Hello Ft. Worth mommas!! I am so glad to be here today and to be sharing a little something with you! I’ve been a long time blog follower of Melanie Shankle, otherwise known as Big Mama, and I am so excited to share her with you today. If you haven’t stumbled upon her blog yet you should go check it out now. She shares about her life as a mommy and is very honest (and hilarious!) about it. So when I saw that she was writing a book I was thrilled and couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy!
Sparkly Green Earrings is the name of the book, and once I started I couldn’t put it down. I finished probably in two days, and I kid you not, I was reading it while sitting on the bathroom floor while my boys played in the bathtub!
It is a very funny book filled with all sorts of mommy genius. I found myself wanting to write down almost everything because it was so powerful and meaningful. While reading I bookmarked a ton of passages, and I wanted to share some quotes that made me stop and think.
(All quotes by Melanie Shankle)
Real motherhood is different. It’s better and it’s messier and it’s more complicated. It will break your heart and make you laugh harder than you ever imagined.
I feel like there are so many clichés about motherhood. It’s hard not to repeat what has already been said in various ways from the moment time began. And as I think about all the declarations that have been made about mother love, I realize it’s because motherhood is the thing in a women’s life that catches her by total and complete surprise.
Yet it’s bittersweet. Because while we choose the person we marry with the belief and hope that it will be “till death do us part,” we become mothers and immediately realize our job is to raise these little people and pour into them and pack in eighteen years of wisdom, love, and protection, only to let them go out into a world that seems scary and way too big for our comfort.
Raising a child is a fleeting moment in time that sometimes gets swallowed up in the daily routine of car pools and soccer practice and can I get away with serving tacos for dinner again tonight? It’s the daily balance of treasuring the moments even as we wish some of them away. It’s treading water in a sea of imperfections. It’s a delicate dance of guilt and joy.
Those walks down various school hallways are only the beginning of steps that will take them toward their own destiny. Those moments are the motherhood equivalent of riding a bike without training wheels. You just hop on and pray it all works out and the bumps and bruises are kept to a minimum. Sometimes you fall and it’s a big mess, but you get right back on and continue the ride.
Good stuff right!? These quotes gave me goose bumps while reading. Motherhood is a precious, precious gift, which comes with the good, the bad, and the ugly. That’s why I am so excited about this blog and the support I hope it provides – regardless of the phase of mommyhood that you are in, we all are moms and we all need support, encouragement, and a safe place to share it all together!
What are some of your favorite mommy books?
It Sucked and then I Cried by Armstrong
In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms by Schlessinger : This is by far my FAVORITE mom book. It is not just for SAHMs but would be wonderful to read if you are thinking you want to be a SAHM or you are a working mother.
I’ve been following Big Mama for years, even back when she was still working! Great book. I was the same way–I finished it in 2 days. 🙂 A great summer read for sure.