When I think back over my childhood, all I ever wanted to grow up to be was a mother. When I was pregnant our first child, I thought all my dreams were coming true. And then I had Elijah.
I did not suffer post-partum depression. I did not have the baby blues. But I was devastated because raising Elijah was NOTHING like what I thought it would be like.
Six years and 3 kids later, I am no longer devastated. I have experienced many of the things I dreamed about. I love singing to my kids and reading them books and tucking them in at night. But I will admit, the day to day, ins and outs of motherhood are nothing like I'd imagined. And I often wonder how my kids are going to turn out.
One of my goals as a mom is to learn from others' mistakes as much as possible. I love to get around friends who's kids are 5-10 years older than mine and ask them questions. Especially other pastors' wives. I want to know what they did right and what they would differently.
One of the moms in ministry that I most admire is my friend Kerri Weems. Kerri has systems for her systems. She is a chart guru. I am sure she is not perfect, but when it comes to managing her household (while being the pastor's wife of one of the largest churches in America) Kerri is on top of it. She has helped me understand that providing an easy, stress free meal of crock pot beef stew is more important than me spending half my afternoon preparing a gourmet meal of filet mignon and twice baked potatoes if I am going to yelling at my kids to leave me alone and I am flustered when my husband gets home.
In her book, CLUELESS: 10 Things I Wish I Knew About Motherhood... Before I Became a Mom, she shares 10 myths about motherhood. The first chapter opens with a hilarious personal story. This book will really encourage you in your adventures in motherhood.
The book is only available in electronically through kindle, nook and ebooks. I love having her book on my iPhone (just download the kindle app). I can read it in the car line, the doctor's office and in bed at night.
So today I am going to give away 5 kindle copies of the book. Just leave a comment before tomorrow evening and I will randomly select 5 winners. And the good news is we are all winners because the book only costs a little more than a Starbucks drink.