Hooray! (It was sold out pretty quickly when it first came out.) I don’t think they have many copies though so go grab it HERE if you want a copy!
I know I’m biased but it is so good. Really inspiring from a mother’s perspective as well as a GRANDmother:)
Also, my mom will be at the City Creek Deseret Book (Downtown Salt Lake …45 W South Temple) from 12:30-2:30 TOMORROW if you’re local and want to go pick up a copy from her. I’m pretty sure my dad will be there too with his new grandfathering book.
Ok, one last thing as Mother’s Day approaches…I came across this quote a while back and copied it down because it’s so along the lines of all the social media things that have been so heavily on my mind lately, and it’s also poignantly beautiful when I think of Mother’s Day coming up. I know Mother’s Day is a tough one for some. We get fussed up about whether we’re doing a good enough job, we compare ourselves to others, perhaps we are not yet a mother in the sense that we had always hoped to be. For whatever reason, I know this day can be a tough one. So I thought this quote from Patricia Holland was appropriate:
“If I were Satan and wanted to destroy a society, I think I would stage a full blown blitz on its women. I would keep them so distraught and distracted that they would never find the calming strength and serenity for which their sex has always been known. He has effectively done that, catching us in the crunch of trying to be superhuman instead of realistically striving to reach our individual purpose and unique God-given potential within such diversity. He tauntingly teases us that if we don’t have it all- fame, fortune, families, and fun- and have it every minute all the time, we have been short changed; we are second class citizens in the race of life. You’d have to be deaf, dumb and blind not to get these messages in today’s world, and as a sex we are struggling, and our society struggles. Drugs, teenage pregnancies, divorce, family violence, and suicide are some of the every-increasing side effects of our collective life in the express lane.”
Yes, we live in a fast-paced life. And it is so easy to compare our worst to other’s “bests”…thrown out there in everything we see surrounding us. So sometimes lose track of our own selves and we run and leap and bound struggling to morph into something we perhaps weren’t really meant to be in the first place. When in actuality we need to seek not the approval of others, but of our own best selves…of the woman God wants and knows we can be. That unique woman who is so intricately and beautifully different from everyone else for a reason. It takes time and contemplation and quiet to try to figure out who that best self of ours is…and how to strive to become more of her…not of our neighbor.
May we all stand up and have the courage, as mothers and nurturers and WOMEN and strive to find our own best selves as we lift up others around us and find that “calming strength and serenity for which our sex has always been known.” (I love that part.) We are strong and we can make a difference. May we have the courage to be imperfect as we strive to find that best self.
That is all.
Sending out much love this Friday morning to all the women out there reading this. Thank you for being strong and for building me up through the years through your kindness and examples and interesting comments here. So grateful for this little spot to learn and grow.
(If you want to read the whole article from Patricia Holland, it is HERE.)