Mother’s Day is right around the corner and I’ve gotten together with a group of bloggers to bring you a giveaway and blog hop that we are hoping will bless your socks off!
We not only hope to bless several moms with some pretty awesome giveaway prizes, but we also hope to bless many more moms through the Letters to Moms Blog Hop (that you can find at the end of this post), where each participating blogger is writing a ‘Dear Mom’ letter. These letters will be anything from a letter to our own moms, a letter to ourselves, a letter to a mother figure, or a generalized letter to a group of moms, such as weary moms, hopeless moms, expecting moms, single moms……. Maybe one of these letters will speak to you!
So please, hop around to the many other bloggers below, and of course enter to win the giveaway too – there will be 4 winners with the total prize value over $1000!
You intend to get dressed when you get up in the morning, but it rarely seems to happen. As soon as you get out of bed in the morning your day starts and is nonstop until you crawl back into bed at night. The getting dressed thing just keeps getting pushed down your to-do list and before you know it, you are cleaning up the dinner mess and at that point, there is no point in getting dressed. And it seems that the only times you do get dressed anymore are when you have to leave the house for an errand or an appointment.
Chances are your kids aren’t dressed either. And when you tell them to get dressed or they see that you are dressed, they get all excited and start asking, “Where are we going?”
You start to wonder how you got to this point in your life. You used to get dressed everyday. You felt productive and accomplished. You felt pretty.
Now you just feel frumpy, and tired. You’ve probably even put on a few pounds, and that doesn’t really motivate you to want to get dressed each day.
Now you have little ones to attend to, little ones that require many, repetitious needs to be met. And even though you are going, going, going all day, at the end of some days you wonder what the heck you did all day.
You put everyone else’s needs ahead of your own and you barely have time for yourself anymore. You don’t have the time or energy to get dressed (or even shower some days). You definitely don’t have the time or energy to exercise. Your meals consist of the leftovers off your kids’ plates. And you can’t remember the last time you read your Bible or had quiet time with the Lord.
But yet you feel guilty if you even think of doing something for yourself, for taking even a few minutes to grab some quiet time in the bathroom or taking a 15 minute walk to clear your mind and have some prayer time.
You wonder why you can’t seem to get your act together. All the other moms you know seem to have it together and probably get dressed everyday, so why can’t you?
I know a lot of what you must be feeling and thinking, because I’m you.
I wish I had an answer for you, an easy solution to get up and get dressed each day, to be motivated to do so, and to get rid of that guilt, but I don’t. But I do know that you’re not alone. I’m right there with you.
The only thing I have to offer you is some ideas and suggestions for how I’m planning to tackle this thing that I want to change in my life.
- Pray and seek God. Ask Him for help and strength. Read the Bible everyday; set aside time each day, even if it’s just a little, to spend time in God’s word. There may be a heart issue that you need to work on; ask God to reveal this to you and to help you make necessary changes.
- Adjust your priorities. Maybe you just have too much on your plate right now and you might need to clear it a little bit so that you can make time for yourself.
- Shower at night. Take a shower after the kids go to bed. That way you don’t have to get up earlier to sneak one in or try to sneak one in at some point during your already busy day.
- Exercise and eat better. Start incorporating exercise into your week, even if it’s as simple as a morning or nightly walk. Eat less and less processed foods and start incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet. Drink more water! And it’s okay to take baby steps!
- Read a book that will encourage you and help you. I’m planning to read Frumps to Pumps in the hopes that it will enlighten me and convict me in this area of my life.
- Join or start a support or accountability group. Even if it’s just one or two other people that also want to make this change, get together in some way, through email or facebook, and support and encourage one another.
And ya know what? If you don’t get dressed everyday, or any day, it doesn’t make you a bad mom. It doesn’t mean you are a failure or unaccomplished. It just means that you are attending to everyone else’s needs and you have slowly forgotten about you. And that says a lot about the kind of person, and mother you are. You’re a good mom. A great mom! And sometimes we just need to remember that this is the season of life we are in, embrace it, and enjoy it!
Letters to Moms………
And now for the giveaway!
