practice but I have still managed to carve out time to curl up with a good book. That’s why I’m here today, to tell you about my latest read…Golly’s Folly…the prince who wanted it all, by Eleazar and Rebekah Ruiz. First of all, I love a book with good pictures and illustrator Rommel Ruiz did a wonderful job. But pictures aren’t everything and Mom always says not to judge a book by its cover, so lets talk about what’s on unknownthe inside.

Golly is the prince who wants everything…and he wants it now! As a four year old, I get that. My Mom talks about patience a lot but its hard sometimes, especially when I see something I REALLY want. Golly gets everything he wants but in the end things don’t turn out the way he thought they would be. I don’t want to give away the ending, but I will say I was on the edge of my seat! What about you, Mom? What did you think?

unknown-1Well Audrey, I loved this book as much as you did. With the holidays around the corner we are entering the season of “gimme” and “I want that!” Finding ways to explain that getting everything we want isn’t an option or the best thing for us can be tricky and often gets lost on the younger bunch. This book is a great tool to help communicate that!  Not only was it visually beautiful, it was well written and enjoyable for all of us. If we are honest sometimes we Mom and Dad’s get a little bored reading the same books over and over. Not so with this book, with its engaging rhymes and solid messages on patience, gratitude and a Fathers love for his son, I truly find no folly in Golly’s Folly.  You can order this fun book  here from Patrol Books, or  pick up a copy when Eleazar  visits Calvary Vista Sunday, October 23rd! Audrey, any closing thoughts?

Can we read this to Declan? I think he would like it.

Sure, its never too early to learn to love reading!

Yep! Its like I always say….Eat, Play, Read!

 

My First Hands On Bible for Kids

Hey everyone it’s Audrey! Something my mommy has been telling me since I can remember is how important it is to read my Bible and pray every single day. I love reading my Bible. My first Bible was the Tiny Bear Bible. It was fuzzy and the pages full of colorful pictures and rhymes. My little brother and I have matching Tiny Bear Bibles, mine is pink (my favorite color) and his is blue. I love reading it to him, but the older I got the more I wanted something a little more meaty, as my mommy says.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the stories about Noah, Moses, David and Goliath but I noticed how mommy’s Bible was like eight times bigger than mine and I just knew I was missing out on some stuff! So my Gigi bought me My First Hand-On Bible. I’m loving it! Mommy and I read it every morning after breakfast and that, and my Trader Joe’s yogurt, are my favorite part of the morning. I’ll let my mom tell you more….IMG_5802

Thanks Auds. Hi everyone, I can’t say enough about this Bible for our little ones. Let me share a little of the publisher description with you…

“Each lesson focuses on a specific Bible point through a variety of activities in order to reinforce and help young children remember the stories and lessons. Using common household items, you can help your children have a “hands-on” learning experience while engaging them in 85 key stories from the Bible.

My First Hands-On Bible doesn’t just retell the Bible stories; it also includes actual Scripture from the easy-to-understand and easy-to-read Holy Bible, New Living Translation. In addition to the stories and activities, there are fun illustrations, prayers, and a special Jesus Connection feature.”

We can all agree that sounds awesome right?! It’s the perfect stepping stone for your young readers, not quiet a full sized Bible but much more than your usual 8-10 stories. As 406450moms we all want our little ones to love being in the word. We want them to be excited to see what the Lord wants to teach them each day. This Bible makes discovering those lessons and promises not only fun for your kids but also a blessing to you as you get to dig in with them through those hands on actives and engage in conversations about each lesson. Some activities you can do right then as your reading, others you can save and do during the day, like making soup together like Jacob did for Esau or counting the stars to remember God’s promise to Abraham. While Audrey’s is pink, it also comes in a blue cover. I promise this Bible won’t disappoint as you seek to grow your child’s love for the word!

Closing thoughts Audrey?

“Nope, I’m busy reading my Bible to my stuffed animals”

Alright then…from both of us…

Eat. Play. Read

& Carpe Librum!

Summer Essentials

There are certain things that come to mind when I mention summer. Some of you are thinking about BBQ’s and bonfires down at the beach  while others are thinking about gardening and relaxing in your yard or by the pool while 942258_10209456589755521_264619152179587025_nthe kids play. Whatever images come to mind, you would consider these things summer essentials. They are the things that make summer what it is. One of my new summer essentials: mint ice tea from Trader Joes. And yes, it does taste better with a stripped straw.

