This week, I’m joining the Mailbox Monday blog hop. Here’s a peek in my mailbox (and some memories!)…
For the last week and a half, I’ve been eagerly watching the mailbox. Of course, when I’m expecting a package, it seems like the mailbox is always empty. I patiently walk the girls there, hold one of them up to insert and turn the key, and stare into the big grey space. Nothing to carry back with us.
On Friday, however, when Sunshine pulled the box open, a large brown envelope was lodged inside. A book-sized envelope.
I squeezed the parcel and tried to guess which book it was as I carried it inside. Then I grabbed the scissors and opened it. Out tumbled my Advance Reading Copy of Chris Fabry’s newest novel, Not in the Heart. There’s my Christmas reading, and I’m looking forward to it, because I really enjoyed Almost Heaven.
Talking about mailboxes brings back a childhood memory for me. When my parents first moved from the city to our acreage when I was about two or three, our mailbox was three quarters of a mile away. Often, we did that walk as a family in the evening. Other times, Mom took us kids there in the afternoon. Various friends have expressed amazement that Mom could take three very young children on a one and a half mile walk, but I’m starting to understand… it was a chance to get out of the house and keep us kids from fighting.
Sunshine and Lily enjoy going out for walks too. Often in the afternoon, if they are starting to squabble more with each other, I’ll say, “Let’s go for a walk!” Instantly, the tone changes as they scramble for the door and get ready to go. We either walk down the hill to the beach or across campus to the gardens. Sometimes, I’m desperate enough to go out in the rain, putting up the top on the stroller and wearing my hat and rain jacket while we walk. Those are usually shorter walks. On the way back, we might stop at the mailbox, just in case… but it’s only across the parking lot, not a long ways down the road.
As excited as I was to see Not in the Heart, I was a bit disappointed. I’ve really been looking forward to getting my copy of the new Common English Bible. You may have noticed that in my recent posts on friendship, attitude, marriage, and advent, I referenced the CEB. This is a new Bible translation, in which translators were aided by “reading specialists working with seventy-seven reading groups from more than a dozen denominations . . . to ensure a smooth and natural reading experience.”
I’m really excited to get this new Bible. If you’re on Facebook, you can check out the CEB Group Page or drop by the CEB Like Page (where you can download some cool posters of various Bible verses). If you visit the CEB website, you can also compare translations, read selected verses, or read more about the story of this Bible translation.
Drop by Mailbox Monday by to see what other bloggers found in their mailboxes last week!