Wednesday, June 13

Motherhood and a Giveaway

Today, parenting one of our children was like trying to wrestle a buttered alligator... in other words, exhausting and seemingly futile.  At the end of the day, which is now, as I type, I am wondering whether the small things I tried to reinforce made any difference or if tomorrow will be more of the same.  Ever have a day like this?  Ever have a season full of them?

Motherhood, in this recent raining, sometimes pouring a monsoon, season of sickness in Sean and then morning sickness in me, has not been easy for me.  I find myself looking back to a better, more peaceful time, and hoping for that again, but knowing we can never go backwards, and life is always changing and the best we can do - the for sure best thing we can do - is be dependent on God for His grace in bending us and maneuvering us as the seasons demand.

A lot of "what are you reading" or "what can I read that will help" questions fall my way, and since I love asking the same of others, I never mind answering, especially if a book has particularly made me think or encouraged my heart, or caused my walk to be closer to Christ.  A great little e-book came my way in the middle of monsoon season in the Hagarty household, titled Devotions, Advice and Renewal for When Motherhood Feels Too Hard by Kelly Crawford.  Some nights I read between tears because we all have nights like those, don't we? At other times, I'd come across some antidote or scripture that would encourage and strengthen my spirit, or a practical idea to put into practice to make mothering a bit easier, glad to be reading that I wasn't alone in finding motherhood difficult as of late.

I'd love to give every reader a copy, but I can choose just one winner of this giveaway, and since the
e-book is very economically priced, I hope everyone will grab a copy.  Giveway is open to anyone, anywhere.  I'll draw a winner this weekend.

I wish you all a peaceful night and renewed energy for the day ahead.
Hannah

25 comments:

Tasha said...

Oh dear Hannah, I have had the same days and nights before. Sounds so familiar! I would a chance to win this little book or purchase it for sure. Back in the fall I thought I was going to really lose it with one of my twins. Thankfully God was showing me ways I needed to change. And it was indeed a season we all went through. Hope tomorrow is a better day for you all. Sleep well!

Amy Miller said...

Parenting a very energetic little one & a teen while sick with a yet undiagnosed illness has left me exhausted. I just bought this for my Kindle & can't wait to begin reading it.

Lindsay said...

Sounds like a good book. I, too, have been in a season like you're describing. I feel like I push my kids further away each day instead of drawing them closer to myself and God. I end each day thinking I'll do better tomorrow, but each day is the same, if not worse. As I was putting a stubborn, screaming 2 year old back in bed again, I was thinking about your post on cultivating patience and gentleness (my favorite of your posts) and realized that I haven't been patient or gentle and haven't been treating my little people with respect which has been contagious for these same little ones. It feels like a slippery slope and I don't know how to reverse it. I'll do better tomorrow. Blessings

Momma Bug said...

Yes yes and yes dear friend!

I sigh the long sigh for you in understanding. I am thanking the Lord that this season for me is soft and gentle (though not without it's share of buttered alligators!).
I'm praying for you this night, and thanking the Lord for the ability to see this as a season.

Lord please bless my friend with an extra measure of endurance, grace, and rest if that would bring glory to YOU Lord!
Thank you.

Hugs to you Hannah. Keep on!

Mindy said...

Im sorry for your trying day. How sweet of you to reach out to encourage others when you could use a little encouraging yourself.

Susan said...

Sorry to hear you're going through a tough time, and I will pray for you. Recently my husband also went gluten/dairy/egg free due to a lot of poor health and allergy testing which revealed those things to be problematic. This was while I was prego with our fourth, and having a difficult pregnancy. And trying to homeschool, like you. Thank you for your encouragement, and that book does sound like a real help! Thanks for the recommendation.

Olga said...

I want one, please! How many comments are we allowed to post?

Homestead Living said...

I'd love a copy, Hannah. Thanks for the opportunity.
~Jennie

Laura said...

That sounds wonderful would love to read it!

Julia said...

I subscribed to Cultivating Home via Google Reader so, although I read your posts, I've never actually been here before. Very pretty! I can relate to "those days." My life is peppered with them, and every time I think I'm getting the hang of parenting, things change. I pray that things smooth out for you with the morning sickness.

Kiley said...

sounds like an appropriate devotional for this mama, too. thanks for the chance to win. blessings to you and your family today!

Meghan said...

I would love to win a copy of this book! I'm 16 weeks pregnant with our 5th and still dealing with some morning sickness. Somedays I just want to sit and cry for hours because it is not easy but God will see me through! My email is meghanefort@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I would love to read this book.

Here's one I am reading: Captivating, Unveiling the Heart of a Woman by Staci and John Eldridge.

Shelley Quiroz

Mrs.Rabe said...

Those kinds of days are the ones given so that we lean hard into HIM!

Before you know it that child will have grown and matured some and will with God's help gain some self control...

Peace
Deanna

Verna said...

Sounds like something I can relate too! We've had a rough couple of days (and nights!). Thanks for a great giveaway!

MamaSmalls said...

Hannah, I so adore your words of encouragement - even the ones that sting :) We're currently in the middle of a monsoon season, as you call it, and I often find myself wallowing in self pity. Mostly though I've noticed that it is in those seasons that most of my pruning takes place, and what follows is usually an intense growth and spiritual maturation. I think we all have those "Why God WHY?!" moments (haha, days?!) and it's oh so important for me to constantly remind myself that I'm priviledged to have this title of "Mommy." That said, I'd be thrilled to have a lil book to help along the way.

Anonymous said...

Dear Hannah,

I think I have a bundle of joy just like yours. :O)

Hope Sean is doing better and seeing improvment. Thanks for the giveaway offer.

Jo

Corrie said...

I understand! Blessings to you and your family, and may Jesus bring health!
Would love to read that book!

Leslie S-Benz said...

Thank you for sharing even in the midst of your "monsoon." I'm praying for you and your sweet family:-) This book sounds fantastic! I could really use a few words of encouragement during this season of raising little people. Another book that I've enjoyed is "And Then I Had Kids," by Susan Alexander Yates. We attended the church where her husband is the senior pastor (The Falls Church) and were blessed by her family's ministry. Great read for new moms!

Tesa said...

Thanks for the chance to win~ sounds like an encouraging resource.
And thanks, Hannah, for sharing your heart with all of us fellow mothers "in the trenches".

Anonymous said...

I think we all have lives like this with being mothers... It would be a wonderful read!
Sue in NJ

Emily said...

Would love to read this. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

Kandle Ynostrosa said...

Hannah, I have spent the last two weeks catching up on your inspiring blog! I would like to say that i have been there, and usually it takes a while or a precious little one to cheer me later on!
I would love some advice!

Kelly said...

Hannah, sorry to hear about your frustrating day! :( I hope things are going better now.

Corinna @ Butterflies and Bicycles said...

Thanks so much for your honestly and 'realness'. I feel like I know you and want to reach out and give a hug. I'd bring a meal around to help you out if you weren't on the opposite side of the world. A smile through cyberspace will have to suffice today :-). Remember you are BEAUTIFUL because He made you that way!