Friday, April 24, 2015

On Motherhood...and A Mother's Day Giveaway

This giveaway has ended!

One clear shot from birth till 18, and it’s not ever really one stroke, but a thousand — well, about 6,570 daily putts — and that is grace and that is all.
~Ann Voskamp

With a boy who is fast growing from a lanky 16 year old bean pole into a filled-out, handsome man, I sometimes feel like capturing each and every moment with him. Like my time will slip away and my 6,570 putts are winding down to the last few years.
I can remember staring into his fresh little face as a newborn, cheeks chubby and rosy, big blue eyes....and wondering how I ever lived without him. 
This gift, and then three more gifts that just about made my heart burst I was so in love.
It fills you up, tests you, gives you more than you ever could have thought, blesses you beyond measure.
And requires oodles of grace.
Mother's Day is coming I thought you might all be blessed by my friend Amanda today.
She writes in such a way that her message just touches your heart.
When she approached me about hosting a giveaway for Mother's Day, of course I was thrilled, and I knew I had to ask her if I could use one of her posts on motherhood.

Along with being a beautiful writer, Amanda and her family have a line of handmade soaps, hand and body scrubs, and other lovely things that they sell at The Hemlock House.

Made from wholesome and natural ingredients, I LOVE her products!
The soaps are creamy and leave your skin feeling moisturized.
Lemongrass Peppermint handmade soap
The hand and body scrubs are oh so divine and leave your skin exfoliated and moisturized.
Lavender Hand and Body Scrub

And there are so many more great products...

Amanda is giving away  a bar of soap and a 4 ounce jar of lavender hand and body scrub.
Wouldn't that make a scrumptious gift for a Mom in your life?

  She can only ship to the lower 48 states and will offer Fairview Farm readers 10 % off any purchase from the shop until May 10th using coupon code:  fairviewfarm10.

To be entered, just visit The Hemlock House and then leave a comment telling us what you love!
Be sure to leave a way for us to contact you!

Giveaway ends Tuesday, April 28th!

Here is a beautiful post from Amanda on motherhood....

Dear new mama,

"When women are not encouraged to embrace motherhood with a whole heart as an occupation worth of a full life's devotion-a part of the basic design of our femininity is devalued."

~Sally Clarkson
{Mission of Motherhood}

She toddles onto the front porch with a slam of the screen door.  Blonde hair in a tangled mess with that dirty old baby doll clutched in her hands.  Climbs onto the porch swing beside me, lifts her shirt, places that baby under her shirt, grins real big like and pronounces that she is "nusing" her baby too. The preciousness of a little girl playing mama.  Already embracing motherhood I think and she is just a couple months shy of turning four years old.  A seed planted for future motherhood...
 Dear new mama,

Any day now you can expect to hold that new baby in your arms.  There is nothing in all the world more special than meeting little one for the first time.  Spend these last moments resting as much as possible and loving on your husband.  He is most always the one during pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum that gets left out.  He wants to be a part of this too!  That first baby is the biggest change to both of you, but mostly to him for he is about to share his beloved bride to a new person soon!
So, you want to have a natural child birth? Good for you.  You can do it! Rest. Relax. Think of contractions as a sensation rather than a pain.  And know that things might get intense, but your body was made by an amazing creator to birth a baby. Stay focused. .  Listen to your husband as you allow the holy spirit to work through him.  Oneness.  He will be your rock through birthing this baby into the world naturally.

   There is a reason God chose a man to lead and if you focus on your husband during this birth, you will look into his eyes and fall in love with him all over again.  Your marriage will grow stronger, and your love for one another will grow deeper.  God has a good plan.  But always remember that if something goes wrong and there has to be intervention, it's okay.  Be gentle with yourself because birthing a baby naturally vs not, doesn't define being a good mama. In fact, birthing a baby at all, doesn't make you a good mama.  Always remember that.

