Have you heard of Power of Moms? It's a wonderful site for moms--full of essays, podcasts, videos, and programs all geared toward moms. If you haven't already, you need to go check it out!
Are you back? Ok. Recently they published a book titled, "Motherhood Realized" which is a collection of essays about motherhood.
I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy. This little book was chalk full of essays that made me think "yes!" Some even brought tears to my eyes (which was a little embarrassing since I mostly read while in waiting rooms and at the park!) I jotted down several of my favorite gems:
"You are exactly who your children need. No one can fill your shoes."
"Your children want you!"
"I feel empowered to let go of my guilt, celebrate the progress that I have made, and accept that during this season of my life, motherhood is enough."
"... our fabulousness and greatness is often very ordinary."
"We might as well accept that the hard stuff is going to happen and prepare for it wherever possible. And once we've got that acceptance and preparation in place, it's a lot easier to enjoy our lives."
"It is not always easy, but it is good."
"...when the sweet moments come, we need to breathe them in long and deep."
I could honestly keep going and going. So many great thoughts! So many things that helped me to refocus and become re-energized! I loved that at the end of each essay there was a question posed and a challenge issued, like this one:
Ask your children to tell you something they think is fabulous about you. Write it down and place it somewhere you can see often.
Most of all I was reminded that motherhood is a sisterhood. We're all in this together trying our very best.
And today we are offering an e-book version of both Motherhood Realized and their first book Deliberate Motherhood! (Just in time for Mother's Day!)
**I was given an ebook of Motherhood Realized to review but all opinions are my own.