Surprised by Motherhood

I have only been a mom for a little over a year and every day I learn something new. That's one of the many things I've been surprised by, along with how quickly Emerson's smile can melt my heart, his insatiable appetite for grapes, the number of dirty diapers one little person can have in a day, and how quickly he can go from all smiles to full-on tantrum. The list goes on and on! If I stop to think about it, it's pretty amazing how much one little person can impact your life!

Lisa-Jo Baker's book, Surprised by Motherhood comes out today and I think you're gonna like it. Actually, I dare you not to fall in love with Lisa's quirky, imperfect family! I love that she doesn't sugarcoat what it means to be a mom and she doesn't tell you how to get your baby on a sleep schedule or the best way to discipline your kids. Instead, she shares from her heart, and encourages moms everywhere to embrace the privilege and the calling of motherhood.

Surprised by Motherhood

I've only read the first three chapters, but I can already tell it's the kind of book you pick up to read a page or two of and end up reading the whole thing in one sitting. It would be a fantastic gift for both new moms and tired, burned out moms. Or a great Mother's Day gift (hint, hint, Adam!)

If you need more encouragement to get the book, check out her website, It has some great inspirational quotes and posters along with more recommendations AND a link to download the first 3 chapters for free!

So whether you still have the new-mom glow, are in the trenches of potty-training, tantrums, and answering "why?" hundreds of times a day, or somewhere in the middle, this book is a great reminder that moms are heroes and even when it feels like a thankless job, it's the most important job you'll ever have!

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Thankful in March

march pictures

Spring is officially here and even though we've had more than our share of cold, snowy days, April is bound to be warmer, right?

1. Birthday celebrations!

2. A trip to Vegas with Adam and friends. Emerson stayed home with Nana and did great.

3. Warm, sunny days and muddy shoes and pants

4. Grilling outside for the first time this year

5. Red, ripe strawberries

6. Pancake day with friends

7. Meeting my nephew for the first time! And Emerson playing with cousins.

8. That Adam doesn't usually have to work weekends. He worked Saturday and Sunday one weekend and it was hard!

9. A flock of robins in our backyard

10. New, cute rain boots!

11. College basketball! It's been a great year for the Iowa State men's team

12. Reading to Emerson. He's finally to the point where he will sit and listen to a whole book! He even brings them to me to read. I love to read and hope he does too!

13. Playing outside with Emerson. Even on days when it's still only in the 40s, he loves being outside!

14. The wonder of bubbles through the eyes of a toddler

15. A day trip to see family. It's so great they are only 2 hours away!

16. Free Starbucks on my birthday

17. Friends who watched Emerson so Adam and I could go to one of our favorite restaurants, Lucca.

18. New books to read! My mom gave me What Alice Forgot for my birthday and I snagged The Rosie Project: A Novel (it was only $1.99) and The Husband's Secret (currently $5.99) for my Kindle. I have to read as much as I can before baby #2 comes!

19. Maternity jeans. I'm into the 2nd trimester and wearing almost all elastic waste pants and loving it

20. Roasting a whole chicken in the crock pot. Seriously, if you haven't tried this, I highly recommend it. It feeds us for at least 3 days!

21. Ordering tomato plants for the garden

22. The kind person in the Costco parking lot who put my cart back for me

23. Daylight Savings Time bringing lighter evenings and darker mornings

24. We have officially transitioned Emerson to 1 nap a day. I was sad to lose the quiet time during his morning naps, but now we are able to get out and do things like story time at the library and morning play dates.

25. The tap dance of raindrops on windowsills

26. Having more energy in my second trimester

27. Chirping birds even when it's still cold out

28. An unexpected letter in the mail from a friend

29. Lunch dates with friends

30. Having Laura live so close! I don't know what I would do without being able to run over to her house for an impromptu play date and it's so fun to see Lydia and Emerson start to play with each other.

31. Time to blog. After sharing about how I'm finding focus, I feel like I have a renewed sense of purpose and inspiration. Good stuff to come!

What are you thankful for this month?

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