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MOMumental Book Giveaway and Sample Chapter (Deadline Extended)

Dear Readers,

MOMumental by Jennifer Grant has been a real pleasure to read even though I am not a mother. My husband and I were unable to have children because God had other plans for us. I know a lot of you are new moms. I would love to give you my copy of the book.

In the comment section, leave a paragraph why, as a new mom, you should have this book. New mom definition is anyone with their first child 1 years and younger. You can also leave a comment on behalf of someone whom you would like to recieve this book. In honors of Mothers Day this past Sunday, I will also include for the new mom a $5 Starbucks card. The new mom who gets the book and the card will also be invited to write a 750-word guest post after reading the book, MOMumental of what impacted her about it.

Interested? Deadline to leave a comment either for yourself or a new mom that you know is June 9. Winners announced June 10. For sample chapter, click here.

Love, Nikki

MOMumental Book Giveaway and Sample Chapter

Dear Readers,

MOMumental by Jennifer Grant has been a real pleasure to read even though I am not a mother. My husband and I were unable to have children because God had other plans for us. I know a lot of you are new moms. I would love to give you my copy of the book.

In the comment section, leave a paragraph why, as a new mom, you should have this book. New mom definition is anyone with their first child 1 years and younger. You can also leave a comment on behalf of someone whom you would like to recieve this book. In honors of Mothers Day this past Sunday, I will also include for the new mom a $5 Starbucks card. The new mom who gets the book and the card will also be invited to write a 750-word guest post after reading the book, MOMumental of what impacted her about it.

Interested? Deadline to leave a comment either for yourself or a new mom that you know is May 21. Winner’s announced May 22. For sample chapter, click here.

Love, Nikki

Jennifer Grant: The Funny, Broken, Love of Parenting

I click open a Facebook message. A friend has sent me a word search and tells me to let my eyes fall onto the image and take note of the first three words that I see. These are the words that best describe me, she promises.

I shrug, take a sip of coffee, and glance at it. “Funny,” “broken,” and “love” are my words.

When I close the message, I’m tempted for a moment to try again. What other words are hidden in that tangle of letters? Maybe on my second try, my eyes will land on a combination such as “smart,” “attractive,” and “successful.” (That would be nice.)

I don’t give it another try, though. The words I read the first time are just right considering how I’ve been spending my days for the past several months, thinking and writing about the family in which I am the wife and the mother and about my family of origin, where my story began.

Funny, broken, love – sounds like family.

MOMumental: Adventures in the Messy Art of Raising a Family is about my own missteps and small victories as a mother. Over the years, after beginning my parenting journey – as so many of us do – staggering under the weight of the expectations I had for myself, I’ve loosened up. I’ve come to learn that none of us is perfect. We all fail, misunderstand our kids sometimes, and mess up in countless ways. In MOMumental, I share stories of some of my “epic fails” as a mom.

The dire messages that flash on the computer or television screen that warn what a mother absolutely must or must not do no longer hold me tightly in their grasp. I now look at myself – and at other mothers – with less judgment, knowing that we all work it out, there is no manual for motherhood, and that the most important thing in raising kids is to be authentically connected with them.

(And a person can do that whether she serves microwaved macaroni and cheese to her kids for lunch every day or gives them homemade bread and a sampling of organic greens from her vegetable garden. Whether or not she homeschools them, uses “the family bed,” or exposes them to Mozart by the time they are six days old.)

I hope in sharing my own personal – and often quite cringe-worthy – story in MOMumental, other parents will show themselves, and other parents, more grace as we raise our children.

To me, those three words – funny, broken, and love – are great ones to reflect on when I think about the gift of family. To be able to enjoy our kids, repair our relationships with them when needed, and most of to love our children like crazy covers a multitude of parental crimes and misdemeanors.

Wishing you all the best in your own messy family-making adventures!

Thank you to Handlebar Marketing for allowing me to use Jennifer Grant’s post.

Jennifer Grant is mother to four children and author of Love You More: The Divine Surprise of Adopting My Daughter (2011). For more than a decade she wrote for papers in the Sun-Times newsgroup. Currently she freelances for the Chicago Tribune and is a regular contributor to hermeneutics, Christianity Today magazine’s blog for women. Grant is a Wheaton College graduate who received her master’s in English and Creative Writing from Southern Methodist University. She lives outside of Chicago, IL.

And The Winner Is…

There were two comments left this weekend during my Pro-life in honor of Mothers Day weekend. I put Laura Boggess and Cindy from Mama’s Empty Nest in the drawing. Congratulations to Cindy from Mama’s Empty Nest. Please visit her blog today and congratulate her! Cindy, I will send you an email later today to get your snail mail, or you can beat me to it and send it to me. I will mail you Unplanned on Friday.

{Happy?} Mother’s Day

Happy Mother's Day
Image by Lily Zhu via Flickr

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born.  She never existed before.  The woman existed, but the mother, never.  A mother is something absolutely new.  ~Rajneesh

She held the baby cupped in her arms. A proud mama smile split across her face as her husband stands nearby almost giddy. He’s a first time father. She’s a first time mother. They are young. I can almost see them. My friends who are like a son and daughter to me are expecting their first today. I can imagine it all two hours away tucked away behind my computer. We’re all holding our breaths as we wait. They will be fine parents who will give their daughter a long leash.

My friends are adventurers and missionaries. One has been to Iraq and the other to New Guinea. They are well traveled. I almost envy the daughter today who will have parents that know when to hold on and when to let go. That’s the key. A parent can have the power to grow a child into his own or snuff out the flame. That’s a void that will never be filled for me and a feeling I will never know. In that regard, I have few regrets and God had other plans for me.

He sent me a man who would shine a spotlight on my beliefs. We became saved. I married him. We prayed about other options when we realized we couldn’t have our own. God said no and thus we have remained childless, unofficially adopting others around us who need a mentor; some that came from broken homes.

There are many I pray for on Mother’s Day—the women who lost a child either through abortion or natural or unnatural death; the women who want so bad to hold their own child; the people who might someday look at a baby as not a choice but a life, a privilege; the want-to-be mothers awaiting adoptions; the foster mothers; and those on Mother’s Day who will not attend church because it’s too painful. Mother’s Day honors mothers. We who could not should not take that away from them because God had other plans for us. And so we celebrate motherhood and I think of my friends who will hold a precious life in their arms this week for the first time.

Describe the first moment when you held your first child.

Beginning May 6 through May 8, my blogs will focus on the unborn child in celebration of Mother’s Day beginning with a review of the DVD Unplanned (Abby Johnson’s Story – Former Director of a Texas Planned Parenthood Clinic). If you leave a comment on any of these days, I will put you in for a drawing to get a certificate to cash in for a free copy of Unplanned.


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