Wednesday, November 21, 2012

deliberate motherhood give-away

I am grateful for motherhood. 

So grateful that sometimes it makes my heart swell up to the size of a watermelon.

I’m thankful for it despite the fact that my motherhood career took a nose-dive yesterday.  I had an experience with one of my “darling” children that smacked me in the face with the reality that this motherhood thing is no cakewalk. 

After I had a good cry with that particular child, I was so glad I could come home and read part of this book to perk me back up a little: 2012-10-19 lake powell 63513[3]

That book is a good thing, I tell you. 

Each chapter is so inviting to me.2012-11-21 fall 64701Catherine is an amazing writer.

And I love Sarah Turner’s chapter.2012-11-21 fall 64699

And hey, look who else is in there…2012-11-21 fall 64702(My sisters I love are in there too, and my mom’s forward made me tear up a bit…more details about the book back here.)

Today I get the chance to give one away

Right here. 

Right now. 

Just in time for the holidays.

Plus, there are two other bloggers giving it away, one today and one tomorrow.  So if you enter all three give-aways you have all kinds of chances to be inspired (or consoled in my case) in the trenches of motherhood. 

So enter a comment in the comment section below, then click here and here (tomorrow) to enter the other give-aways and triple your chances of winning (plus, they are pretty cool blogs to check out).

Then go prep your turkey and put on your running shoes cause tomorrow is the big day:

The second annual Turkey Trot! (hooray)  Come join us if you can! (More details here.)

Oh, and Thanksgiving too :)  Can’t wait.

I’ll announce the book winner on Friday morning.

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Nikki said...

Thanks so much for this great giveaway! That looks like such a great book!

WENDY HILL said...

I NEED this book!

scrapbook mama said...

I love your blog and would love a chance to read this book!!

Kristin said...

I have been reading all through your posts since I found your blog a few months ago, and with my first baby just reaching 4 months, have found SO much wisdom. Thank you for that. I'd love to win this book, thanks for the opportunity!!

Raines Inc said...

would love to win this give away

Jennifer said...

I would absolutely love this book!

rhianna brooke said...

I'm not a mother yet, but I would love a chance to read this book for when that day comes (soon, I hope!).

Alison said...

I love your blog and being inspired by you and your family, and I would love this book!!!

Ann Marie said...

I think we have all had days where we need some motherhood consoling. I would love to win this book!

[Stacia] said...

We've had a few moments like that ourselves lately. Luckily there are many more good moments than there are bad! Thanks for the chance to win!

rhubarbandlinen said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win this give-away! Happy Thanksgiving!

Lori said...

Thanks so much for this awesome resource! Happy Thanksgiving!

Monica said...

I would love the book!!

Stacey said...

Would love to win. Happy Thanksgiving!!

Maribeth said...

Love your blog! The book sounds fabulous!

Julie said...

I would LOVE a copy of this book -- thanks!

stan, tasha, isabella and gabrielle said...

I love reading your blog!

*Heather* said...

I'd love this book!!! Thanks!!

Karisa said...

Always looking for ways to be more deliberate.

Tami said...

This would be a great book to read and I would be thrilled to win it!

Heather said...

Every mother needs a pick-up now and again, thanks for this chance!

Keah and Michael O'Hearon said...

I would love to get this book!

Kim said...

Thanks for being real and inspiring me to be better! This book sounds like a must read.

Abby said...

Would love to get a copy of this book!

MemeGRL said...

We had "that" day here yesterday too. I would love some encouragement! Thanks for being out there with the reality. I struggle on my own (private) blog with that--it's not all sunshine and roses, but we do like to focus on the positive, but I don't want our kids to look back and think, What house was SHE living in?
Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

The Jessee Journal said...

thanks for the giveaway!

Jess said...

I have been wanting to read this book for awhile.. I would love to win.. Thanks for sharing your life with us!

lannandem said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for sharing your inspiring blog!

EMR1230 said...

I just love your family and reading all about the the little things (and the big things) that you do every day to raise Godly children.

Jamaille Noto said...

This book is on my must have list. I would love to win it!!!!!

Stef said...

I never win anything but I just keep trying. I could really use some mothering inspiration!

Melissa said...

Please!! with a capital P!!!!

Melissa and Aaron said...

I need some motherhood consoling right now. I'd love to win this book!

*Jamie * said...

What a great giveaway! Thanks

Melissa said...

I would love this book. I have wanted to read it for some time and would love my own copy. Thanks for your blog...it is an inspiration!

dresselfamily.blogspot.com said...

what a great giveaway! Thanks Shawni!

Laura O. said...

