Grit & Grace Book Review – Blog Tour

It has been a LONG time since I’ve read a book that truly matched everything that I feel. Being a mom is HARD. It just is. You give and give and give without getting much in return, but you don’t complain because it’s what you were born to do! Doesn’t make it less hard, but you do find yourself feeling weary, broken, lost. I’ve only gotten through the first several chapters of this book, but I can already tell you that it is powerful.

Grit & Grace had me from the beginning. If you’re new to Mustard Seed Mommy, let me give you a little recap on who I am before I tell you why this book matches me so well. I’m a homeschooling mom to four children (ages 2-8), I struggle with anxiety and panic attacks, have a child with a sensory processing disorder, and I’ve been rediscovering myself this past year. What do I mean by that? I felt like I had lost myself over the years, the person I was no longer matched the person I had become, not a bad thing, but a little scary when you actually realize it. So I’m finding myself again, I guess you could say.

So, like I said, this book had from the very first page. Let me summarize what this first section talks about. Suzanne writes about how she was responsible for getting her three young children (infant and toddlers) to church on her own, she was late, disheveled and overwhelmed. She realizes that this mom life is HARD, you find yourself giving away everything, but not getting that reboot that you need. She needed to rediscover herself and she needed Jesus in the process.

I was also touched by the 2nd and 3rd chapters – the 2nd chapter is entirely on “Stolen Identity”. As I stated before, I have felt like I’ve lost myself, my identity has been stolen in a way by marriage and motherhood. Then chapter 3… the first few sentences, and I quote, “My oldest son has a sensory processing disorder, which means little  abnormalities in his clothing or environment can throw him off.” THAT. IS. MY. LIFE. My 6 year old has a sensory processing disorder and it is one of the most difficult things I’ve dealt with as a parent.

I cannot wait to continue reading, I’m excited to see how it helps me grow closer to my Father and remember that I am loved and important.

The authors of this “Devotions for Warrior Moms” are Suzanne HAdley Gosselin and Gretta Kennedy. These women met when they became roommates at Multnomah University. They weren’t big fans of each other at first but they worked through their differences and ended up being best friends and remained roommates the entire four years of college. Twenty years later they came together to write this devotional book, and here it is… Grit & Grace: Devotions for Warrior Moms.

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I received a copy of this book in return for a review and publicity during the Grace & Grit blog tour. All opinions and statements are my own and a positive review was not required.

Ellie Claire 365 Devotional Journals Review

Just like the art journals from Ellie Claire that I reviewed HERE, these year long devotional journals are GORGEOUS! 

My favorite of the three is the top one, ‘Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus’. The colors are perfect and I am so excited to dive into this in January.

Every page has a short devotional, a passage to read that coincides with the devotional and a space to journal and take notes.

They all also have that handy elastic closure and a bookmark! Ellie Claire doesn’t miss any details with any of her journals. I plan to give a few of these away as Christmas gifts this year, they are just so beautiful!

This one is a little more simple, I like that the the title is ‘Peace Begins With Me’ and that they made the pages look so relaxing and peaceful as well. So gorgeous!

This third one is just as beautiful, those peacocks are so pretty and you will find smaller images of them throughout the devotional. 

You can find all three of these beautiful devotionals on Amazon, it’s easy to shop, just click “Shop Now” on one of the images below (these are affiliate links that I could earn a small percentage from your purchases, all funds earned go directly back into my blog)! 

    

I received these journals for free in return for an honest review, all opinions and statements are my own.

I Know… I Know…

Blogging fail. I’ve had so much to write about but no time to do so! At some point I will have to invest in a laptop so I can post more frequently!

The kids are great, Bubby is slowly but surely starting to sleep better at night, he still has a bad night here and there, but that’s to be expected. Boogie is coming along with her willingness to clean her room and follow through with her chores. I’m hopeful it will get even better from here!

J is super stressed at work, so we have been trying to spend as much time outside as possible so he can relax at home. Please be praying for him!

As for me, I’ve just been busy busy and looking forward to all the adventures to come this year. My Origami Owl business is slow starting, but I’m excited to see where it takes me. Lots more going on, but that’s a post for another day.

I’m planning a Wordless Wednesday post for tomorrow, so I will “see” you then. Thanks to all my faithful readers who have stuck around during my silent ruts… You are a blessing!

Home Sweet Home!

We are home! Slowly but surely we are unpacking and getting settled. Internet should be hooked up late tomorrow afternoon and I am hoping to have my office completely unpacked by Sunday afternoon! God bless!

It is OFFICIAL!

I told you I had a big announcement! Well, J officially accepted a position as Dietary Manager for a new nursing home in our home town! I cannot even begin to tell you how proud I am of him, he has come sooooo far since we started dating! We don’t have an official start date as of yet, all the details and such will be laid out for him tomorrow morning. Thank you to everyone who has been praying and lifting our family up this past month!

And not to end this post on a sad note, but I feel I should say this… Please pray for a local family who lost their sweet 6 year old daughter last week. Today is her memorial and I know her family will need prayers and support. So please take a moment to lift them up, I can’t even imagine the heartache they have been faced with.