The longer that I'm a mother the more I realize that I need grace, grace from my kids and from others...and from God. I'm far from perfect. I blunder along for sure. I need encouragement and community. I need honesty with close friends and lots and lots of laughter.
This mothering job seems too much at times, as I realize the lasting imprint I leave on my three sons. What will they remember of me? Will grace wash away those flub-up-moments?
I think Nancy B. Kenney's latest anthology is titled appropriately, Miracles and Moments of Grace. Inspiring Stories from Moms.
With Mother's Day approaching it could be that perfect gift to another mother. The book is filled with short stories that really do bring encouragement, that you are not alone, not the only one feeling or thinking that about motherhood. It is not just perspectives from new moms, but covers a wide spectrum of motherhood. Some of the stories are quite heavy dealing with miscarriages and life-altering accidents, and then others are quite light and laughable.....my chapter entitled, "The Dirty Days of Summer," is more humorous, but still deals with me learning how to hold my own plans loosely as I journey through motherhood.
It is a group of lessons I'm proud to be included in.