For some time I have contemplated hosting a book giveaway series that would share my favourite reads from my best sources of parenting inspiration to children’s books that hold a special place in my and my kids’ hearts.
I am delighted to kick off our FIRST BOOK GIVEAWAY in time for Mother’s Day with my all time favourite book recommendation… a memoir by Katrina Kenison called “The Gift of an Ordinary Day”. This book has meant a great deal to me over the years. I can honestly say that it has left a lasting impression on me and has helped me nurture my young family in so many moments and in so many ways.
I purchased this memoir on a whim while browsing Barns and Noble in New York City where I was visiting my sister 4 years ago. It was one of those books that you cannot stop reading, and then, after passing the half-way point, you regret turning every page because you don’t want the story to end. Since that time, I have gifted it to all of my dearest friends, recommended it to countless moms, and even used it as my book club selection. I have read it time and again when I have been feeling low, or when I knew I wanted to focus my energy on my kids and the simple joys of life together. It often accompanies me on family vacations because I know it will set the tone for a memorable time where connecting with one another is top of mind. I am so grateful for the candid, honest, heartfelt advice and openness Katrina Kenison shares about her own journey as mother and wife. I know that her journey has brought me (and so many women I love) the courage and wisdom to stay the course and celebrate the fleeting years with our young children by our side.
If you are looking for a book that will inspire you to slow down and enjoy each day’s gifts, this is a must read. It spoke right to my own heart as a mother looking to cherish (and hold on for dear life) to the precious few years that we have as our children’s primary playmate, confident, guide, and caregiver. One quote that means so much to me and seems to centre me day after day is this one…
“And then, later, I’ll welcome the sound of tires crunching on the gravel drive, the thud of a heavy backpack hitting the floor. I will notice the way my younger son walks, tilted forward a little … I will listen to every note that sings forth from our piano tonight, will let my heart overflow with music, knowing that next year, we will keep the piano closed. I will proofread an English essay…. give a back rub, put ice-cream bowls into the dishwasher, remember to say good night. It would be so easy to forget to love this life, to just go through the motions, doing what needs to be done, as if it’s all going to last forever.
And I need only look into my sons’ faces, changing still from the boys they were to the men they are becoming, to know that time rushes on , whether we pay it any heed or not … And I remind myself : The life we have right here, right now, is the best life there is.”
Wishing you a very happy Mother’s Day.
Contest is now Closed.