Loving the Little Years
Summary: There are a pile of unflattering years when moms are literally in the trenches--knee deep in chaos, mess and relentless demands. This book is for moms enduring this incredible stage of life. The author gets it. She wrote this book while living it. She's got hundreds of hilarious anecdotes and crazy situations that prove it. She deals with almost every situation a home with littles creates; from the grabby fights ("I had it," "No, I had it first!") loud, hyper car rides, sleepy whininess, endless 'accidents', cranksters, toy hoarders...yes, it's all there. Joy can be found in the trenches. Order and perspective can be maintained in a mom's mind even though outward circumstances dictate otherwise.
Personal Thoughts: I would give this book to any mom with a host of little ones. It is so fitting, so realistic, so...funny! and perfect for busy moms as it sports short chapters in this short book. Easy to read, encouraging, and you'll even find yourself picking up a few strategies that just may change your perspective on a few things. If I could recommend just one chapter, read the one entitled "A Gracious Law." The author is so right as she talks about boundaries and discipline. So lock your self in the bathroom when you need 5 minutes, read a page or two, get a little perspective and enjoy your littles. Life is short.
Quote: "I didn't write this book because mothering little ones is easy for me. I wrote it because it isn't. I know this is a hard job because I'm right here in the middle of it. I know you need encouragement every day, because I need it too." --pg 12
"Sometimes parents can discipline behaviors over and over like we are playing whack-a-mole. There is a sin! Get it!" pg. 28
The Organized Heart
Summary: A book about bringing your home from a state of chaos to organization. It doesn't give 'how to' tips as much as it treats the way we keep our homes as being issues of the heart. This book touches on busyness, leisure, possessions and perfectionism.
Personal Thoughts: This book actually made me quite angry. Essentially she called a disorganized home sinful. By chapter 6 when she talked about difficult circumstances, I had no desire to listen to her viewpoints anymore. She failed to talk about older kids helping out in the home, she failed to speak about the added
responsibility of homeschooling or the toll of caring for several young children.