Thursday, May 18, 2017

Poem on Motherhood

With Mother's Day this month, I've been thinking a lot about the amazing journey of motherhood -the ups and downs and all it entails. I felt inspired to write a little poem about it and wanted to share it here on my blog, along with some "Mom moment" pictures from the last few years. Hope you enjoy!

By Debbie Day

Motherhood is sweaty.
It’s flustered, frenzied, and exasperated.
It’s socks on the table and crumbs in the carpet.
It’s headaches, backaches, and stomachaches.
It’s cleaning up and washing off.
It’s a never-ending mess cycle.

It’s worn-out.
It’s waking up.
It’s dog-tired.

It’s fighting off loneliness, because motherhood is isolating.
It’s fighting off anxiety, because motherhood is worry.  
It’s fighting off an angry rampage, because motherhood pushes you to the edge.
It’s feeling like you’re failing.
Motherhood is your weaknesses magnified.   
It’s guilt. Diaper-loads of guilt, because motherhood is mistakes.
It’s too many treats and too much TV.
It’s yelling and frustration and outbursts.
It’s beating yourself up and crying over chocolate.
It’s comparing yourself and not measuring up.
It’s trying again and again and again and again.
Motherhood is prayer.
Prayers for advice, prayers for patience, prayers for forgiveness, prayers for just one itty bitty nap.   
Motherhood is love.
It’s deep, aching, painful, powerful love.
It’s watching home movies after bedtime because you can’t get enough.
It’s holding hands on the sidewalk, waiting at the bottom of the slide, and spraying on three coats of sunscreen.  

It’s teaching and hoping and wanting what’s best.
It’s indescribable joy.
It’s pride and praise and clapping.
It’s popsicles and bicycles.
It’s collecting rocks and trips to the river.
It’s digging in the dirt and catching grasshoppers.


It’s forest adventures, river adventures, mountain adventures, and pillow adventures.
It’s blanket tunnels and table tents.
It’s giggles and kissing owies better.
It’s goofiness, silliness, and ridiculously hilarious.

It’s obsessing over squishiness, and chubby profiles.
It’s cuddling and books and telling stories.
It’s singing and dancing and laughing.
It’s grabbing your chest and uttering, “Awwwwww!”
It’s your heart bursting.
It’s literally heaven.

Motherhood is the hardest thing you’ve ever done.
It’s stretching and growing and learning.
It’s stripping away selfishness.
It’s unparalleled motivation to change.
It’s sacrifice and tears.
It’s not easy.
But motherhood is worth it.
It’s inexpressibly fulfilling.  
It’s all you ever hoped for.
It’s God’s holiest calling.   
It’s the best thing that ever happened to you.

Motherhood is the greatest treasure on earth.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wrapping up my WWTS Mentorship

This month, I ended my "Writing with the Stars" mentorship with author Paul Czajak. It's been an awesome opportunity that I'm super grateful for. Check out the blog post I wrote on my experience by going right here: 

Also, here's a shout out for you all to buy Paul's "Monster and Me" Books! They are funny, sweet,  well-written, and beautifully illustrated. Be sure to check out his website right here!:

Monday, May 8, 2017

Author Readings with Babies, Camp Nanowrimo, and More!

Last weekend, I was able to participate in a couple author readings. (More like tag along with more experienced and established authors like Gayle Irwin  and Shauna Murray, who are very talented and oh so sweet!). The first event was at the local library with these cute little people.

I always gain a lot from these experiences, and I'm really grateful when I can participate. You learn a lot by watching other authors and just seeing how kids react to the books and presentations. This is one of the many reasons I'm glad I self-published on my quest to becoming traditionally published - getting practice reading my book aloud and interacting with kids and fellow authors is an invaluable experience!

The second event was at a book shop in a neighboring town. Because it was a bit of a drive to get there, I got to bring this little sweetheart along.  I have to admit, I was slightly nervous about how it would go,but she was a happy little snuggle bug while I read... and I kind of love this picture! Hehe :D

In other writing news, I recently discovered CAMP NANOWRIMO, which is this awesome, FREE program where you sign up with other authors in a "camp" and create a writing goal to complete by the end of a set deadline. I found out about it late in the game, so my goal was to write two short stories totaling 1400 words within a few days. When I reached my goal, I was declared a "winner" and was awarded the right to post this picture. Wooohooo!

It was GREAT motivation to have an official goal and other "campers" as a support group. I highly recommend other authors signing up for the next round, which I believe happens in July.
That's it for now, but stay tuned for more soon! :)