Book Review: Slow Down by Nichole Nordeman

The days are long, but the years are short.

No matter if it’s your child’s first step, first day of school, or first night tucked away in a new dorm room away from home, there comes a moment when you realize just how quickly the years are flying by. Christian music artist Nichole Nordeman’s profound lyrics in her viral hit “Slow Down” struck a chord with moms everywhere, and now this beautiful four-color book will inspire you to celebrate the everyday moments of motherhood.

Filled with thought-provoking writings from Nichole, as well as guest writings from friends including Shauna Niequist and Jen Hatmaker, practical tips, and journaling space for reflection, Slow Down will be a poignant gift for any mom, as well as a treasured keepsake.

Take a few moments to reflect and celebrate the privilege of being a parent and getting to watch your little ones grow—and Slow Down.

Slow Down by Nichole Nordeman is a book based around her hit song Slow Down. If you want a good, ugly cry and you have small children, have grown-up children, want children, or you are pregnant, listen to this (just watched the linked video with Jimmie and cried my eyes out) song and then go buy this book. Slow Down, Embracing the Everyday Moments of Motherhood is a collection of stories about babies, toddlers, pre-teens, etc. It is about embracing the good and the bad because, trust me, it is not all good, but it isn’t all bad either.

I am all about books, songs, poems, movies, and articles that remind me to take a deep breath, live in the moment, and enjoy my child’s childhood, because in a blink of an eye, it will be over.

The other day a guy I work with told me that once your kids grow up, Christmas starts to loose it’s magic again. As a child, you believe in Santa. Then you grow up and realize he is make believe. But once you have children, the magic comes alive again. Remember, though, as quick as it returns, it will once again fade away.

Just this morning, I had to remind myself to slow down. Jimmie asked me to sit with him while he watched his morning TV show and drank his milk, something he has done since he started drinking out of a straw cup just as he turned one. I told him I had to go do a few things but I would sit with him in a bit. Finally I said to myself, sitting with him is way more important than doing my “stuff.” So we snuggled and I tried to remember his baby smell, it is all gone now, and told myself one day he would be too big to snuggle. One day, he will be too old to want to sit with me. Until then, my stuff can wait, I will continue to tell myself to slow down.

Not only is this book a collection of lovely life stories about having children, it also has space for you to write in and reflect on your journey through motherhood.

Thank you Nichole Nordman for a wonderful song and a wonderful book.

Slow down 
Won’t you stay here a minute more 
I know you want to walk through the door 
But it’s all too fast 
Let’s make it last a little while 
I pointed to the sky and now you wanna fly 
I am your biggest fan 
I hope you know I am 
But do you think you can somehow 
Slow down – Nichole Nordeman

I was given this book in exchange of an honest review.

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Book Review: The Magic of Motherhood by Ashlee Gadd

I love the blog Coffee & Crumbs. It was established right after Jimmie was born and I have been reading it ever since then. It has helped me cope with the bad days, enjoy the good days, and accept my feelings about motherhood. I have cried, smiled, and laughed, while reading this wonderful blog.

Now you can cry, smile, and laugh while reading the blog’s new book, a collection of essays, The Magic of Motherhood by Ashlee Gadd. Some of the essays I previously read on the blog, but most of them were new to me. I enjoyed reading one essay at a time, thinking about it, and then reading another. The pictures and quotes on several of the pages are beautiful and inspiring. This is a must read for new moms, soon-to-be moms, and moms who have been in the midst of motherhood for a long time. It’s full of all the stuff we want to say to each other but feel like we can’t because then we will be judged. This is a judgement free zone kind of book.

One quote that really hit home is:

‘I guess I just feel like motherhood is a lot of wishing away hard seasons and then realizing they’re gone forever. It’s tying to claw back through time because you didn’t realize what you were actually wishing away.’ Pg. 19

And  I also love this one:

You are more than your worst day.

You are more than your biggest mistake.

I promise, this will not define you. Pg. 109

The Magic of Motherhood opens up with my favorite post from the Coffee & Crumbs blog: A Letter to My Pre-mom Self. The first time I read this essay I ugly cried for a good while. I remember reading it because my son was just past three months old.  Those first three months were HARD. Looking back, I can’t even remember a lot because I was in a fog that I never thought would go away. But it did. Eventually the fog did clear. Motherhood is so hard. Motherhood is so beautiful.

The Magic of Motherhood is filled with love and struggle: Love for adoption, the struggle of infertility, love and struggles of marriage, the struggle of the hard days, and the love for the ‘easy’ days. Sure you can buy all the baby books at the store (been there), but you won’t find this kind of clarity in those books. The Magic of Motherhood reaffirms the fact that it really does take a village and we are all in this together.

Head on over to the official book page for more information and buying options.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.