Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Teach These Souls to Fly {a give-away}

My Mom and sisters and I had a little breakfast together a while back.

We sat around a table bathed in light form a huge window, relishing in the opportunity to have each other close. 

How grateful I am for those women.

As we finished eating and came to the close of our customary detailed discussion reviewing our food choices (we’re nerdy about good food), my Mom pulled out a “chapter” of a book someone had asked her to edit/review.  She told us she wanted to read it to us, and, with her velvety reading voice that always brings me back to my childhood, she began to unfold some rich motherhood beauty.

I want to share what she read because it is strong. 

Because my dear Mother could scarcely finish the ending through her tears. 

And because as she read, each of us blinked at each other with our own wet cheeks, more in awe than ever that we get to be Mothers (my little sister Charity not yet, but I’ll be honest, she mothers our children right along with us).  In awe of the sacredness that comes with loving and caring for those children entrusted into our care.  In awe of the sheer beauty of the chaos mixed in with the holiness of it all. 

Because of that chapter read that day, this painting has become one of my favorites. 
2008-06-02 house ideas 73470It speaks to me.

And it hangs next to my closet, reminding me of the beauty motherhood brings every day (thanks to my sister Saydi, who sent it to each of us for Christmas).

Here is the chapter (sorry in advance that it is cut and pasted in a little gappy):
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“What other career could claim as its end-product the elevation of a human soul?  Not just the enlightening of a mind or the development of a body, but the improvement of every aspect of a vibrant child of God?”

Oh I especially love that last part. 

I love the imagery of that strong mother in the painting concentrating with all her heart on that baby who is so oblivious to the magnitude of her love. 

And I love that I get to be one of those mothers, concentration high, love unending, teaching my own little human souls to fly.
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So this is a single chapter in a book that was recently published.

It's called Choosing Motherhood: Stories of Successful Women Who Put Family First and you can read more about it here .

I get to give one copy away.

Just in time for Mother’s Day.

My disclaimer is that I have not read the rest of the book yet, so I can’t promise the rest of the chapters will shine as brightly as this one.  But it is so intriguing because each of the sixteen chapters are written by young mothers who studied or supported husbands who studied at Yale University.  Can’t wait to snuggle down and read it all.

So enter a comment for a chance to win your own copy.

I’ll announce the winner on Saturday morning.

Love, Shawni

333 comments:

  1. thanks for sharing! i love what you said about the holiness and chaos of motherhood, so true!

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  2. I'd love to win a copy, as a young mom of 3 kids who's husband is in his medical residency. I may really relate to these other women. :)

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  3. This is totally how I feel about motherhood. I would love to read the rest of the book! Thanks for sharing this!

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  4. I would love to win a copy of the book! This chapter gave me the perspective that I needed this morning. Thank you! Love your blog.

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  5. How BEAUTIFUL! Thank you for sharing that this morning - it is exactly what I needed. I'd love to read more. :)

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  6. I would love to win this book. What an amazing chapter! I can't wait to read more.

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  7. I would love to win a copy of the book, sounds great!

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  8. What a great way to start my day! Thanks!

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  9. Oh how I loved this, every last word! Any idea where I can get that picture your sister gave to you? I'd love to hang one in my room too. It would be such a great help to me on the really hard days.

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  10. What a beautifully written interpretation of motherhood. It is a career no other woman could learn to appreciate until she has clocked in herself and worked the laboriously long hours. This sounds like a wonderful book.

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  11. Thank you for sharing this! I loved it! I would love to have a copy of the book!

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  12. I've been looking for a great read for the upcoming break...this looks like a perfect fit!

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  13. Thank you so much for sharing. My talents do not lie in eloquently putting to words what I do all day. I loved the perspective the author shared.

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  14. Thank you! This looks like a great book to read!

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  15. Sounds like a very interesting read!

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  16. That was beautiful. Thank you for always being so positive about motherhood. The book sounds incredible.

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  17. I. have. No. Words. The post alone...thank you.

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  18. Sounds like a book I would love to read!!

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  19. I love this. And I would love this book!! Isn't motherhood amazing??

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  20. Wow. I cried reading it. My heart & sould just felt connected with the words written. Thank you so much for sharing this!

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  21. WOW! I often look here for inspiration to begin my days mothering my 4 souls. Thanks!

