Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches by Rachel Jankovic
This is a short little pep talk of a book. It’s a book written to moms of little ones by a mom of little ones.
It’s quick read. It’s a wonderful read.
This isn’t a parenting How To book about how to structure your day or what to teach your children.
It’s just reminding you of what the importance of motherhood really is. It is about keeping kids away from the roll of toilet paper in the bathroom. It is about teaching them not to write on living room walls. It is about teaching them A,B,Cs. Because those things are important. They might seem small. But they are important!
From the book:
Blessings, like children, are not ethereal and weightless. Sometimes they feel like they come at you like a Kansas hail storm–they might leave a welt! But if you accept your lot and rejoice in your toil, God will you the kind of overwhelming joy that cannot remember the details. Motherhood is hard work. It is repetitive and often times menial. Accept it. Rejoice in it. This is your toil. Right here. Those are their faces. Enjoy them. The days of your life are supposed to be full of things like this. But joy is not giddy. It is not an emotional rush–it is what happens when you accept your lot and rejoice in your toil. So rejoice in your children. Look them in the eyes and give thanks. You will not even remember the work of all this planting when the harvest of joy overwhelms you.
Sometimes mothering is really fun and so joyous. As I write this, I’m in the office/guest bedroom and Jeff’s in the living room ‘playing’ with Phinehas. Phinehas is babbling away trying to walk from one end of the couch to the other. “Ba ba bam. Ba ba bam.” is the sound in our house. It’s a much more fun sound than the 2:00 am crying that I heard last night when he woke up with a fever. But both are the moments of mothering.
Do like I did and check it out from your library!