“Of Easy Wind and Downy Flake”

by Stefani on 11-December-2008

I'm not sure there's anything cozier than waking up to icy white rooftops, 

or any sweeter balm for a homeschool mama's worrisome mind, than watching her little ones fall in love with reading. 

Breakfast of Readers

My middle man has just finished his second chapter book. 

My oldest has lost count of how many he's read. 

Reading By the Fire

And oh how that does my heart good!

It does my heart good too, to watch my men's love for their new little cousin already sprouting. 

Hello Cousin!

And to be able to introduce him to you!

This is Collin. 

Collin

Isn't he grand? 

He stopped by this morning to sit by our fire and warm us all, top to toe, with his funny faces and mewling sounds. 

In celebration of winter, and ice, and fires and reading and sweet new life, we've decided to give away a copy of one of our favorite winter reads: 

This book is pure magic, and it could be yours!

Leave a comment before 11:59PM Friday night to be entered in the drawing. I'll make a visit to the great and powerful random number generator, then announce a winner on Saturday morning. 
Mim December 11, 2008 at 8:34 am

He is grand. And I know what you mean about the boys and reading. I thought my oldest wasn’t going to get there and now you can’t keep him out of a book. I’m starting to see the signs of interest in my youngest. Soooo exciting. Count me in on your giveaway.

kristin December 11, 2008 at 8:36 am

oh my what a wonderful giveaway for winter. i would love to share this with all my kids.
xo here’s hoping…

Annika December 11, 2008 at 8:39 am

He is so tiny! Every time I see a new baby I think, “Humans come that small?”

Stephani December 11, 2008 at 8:40 am

What a fantastic book for frosty nights – we don’t get too many of those in Houston, but we love to hope that we might.

Acorn December 11, 2008 at 8:47 am

What a cute lil guy!

Prerna December 11, 2008 at 8:50 am

wow- he is so tiny and so beautiful….

Suzanne December 11, 2008 at 8:53 am

Such a handsome little man! I am enjoying reading chapter books to my 5yo now. The day will come too soon when he is reading them himself! Congrats!

Holly December 11, 2008 at 8:53 am

Welcome, Collin! Oh, he is just beautiful.

We have that book as well (so no need to include my name in the drawing) and it really is quite beautiful. It is really my daughter’s first non-nursery-rhyme poem, and what a great introduction to poetry!

Sarah December 11, 2008 at 8:56 am

Ahhh! So cute! I want to be by that toasty fire reading today.

Kris December 11, 2008 at 9:01 am

I’m in! Quilts, crackling fire, camo pjs, and sweet baby cousins ~ I am sooo in!!

Em December 11, 2008 at 9:03 am

What a beautiful little man! Babies are so wonderful, and snow is so magical. We don’t get snow much around here, but of course we love it! (as long as we don’t HAVE to go anywhere in it!)

coffeechris December 11, 2008 at 9:09 am

Love all the “guys” by the fire …cozy. Would love to read that book by my fire.

Sarah Jackson December 11, 2008 at 9:16 am

Hello beautiful boy! Welcome!

The developing love of reading is so great. I even love it when she reads instead of doing pretty much anything else. And when I ask her to do the necessary task – say getting dressed – she cries out “but Mom!! Don’t you understand that the only important thing is reading?” Not quite true, my sweet, but very close. Very close indeed.

tracy December 11, 2008 at 9:16 am

Thanks for sharing sweet photos of Collin with us-newborns’ faces are so expressive, aren’t they? What a cozy spot to read–my oldest is devouring the Magic Tree House books right now too.

Thanks for a lovely giveaway–we are definitely in the midst of winter here already.

Crystal December 11, 2008 at 9:19 am

Put me in!

Your house looks cozy and warm.

Jamie December 11, 2008 at 9:23 am

That was the very first poem I ever memorized. I was 5 years old and would recite it to any one who acted remotely interested! I would love that book for my boys! Randomly pick me 😉

Karen December 11, 2008 at 9:24 am

I love Robert Frost – please enter me in your contest.

Love your cozy fire pictures.

Debby December 11, 2008 at 9:25 am

Count me in!

Rebecca December 11, 2008 at 9:28 am

Add me to the list of contenders, please!

I love that shot of your son reading in front of the fireplace.

Amanda December 11, 2008 at 9:29 am

what a cute teeniny boy! The wonder of babies… endless.

I sure wish it were fire weather down here.. and that we had a fireplace. More reasons to miss Texas!

Cassandra M. December 11, 2008 at 9:30 am

Oh, this is one of my absolute favorite poems. What a lovely looking book! And what lovely little bookworms you have!

kayla December 11, 2008 at 9:35 am

wow, that little one makes my heart melt too! The book sounds lovey too.