Nine days ago we welcomed our third child into the world - just as life seemed to be getting easier with our 2 and 3 year old Irish twins. I have a feeling this book would provide some much needed wisdom in the coming months (and years)! Thanks for the opportunity!

momof7 said...

fhesed 292Thanks for the giveaway! I LOVE being a "Mom" and I would LOVE a book to keep me focused when discouragement comes. I love your blog and I learn so much here. Thanks for ALL that you share!
Shelly

Janelle said...

I would LOVE to have this book!!

Arizona Sun said...

I want!

emily said...

Today is my birthday and I would love that book:). Thanks for helping all of us moms try and be better:)!! Love your blog!!

The Mickelsens said...

I would love to read that book. Thanks for doing the giveaway. casidyanne at hot mail dot com

momof7 said...

Thanks for the book giveaway! I LOVE being a "mom" and would love a book to help me refocus when I am discouraged. Thanks for all of your insightful, real posts of motherhood and family life. I LOVE what I learn here.
Shelly

Shauna said...

i would love to win this!!

Cammi said...

Your blog is my motherhood pick-me-up. I would love to read the book also. Happy Thanksgiving!

momof7 said...

Thanks for this great book giveaway! I LOVE being a "mom" but sometimes I do get discouraged. I love all that I learn here, thanks for all that you share!

momof7 said...

Thanks for this great book giveaway! I LOVE being a "mom" but sometimes I do get discouraged. I love all that I learn here, thanks for all that you share!

momof7 said...

Thanks for this great book giveaway! I LOVE being a "mom" but sometimes I do get discouraged. I love all that I learn here, thanks for all that you share!

momof7 said...

Thanks for this great book giveaway! I LOVE being a "mom" but sometimes I do get discouraged. I love all that I learn here, thanks for all that you share!

momof7 said...

Thanks for this great book giveaway! I LOVE being a "mom" but sometimes I do get discouraged. I love all that I learn here, thanks for all that you share!

momof7 said...

Thanks for this great book giveaway! I LOVE being a "mom" but sometimes I do get discouraged. I love all that I learn here, thanks for all that you share!

momof7 said...

Thanks for this great book giveaway! I LOVE being a "mom" but sometimes I do get discouraged. I love all that I learn here, thanks for all that you share!

Mariam said...

I would love to win this book!

The Kroebers said...

I feel like I need all the help I can get with this motherhood thing.

Jenna said...

I would love a chance! Thank you!

Joanne said...

I would be thrilled to get this book.

Lucy said...

Oh, how I need this book! Crossing my fingers!!!

Marci said...

I will become a mom in May when my little one arrives, and would love to win this book! I've heard so many good things about it. Thanks for the opportunity to enter! Happy Thanksgiving!

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Randy and Jenni Bryce said...

This book looks amazing! I would love to win it. Power of moms is my sanity each month

hbanana17 said...

This book looks like an incredible resource for any mother trying to do her best! I'm a newlywed and don't have children yet but would love to read it to prepare for motherhood and have it as a resource when I start having children! Thank you!

Stacy said...

Each time you mention the book on your blog I think "I really need to get this." So of course I would love to WIN it! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

shansen20 said...

I am learning a lot more that good parenting doesn't simply just happen. Deliberate. I like that word in regard to parenting. I need to get me a copy!

The Losser Family said...

I would love this book!

Lessa said...

I want this book SOOO badly! 2540

The Hancey's said...

I would love this book! Thanks for all of you inspiring posts :)

Andy and Robyn said...

Oh my how I would LOVE this book! :)

stephanie said...

My four young children and I would like this book :)
Thanks, Stephanie A.

Heather H said...

I am sure my four little ones would appreciate me reading that book!

The Denning Family said...

I would love to win the book!

Mom of 6 said...

I would love an inspirational book!! Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Team Asay said...

Would so love to win this book!

Loni said...

I love reading your blog. We just started the job chart in our family (kiddos are 5, 3, and 9 months). I get so much inspiration from your blog. Thank you!

Kelli Williams said...

This book sounds wonderful. Anything to add to my parenting arsenal :)

laura said...

I love your blog and would love to win this book!! :)

Vanessa said...

I totally know what you mean by both the swellings of joy and the smacks in the face. And I would love to read this book! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Vanessa said...

I know just what you mean by the joy and the reality of it all. And I would love to read this book! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Vanessa said...

I know just what you mean by the joy and the reality of it all. And I would love to read this book! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Vanessa said...

I know just what you mean by the joy and the reality of it all. And I would love to read this book! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Drae said...

I'm in a motherhood rut. I need this book. Where can i buy it if i don't win?