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  22. "What other career could claim as its end-product the elevation of a human soul?" Beautifully said, what an honor it is to get to be a mother.

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  23. These are reminders we need daily!

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  24. Wow. Thank you- this was so great...I had been feeling a little overwhelmed with some of the "drudgery" of motherhood and the perfect lift I needed! I love being a mother!

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  25. what a great giveaway!!
    I loved that chapter :)

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  26. Love. :) Thank you for always sharing such uplifting and perspective changing thoughts on motherhood. I know I'm not alone in gleaning a grander view of my role as a mother when I come to your blog. Not only do YOU have inspiring thoughts, but you open doors and windows to other people/ideas to partake from. Thank you! As always, I'd love a copy of the book you shared!

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  27. This book sounds like a must read for all women. Thanks for sharing.

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  28. oo. Me! As I am drowning and trying to lift myself spiritually right now...me!

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  29. What a great chapter. I hope I get the chance to read more.

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  30. Thank you for sharing this!

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  31. Beautiful! So glad I got to read that this morning!

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  32. Wow. This could not have been read at a more perfect time for me. What a beautiful passage!

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  33. Beautifully written! I'd love to win it.

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  34. This is simply beautiful and just what I needed this morning. Sometimes I lose perspective of why the work I am doing is such an important work. Thank you for sharing. What is the name of the book, by the way?

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  35. i need this today. even if i don't win this giveaway, i will be forever grateful that i read your blog this morning. thank you.

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  36. Thank you for always inspiring me to be the best mother I can be! I needed this reminder today, and would love to win the book!

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  37. My husband is in school right now and some days are really hard with my two little ones. I would love to gain more inspiration from these women! Thank you for sharing this!

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  38. I can always use a good book to read! Thank you for your blog!

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  39. I need this. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  40. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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  41. I absolutely LOVED that! Would love a copy. =]

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  42. Absolutely beautiful! Would love a copy!!

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  43. Your post reminded me about Elder Oaks talk in October Conference. As a mother of 8- 5 biological and 3 adopted my life is full of every day chaos mixed with trying to heal the souls of children wounded by the harsh realities of this world. My goal is to somehow teach all 8 of them how much their Heavenly Father loves them and that will give their souls what they need to fly. I would love to read the rest of this book. We moms need to strengthen and help each other in this most important work.

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  44. Loved that chapter and insights into the painting. Such great inspiration. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  45. those were some of the most beautiful words i have ever read. i'd love to read more!

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  46. Loved this so much. I, too, am intrigued. What a great book idea!

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  47. I am a young married BYU student about to start a family. I would love to read the stories of how other women have taught their little ones to fly.

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  48. I'm not a mom (yet) and still find that to be so beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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  49. Thank you so much for posting this! A wonderful way to think of all the things that we do each day, for others!
    Love your column, your beautiful family, and your wisdom!
    gbarney

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  50. This is beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

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  51. Wow, now I'm crying too. Thank you so much for sharing this, it's absolutely amazing.

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  52. Amazing! I would love a copy. :)

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  53. Sounds awesome! Can't wait to read it!

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  54. Wow, that was amazing, thanks for sharing. I would love to win a copy of the book.

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  55. Thank you so much for sharing. i hope I win!

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  56. I love that you shared this chapter. What an amazing view.

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  57. LOVE this and need to get a copy asap!!

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  58. Yes! I'd love a copy! I so needed to hear that today. What profound words...

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  59. this was just what i needed today. we are having our third and for the last few weeks i've been worried about being enough, being the one that was the glue to us all...this definitely helped today...thanks for sharing!

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  60. As a grandmother - I want my daughters to feel this love to their calling as mothers. Beautiful and thought provoking.

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  61. This is what I love about your blog and your desire to share your life. It helps. It truly helps! As I sat on the couch after putting my three ladies to sleep, I felt overwhelmed and drained. I needed to seriously regroup and find peace. I am trying unsuccessfully to teach my four year old how to do her chores, my six year old is going to all day school next year and it is breaking my heart, and my two year old is absolutely adorable, but am I giving her enough time and attention?? Plus another little lady will be entering our family at the end of the summer. I felt so inadequate but so determined to do better....but so TIRED!! Thank you for this post. That picture lifted my spirits and the thoughts shared were just what I needed today to add to my well. I have more to draw from now and I just wanted to thank you. Thank you for knowing how important this motherhood gig is and how hard it is, but most of all thank you for sharing you perfection and imperfection with all of us on the interweb. :)You are a rock star.

