The heroic moment.

That’s what my friend calls it: that one decisive moment, snuggled warm and semiconscious, safe from the plethora of directions the day will pull you, when you resolve to get up anyway.

Knowing your day will be marked by all manner of bodily fluids, short-order cooking, chauffeur service, training of unwilling little minds, flared tempers, sticky floors, and aching muscles.

You do it: leave the blissful silence and hug of flannel sheets and jump into the battle.

And I do mean battle.

Human and spiritual…the rearing of those little souls.

Yes, I know that it is blessing, and a calling, and a privilege, and there is grace, and, and, and…


It can be exhausting. Overwhelming. Discouraging. (Especially when poop is involved. Oh, how much poop!)

And why didn’t anyone warn us how very hard it would be?

Someone ought to have warned us.

Sometime I just feel…


Can you relate?

I am forever looking for ways to understand the hard. Frame the hard. Process the hard. Occasionally, run kicking and screaming from the hard.


Imagine my delight when Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson produced this:

Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe

Hope for the mom who needs to breathe.

Um, yes please!

In their own words:

Chapter four caused me to pause:  Oh Right, There’s Sin

That seething anger, I-taught-you-better-than-this, today’s-the-day-I-throw-in-the-towel feeling…Do you know it?

That I-can-not-believe-you-just-did-that shock?

Aghast that my darlings would commit an offense that they know darn well is wrong?

How dare they? What on earth is wrong with them?

Ahem…the same thing that’s wrong with me, perhaps?

At what age did you stop sinning? Because that’s when our children will stop.

(Desperate, page 42.)

Convicted. More than that: Resolved. To. Change.

Change to the compassionate parent that teaches her children who she is a safe haven for them. That she loves unconditionally. That we are on the same team, in this together. That what we want is the beautiful heart of Jesus to replace our own fallen ones.  (Page 43)

Discipline, yes. Formation, yes. Grace? Yes!

Desperate launches today.

Sarah Mae and Sally have all kinds of goodies and giveaways this week. Think house cleaning for a year. Massages. Coffee. You can find all the information on the Sarah Mae’s website:

Their hearts are to create a movement to help moms.

And to help moms help other moms.

So we can do this journey of life together, with peace and joy.

Like Jesus.

Stronger Together -

* Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book but all opinions expressed are my own.


  1. Excellent, Mandy! You vividly captured the need for the book (and I love that photo!) and chapter 4 was very convicting!
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  2. Thanks Mandy, for this!
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  3. Thanks for the heads up about this book. Your post is something I can certainly relate to! :)
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    • I’m so glad I’m not the only one, Kristin! “Desperate” has been very eye opening for me. Great food for thought.

  4. Great review Mandy! Such a good book. Thanks for stopping by and for your comment. Hope you’re doing well sweet friend!
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    • Thanks, Zohary! I am doing well…dreaming away with Holley Gerth and learning tons. I hope that you are well too:) Blessings, friend.

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