The prizes will be as follows –
Prize 1 – Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer Prize 2 – Slow Cooker Prize 3 – Keurig Coffee Maker Prize 4 – ALL 3 of the prizes above Each winner will also win a digital copy of I’d Rather Be Your Mommy by Stacy Farrell Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter: a Rafflecopter giveaway
Wow! what a great giveaway!
I was 18 when my eldest was born, and had my second a little more than two years later, at 21 🙂
Brittney Queen says
I was 27 when I had my daughter and she is my only…. for now!
I had my oldest at 17 and my youngest at 45! I have four boys.
I was 27 when I became a Mommy!! I know have two kids and a third on the way!
Vanessa Z says
I was almost 22 when I had my first child (who’s now 21!!) I had two children with my first husband (my second child will be 20 this year). Later, when I married my husband, we had 4 children (I was 28 when I had my twins who’ll be 15 this year). So, I’ve had 6 children who are 21, 19, 14 (twins), 13 and 11 (3 boys and 3 girls!)
Kimberly R says
I had my oldest when I was 26. I have two boys and one girl. My last child was born when I was 32 🙂
Krysten T says
I had my oldest at 25 and just had my second at 28.
I had my first three days after my 30th birthday. I had my 5th 9 months ago and I turned 40 in March. 🙂
Phyllis Sather says
My friend just told me that a new homeschool mom told her that she wasn’t going to be like other homeschool moms and stay in her pajamas all day.
She ran into her a few months later and the new homeschool mom said, “It’s amazing how much you can get done in your pajamas.”
Hope you get a chuckle.
I had my first son when I was 21. I now have 5 sons!! Our house is WILD!
21 years old when I had my first child. We have 7 living and one we know of in heaven.
Elena T. says
26 and I now have 3!
I had my first daughter when I was 28; that daughter is in heaven, but I have two more here, ages 14 and 12.
I am have been this mom more times than I’d like to admit! What a sweet letter you’ve shared with us, pure encouragement to be real, and to embrace it for what it is. You’ve shared some great tips to help us get our days off on a good note – I thank you and my children thank you!
Tracy T says
I became a mom just before my 27th birthday. I have two children.
Hydrangeas and Harmony says
I had my first just after I turned 25 and my second just after I turned 27. Now we’ve hit the teen years! 🙂
I was 24 when we had our first child and am now pregnant with our 12th.
Kerri Papstein says
I first became a mother at the tender age of 20 to my beautiful daughter, who is 25, married, and expecting her first child in August. I have three son’s after my daughter, ages; 24, 16 & 11. I’ll be a grandma for the second time when my daughter has her baby boy!
I was 28 when I had my first and now I have 4 blessings:)
Stephanie Phelps says
I was 20 when I had my first and and I have four by the time I was 25.
I was 28 when I had my first and I now have 4
I was 20 when I had my first, my dd who is about to be 16! I also have a son who is almost 10. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway!
I became a mom at age 30. I have 2 wonderful children!
Dianna A says
I was 22 when I became a mom for the first time and I have 3 kids now.
I was 29 when my oldest is born and 39 when my fifth was born.
Peggy Krominga says
I am right there with you! I need to look at my daily routine as a job from which I could be fired if I don’t show up on time. Maybe that would motivate me to put “getting ready for the day” first.
Leah Koch says
We have two rambunctious little boys (4yr old and 1yr old). I was 26 when our first was born.
Sharon Grimes says
Became a mom at 22, have 7 children, one of whom lives in Heaven!
I was 26 when I had my first child, and I have 2 children.
I was 33 and now I have two amazing kids 🙂
Great Giveaways!!! Happy Mother’s Day to all moms!
I was 31 when I became a stepmom first of 2 wonderful boys. Together, my husband and I have 6 boys.
Heart of a Philanthropist Blogger Kim says
I miscarried at 21, and I have a son who is 12. He had his birthday Sunday.
Beth C says
I was an older mom – I was 37 when we adopted our daughter from China, an 39 when we adopt our son from China. It was worth the wait!
I was 21 when I had my son. Now I have three boys running around.
I was 33 when I decided I didn’t want to go through life without the experience of bringing a life into the world. I’m so glad I did and my son is now 12!
