Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Mother's Day Post

It's Mother's Day again; a day to honor moms in all stages of "mothering."

Mothering is hands down the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life. I love my children more than I realized I could. But the day-to-day care is often a challenge. Being a parent has changed me and made me a less selfish person. My world is consumed with caring for these two little people and I feel like that's how it's supposed to be right now. And like most things, if you are going to do it "right" it's probably not going to be easy. Keeping a sense of humor and lots of prayer keep me going. :)

I also appreciate my own mother much more since I have had my own kids. I realize why she is a little bit crazy. It's partly my fault. haha (Happy Mother's Day, Mom!)


I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. -Abraham Lincoln

If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do well matters very much. -Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

The mother, more than any other, affects the moral and spiritual part of the children's character. She is their constant companion and teacher in formative years. The child is ever imitating and assimilating the mother's nature. It is only in after life that men gaze backward and behold how a mother's hand and heart of love molded their young lives and shaped their destiny. -E.W. Caswell

The joys of motherhood are never fully experienced until the children are in bed. -unknown ;)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

I *heart* books

I might have a bit of a book addiction. I can always seem to justify a book purchase. It used to be on Amazon, but now it's at the thrift store.

I just can't resist a new (to me) book. W-man has a steady rotation of books in his room (of which I recently posted a picture).

Confession: I used to collect children's books long before I ever had kids. But I don't exactly know where they all are. So every so often I find a box of kids books in my garage or attic.

Oh and cookbooks. Don't even get me started there. Christmas books are another weakness. (Next year I will definitely have enough for a 25 day book advent.)

I'm also our local LLL's librarian. The other moms give me old books and I list them on Paperback Swap: - Book Club to Swap, Trade & Exchange Books for Free.

There I can trade them in for books we can use in our library. I also trade my own old books to get new books. I have gotten some great books and saved a lot of money using this service. You pay to ship books requested from you, but pay nothing to the ones sent to you. Usually it costs about $2-$3 to mail a book using media mail. (It's a bit less for lighter paperbacks.) Anyway, I think this is a great program, saves money, saves your house some clutter, and gets used books in the hands of those who really want them.

Disclaimer: I get credit if you join using my referral link by clicking the banner or telling them mamaknj@ msn. com sent you. Paperback Swap did not solicit this post. I was just listing some new books this week and thought it was time again to share my love of PBS! :)