Friends with Pencils . . .

I don’t know about you,
but I’m about all turkeyed turkied turkeyd Thanksgivinged out. I’m currently on a no-carb crash diet in an effort to get back into my jeans. For now, it’s sweatpants for me . . .


A conversation with the youngest boy-child in the car the other day went something like this:

Boy-child: I need a pencil.
Me: Don’t you have one in your backpack?
Boy-child: No, I don’t think so.
Me: What do you take with you to class, so you’ll have something to write with?
Boy-child: A friend with pencils.

Yep. He’s got it all figured out. As I shook my head at his logic, I was reminded that it’s always good to have friends with pencils. Real-time, in-the-flesh friends who give hugs, share supplies, and call us out when we’re being difficult. As great as online friends are (after all, what would I do without all of you?) it’s important to make time for those face-to-face connections.

In the meantime, please remind me to buy the boy some pencils.

On another note, I ran across this absolutely adorable brother-sister duo on youtube the other day, and just had to share:

And finally, I’m so excited about our new stuff, and our “old” stuff too! Here’s the rundown of everything you won’t want to miss:

Jerry's book coverGod’s Daily Word: Daily Devotionals for January – April by Jerry Stratton: Not your typical Bible study! Jerry starts each day with a chuckle and a quote, then he gets down to practical life application, which he presents in an easy-chair, conversational style.

Happily ticked off cover high-resHappily Ticked Off — A Tourette’s Mom-moir: When You Can’t Fix the Tics, Fix Yourself by Hollywood funny girl Andrea R. Frazer. On sale now! A hilarious and poignant must-read for every special needs family, or for anyone whose life hasn’t gone exactly as planned.

love you sour straightComing in January: I Love You Sour, I Love You Sweet – a whimsical, magical ABC rhyming picture book by bestselling author Anita Higman, illustrated by award-winning artist Jeneal B. Rogers. This “I Love You” book isn’t just for little ones! It’s the perfect gift for any and everyone you adore. “I love you noisy in the night. I love you even when we Fight! I love you when my bed is lumpy. I love you even when you’re Grumpy!” (F and G pages.)

Gerald's Journal cover2Coming in February: Gerald’s Journal: The Life of an Everyday Hero. Funny, thoughtful, and jam-packed with simple life lessons for all ages, Gerald’s Journal chronicles the life and times of a nine-year-old boy with Down’s Syndrome. Here’s the description:

Gerald’s at a new school . . . and he’s not liking it one bit. It doesn’t take long to discover that it hurts to be different. It hurts to be left out.
Each day, Gerald writes his thoughts in a journal. Since it’s top-secret, for his eyes only, he doesn’t sugar-coat anything. In his journal, he doesn’t have to pretend at all . . . so he pours out his true feelings about school, about life, about his place in this world. And he draws pictures, too, which is kinda fun.
With bravery and a gentle heart, Gerald begins to break down stereotypes about his disability, one person at a time. A smile here, a kind act there . . . and before long, his classmates begin to realize that he isn’t so different from them, after all. But one act of heroism turns Gerald into a legend, and he decides he might like this school after all.
Gerald’s Journal is a story about looking past the obvious and the ordinary, and tuning in to the potential superhero that lives inside anyone with a pure heart. 

That’s about all she wrote . . . literally. Don’t forget to tell your friends about the free Advent activity book on our “Free Stuff” page.

God bless!

— Renae at Armonia


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