The Misson of Motherhood.  Is hands down the best book I've ever read on motherhood and this would be nice to read while you are nursing the baby!
As for practical tips:
Welcome all help the first couple of weeks.
Don't try to get back to normal life before this because it will be there soon enough.
Sleep when the baby sleeps.
Eat healthy to give you energy.
Pull out freezer meals only after everyone has brought you food for the first couple of weeks!
Did I mention sleep when the baby sleeps?
Take a walk outside once a day to soak in that vitamin D and get fresh air.

And remember, this time is fleeting.  It won't last long.  Within six weeks or so, you will be finding your groove back so be patient with yourself about any outside expectations.  It will come! 
If you find yourself lonely or isolated learn to replace any discontentment with dignity. This will prove to be the first step in dying to yourself as a mother. While it is okay to cry, try not to make a habit of it!. Life isn’t an emergency. Patience will be your virtue. Seek for more peace, meekness and gentleness.  Allow God to meet all of your needs when no one else can because those post partum hormones are a force to be reckoned with and your husband will be the poor fellow who gets the blunt of it all!

 Limit your time with social media. Use the internet as a tool. And to sharpen iron. Nothing more. Seek those blogs, sites or even other women in real life that encourage you in your role as a wife and mother.  If you don't,  you will find yourself breeding a heart of discontentment.  Surround yourself with like mindedness.

When God saved you by His grace, He didn't save you to sit.  He saved you to serve!  The mission field begins…IN YOUR HOME…When you learn to embrace serving God within the walls of your home where no one can see …the joy will overcome you. All the wonderful places you’ve visited and traveled in your life will be nothing compared to the mission field that is ripe for harvest within your home.  You are a work in progress, so be patient with yourself.  This new just the beginning!

With humble love,

A work in progress, too.


connie said...

Hi Julia, Don't ya just love The Hemlock House soap... I love it.. and more than that Amanda, sweet Amanda... I am a reader/friend of hers as well and oh my the insight that sweet mama has.. such and inspiration.. Also I am not sure but I would like to let you know that on some of the Pics on this post.. I wasn't able to view. just blank squares (may be my computer) but I just wanted to let you know in case other's are having trouble viewing. Anyway, Have a great weekend and know your blog and writing is lovely too. Connie from Kentucky..

Bevy @ Treasured Up and Pondered said...

I am having the same problem as Connie has mentioned- in viewing some of the photos on the post today. They would have been mostly all your photos.. and not the the ones of Amanda's.

I Love the Hemlock House and Amanda, too! and this giveaway.

Mother's Day will be here before we know it.

Unknown said...

I love the Lavender Hand and Body Scrub - What a great giveaway -
Thank you so much!

Ms. Knitsalot said...

I am always willing to try something new that contains lavender. This would definitely make a great Mother's Day gift too! Thanks for the chance to win :0)

Julia said...

Thank you so much for the heads up about the photos ladies! I think I fixed the problem :)

Jessica said...

I love the honey oatmeal handmade soap the best my MIL would love it

jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

Amy said...

Thanks so much for your sweet give-away! I'm a HUGE fan of all things lavender, but I bet the lemongrass/peppermint smells wonderful. Amy M.

Amanda said...

Hi Julia. thanks for hosting the give-away.

had an order this morning from Sharon G. from WA. She's asked to be entered in the give-away. I have her contact information if she wins.

Unknown said...

Beautiful On Motherhood post! Love the scent of lavender so I bet the Hand and Body scrub would be nice! Spring coming to Mn next week!! Can't wait! We had snow flurries twice last week!

Anonymous said...

Oh the lemongrass peppermint soap sounds refreshing-like a Spring breeze!!Thank you for the words of encouragement and the lovely giveaway- a blessed Mother's Day to all! Your work is touching eternity! xo Becky

WendyG said...

I'm thinking I would love to try the kitchen scrub and, of course, the lavender scrub. So calming. Thank you for the chance to win!

Crystal said...

I would have never thought to pair lemongrass and peppermint together! Thank you for the giveaway, and Happy early Mother's day to everyone!

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