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  62. Beautiful! It spoke to me in so many ways and makes me want to read it over and over again.

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  63. Hi! This comes from the book Choosing Motherhood: Stories of Successful Women Who Put Family First. Good luck with the give-away!

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  64. This would be a great Mother's Day gift!! Absolutely beautiful!

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  65. Oh my goodness, I love what I just read there. It's put into words what we mothers know and feel.

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  66. I've loved that picture since you showed it at my stake Relief Society conference. I'd love the book!! :)

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  67. I love this! I really want to read the rest of the book!

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  68. This post was a perfect read for me on the heels of my learning circle discussion last night about embracing the individual strengths we each bring to the table as mothers to our own unique families. I too got teary eyed reading that chapter. I would love a copy of the book! :-)

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  69. Thank you for sharing this. As the wife of a husband in medical school, and a stay-at-home mother, I would love to hear the advice of other women who have experienced similar things. (I love reading your blog!)

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  70. Motherhood is amazing! Would love to read the other stories and share with daughters!
    Thank you!

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  71. I KNOW I am not alone in my feelings on motherhood, but this would be a GREAT reminder to me DAILY to not take for granted this sacred gift and responsibility.

    I am gonna go right now (get off the computer) and go hug and cuddle my baby.

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  72. Love your blog and the positive message that you have on motherhood. You always capture what I am feeling, and always find the greatest quotes from others! Thank you for the chance to win this amazing copy!

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  73. This essay is from the book "Choosing Motherhood" which was just released.

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  74. So beautiful! I needed to read that today for sure!

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  75. What a moving excerpt. I'd love to read the whole thing!

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  76. Oh my goodness! I would love a copy! Thanks for sharing! {And not just today, but all of you lovely posts!}

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  77. I LOVE this explanation of the painting and motherhood. I recently became a new mom and know that it is surprising to many of my friends that my career choice is staying at home with my baby. I can truly say I have never worked so hard for such an important cause. Thank you for sharing this uplifting message. I needed it today.

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  78. We all need a reminder of the power of motherhood. This was beautiful.

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  79. Great reminder of thepurpose of our time and role. Thank you for sharing.

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  80. I had two children while my husband went to dental school.
    I loved this post and would love to read the rest of the book!

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  81. Thanks for sharing this wonderful chapter!! I hope I win so I can read the rest!

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  82. Sounds like an awesome read!

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  83. I am quite emotional now. :) But its a good cry. Thank you for sharing, and the chance at winning it!

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  84. I would love a copy! Thanks for doing a giveaway!

    Jenn M

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  85. Sounds like a wonderful read

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  86. As a brand new mom, I would love this book! Thanks for sharing this chapter and the painting.

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  87. Sounds like a great book, I'd love a copy!

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  88. I would love a copy. I love anything that encourages and inspires mothers!

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  89. Thank you for sharing! I would love to win the book. Do you know where I can get the picture?

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  90. Oh I hope the rest is as wonderful as that was!!

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  91. Oh my, that is so beautiful! I will carry those images and words with me always!! Thanks for the opportunity to win the whole book!

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  92. I would love to read more of this.

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  93. Thank you for sharing! I would love to win a copy!!!

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  94. I would love to win a copy of this book! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  95. Thanks for sharing!! Need a good motherhood book to read as I sit and nurse all day (at least it feel like all day).

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  96. This sounds so unbelievably good, I know I won't be able to get it out of my mind until I read the whole book. Thank you for sharing this chapter.

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  97. I would love to win a copy! Thanks for the chance! Happy [early] Mother's Day!

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  98. Wow, I feel lighter just reading this first chapter. I would love to read the rest!

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  99. Thanks for sharing! You inspire all the time and now I can't wait for a chance to win something you are reading! ;)

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  100. My fifth and last child will enter kindergarten next year and I am beginning to see how we mothers need to always remember why we are mothers. And I love reading real-life stories of others who have gone through it.

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  101. What a beautiful, powerful story. Thank you for sharing it with us!