Heidi and Ben Daniel said...

I would LOVE this book!

crozyb said...

I too love motherhood!!!

Amanda said...

I would love to win!

Sidekick said...

I'd love to win this book. It looks great!

Kristy said...

Oh, I want to win SO bad! It looks like a great book!

Becky and Steve said...

I am not a mother but I love your blog. I have helped raise a child. She is now a little over 6 1/2.

Samantha said...

I could definitely use some good advice! This book sounds great!

Heidi said...

PIck me!! I would LOVE this book!

Alison said...

Purposeful parenting... one of my all time favorite endeavors.

fillmore family said...

I would love this book! :) Thanks for the chance to win.

Amanda~ said...

I would love to win this book!

Danielle said...

I've been mothering for 25 years and it's like riding a roller coaster full of ups and downs. My youngest is 11 and I still need lots of inspiration for the ones at home and the ones on their own. Pick me. :)

Tidballs said...

I'd love this book. I'm so struggling with my motherhood lately :)

Melissa said...

Yeah! Who doesn't need this book really?!

amanda said...

Thank you! I think we could all use a copy of that book. Happy Thanksgiving!

debbie said...

Thanks for the chance to win. I am always looking for more inspiration in my life.
Debbie - mother of 4 boys!!

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Sonja said...

I've had some moments of tears in the laundry room lately...just tough stuff getting me down. Our kids are almost the exact ages as yours and I think the spread is really tough at this point--15 to 6 brings with it a huge range of "stuff." My husband and I sometimes fall into bed exhausted with the emotional drain of trying so hard to meet everyone's needs and be the best parents we can be. The book sounds good--I'll put it on my Christmas list.

Rae said...

Pick me please!

Ana Carolina said...

Hi,

Things can change so fast with kids. One day you're getting along just fine and the next WHAM! You're crying trying to find out what just happened!
I am not a mother yet. But I am a daughter and I can relate!

Good luck and Happy Thanksgiving!

Heather said...

Winning this would make my day. My week actually, and maybe even my month!

KT said...

I love your blog; it gives me so much hope. I would love a chance to read this book too. Thanks for the great contest :)

Lacy said...

I would love this book. I am always looking for ways to be a better mom for my kids!

The Watkins said...

This is such a neat giveaway! What an inspirational book! Thanks so much!

Kaitlyn said...

I would LOVE to win that book!!! :)

Amy said...

I would love to win this book. Some days as a mother are better then others, having something to help on those off days would be so wonderful.

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Jessica said...

I would live to read this book. Thanks for your example of motherhood.

Amanda D said...

Would love to read this! Thank you for the chance to win.

Jessima M said...

Thanks so much for keeping this blog. Your love for motherhood inspires me to try harder and be a better mum.
I'd love to win a copy of this book and be uplifted by all those mums out there!!!!

Sabine said...

Happy Turkey Day to you and you loved-ones.
I am a book-worm afterall and would be happy about this deliberate motherhood give-away!

Ware Family said...

Thanks for the giveaway, I love your blog. This book sounds amazing!

E said...

Cheers to Moms everywhere! Pop my name in that drawing-- 4 wonderful boys and 1 little lady in our home-- this Mom needs all the inspiration she can get. =)

Melissa and Joseph said...

Exactly what I need right now!

Kristyn said...

This looks like a great book! Thanks!

Suzanne said...

this book is on my christmas list! would love to win it!

MaurLo said...

I can't wait to read this book!

Danette said...

Would totally LOVE this book!

Janny said...

I am a new mother (9 months) and have this book on my wish list. Hopefully I will win this. :) Thanks!!

Kate said...

Hi Shawni,
I've been meaning to write a comment for so long now and with the added incentive of your sisters book, which I would love to read, today seemed like a good day! I am a home-educating Mammy of 6 in Ireland and your parents books have been our main point of reference since we came across 'Teaching Your Children Values' 10 years ago now, and many a time I've said to myself 'if they can raise 9 principled, contributing children surely we should be able to muddle through with only 6!'
I love your blog, feeling in someway a connection as we strive to achieve the ideals and values set by your parents and you. Inspired by this I have started my own blog, www.homegrownireland.blogspot.com ( in which I have referenced your parents!)hoping in the process to be more mindful myself as well as share with others the ups and downs of our own journey.
The thing I love most about your blog and the portrayal of your family life is 'togetherness'. Even when you're obviously having a 'not going to plan' day the feeling of togetherness and genuine love and respect between you all is palpable and something I hope to emulate in our own home.
One book I would like to recommend to you is 'Hold On To Your Kids, why parents need to matter more than peers' by Neufeld and Mate, as I think it is a book every parent should read.
By the way I also think you would make a great home educator because like me you feel your children are the best thing in the world and love spending time with them!

