Some “Mama Reads” for Your Mama Time…
How was your week? Did you do any thing fun to celebrate the 4th of July? We had a fun picnic and BBQ at the house yesterday. Cliff spent way too much on fireworks, but everyone enjoyed them. Just wish my two oldest, Sawyer and Priscilla, were there to celebrate with us. They are having fun with their dad at the beach for a week, though. I don’t think they are missing us… yet.
Have a busy week coming up? (I know, I know… what mama doesn’t?!) Need some encouragement or just something to read in your downtime? Here are my favorite “Mama Reads” for you…
My Favorite “Mama Reads” This Week:
- How I Learned to Love My Stretch Marks – As mamas, we’ve all heard the idea of embracing our stretch marks as reminders of the pregnancy our bodies have been through and babies our bodies have created. But this is another perspective, from someone who have stretch marks from weight gain and loss that is a good reminder, too.
“I look at the stretch marks as a symbol of the dark times, when I hated my body. Every time I look down, they remind me of how far I’ve come and the amazing things that my body can do now. Now that I’m strong and healthy, they’re here to stay — and I’m OK with that.”
- On Staying Home, Raising Children, and Changing the World – Don’t get me wrong; I think ALL mamas have a hand in changing the world regardless of whether they stay home or work at home or work outside of the home. But I know many of my mama readers are stay-at-home-moms, and I’m really excited about this eBook, written my many of my fellow blogging mamas, that celebrates “Choosing Home”.
“This book features twenty very different women who followed twenty unique paths to staying home – and we stay home in different ways. Some homeschool, some send children to school outside of the home. Some take in some paid work; others do not. For some, staying home was a lifelong dream; for others it was an unexpected dream that came only as they prepared to return to work. For some, staying home has been financially simple; for others it has required many sacrifices. The thread tying our stories together is that we have each found a level of fulfillment in staying home that no career could provide.”
- A Letter to My Younger Self – This one brought tears…
“This letter is to assure you this is temporary. A day much sooner than you think will come and you will get to be you again. You’ll have cocktails with friends. Sleep until 8 a.m., have many uninterrupted conversations, and go and come as you please.
That time will come with a change of heart; a heart that will crave the sound of your kids belly laughs; a heart that will want to tell your daughter she can’t sleep over at a friend’s house, because you want to spend time with her. But you’ll let her go anyway, knowing that’s where she would rather be.”
- In Defense of the Pinterest Parent – My analytics tell me that if you’re here, reading this at B-Inspired Mama, you’re probably a “Pinterest Parent”. Don’t let anyone make you feel guilty, snobby, or less than because of it. Embrace the mama that you are.
“I appreciate and love my friends who could care less about all of the little celebrations I so enjoy. As far as I’m concerned, if you told your kid you love them today, you’re already doing a great job. (Bonus points if you remembered to feed them at regular intervals.) But, please, stop telling me that I’m doing it wrong or making you feel bad because I’m having fun. If your kid wants to come join in on our Leprechaun hunt, send them over (just make sure they’re wearing something green so they don’t get pinched), and I’ll send them home with a little pot o’gold treat. You can even come over for a cup of coffee (with green steamed milk, naturally) and we can talk about the more important things that connect us as moms.”
Some Mama Reads from B-Inspired Mama:
Note – I have decided to change Mama Reads to just a weekly feature, without the link party at the bottom. But I’d still love to read your words and hear from you! If you have an encouraging or inspiring blog post to share, feel free to post it any day on B-Inspired Mama’s facebook wall.
How do you find encouragement and inspiration during your busy days, Mama? Do these “Mama Reads” help? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!