Sacred Stillness: 5 Books for Mama’s Morning Time
There are few things in life as life-giving and grounding for me as time spent alone in the quiet morning. Here are five books that I have been reading from to nourish my mind and heart and preparing me for a day of serving my family.
On Mother’s Day
It is calm. Outside, a cool shower is freshening the world. The birds are quiet, Nesting over their young, Prioritizing protection over singing, over making themselves known. My own are upstairs, nestled in our bed, silent except for the gentle swell of their breathing. When they awake, the calmness will break, and a flourish of life will take its place. Today, I am to be recognized, for having given birth; for continuing on Eve’s legacy; for attempting to raise children who will somehow contribute sweetly to the great symphony of life. This duty, which is paradoxically both magnificent and mundane, cannot be fully appreciated by anyone who has not felt the…
Not our Mother’s Motherhood: Why Today’s Moms Need Each Other’s Encouragement More than Ever
Last night, as the children snuggled in bed with their Daddy, I took ten minutes to complete a survey for Motherly, an online parenting hub which I subscribe to and have written for. While many of the questions were about personal demographics and situation, a few touched on our outlook on motherhood. For example: “Do you feel that society does a good job of understanding and supporting mothers?” I pursed my lips together and clicked quickly. No. Then: “How is today’s generation of moms different from your mother’s generation?” Are we generally more optimistic about motherhood than our mothers’ generation? More pessimistic? I’m wasn’t certain. I could have checked…