Today I am joining in the online celebration of the launch of Lisa Jo Baker's book "Surprised by Motherhood".
What has surprised me most about motherhood? I think the emotion behind it all.
At birth I already had cousins that were close to my age and as I grew more cousins followed. At 7 years old I became an aunt. As a teenager I baby-sat. At 20 I became a children's pastor. I have always been surrounded by children, and they have always been so dear to my heart.
I thought having my own children was going to be easy. I had taken classes in college and I had life experience, this would be no problem at all. However, I didn't account for one thing; they weren't just my children, they were a part of my heart. Each one of my children is my heart running around on the outside.
When they're excited, I'm excited. When they're scared, I'm scared. When they're sick, well I'm not sick but I'm usually scared again. Our hearts are full of so much emotion and so are my children. They bring the good and the bad emotion right out of me, usually when I'm not expecting it.
But as my 3 little hearts grow and learn who they are and where they fit into this world; I grow and learn how I fit into this world too.
Being a mother is a wonderful, scary, life changing experience. And it's hard and lonely sometimes. That's where amazing blogs and books come in handy. I had the great opportunity of being a part of Lisa Jo Baker's launch team for this book which meant reading her heart for this book and for mom's everywhere. She's been there, is there, and gets it and wants to encourage each of us right where we are in the thick of motherhood.
If you are a mom or are going to be one soon, please buy the book. It will be an encouragement to you! Don't believe me? Take a look at the trailer here. Or you can read the first three chapters for free.