Mrs. B December 11, 2008 at 9:38 am

Oh what a wonderful story! I have all of our winter and Christmas books out in a little basket. I love reading ALL of them to my little one each night cuddled up under a blanket…and my two older ones seem to manage to wiggle under there too to hear those stories they have been listening to for years now.

michelle December 11, 2008 at 9:42 am

I think that Collin us just precious. Is his neck sugar any good? I bet it is. I’m happy that your kids love to read. I have two that would eat a book, but I have one who could care less and it so stressful to try to get him to read. And he struggles so badly, it hurts to hear him read sometimes.

Myrnie December 11, 2008 at 9:46 am

Ohhh…our littlest is only 13 weeks, and yet he still looks so impossibly tiny. They grow so fast, and are so precious.

Just Pure Lovely December 11, 2008 at 9:47 am

I was just checking in to see if you got any of that snow that we are DESPERATELY hoping to see this afternoon on the FloraBama Gulf Coast. If you got some, maybe there’s hope here!

Would be ever so glad to win a book!

amanda miller December 11, 2008 at 9:55 am

oh miller would love that book!

Lynn Harris December 11, 2008 at 10:02 am

Lots of good stuff going on in your neck of the woods. I love the reading shots- with breakfast and by the fire.

I’d love to be entered in your give away.

Amber December 11, 2008 at 10:08 am

What cozy pictures – and what a precious little baby too! I love it when I see my kids reading too – just warms the heart!

Sugar Creek Farm December 11, 2008 at 10:08 am

Aw, thanks for the baby fix 🙂 My little man is learning to read, and now enjoys having a chapter book read to him. We’re driving to Texas next week (gulp) so there will be lots of chapter book reading aloud in the car!

Denise December 11, 2008 at 10:21 am

Thanks for the lovely blog reading. And a great book to give away, too.

Jennie Justice Shellenberger December 11, 2008 at 10:30 am

I love new babies and chapter books myself! And today, I made my first loaf of Blue Yonder Daily Bread, with the “help” of my two preschoolers. It’s delicious! I happened upon your blog through a friend’s blog. What an inspiration to me as my husband pray about homeschooling officially (beyond what we do here at home already!) come Fall 2010.

elissa Finger December 11, 2008 at 10:32 am

well, of COURSE i’d love a chance to win a book! and that DARLING little baby!!!! were ours EVER that small??? it’s incredible! and i LOVE, LOVE, BEYOND LOVE seeing your boys with those books. Cal is just going on 6 and only BEGINNING to read but i’m going to get those pictures someday, i’m sure. and his favorite books will be, like mine, covered in splatters of cereal milk and soup drippings because i just COULD NOT put them down! oh the WORLDS that await them all!!!!!!

renee December 11, 2008 at 10:39 am

What a little cutie. Love the reading pictures. Warms the heart. 🙂

Bethany December 11, 2008 at 10:48 am

A very handsome little guy. Babies are wonderful! The book looks fun.

Anno Bell December 11, 2008 at 10:52 am

Love your blog! One of my top 3.
And would love to share such a book w/ my littles 🙂
Anno

Nancy Walters December 11, 2008 at 11:10 am

we’d love to cozy up in bed & read that together! –Nancy in NC

Jonah Lisa Dyer December 11, 2008 at 11:17 am

Okay, I only have one thing to say…Texas A&M????

Kidding, he’s adorable.

And that is one for my new favs this year.

Marie December 11, 2008 at 11:23 am

Love the boys reading. Love the babe!

Hope I have a chance to love the book as well.

Jennifer N. December 11, 2008 at 11:26 am

That’s a beautiful baby . . .and a beautiful book. My family is full of readers too. Thanks for sharing.

Karen December 11, 2008 at 11:33 am

That little one is adorable! 🙂

Lisa December 11, 2008 at 11:37 am

Too cute little cousin!

My 5th child just started chapter books and it is still as exciting as when the 1st one began.

I once wrote a college paper on this great poem.
I did not know there was a childrens illustrated version.

Cozy blessings to you.

Frogdancer December 11, 2008 at 11:43 am

You forget about how little babies are when they’re new… just look at those hands.
(Don’t include me in the draw… the postage to Australia would be huge, and my kids are all too old for the book.)

Amanda December 11, 2008 at 11:47 am

What a beautiful boy! Many blessings to your family.

Amanda

Sarah December 11, 2008 at 11:52 am

I love Robert Frost and I love getting cozy and reading a book. 🙂

marcela December 11, 2008 at 11:54 am

oh my goodness! he is so lovely and tiny and beautiful and warm… how lucky he is to have so many arms who love him so much. thanks for sharing.

Audrey December 11, 2008 at 12:03 pm

Beautiful pictures! It is so great when they learn to love reading.

Butzeballchen December 11, 2008 at 12:17 pm

Such sweetness. I understand about the reading. I think I would be very sad if my son didn’t love reading.

Melinda B December 11, 2008 at 12:35 pm

What a cute bunch of boys!
And thanks for entering me…

Martha December 11, 2008 at 12:48 pm

The baby is beautiful and your posts are always so lovely. Enter me for the giveway!

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