My recreational reading choices have been somewhat limited lately as I prepared for the start of the school year. The books you see below are but a sampling of the things I have plowed through in preparation for the arrival of my kids. I wanted every thing to be just right. I fretted over all the details right down to where to place that super-cool plush dragon you see in the background above. In the end, it all came together. Many kisses on little foreheads, many great big hugs, and lots of learning foundation-laying later, the first week is behind us. We have defined our hope and dreams for the year together. As I photographed some of my fourth grade library visitors playing during indoor recess on Friday, I sent a silent plea out to the universe that by year's end, we will deliver these great kids to a place beyond any of our dreams for them.