Category Archives: Mother’s Day

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20090502174012-happy-mothers-day-8027verb – bring up (a child) with care and affection

Okay friends, we’ve got 8 1/2 days to get our Mother’s Day presents together.  I can happily say that my mom’s present is already on its way to her via airplane and husband’s suitcase. Usually, this is not the case for me. So for all you last-minute shoppers or for those moms you just don’t know how to buy for, I’ve got some ideas.  Of course they are all book related, but I think you can find something in this list that any mom would be happy to receive.

1. For moms that love THE BACHELOR TV show:

The Selection Series written by Keira Cass

The Selection
The Prince: A Novella
The Elite

2. For Moms who love to COOK

Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes by Sheila Niequist
Southern Biscuits by Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart

3. For NEW moms (and for seasoned ones too!)

Free-fall to Fly: A Breath-taking Journey Towards a Life of Meaning  by Rebecca Lyons.
Sparkly Green Earrings by Melanie Shankle
Feathers From My Nest by Beth Moore

4. For moms who love to LAUGH

The Ashley Stockingdale Series by Kristen Billerbeck

What a Girl Wants
She’s Out of Control
With This Ring, I’m Confused

5. For moms who love ADVENTURE 

The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
Matched Series by Ally Condie

6. For moms who love ROMANCE

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
A Bride Most Begrudging by Deeanne Gist (any of her books are great!)
Hemingway’s Girl by Erika Robuck

7. For moms who love SMALL TOWN LIFE

The Mitford Series by Jan Karon

8. For moms WORKING TOWARDS THEIR DREAMS

You Were Made for a God Size Dream by Holly Gerth
Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Towards a Life of Meaning by Rebecca Lyons

9. For moms GROWING IN THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of Your Try Hard Life by Emily P. Freeman
A Confident Heart by Renee Swope
One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

10. For the mom WHO LOVES TO READ ANYTHING (like me)

An amazon.com gift card 🙂

 Know of another good “mom read”?  Then share it here and the type of mom that it would appeal to:)

mothering

Mom and I in one of our favorite places: the lake
at “The Laughing Place”
verb (often as noun mothering)  
1. bring up (a child) with care and affection 
2. look after kindly and protectively, sometimes excessively so
So much of who we are as adults is due to the mother in our lives.  For some, that raises lots of complaints and personal demons, but for me, it brings tons of appreciation. Ann Voskamp, said that “…raising a child is to be trusted with a bit of eternity.” What a profound truth!  I think that’s why we mothers take our job so seriously and feel the responsibility so ardently. We’re sent home with the helpless little thing and have no idea what to do with it.  We worry endlessly about how we might have damaged them in some way with our words, or our discipline, or our choices. Then in what seems like a few short years, our kids are gone–on their own.  What part of us did they take? Did we teach them anything? Are they better people because we were their mom? 

In honor of Mother’s Day, I want to answer these questions for my mom.  So here’s a list of 10 things my mom taught me and the “bit of eternity” that she instilled in me.

1. If you love someone, you’ll want the best for them even if it hurts you.

2. Praying for a good parking space is important — God cares about the little things in our lives. If we go to Him with the mundane, everyday cares of life, we will feel confident He cares and therefore will handle the big things too.

3. Good cooking equals time around the table with family and friends — these  moments are treasures.

4. Good cooking also requires a large refrigerator to hold leftovers. (Be careful when you open the fridge door).

5. Someone’s got to be in charge to get things done.  If no one else will do it, then step up.

6. After God, family is the most important thing on earth.  Sometimes you sacrifice what you want for what they want, especially if it means spending time together.

7. If you don’t roll the dice the same way every time, you’ll never get a Yahtzee.

8. Set your expectations high and let people meet them.  Expect the best from your kids, your friends, and those you meet.  Give praise when they meet them and grace when they don’t. Generally, you’ll give out a lot more praise.

9. If you need something done and you can’t do it yourself, you always ask “somebody” to do it.

10. Church is a vital part of life: be loyal to its leaders and be a leader in its ministries.

11. Fishing is fun, especially when you are catching more fish than your fishing partner.

12. Being a mother means being there everyday, even if you make mistakes. Your presence alone brings unspoken stability and comfort.

I love you Mom!  You have invested eternity in me. Happy Mother’s Day!

~a