When we have tough periods in my family – which always seems more often than ever – Marcus is so good at reminding me of all of the blessings we already have. He has a great solid job, we live in a city and country that is just waiting to be explored, our families aren’t terribly far away and we really have everything that we need. And then the one that I am almost most grateful for: we can afford for me to be a stay at home mom.
It’s always been my dream and has been our goal since we got married, and now we’re finally in a situation where it is possible. And I still can’t hardly believe it.
In spite of that I feel so stupid because of how ungrateful I can still get and how many things I can still find to complain about. I’ve found that the joy and beauty of motherhood is easily tuned out by crying, bowls of yoghurt being pushed on the floor, unpredictable fits and running late again, again, again. I see other moms with more kids than my single solitary one who seem like their life is an elegant dance to Brahm’s Lullaby. Most of the time mine just feels like a goose chase to Cotton Eye Joe.
Given that motherhood is something I’ve always wanted and something I consider to be the highest of callings, I feel like I should appreciate it more – even in the small annoying things.
So when Jessica Poe contacted me a few months ago and asked if I’d like to review her book Everyday MOMents, I replied immediately: YES PLEASE!
It’s my first book review and I really didn’t know what to expect, so I was shocked at how powerfully spot-on Jessica’s writing was. It was perfect for me and was exactly what I was looking for.
The storyline is very clear and extremely relatable and carries deep valuable lessons. Quite simply Jessica writes about a day as a mother in her home and with each task she attempts to connect them to spiritually meaningful lessons. Jessica is LDS and so many of her references are to the Bible, Book of Mormon and church leadership.
Each chapter ends with a call-to-action that challenges you to consider and take notes about certain aspects of your life. I often feel tempted to skip challenges like these when I’m reading, but in Every MOMents I think these challenges were the crown of the book.
My favorite one challenged me to notice times in my life when I feel that the Lord is cheering me on, similar to when I for example encourage my daughter when she is trying to feed herself with a spoon. Just as self-feeding is something we must learn, motherhood itself is too. After much pondering I began to be able to distinguish some cheers in my baby’s smiles and in a clean kitchen, but even more so in my challenging times. Because I knew that they were opportunities for me to improve my patience and become a better mom.
I’ve learned so much from reading such a detailed example of how to appreciate the little things in everyday life. It’s a book I am going to want to read over and over again because I know I will learn something new every time.
I would recommend it to anyone who, like me, wish they could focus more on the divinity and beauty of motherhood. And even if you are looking for the perfect gift for Mother’s Day.
More reviews of Everyday MOMents here
And Jessica’s own blog here