Erin said...

My friend is in thos book...would love a copy.

Marie said...

Ohhh, my kids could really benefit from this :)

Ben and Taryn said...

I need this book! Looks so helpful to s struggling mom like myself.

Nettie Martin said...

Pick Me! Pick me! I would love to get this.

The Circus said...

Ahhh!!! I follow Power of Moms! Plus I have six kids within five years and I would just love this book.
Every now and then you just need a reminder to pull it together.

KW said...

I would love to win this book, I need all the the help I can get. My mother gave me your book, A Mother's Book of Secrets, for Mother's day a couple years ago and I keep re-reading it over and over, it is fabulous so thank you!

Andrea said...

ohh.. hope I win.

Jessica Nelson said...

Loving your blog - glad I found it as we start out family - a one year old and another one on the way soon! I'm gunna need all the help I can get =) Thank you for your example and inspiration. Happy Thanksgiving!

Lora said...

I found your blog a little while ago and I am so grateful for the time and effort you put into it. I have found the openess, honesty and resources so useful. You seem to keep it real and I think it helps the rest of us realize this is all normal and hectic, but amazing and wonderful at the same time. Thank you!

Michelle said...

Oh my, this looks like what I've been needing lately!

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Andrew and Tanisha said...

I'd LOVE to read this book! Thank you!

Derek and Paige Potter said...

Yes Please :) I would love this!

Derek and Paige Potter said...

Yes please! :) I would love this!

Derek and Paige Potter said...

Yes please! :) I would love this.

Monica said...

I'm glad to know that I am not the only one who had one of those days yesterday! I'm hoping today will be a better day and have begged God to give me the wisdom to do the right thing for my "darling"! Maybe this is it!

Brooke said...

I would love to win this book. I love your thoughtful posts. You inspire me to do and be better.

Katie and the Mr said...

This is so exciting. I love being a mother, but I would be lying if I said that I didn't have some of THOSE days too. Thank you for the chance!

Brooke said...

I would love to win this book. I thoroughly enjoy your thoughtful posts. You inspire me to do and be better.

Mary Pugh said...

Love your blog! The book looks fantastic. Hope you have a great Turkey Trot and Thanksgiving!

Marilou said...

I would LOVE this book! I also need to say thanks for getting me into your parent's books. I hadn't heard of them before and they have inspired so much change in our house.

Mercedi said...

They say being a mother doesn't come with an instruction manual, but this book seems like it could be one! Thanks for all the inspiration you give through your blog. Happy Thanksgiving!

Jenny and Justin said...

I need all the parenting help I can get!! I love power of moms and would love this book :)

Jill said...

What a great offer for Thanksgiving week. I am thankful for all of the moms that put this together! Thanks Shawni.

NaDell Ransom said...

I'd love to win your book! Thanks for writing such a great, inspiring blog!

Melissa Lee said...

I would love to win this book.

Terese said...

I would love to win this book - in fact I feel like I NEED this book. My two year old twins are no joke right now...

Marie T. said...

Parenting has been one of the hardest things in my life BUT also one of the MOST rewarding. Now my daughter is the mother of two beautiful girls and works so hard at being the best mother she can be. I would LOVE to give this book to her for Christmas. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.

Cam-Rach said...

Shawni-

I love reading your blog. Even though most of your readers are women, I get inspired by your parenting ideas as a dad too! This book would be perfect for my wife. Thanks for all the effort you put into this blog and sharing your life.

Cam

Jen and Ian Porter said...

I just had my second baby and I'm a little overwhelmed at the moment. I would love to find some inspiration and good ideas from this book!

scraphappymama said...

Looks like a great book. Definitely one every mother could use!

Diane said...

Thank you so much for this giveaway! I have this book on my Amazon Wish List so if I don't win it I'm planning on buying!! Can't wait to read this wisdom from all the moms!
Thank you! Happy Thanksgiving! Hope the holiday is wonderful for you and your family.

Taryn Fink said...

What a fantastic give-away! I have read many of the books you have recommended and have found so much inspiration and wisdom through them. I would be thrilled to add this book to my collection. Thanks for the opportunity and Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Carly said...

I would love to have this book! I need all the mommy help I can get! Thanks for the possibility!

Jen said...

I've been wanting to read this book! Thanks for the chance to win it.

L said...

I love reading your posts and would love this book! Thanks for being so generous!

Katherine Ferguson said...

Looks like a great read!!

Anne said...

Some of my favorite bloggers, it looks like an amazing book!

