I read a phenomenal book about motherhood last week. MOMumental by Jennifer Grant (Worthy Publishing) is one of those honest looks at parenting. This is not a lecture book. This is not a serious manual for new moms. What this book encompasses is a realistic look at mothering.
Jennifer Grant is a mother of four children - two boys and two girls. In this book, she takes a sentimental look back at the time when her children were small and she was taking motherhood seriously - perhaps too seriously. She also takes a peek into the future and, in doing so, realizes that raising children is a "messy art" and that she'll never do it perfectly. She will, however, have done it well.
There is hope for all of the moms out there who feel that they aren't doing a tidy job of making sure their kids are right with the world. I laughed, cried, and cheered with Jennifer as she eloquently told her story of her family. And there you have it. While all of us moms will resonate with this particular mom, we won't have the same story. We're all different and we're raising different kids. At the same time, we're all in this "messy art of raising a family" together. We need to encourage each other with a pat on the back or a shoulder on which to cry. As Jennifer Grant says, "I am grateful for my own happy, idiosyncratic, and imperfect family and the culture we are creating together. I'm doing my best to raise strong children, not broken adults. I wish all of this for you too."
I'm giving away one copy of MOMumental to a commenter on this blog. To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment telling me something about your family, be they children, dogs, cats, whatever. I'll randomly choose a winner on May 21 and mail out the book soon after. This contest is open to United States residents only.