Well-Read Mom

Home: A Reflection on Seeking Amid Family and Motherhood

By Well-Read Mom / December 7, 2023 /

Listening to my husband read aloud “Two Old Men” to me and our children was one of my sweetest memories of 2022. And this introduction to Tolstoy led me to read Anna Karenina, my favorite book of 2023. This story of two old men, with all its beautiful lessons about pilgrimage, true worship, hospitality, and corporal works of mercy, seemed to me a story about motherhood and being a stay-at-home mom.

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Wonder Makes Us More Human—and More Fun!

By Well-Read Mom / November 30, 2023 /

Women who live with wonder have a unique ability to impact their surroundings; they are the ones who create an environment in which people can thrive. Children are good at reminding us to see. Antoine de Saint Exupéry’s Little Prince teaches the narrator, “It is only with the heart that one sees rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eyes.”

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Grateful for the Journey

By Well-Read Mom / November 23, 2023 / Comments Off on Grateful for the Journey

As we enter into this holiday season, Well-Read Mom invites you to pause with us and reflect in gratitude on the many ways our Well-Read Mom family has been a blessing. It is our sincere hope that as we embark on this Advent journey you may enter into the seasonal preparations as a pilgrimage—seeking an intentional journey to the manger. It is our prayer that you may reclaim the busyness of the holiday season as a time of preparation and peace which deepens your connections with family, friends, and the true reason for the season. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Dracula and the Sacredness of Marriage

By Well-Read Mom / November 16, 2023 / Comments Off on Dracula and the Sacredness of Marriage

I love reading aloud to my husband. We have enjoyed this activity ever since we were dating, but for the past few years we’ve made it an intentional habit. As soon as the booklist was released for this year, I knew that Dracula would be our next readaloud.

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Seeking: An Artist’s Journey

By Well-Read Mom / November 9, 2023 / Comments Off on Seeking: An Artist’s Journey

In my role as an artist (and as a reader), I have experienced every part of the creative process over and over again.

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“Blessings Greater in the Privation”: Charis and the Grace of Suffering

By Well-Read Mom / November 3, 2023 / Comments Off on “Blessings Greater in the Privation”: Charis and the Grace of Suffering

Despite the beauty of this season, I, like many other mothers, find myself somewhat (okay, very) overwhelmed as I grapple with new academic schedules and tackle evenings dominated by homework and other responsibilities. Yet, for the past three years, the fall months also signify something satisfying: the commencement of another year of reading great literature alongside some of my dearest friends.

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Charis's crate with a book and a mug.

To Be Charis in a World of Victims

By Well-Read Mom / October 26, 2023 / Comments Off on To Be Charis in a World of Victims

Charis’s lack of a crisis of faith and her lack of acceptance of victimhood as her identity struck me. In a world where victimhood seems to be a surefire way to gain social status, what a refreshing and inspiring tale!

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Vampires Aren’t Real, but Evil Is

By Well-Read Mom / October 19, 2023 / Comments Off on Vampires Aren’t Real, but Evil Is

This month, we read Dracula. That’s not what I was expecting from Well-Read Mom. But as I read the depictions of evil beating against Lucy’s window, I found myself silently urging her friends for greater vigilance in their fight to save her from its clutches; I saw clear parallels in my own life.

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Seeking Wonder in Charis in the World of Wonders

By Well-Read Mom / October 17, 2023 / Comments Off on Seeking Wonder in Charis in the World of Wonders

The question that kept calling me as I revisited the marked passages was, perhaps, one of the most important questions we can ask ourselves: What does it mean to be “a created being completely alive”?

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A woman holding a book and a cup of coffee by the sea.

Reclaiming the Joy of the Now: A Gift from the Sea

By Well-Read Mom / October 8, 2023 / Comments Off on Reclaiming the Joy of the Now: A Gift from the Sea

While I seem to garner bits of wisdom from all the literature encountered through Well-Read Mom, I must say that, of all the writings from this past Year of the Giver, Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s Gift from the Sea most profoundly stirred the desire for meaningful, practical change in my own life. Written over seventy years ago, Lindbergh’s almost prescient advice for combating the encroaching chaos of modern living.

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