Another essential-my summer isn’t complete with out visiting one of my oldest friends. Mrs. E. Prentiss’ Stepping Heavenward has been apart of my summer reading stack since I was 15. I read it my freshman year of high school and every summer since. Why have I read this book every year? Aren’t I tired of it you ask? Nope. Here’s why.

Set in the 1800’s Stepping Heavenward is a first person account of Katherine, who in the opening pages has just turned the “dreadfully old” age of 16. Written as a diary, this book follows Katherine through her journey to godliness in a very intimate account of her daily life. We read of her ups and downs, her desire to know God more amidst her eternal struggle with her e722737.jpgmotions and the fallen world around her. With each passing entry you start to see yourself in this complex character. You begin to identify with her struggles, as they are common to us all, and you begin to examine your own life and journey to godliness right along with her. Through many tears and much laughter the book wraps up as Katherine is now a grown woman, married with children of her own, all the while still journeying to know her heavenly Father more.

That right there is why I read this classic every year. What spoke to me as a 15 year old was different than what spoke to me as a 20 year old newlywed, or a 25 year old with a newborn. I am confident that this year as a 29 year old with two children and nine years of marriage behind me, I will receive something entirely different yet again. Our journey to godliness is a life long pursuit and is constantly changing as our seasons of life change. And, hopefully, growing deeper with each passing year. So I will be visiting Katherine once again this summer to examine my journey, I hope you will join me!

-Carpe Librum!

The Baby Lit Collection

IMG_0741Hi everyone, it’s Audrey. Ever since I was able to pull myself up to standing I have been fascinated with all my Mom’s books. She has quite the collection you know, but even, so it’s nothing compared to my GiGi’s collection. I loved pulling them off the shelf and studying the covers, I could  tell they were chalked full of interesting things. Don’t get me wrong, I like my own books, they are super colorful and I like reading about Pokey Puppies and Little Bears but sometimes you want something a with little more meat, something to challenge you and teach you something new. Something for the baby/toddler/preschooler with the more refined pallet, like myself. That’s why today I’m telling you about my favorite primers….

The Baby Lit Collection by Jennifer Adams. Each one of these colorful primers is IMG_2106based on a classic. You learn colors with Alice in Wonderland, you learn to count with Romeo and Juliet, and my personal favorite…learning about the ocean with Moby Dick. Now to give you a little more info…here’s my mom.

Hi readers, I love the Baby Lit Collection. It’s taken primers to the next level. Not only are they takes on the classics that I love but they are completely practical too. Each books is board book so they last a long time and are approtiate for all ages. Even if your little reader occasionally likes to bend and chew books, as Audrey did when she was just starting out. They average at 10 pages so they are short and sweet but those ten pages are filled with fun illustrations that both you and your little reader will love. These are my go-to primers and from what I can tell there is no end in sight for these guys. They just released The Secret Garden and Don Quixote, and I IMG_0603have heard rumors of several others in the works. So check them out your little reader will thank you. Audrey, any closing thoughts?

Just one Mom….

Eat, Play, Read!

Something Familiar

For people like myself and my Mom who do a lot of previewing and reviewing, every now and then we just need to pick up a book for the sake of enjoying it. Recently, in a moment of brain numbing busyness I found myself drawn to a series of books that I hadn’t read since childhood.

What series was it? The Elsie Dinsmore Life of Faith Series by Martha Finely. Set in the deep south right before the start of the Civil War, these books follow the story of young Elsie Dinsmore as she grows not only in grace and beauty but also in her faith in Jesus. Her life is not without its challenges and not long after picking up these Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetbooks you will find yourself connected to this young character as you start to see bits of yourself in her.

Yes, these are books written for young girls, generally I recommend them for Jr. Higher’s, but there is something special about going back and re-reading the books of your youth. First of all, there is something to be said about picking up a book just to enjoy it and not having to think too hard about it. Secondly, reading a book that
you read originally as a child is a unique experience, you get to take a moment and be transported back to your young self. When I re-read this series I remembered reading it for the first time and the season of life that I was in. Trying to navigate the rough seas of Jr.High, I remembered coming home from long days and curling up on my bed with these books and escaping to a different world. Going back as an adult is like returning to a childhood home; remembering the familiar characters and scenery but at the same time being aware that everything looks a little different now, as you stand a little taller, having grown a little wiser and hopefully, seeing things a little clearer.

What books did you read as a child? Perhaps it’s time to take a break and return to something familiar? Curl up on the couch and be reminded of simpler times, enjoy the simplicity of the language, and take note, you may see a few things you never noticed before!

Carpe Librum! (Seize the Book)