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If you are a mom, you need this book.
If you aren't a mom, but want to be a mom and you desire motherhood, you need this book.
If you have a mom friend in your life, this book would make a perfect gift for her!
The Magic of Motherhood by Ashley Gadd and the writers of Coffee + Crumbs is a collection of short stories ranging from real life parenting to adoption and foster care to miscarriage and loss. You will laugh and cry along with each of the stories. These ladies share their hearts, their experiences, and their lives. The Magic of Motherhood is simply a wonderful book for all kinds of mothers!
Why would this make a perfect gift for your mom friend?
First of all, when I pulled this book out of the package, I was immediately impressed with the aesthetics! It is a GORGEOUS book! It's hardback and there are such beautiful pictures sprinkled throughout the book. I love that it comes with a built-in ribbon bookmark since I'm not one to "dog ear" pages, and I always end up trying to find some sort of scrap piece of paper to use for a bookmark. I'm not even kidding you when I saw this would make a perfect baby shower gift for a mom.
Second, let's be honest, sometimes this stage of life, whether you're are a mother, or if your heart desires to be a mother, is hard. It's discouraging and lonely. Sometimes we feel as though no one understands our situation or how we feel. There is a story for every sort of mother you can imagine which makes this book special.
The Introduction and first chapter, "A Letter to My Pre-Mom Self," immediately drew me in because I remembered having those same exact feelings when I was pregnant and during those first several months of adjusting to mommyhood. These first chapters are key for new moms as Ashlee is just so encouraging in showing us that we are not alone and that change isn't always a bad thing.
A few quotes that spoke to me include:
"The great thing about seven-year-olds is that forgiveness is swift and pairs with forgetfulness." (p. 90)
I love this because isn't that such a BIG lesson we adults could learn and apply?
"Because she is the daughter of the King-- not ours to own, but all of ours to love" (p. 160)
This story just resonated with me in so many ways. I loved this reminder at the end.
The short stories in The Magic of Motherhood will make you laugh, cry, smile, and nod. I guarantee you and your mom friends, regardless what stage of life she is in, will love this book!