Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Letters Home

I'm an adult who loves childrens' books. There, I said it, and I'm not ashamed. There are some things I missed out on in my younger years that I'm making up for now. Here's a favorite that I'd like to recommend:



The Gardener is a story about how seeds of love transform. It follows the story of a little girl living an idyllic country life, surrounded by a caring family, poor but happy. Sadly, when the Great Depression hits hard, she must be sent away to live with a gruff, old uncle who lives in the city while her parents look for work. The story is told in a series of letters that Lydia Grace sends to the folks back home.

You know, God is always speaking; even in the most unusual places, He will reveal Himself. I hear Him in this funny little story. There's a line in one of the letters that would make my voice crack if I read it aloud:

"I've tried to remember everything you ever taught me about beauty. Love to all, Lydia Grace."

This one line makes me want to write my own letter:

Dear Abba,

I write this to You, recognizing Your fingerprints all over this lump of clay. And I also own that any creative spark and thirst for beauty in me was a gift from You, came out of You. I'm Your girl; I got Your DNA. So while I'm far from home, I'll try to remember everything You ever taught me about beauty. And in my small, imperfect way, I give it back to You. I want to make You proud.


Love to all,

~J


Joining Emily today
Imperfect prose

30 comments:

mountain mama said...

love it! great words!!

will need to get the book :)

Amy said...

I'm going to have to get my hands and eyes on that children's book! Sounds wonderful. And your letter? truly wonderful.

Julie said...

That story is in Jack's literature book for school. As part of his HW, we just read it together a few weeks ago. It really is a wonderful story. Your letter is lovely, too!

Brian Miller said...

i love kids books as well! and love the prayer...to which i say amen...

Cheryl said...

How funny. Second time I've seen this book recommended, this week. Looks like I'm going to have to find a copy. (I like children's books too, but I use my children as cover)

Rachel said...

This sounds like a picture book I will have to get for myself, I mean my children and future grandchildren. ;-)

Lauri said...

oh this post makes me happy on so many levels!! I'm also a lover of children's books and love a new recommendation. That line, and your prayer speak such truth, all I can say is "yes and amen."

ps- Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney is another lovely children's book about beauty, it's a family favorite :-)

Emily Young said...

I love children's books too... but you already know that :) Now I have a new one to read! I like the illustration on the cover, too.

And that prayer is just beautiful.

Chelsey said...

I love children's books and novels too.

Your prayer is beautiful!

happygirl said...

Yes, children's books are wonderful. I feel happy when I read them.

Cara @ Whimsy Smitten said...

I'm an adult who loves children's books. Didn't know about this one, though, so we'll be on the lookout for it. Thanks for the suggestion.

Found you over at Ann's place, hope you don't mind my popping by. Thanks for the book suggestion!

Cindy said...

Hi there Jodi! Fun to see you here (tho' you may have been here always and I just now met you!) I did love your letter, and thanks for the information on the book...we might be getting that ourselves!

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

I have a copy of this book, and I know it was recommended by a blogger (they're the reason my house seems to be sinking under a sea of books and I keep making trips to goodwill!) but I don't know whom it was. Still I send her my gratitude. It is so true that we can't take credit for our abilities or talents. But just be grateful and try to use them as they were meant to be used. I need to think about this more.

Old Ollie said...

Beautiful prose - and a wonderful morning read thanks J.

Leslie said...

this is making me cry. i want to remember, too...

and now i want to read this book.

have you ever read "The Rag Coat?"

David N. said...

My wife and I too love children's books. They are no less important literature than the longest novel.

Kit said...

You just made me cry, Jodi. I love that illustrator. There are certain children's books I can't read without crying, like the Wind in the Willow and (newer, with pictures) The Jesus Storybook Bible.
Thanks, Jodi!

Kat said...

Amen. Thank you for writing, Jodi.
(We love The Gardener!)

Nancy said...

"You know, God is always speaking; even in the most unusual places, He will reveal Himself." Amen sister, preach. Sometimes I even hear Him speak through the internet.

adornedlife said...

not even sure how i found your blog, but this -- these words today -- pure beauty that resonates with this heart.

Joy Lake said...

I love children's books too! I love the letter and your own letter too <3

emily wierenga said...

oh, this made me cry. all that God has taught us about beauty... you don't know how i have been thinking about this, this week... and jodi, how your posts always teach me beauty. love you. e.

Kati patrianoceu said...

I love this application... and the quote even more! I forget often how much value there is in children's books, thanks for the reminder!

Ostriches Look Funny said...

I adore children's books. They're my favorite type of reading, and I will have to check this book out.
I also adore you.
:)

Southern Gal said...

Love your sweet letter to Abba Father.

Alexis Hallum said...

Your right, He is always speaking. Sometimes it makes my jaw drop and is hard to believe.
My kids and I collect books. They love to read and they love to say, "this one too Mommy!" I'll keep my eye out for your recommendation;)
I see beauty when I visit here...

Jodi said...

Alexis!!!!!!!!! I've missed you!

joanny said...

Jodi

I have been MIA barely posting and commenting here and there so forgive me for not commenting here more often...

Love the prayer and the book, I collect old garden books and older - although not always children books for the illustrations and quality of the story.

enjoy this season and its promise,
joanny

Bethany Ann said...

i must tell my sister about that book.

Morisot said...

I've read this story and it is wonderful! It was actually in my youngest sons English textbook. I did not realize it was a (separate) book. Will have to run out to buy it. Thanks for the information.

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