Basking In It: Family, Become What You Are


At Last I’m Ready for Christmas (The Barra MacNeils)

Beautiful Boy (John Lennon)

Carl Goes Up (Michael Giacchino, from Up)

Down to the River to Pray (from O Brother Where Art Thou)

Home (Phillip Phillips)

I’m Dreaming of Home (Philippe Rombi, Joyeux Noel)

Lily’s Theme (Alexandre Desplat from Harry Potter 7)

Love is Christmas (Sara Bareilles)

Make Someone Happy (Jimmy Durante)

Married Life (from Up)

Side by Side (Puppini Sisters from Kit Kittredge: An American Girl)

Take Me Home, Country Roads (John Denver)

This is Home (Switchfoot)

We Belong Together (Randy Newman)

Picture Books:

Pamela Walks the Dog by Christine Marlin

The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden


Sonnet 3 by William Shakespeare


Cinderella Man (2005; Russell Crowe) – PG13 – During the Great Depression, a dad named James Braddock boxes in order to save his family from desperate poverty – and inspires hope in many.

The Incredibles (2004; Pixar) – PG

The Mitchells Series by Hilda Van Stockum – Charming series of family stories from during and after World War II. Though written decades ago, they have a timeless freshness because they tackle the reality of family life with honesty and good humor.

The Pacifier (2005; Vin Diesel) – PG

The Railway Children by E. Nesbitt

Yours, Mine and Ours (1968; Lucille Ball, Henry Fonda)