Thankfully on one particularly tough evening, I was catching up on some of the blogs I follow and Keeper of the Home mentioned on Facebook that she was so thankful for this book called, "Loving the Little Years" I looked it up on amazon, saw that I could buy it on Kindle and didn't hesitate.
When I read this:
"I didn't write this book because mothering little ones is easy for me. I wrote it because it isn't. I know that this is a hard job, because I am right here in the middle of it. I know you need encouragement because I do too."
I knew it was something I needed to buy and read, quickly!
This book has been so incredibly encouraging to me. Rachel Jankovic did a wonderful job writing this book! With 5 children, I was confident she too had experienced that "overwhelmed" feeling.
And just pages into the book, I knew it was going to change the way I mother, forever.
I think my favorite phrase in this book is this:
Jankovic, Rachel; Wilson, Nancy (2010-11-23). Loving the Little Years (Kindle Locations 58-61). Canon Press. Kindle Edition.
This book is extremely easy to read and I finished it quickly! It was definitely food for my soul and encouragement for my heart as I had been laboring without joy.
We've already implemented some of her suggestions, including comparing a girl's feelings to a beautiful spirited horse and the girl to the rider. We need to learn how to equip the rider of the horse so that they can handle their emotions. Sophia has really resonated with that and we've had an easier time dealing with all those feelings little and big girls deal with :)
I'm so incredibly grateful for this book! I'm so thankful that God directed me to find this book. I know I'll be reading it more than once! And I would encourage you to grab a copy for yourself if you're feeling defeated in the trenches or just need a bit of encouragement along the way!