Andrea said...

I would LOVE this! totally not a mom, but you cant ever be too prepared with good ideas and more knowledge, right?

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Bridget said...

This looks like an incredible book! I hope that things get better at your home.

Mindy said...

We had a bad parenting day yesterday too. Sigh. It's all worth it, right?

Emilie said...

I'm sorry for the real life Mom moment you had. Some days they feel bigger than others.

I found your blog through a YM activity, but stayed because of the light you radiate.

I would love this book.

Michelle L. said...

I wow, I would love to get my hands on this book! Thanks for the chance to win!

Holly said...

I'd love this! Thanks for the giveaway. Happy Thanksgiving!

mbrady said...

What a neat book! I would love the chance to read it

Elizabeth said...

I would love to read that book!

Sterling's Mom said...

Hi Shawni! Thank you so much for your blog, it is wonderful! We have a new 5-month old and motherhood is far more amazing than I could have imagined! We have your parents' book Teaching your children values and actually gifted it (and 3 steps to a strong family) to our new parent friends :) Would love to read this book as well! Good luck at the Turkey Trot, we will be joining you virtually from Colorado!

S said...

I so need this!!

Ty * April said...

I would love this book! I could use all the encouragement and motivation I can get right now. Being a mom is pretty hard work. I am getting a good dose of reality lately. :) Could definitely use something to motivate me through the not so easy times.

Janell said...

This book could do some good for me!

Rach said...

Ooh, yes please! My fifteen month old is just beginning to test his boundaries, and the prospect of actually parenting is frightening me a little bit. I SO want to get into good habits while he's still young enough not to notice my screw-ups!

Brandan & Haylie said...

Would love to read this book and have it's guidance in my motherhood 'aresnal'. Enjoy reading your blog!

Brandan & Haylie said...

I'd love to have this book's guidance as part of my motherhood 'aresnal'! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

Mason/Sam/Family said...

Keeping my fingers and toes crossed. Thanks for the give away!

Marit said...

I could use this book!

Kathleen said...

Pick me, pick me!

Kristi said...

Being a mom is tough, I would love some insight!!! Pick me!

Alice-Anne said...

I would love a mother "pick-me-up" Thanks!

Heather said...

I would love to have this book at my fnigertips! I have a two year old and a newborn and some days are HARD! I need all the advice I can get! Thank you for this giveaway and for your wonderful and inspiring blog!

Nancy said...

This book is one my wish list! I can't wait to read it! I would love this book!

Barb said...

I'm grateful for the wisdom of mothers around me.

Nichole said...

Looks like a great resource. Thanks for previewing it and for the chance to win!

Spencer Family said...

This book looks amazing and inspiring!

Taylor and Jana said...

I definitely need this book right now on my life! Thanks for your always encouraging words!

Heather @ Raising Memories Blog said...

Would be wonderful to be able to read that book! :)

Shannon said...

I would love to read this book!

Lynn said...

I would love a copy of your book!

crapo(at)shaw(dot)ca

Liz said...

I would love a copy too. Thanks.

Ells said...

I need to read this book!! I am a mother of 1, we are just starting our family and I need all the help I can get, especially with the way the "world" is heading!! We need to do this right!!
Ellie
Email: auntie_ell02@yahoo.com

Ashley said...

Your Blog is so inspiring and uplifting! Such a wonderful family!! I would Love this book...our family has implemented several ideas from your blog! Thanks for being so wonderful!!

Melissa said...

This book is on my wishlist. :)

catherine said...

I would love a copy of this book!!

sclifford said...

I really NEED this book please. By the way you are an awesome mother!

The Schmidt Family said...

Thank you for this give away. I`m in the trenches, too. Would love to read this book.

christy said...

I would love this book! Motherhood is so much more difficult, but also more rewarding than I ever imagined. It's been fun reading your parents' tips in the Deseret News.

Lisonbee Family said...

Some day I hope to be writing in and giving away an equally amazing and inspiring book, with a great collaboration of women just like you are a part of!

Hudson and Paxton said...

Simply said, you are inspiring. And when I'm knee deep in mothering woes, this book would be very helpful!

mjones said...

I've been silently reading your blog for about 4 months now. I look forward to your posts everyday and am excited to implement some of your ideas into parenting my children (2 years old and 4 months). Today I am home with my 4 month old that has the stomach bug for the first time :( it is so sad and I'm terrified that we will all catch it right in time for the holiday. This book would make my day! Regardless though, thanks for your dedication to motherhood and sharing your story through this blog!

Chad Robbins said...

Would love to win! love your blog! Happy Thanksgiving!

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