Mothers Day has once again come and gone. Many of us spent some extra time with our families this weekend, and the fortunate among us had kids and husbands that remembered the day and took a moment to let us know something so basic: what we do as mothers matters.
I’m a seasoned mom.
My oldest will turn 18 next month. He graduates from high school next week. Somehow, in spite of my many mistakes, he managed to survive to adulthood. I’m biased, but I think he has turned out pretty well. I’m going to miss him like crazy when he leaves for university in August.
But I’m also a mom of preschoolers. You know, walking messes, tantrums in tiaras, sticky, sweet little preschoolers. Mothering preschoolers is mothering in the trenches. I’ve been in the trenches of motherhood for the better part of 18 years.
I’m worn. I’m battle scarred. I’m tired. Some days I am so. Tired. Of. This.
And then, and then, the kiddos do something sweet. They tell me I am beautiful. They give me a sticky kiss. They fall asleep on my lap. I am reminded that I have been given a very precious gift.
And that, my friends, is where my friend Genny Heikka comes in. Genny and I went to high school together. We shared many hours in English and dance classes together. Then, life happened and we went our ways. . .only to meet back up online some twenty years later as a pair of “mom bloggers”.
Genny has a heart for encouraging mothers. It is her gift, and she uses it well. In her encouraging new book, Finding Mommy Bliss: Discovering Unexpected Joy in Everyday Moments, Heikka walks mothers through some positive steps for identifying the pitfalls that snare mothers, and encourages us to pursue our passions now.
I’m practical, and this is a practical book. The 20 chapters are short, but jam packed with can-do advice and encouragement that can be read in whatever snippet of time that you have. Each chapter is sprinkled with “Be More Blissful” sidebars with real-life tips and experiences. Each chapter ends with a “Mom to Mom” journaling prompt, a “Heart to Heart” scripture memory verse, and “A Mom’s Prayer”.
Genny’s heart for moms and motherhood shines through. I want to share her gift with you! Finding Mommy Bliss: Discovering Unexpected Joy in Everyday Moments, is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and at bookstores near you.
I also have a copy to give away to one of you wonderful moms! Simply use the Puchtab entry below!