Saturday, May 19, 2012

the mom connection

i just finished reading Mom Connection by Tracey Bianchi, and i've already passed it along to one of my Mom Friends. it was such a good book that i couldn't wait to share it with a fellow in-the-trenches-Mama.

i think what made me reach for this book every night before bed, and want to pass it on right away, is how Tracey uses wit and empathy to tell it like it is: being a mom isn't all fun and games. parenting, especially in the early years, is all-consuming and sometimes we feel isolated and disconnected from the world beyond our own homes. right? but there is hope, and we know it. 

Tracey's words encourage moms to find a way toward developing "mom connections" by engaging with the people who cross our paths every day. we are not alone in wanting to have an uninterrupted adult conversation every once in a while! we are not alone in wishing someone could relate to the way we feel. we just have to be intentional about making mom connections along the way. 

i am incredibly grateful for the real-life connections that i have made in my own mothering journey. i can't imagine what this season of my life would be look like if that beautiful brunette with the bald baby girl on her hip hadn't approached me at church with her friendly smile and invitation to a playdate. we had both brought our baby girls to church, seeking God, seeking companionship, seeking connections. seven years later, that very connection holds the most special place in my heart, and in my daughter's heart, too.   

through the chapters of Mom Connection, Tracey became a friend, gently showing me how to cultivate deeper friendships, create a healthy balance and rhythm for my family, and connect with the great big world in small but effective ways. i also appreciated Tracey's practical application suggestions, tips, and prayer guides at the end of each chapter. 

by the end of the book, i felt comforted, encouraged, and empowered. the mom connections God has set up in my life are worth celebrating and nurturing! i am so thankful for these connections, and hopeful for the potential of other mom connections in future seasons of motherhood.

what about you? are you intentional about making "mom connections" in your life? 

Mom Connection, by Tracey Bianchi, is now available at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

full disclosure: i was provided with a copy of this book from Revell (a division of Baker Publishing Group) to share with you here. as always, all opinions are 100% my own.