Here is my first review for TheGabbyMoms.com!! Grab a cup of coffee, tea, hot cocoa, or a soda pop and settle in for a great chat!!
I opened an ordinary mailing package the other day to reveal a very unordinary treasure! True Treasures is a “treasure trove” of encouraging, uplifting, oftentimes hilarious real life experiences from moms JUST like us! They struggle too through math and science, getting dinner on the table, and being the homemaker, home schooler, wife and mother they were ordained by God to be!
From the opening lines of this book I was hooked! “Each day when I wake up I greet the Lord and ask what He has for me today.” It made me wonder… how many days do I wake up to kids already arguing, and fall into bed that night, utterly exhausted, and never stop to ask myself that question! Almost every day! How much easier would my day be, if I took the time to ask that question and think and pray about it before I got out of bed?!
My kids are fascinated with sea glass right now! I struggle with feeling like I don’t do enough to contribute to our home by staying home and homeschooling. We have a child who is definitely departing from the way she should go. My children squabble all the time it seems. They sometimes whine until I feel like screaming!! Hubs and I struggle in our marriage. And there was an article for every one of those issues in this book! By the time I was done with it, I no longer felt alone in my struggles. I felt like there was an entire support group holding me up, and helping me along! It was amazing! It felt like a dear, close friend who knew everything about me had written me a long loving letter about everything I struggle with daily! This is definitely a book that will be treasured in my home!
There are articles about how God polishes us like sea glass. Tossing us in our rough waves until we are smooth and rounded and shaped like Him. Now my kids are even MORE intrigued with sea glass! Articles about being content as a stay-at-home- mom and not allowing Satan to let you feel like you are not contributing enough! Articles about our children departing from the path they should follow, and encouragement for those of us who are feeling the pain of a child gone astray. I love the article about the 7 Squabble Stopping Steps, and can’t wait to see the look on my boy’s faces when I tie them together with pretty hair ribbons! And my children BETTER be on the lookout the next time I catch them whining!
I also can’t wait to try some of the great ideas for strengthening my marriage out. I see through reading a couple of these articles that in trying to “do it all” I have seriously neglected to do some of the most important things. I neglect to encourage my husband. I neglect to give him the lead when it comes to OUR home school. I tend to put up a “TRESSPASSERS WILL BE SHOT” sign! Only I know how to do the dishes right, or that load of whites correctly, and DON’T YOU DARE TEACH THAT BOY TO ADD LIKE YOU DO!” Then when he doesn’t help, what do I do? I get angry and hurt! And I feel like I am doing this all alone! These articles really opened my eyes to way I treat my this man, this gift that God gave to me!
One article showed me how in being a people pleaser, I am really damaging my marriage! When hubs asks for my input I too often say, “Whatever YOU want Honey.” I don’t know if that is laziness on my part, a desire to not get into an argument, or if I just try to please him by giving him total control, but that article showed me that what he really needs is for me to tell him my opinion! Then here is the hard part… give the decision of whether or not he will listen to my opinion to him!! Without getting angry if he doesn’t take my advice!
When our hubby’s approach us with an idea, they are looking for our wisdom and our wit to sharpen that idea with! When we just passively answer, “Whatever you want,” we are a blunt tool that no one can work with! How frustrating for our guys!
From one article to the next in this 101 page treasure chest, I found gem after precious gem! This is definitely a must have book for moms, home schoolers, homemakers, and wives! Every page is filled with encouragement, wit, grace, and love!
“True Treasures is divided into 6 sections, each one full of inspiring ideas, wisdom from the hearts of women, and encouragement to help you be a better wife, mother, and homemaker.
• Jewels That Make the Heart Sparkle
• Marriages Made of Solid Gold
• Parenting Pearls: Practical and Priceless
• Homemaking That Dazzles Like Diamonds
• Homeschooling Nuggets of Wisdom
• Godly Living That Glitters”
You can purchase True Treasures at www.HomemakingWithTEACH.com and you can get $4 off with this coupon code: GabbyMom!! Grab one for a friend at that price!
I received this product for honest review from TEACH Magazine as a part of The Gabby Moms blogging program. All opinions expressed are solely my own.”