Laura L says
What a great give away! I was 35 when my oldest was born and now have 3 kids (plus one miscarriage). My youngest is now 16 months. All the kids 18 months apart – life is never dull!
I became a mom at 30 and have one child.
heather d says
I was 18 with my first son and he will be 16 this yr and I have 2 more boys ages 13, and 11 🙂
I was 18 when I had my first and 41 with my last (23 yr difference) what a difference in my body
Karen Jordan says
Turning 30 was hard because we had not been blessed with a baby in our arms yet, though we had one waiting for us in heaven. A few weeks before I turned 31, however, we were thrilled with a precious newborn boy and almost three years later we were just as thrilled with a precious daughter. They are now 14 and 11 and we are just as thankful for them now as we were then.
I was 29 when I became a mom and I have 3 kids, plus one in Heaven!
Olga Torres says
I was 29 when I was blessed with my first son and 2 years later we welcomed my youngest son who is now 5! Thanks for the great giveaway!
Erin C says
I became a mom at 33 and he is my only one so far.
Kelly Brown says
I was 28 when I had my first child. I am now expecting our third.
Melissa Squires says
I was 25 when i had my first child. i have 2 children.
Think there are enough sites and links to visit, subscribe to, and follow?? Let alone, pin and tweet?? I’m a homeschooler, with a VERY active autistic son. I would have to use an entire homeschool day to do all these links, let alone read all the return emails and return tweets I’d have to read daily once I linked up to all these people and their sites! This is really starting to get really stupid and dumb. Doesn’t anyone take into consideration the time they are asking people to take and spend when they do things like this?
Edwina – I’m sorry you feel this way, but in order for us to offer such awesome giveaway prizes, we need to have a lot of bloggers chip in to pay for the prizes. No one is obligated to do all the entries. Just enter with the ones that appeal to you or that you have time for; it only takes one to win!
I had my first when I was 36, then at 37 and 38. Three kids withing 25 months!!! 😉
Thanks for a wonderful giveaway!
I was 26 when I had my first – my daughter. Then, I was 27 when my son was born. I have just the 2 kids.
Amy @ Life to the Full says
I was 25 when our son was born and I am “mom” to our toddler and our second baby to be born in a few weeks!
Great giveaway! Thanks for honoring mothers everywhere!
This is an awesome giveaway! I would love the mixer, it would make life easier as we do a lot of baking.
I was 32 with my first and 43 with my 5th! My youngest in now 12. I have a 19-month-old grandson and another one on the way!
Okay would have been better if I had read the whole question while not listening to my 5 year old! I became a mom the day before I turned 22. I have five kids, 15, 13, 9, 5, and 1. We are so excited about this awesome giveaway! Good luck all!
I became a mom when I was 31!
I was 24 when my son was born. He’s the only one I have.
I was 24 when I had my oldest, 28 with my youngest; 30 now and pretty sure we will be stopping with the two we have (unless God has more surprises in store for us!)
Have been a Mom to many four legged furbabies for as long as I can remember. Somewhat becoming a Mom to my Parents now with trying to help take care of their needs 🙂
I first became a mom when I was 29 years old. I have four children, and my youngest was born when I was 39 years old. It’s a gift to be a mom!
I was 20 when my eldest was born, and had my second a little more than two years later, at 24, my third, at 26, 4th at 28, 5th at 31, and 6th At 33.
Piper Stephens says
I was blessed to become a Mom at the age of 27, when I married my husband, I also became a Mom!! I don’t say that she is my step-daughter because she is not… she was given to me as my child on that day. Since that day, God has blessed us with 3 more wonderful children.
I had my oldest at 18 and my youngest at 31 and am a homeschooling mom of five and wouldn’t have it any other way. We are blessed!
jules p says
i was 24. ANd I have two wonderful children. I am blessed with their good health and physical well being. I am very lucky to have them in my life.
Jennifer Dawn says
What a fun giveaway! I was 25 when I became a mother. My kids are 6, 3, and 2.