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  102. What an amazing reminder of the job we do every day... Thank you!

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  103. I actually already have a copy of the book. It was given to me by my sister-in-law who is one of the authors of this wonderful book. And it truly is uplifting and inspiring. Every word, every chapter. Thank you for featuring it!

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  104. Beautifully written! I would love to read the rest of this book.

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  105. I have been reading your blog for a while now, but have only commented once a long time ago. I am actually related to you (your dad is my mom's cousin) and I love reading your blog. I love the renewed perspective that it gives me of motherhood. I am a young mom (I have 2 boys - a 3 1/2 year old and a 14 month old.) I really enjoyed reading this chapter and I would love to read the rest of the book.

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  106. I would love to win a copy of this book. We put motherhood first while we both finished college, and then sent my husband to law school. We are expecting baby #6 the same month we celebrate our 10 year anniversary later this year. It probably sounds hard to others, but it has been the best thing for us, and the tender mercies are abundant.

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  107. I NEEDED to hear this today! The book is now on my wish list... I know I'll need to hear it again.

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  108. I love this! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this. You are an inspiration to me in so many ways. I love your "real"ness.

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  109. I'd love to win a copy--and I especially loved that last sentiment, who wouldn't want to be mother and teach these souls to fly?

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  110. Joy school was my introduction to a joy filled life and joyful mothering. Your inspirational ideas learned from your parents continue to inspire as I now am a grandmother encouraging my children with their own families.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  111. How beautiful and uplifting. I just had my 3rd baby boy and that tells my feelings so much better then I could ever put into words.

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  112. I would love to win this book!

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  113. I love good books about motherhood!

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  114. This was written by a "woman who knows". I'd love to read the rest of the book. I love your blog and read it almost every day. This is the first time I have ever left a comment on the internet and I hope it works. I love your perspective as a fellow mommy. I also love photography, so you inspire there too. I finally have a great DSLR! My kids love Elle's videos. Thanks for sharing your family with us!

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  115. Love a copy to pass along to my sister for her very first Mother's Day (after trying to have kids for 10+ years and finally succeeding)

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  116. Loved that chapter! And that painting!

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  118. That is just what I needed to read today. Thanks for sharing Shawni! I too was tearing up before the end. I would love to have a copy of the book for myself!

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  119. Thanks for the opportunity. I'd love to read it.

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  120. I love reading books about motherhood! We recently had our 4th when our oldest was still 4. My husband has just graduated, so I feel like I can relate.

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  121. Lovely writing! Would love to get a chance to read more......

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  122. How beautiful! Sounds like a good read.

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  123. I love reading books about Motherhood! I have 4 kids 4 and under and have had to answer the same question as this mother many times.

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  124. This is JUST what I needed today. Thank you for sharing. I'd love to read the entire book.

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  125. Loved reading this chapter today. Just what I needed, so thank you! I'd love to read more.

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  126. What is the painting called and who is the artist?? I must have one :)

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  127. I have been thinking about this a lot recently. My children are close to flying on their own. The lowering of the potential mission age left me feeling robbed of precious time I needed to prepare them for the world. It has been humbling and faith affirming to have to turn to my Heavenly Father and ask him to make up the difference. I thought I was praying for him to make up for my weakness, but instead I have seen him make my children stronger. It has been a most painful challenge as a mother, but a joy as well. I would love this book.

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  128. I would love a copy of this book! so perfect for mothers day :)

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  129. After been given 3 children by 3 wonderful birth mothers and putting my life on the line for the next 2 I don't take motherhood lightly. It is a blessing and a miracle to be a mother.

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  130. I would love this book for my 15 year old daugher who says she doesn't want to have children. Breaking my heart to hear that. Maybe this would inspire her to keep her mind open.
    Also, do you know where to purchase the painting?

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  131. I would love a copy!! Thanks for being an inspiration.

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  132. Sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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  133. Would totally love this! Always love to be mommy inspired! (one of the reasons I follow your blog!:)

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  134. Love this. I often stop when people ask why I want so many children, or how I manage them. I never know what to say. This week my oldest lost his first tooth, and it was amazing to see the delight on his face!

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  135. From what I have read, this is a book I NEED to read. I would love to read it & gain the right perspective as I mother my 3, still at home.

