Thursday, January 31, 2013

Hope For Mamas: Enjoy Your Kids, and Your Life! {Including A Giveaway}

Motherhood can be the ultimate mood swing.

One moment you are full of joy and gratitude, and the next you are standing with your hand on your forehead wondering, "I'm supposed to know how to handle this?!" I've spent many of my stay-at-home-mom days bouncing from one end of the spectrum to the other, feeling like I'm at the mercy of both my son's, and my own, feelings. By the end of the day, I feel exhausted and a little aimless.

When I first read Jamie Martin's blog, Steady Mom, I felt like I had stumbled upon motherhood gold. She shares her life as a mom of three, and her "journey toward intentional, professional motherhood." With every post she writes, I am challenged to look to the Lord, to find the beauty in every moment of motherhood, and to be intentional in how I think and act as a mom.

When I saw that Jamie had written several books, I couldn't wait to read them. I started with "Mindset for Moms: From Mundane to Marvelous Thinking in Just 30 Days", and, wow. Every mom needs to read this book. I'm not exaggerating. By the end of the 2nd page, my heart was filled with a deep sense of peace and hope. Jamie challenges moms to change the way we think, and in turn, more fully enjoy our lives and our kids. It's short, practical, and heartfelt.

And it has literally change how I mother, and how I live.

I love this book so much, that I am giving away a digital copy to one of you today! Jamie didn't ask me to do this; I just really want to get this gold into the hands of more mamas!

Enter to win through the Rafflecopter widget below.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
You do NOT have to be a blogger to enter :) Or a mom for that matter! If you have a sister, niece, daughter, cousin, or friend that you think would benefit from reading this book, enter to win a copy for her!

I will send the winner one digital copy of the book, in Kindle, iTunes, Nook, or PDF format.

If you want to buy your own copy, it's only $4.99! You can buy it from Jamie's website here or the Kindle version here.

Giveaway Rules:
Giveaway open to all readers. You must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Winner will be chosen randomly, and entries will be verified. If winner does not claim their prize within 48 hours of being notified, or if winner submitted entries fraudulently, another winner will be chosen. Winner will be notified via whichever social media outlet or email address they used to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. 

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  1. Sounds like a great book! dACTS

  2. One of my favorite thing about having my boys is getting to rock them and getting a chance to cuddle with them. And I love all of the sweet things they say.

  3. I am grateful that, even in the midst of my impatience and weariness as a mother, my little guys can look up at me with their big blue eyes, say, "I love you. You're the best mommy in the world," and mean it. I am absolutely grateful for their grace and love.


  4. For my 2.5 yr old, I'm grateful for his sweet spirit and how he says, 'thank you!' any time we do anything for him.
    For my 5 months old, I am SO GRATEFUL she has finally started napping for longer than 45 minutes at a time. Hallelujah!

  5. I am always open to reading new books to help me become a better mama!

  6. I am grateful for my son's laughter. I will live every day of my life to get him to laugh. I am grateful for the bond that we have.

  7. I love the sweetness of their morning hair--wild and sweaty and all over the place!

  8. The children in my life aren't my own, but belong to my siblings. My youngest niece is the first local one (all the rest of my siblings live across the country) and I love the cuddles and the little noises she makes (she's just over 3 months right now). I love her.

  9. One of the things I am most grateful for is that my oldest daughter-only 3 has such a big heart and how perceptive she is to when others are hurting. She loves to comfort and sometimes her words impact me the most!

  10. I'm a full-time "working" momma. I'm looking forward to getting to stay home and "just" be a wife and mom.

    That's our divine right as women.

    In the mean time, I'm so thankful for a sweet, happy baby who welcomes me home with a smile every day!


  11. I am grateful that I have a little boy who has such a big heart. Even though he's only 2, I can see that he cares for people. That makes me happy. :)

  12. I am grateful for all of my nieces and nephews (and great nieces and nephews), whether by blood or by besties, because they remind of the wonder and happiness I felt like a child.

    I consider my friends' kids to be mine, too--they are my best nieces and nephews. :)

  13. I am grateful for 2 young boys who wan to se other people laugh. They will do anything to make people smile and laugh!

  14. It might have helped if I read the instructions first! Sorry for commenting twice - can you delete the other comment?

    I am grateful for my daughter's sweet giggles - we can be having a tough day, but a tickle or a funny face from me, and she's full of joy.

  15. I am grateful that although these newborn//infant nights have been filled with sleepless slumber, my little man always greets me in the morning with his gigantic, sparkly blue eyes & an enthusiastic smile ... ready to enjoy another napless day!

  16. I'm grateful for his precious laugh. ( And for your blog... But that's beside the point!) Wish I could have joined y'all this weekend!

  17. How can I pick one?!!! I am grateful for little smiles and giggles, for wide eyes filled with wonder, for snuggles and kisses, for that look that says "I trust you mommy" and for the many lessons my girls have taught me about love and sacrifice. That's alot more than one...sorry.


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