For your desperate mama moments

Three kids six and under and a mama all with the chicken pox.  It is NOT my fondest mama memory.  Oatmeal baths and whining {mostly from me} and calamine lotion and whining and scratching and reminding not to scratch.  The worst was being cooped up in the house for a week.

There was a knock at my door, thirteen years ago, when I was speckled with calamine lotion and red-eyed from crying the “why-me’s”.  A sweet friend from our playgroup had dropped off all the chicken pox and stuck-in-the-house supplies a girl could ask for.  Board games, library books, Aveeno cream…you name it, she brought it. She left it on my porch with a sweet, encouraging note.

Suddenly I didn’t feel as desperate anymore.  I knew I wasn’t alone, no matter how alone I felt in that moment.


Moments like that-both the desperate and the encouraging- are what Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson’s new book, Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe, is about.  Peeking into personal correspondence between a desperate mama and her been-there-done-that mentor, we see God’s plan {as outlined in Titus 2} in action.

This book offers insight, practical tips but most of all encouragement based on God’s Word and biblical truths to leave any mama feeling not so alone.

My kids are grown and almost grown now {21,19,16,15} but parenting teens and young adults still has this mama feeling desperate at times.  And, those are the times I turn to Him.  Remembering as this book points out so beautifully that these are God’s children that He gave to me, and in His divine wisdom hand picked me to be Shayla, Jason, Jared and Matt’s mom.

He knew I wouldn’t be perfect and that I would have melt down moments.  He knew that I would be exasperated and at my wits end, but He still chose me.  Because He knew that through His supernatural power, we are all capable of being the mom’s our children need.

And He gave me friends, in all stages of motherhood, to walk this road with me. This book gives a strong call for the type of community that brings moms together, just like God intended.
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Go get this book! It is a must-read for sure. In addition, if you purchase the book this week, Sarah Mae and Sally have some sweet giveaways. Check out Sarah Mae’s site for more information.
I have purchased another copy of this book to giveaway to a reader here. Leave a comment on this post, letting me know your most desperate mama moment OR a comment about a time that a fellow mom encouraged you to be entered to win. Winner will be chosen at random on 1/15/13. Open to residents of continental US and Canada only.



  1. I don’t know that I can pick just one moment, but most recently my most desperate moments have come on those nights when my husband was at the church late and I was home alone with all 4 boys. Running on little sleep, trying to nurse a fussy teething baby, cuddle a cranky toddler, and still give my 4 and 6 year olds the attention they need can make me feel overwhelmed. Harder still is the loneliness that comes from spending all my time at home alone with the kids. I know this sounds like I’m complaining. I wouldn’t trade being a Mom for anything, but sometimes it’s hard, and it’s lonely. Sometimes it’s nice just to know that someone else gets it…
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