An Invitation for Mamas "Fresh out of Amazing"
Meet my friend Angelina.
She is awesome! And I love this photo of her. It speaks to me.
The way a Van Gogh or a Cassatt can speak to a person in the quiet.
Except this masterpiece speaks to me when the kids are losing it or I'm doing dishes or I burnt the cookies. It comes to my mind to comfort me... I am not alone. I know just how she feels. (So of course, I love her all the more. Don't you!?)
I also happen to delight in the irony hanging in the background. : )
As a mom, I am constantly tossed from rejoicing and laughing to frustration and exhaustion... the joy of a little voice speaking a new word for the first time to the poop finger-painted on the crib and walls. Yep. That was yesterday.
Stacey Thacker describes it well:
Today I have yelled, screamed (is that the same thing?), cried, asked forgiveness, yelled, screamed, cried, and, well, you get the picture. I've pretty much fallen short in every category. I am tired and not really good for much right now. The trouble is, Lord, that I need to be amazing and I'm fresh out of amazing. At least it sure feels that way."
-Thacker, Hope for the Weary Mom
Do I feel fresh out of amazing? Yes, actually. Yes, I do. Fresh out (...or maybe its been long gone)!
When the school year is over, BSF is done, those Classical Conversations are no more... let's do something together!
I have previewed Hope for the Weary Mom and I am:
- flat out impressed
- longing to have a chat about it with you!
Will you join me? With all of us in different parts of this huge country now, online is just going to have to be good enough, ladies. I've been praying and He's given me some creative ideas on how to press in together, even if we can't hug each other!
So, I'm giving you until the end of May to:
- purchase your copy (we will do the book, not the devo)
- comment below that YOU ARE IN!
- subscribe to theQuirkyKingdom if you haven't already to keep you in the loop
- and why not? Invite your sister or friend or mom or mentor or grandma or someone you love to join us! Simply email them this post as an invitation. We need the older women who have been through this season of life to chime in to! (And my hope is that maybe revisiting those days in the trenches through the eyes of this book will bring some redemption to the ways you may possibly feel you have let down your children.)
Trust me, the book's title is spot on... HOPE for us weary mamas.
We will set a summer breeze pace of one chapter a week, about 10 pages each. Brief, powerful and encouraging. I know from experience it can even be read in the middle of all your mama duties, while falling asleep, or while kids play in the dirt out back.
Here's to summer coming! Here's to hope coming! Can I count you in?
p.s. Happy Mother's Day from the bottom of my heart. I love you all and am so grateful for the way each of you nurtures your children. Watching you has strengthened me, guided me, and encouraged me to raise my own.
I hope you and I get to take a nap today. : )