A little over a year ago, the tug to start capturing all that my heart and mind was thinking about in terms of this journey of motherhood that I have been on for the last 17 years began. There were so many lessons in those years that could speak to those just starting out or those who are knee deep in the journey.
This book is about my journey, but it is not for me. It is for YOU.
It is so you know you are not alone.
It is to pour into your momma hearts so you can in turn pour into the hearts of your people.
All the Things reminds us that motherhood is an all-encompassing art. It is ever-flowing and changing in its daily beauty and struggles. It is lifelong sanctification of hearts and minds. It is both the releasing of what we thought would be and embracing what truly matters.
Most of us never anticipated the constant molding our hearts and minds would endure when we started our journeys. If we believed what the media tries to sell us, then all we needed was a well-stocked diaper stash, clothes that were prewashed and folded neatly, and a nursery color coordinated and filled with lovely things. However, motherhood is none of that.
All the Things reminds us that what we truly need to be a mother can't be put in a nursery or tucked in a monogrammed backpack. It is wrapped in the friendships forged and the lessons we learn along the way. These lessons continue as nurseries change to toddler forts and then to teenage lairs.
From season to season, the things that are most important in motherhood aren't things that can be held or truly seen at all. They ebb and flow from one momma's heart to another. They are the deep-rooted relationships of those on the journey with us that create a beautiful piece of artwork we call motherhood.
I am honored to share this with you and I hope you feel like an old friend, or a new one is right beside you cheering you on and reminding you that you are enough!