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.
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.