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  136. One of the most beautiful pieces of literature I have ever read. Thanks for sharing!

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  137. I'd love to read it! Thanks for the chance!

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  138. I'm always up for a good read.

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  139. Sounds like a wonderful book! It's a perfect gift for Mother's Day coming up!

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  140. Oh, I would love to read that book. Motherhood is a difficult business to be in, with not a lot of support or understanding. I would love to read that book.

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  141. what a great chapter, i'm so glad you shared this today, thank you! i would love to read the rest of the book!

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  142. This is exactly what I needed today! Thank you for sharing. You amaze and inspire me everyday. I hope to meet you in person one day.

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  143. This was a beautiful chaper to read, and quite timely. My husband is leaving the country for two months for a job. I will stay here with our three children with no family or friends to help and will then fly with them to meet him in two months time. I've been feeling a bit anxious and ill prepared for this experience, but reading this has helped and given me a boost of confidence.

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  144. I would love to have a copy! I am a mother of twin baby girls as of January and I would love to start off my motherhood on a strong foot!

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  145. Thank you for sharing this, Shawni!

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  146. I'd love to win!
    snookums06 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  147. I would love to win! Thank you.

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  148. That is such a beautiful story, and exactly what I needed to read this afternoon. Thank you!

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  149. Wow that was beautiful! I hate when people ask me what I "do" as a mother, and this makes me feel so blessed to hold that title! Thank you for sharing!

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  150. Uh...hellooooo lots of comments!

    I loved this. Beautiful and sacred and true. I shared it on facebook. Thank you for sharing with us!

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  151. Thank you for that!! I would love to win this book also!

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  152. Thank you for sharing, I would love to read the rest!

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  153. The previous commenter (Katie Richins) is my baby sister, and I want so much for her to win this book. I have never known anyone to try as hard as she does to be truly GREAT mom.

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  154. I'm going to be sharing this with other mothers I know.. Loved it.

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  155. That was absolutely BEAUTIFUL. <3 The title of the book intrigues me. They call these amazing mothers successful, it reads that they chose motherhood and family over other righteous desires. This is something I've always struggled with, unfortunately. When I look into the future, I see myself impacting lives, and nations. But I know motherhood is more important than that, I just have trouble accepting that. I'd love to read this and have a reaffirming testimony that even if I don't impact nations, or save lives, I did the right thing by being a mother. That work is more important. <3

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  156. Wow! I LOVE this perspective of mothering...what a beautiful way to look at it. Imagine how such a thought could influence our parenting in all moments. Thank you for sharing!

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  157. Thanks so much for sharing that. I really needed it :)

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  158. I would love to be entered to win this book, as I live in CT and I am surrounded by Yale! I would love to read the stories of other mothers who put their families first in a fast living "career first" environment.

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  159. Love it. I love when I hear the echo of words I didn't know how to say:)

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  160. I read it all. It was beautiful!

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  161. Wow - I'd love to read and discuss with my bible study group! Thanks for sharing!

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  162. I loved this post. This book sounds so interesting!

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  163. I keep looking at that painting today and trying to decide what I think of it's message. I am in the thick of it all right now, so this book sounds LOVELY. Thanks!

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  164. What an intriguing book! Having just sent my youngest to Kindergarten this year, I've been amazed by the impact I've felt of comments I receive from others combined with my own self-doubts. This book sounds perfect for my stage of life! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  165. I would love to win this! I especially need some inspiration right now in the realms of motherhood!

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  166. Currently raising 2 little girls (2 yrs old and a 9 month old). Motherhood is the most challenging and amazing job/gift I have!! Would love to read this book!

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  167. What a beautiful essay on motherhood. Love it! Thanks for sharing it.

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  168. This was beautiful! Would love to read all of the book!

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  169. Beautiful! I would love to read this one! And on another note...starting my kids "journals" to give them on their wedding day tonight! Do you still have yours?

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  170. I would love a copy!! That was so beautiful.

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  171. I just finished a book and am ready for another one.....pick me!

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  172. I love, love that piece of art! That sounds like an amazing book- I would love to win a copy!

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  173. This was exactly what I needed. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  174. Sounds amazing! Would love to read more.

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  175. Always love your posts. It was great to read this one in particular today. Thanks for sharing.

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  176. That was beautifully written - I would love to read more!

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