If you already follow me on my more personal blog, My Divine Blessings, thanks for coming along! If you don’t, you can head on over and follow me if you’re so inclined. [wink, wink] Over there, I mostly reflect on life in general, which for me includes special needs parenting, health, and life/perspectives as a birth professional. Here, however, I’m going to focus on books. Lots and lots of books. Of all varieties.
For those who don’t know me, I’m Grace. I’m a mom to three amazing kiddos, two of which have special needs. My oldest is Leah, who has a whole alphabet of diagnoses–some of which aren’t even “real” (not currently listed in the DSM)–mostly circling around learning, behavioral, and sensory disorders. She’s homeschooled, which is an adventure in itself. My second is Anna, who has Rett Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder caused by a mutation on the X chromosome. My youngest (at least for now) is Damien, who has no apparent special needs, other than being a rambunctious preschooler. We live in Oregon, where I work as a Student Midwife at an out-of-hospital (“freestanding”) birth center. I’ve been certified as a Birth Doula and Postpartum Doula, and I’m working on certification to become a Breastfeeding Counselor.
I’ve had many interests over the years, including (but not limited to) physical therapy, American Sign Language, movies, special needs education, theater, healthy and natural living, dance, singing, birth and breastfeeding, and books.
Books have always been a big part of my life. Reading them, writing them, thinking about them… Regardless of the other interests in my life, books have remained constant. In the words of Rory Gilmore (yes, that’s another interest), “I live in two worlds. One is a world of books.” Even after I’ve finished a book, it still simmers in my mind for long after. Good books do that, anyhow. They make you think; they make you consider a different perspective. They challenge you.
I. Love. Books.
If you’re here, it’s probably because you love books, too. Or maybe you want to like books but have had a hard time finding new ones. Maybe that NYT Bestseller your friend recommended to you fell a little flat. Or maybe your only experience with books came from school and you didn’t care for their choices. Whatever the reason, I’m glad you’re here. I like talking about books and sharing with my friends about what I’ve been reading. And that’s the purpose of this particular blog–to share with others what I’ve been reading. I wanted to separate it from my other blog for the sake of organization, so I’m starting fresh with this new place to come and be surrounded by nothing but talk of books.