When I am at Bible Study on Tuesdays we always know it is time to leave small group and head up to the lecture when we hear the school bell chime and a voice say, "Teachers, it is 10:15 and time for D.E.A.R." The Acrostic stands for "Drop Everything And Read" and that is just what the students at KDS do - they stop everything and spend 15 minutes reading. One day a friend said, "We do that at our house." (She has a 3 year old and 11 month old.)
On one of the snow days last week I remembered all this. I had just a few chapters left in the book I was reading and saw an opportunity . . . for me AND my kids, mind you. So, I called everyone to the living room and announced, "Kids, it is 3:45 and time for D.E.A.R." I handed Bubba his Magic Treehouse book, gave Little her "book box" selection, Stinky Socks, and handed KB 3 picture books to peruse. We had 15 minutes of reading time.
This is going to become a normal part of our routine. It's only February 6 and I have already finished two whole books! That's just one less than I read all year, last year. Could I be turning a life-stage corner?
(I've already read 1/2 of Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover but started it a couple years ago. The goal is to have it finished by the end of February. A year ago that would have caused me to yell, "Dear Me!!" but now will smile confidently. It's a brand new stage. A brand new year. Yes folks, "It's 2011 and time for D.E.A.R!!"