Laura M. says
I remember my mom and teachers always telling me to dress for the job/life I want. Of course, back then I thought that meant professional attire only for my career. Now as a stay at home mom I have found that if I make the effort to get dressed every morning, even if some days I skip the shower and wear my hair in a ponytail, if I am dressed in a cute outfit I am more productive and have a better attitude. Dress for the day you want to have.
Great advice Laura! Thank you!
Mandy Martin says
I became a mommy at 17. I have 4 children ages 18, 16, 14, and 9. The best part about my life are my 4 wonderful and amazing children. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!!
Became a mom first at age 22 and we have 5 children.
Katherines Corner says
thank you for the giveaway opportunity. I became a Mom at age 20 my pregnancy was scheduled to coordinate when my husband was home from overseas deployment with the military.I now have 5 beautiful grandchildren, ages 5-16.
I was 20 years old when I had my first, miraculous daughter because doctors thought that I would not be able to have children and I had been very ill, almost dying, when I conceived. I later had a son and, though I longed for a house full of children, I stopped and rejoiced over these two!
thanks for the chance!!!
CS Calkins says
I was pushing 30 when I birthed my babes back in the ’80’s. Now I have grandbabes and homeschool them as well as others. I have been an educator for 45+ years….so many babes over the decades!
Amber Conley says
What a fantastic way to celebrate Mothers Day! I was 18 when I first became a mother. Now I am 21 years old with two beautiful children
I was 20 when had my first child. Was blessed with my second 8 yrs later.
Ashley Swingle says
I was 23 when I had my first who is 2 now. We are leaving it up to God to bless us with how many children He sees fit and after a miscarriage a few months ago are praying for another precious child soon.
I do only put on clothes to leave. & not even every time then. I had my son when I was 21 and my daughter at 25. I’m new to homeschooling. I had to take my son out of school a couple months ago due to behavior issues. He seems to be learning better at home so my husband wants me to continue doing it next year.
I was 25 when I had my first child and now we have 4. Ages 2 to 15!
I was 23 when I had my first and 33 when I had my 4th
What a great Mother’s Day Giveaway! Thank you!!
I was almost 37 when my first was born, then multiple miscarriages for the next three and a half years. Then my second daughter was born when I was 40.
I became a mom when I was in my mid twenties and I have 3 living children , one son passed away 6 years and 4 months ago. I also have a step-son.
Cathy C says
I became a mom when I was 26. I have one son in Heaven and three daughters here that I adore.
I was 25 when I had my first son. I now have two boys!
Wendy Caddy says
I had my first child at age 20. My 3 wonderful daughters have given me 8 wonderful grandchildren.
Karen W says
I had just turned 19 when my oldest son was born. I now have 7 children and 4 step children. My 3 oldest, and my husband’s 4 children are all out on their own now though, all 18 and older. We have 4 little ones at home.
Ashley G says
Wonderful Giveaway! I had my first at 27 and my 4th at 34. My last pregnancy was difficult and I’ve had several surgeries so we are not planning for more. However, our plans are not God’s plans.
I was 25 when I became a mom. I have 2 little girls.
michele mizell says
I was 19 when I had my son, he is now 14. I have an 12 and 11 year old daughters
Laura M says
What a great giveaway! I was 26 when I became a mom. Now my boys are 7 & 5.
We adopted our sweet daughter when I was 28, and our second is due soon now at 36. 🙂 Love my kids!
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Tracy Browning says
I was 30. We only have one which wasn’t the plan (our plan), but God knows what’s best for our family and we’re trusting in Him.
I was 27 with my first and now have 4 beautiful daughters!
I was 30 when I became a mom. I have 3 amazing boys, 10, 8 & 6. I love being a mom- even when they are driving me crazy!! Thanks so much for the opportunity!
I was 42 when my husband and I adopted 3 blessings. They were four, three and 10 days old. They are now 16,15 and 11 and I still consider them as our “blessings’!
Darlene Wright says
I was 20 years old and I now have two children. Thanks
I was 28 when I first became a mommy. 🙂 I now have three wonderful and very energetic blessings! 🙂
I’m a mom of 3 daughters – 1 by miscarriage and 2 in college, ages 22 and 19. My oldest was born when I was 30 years old. Thanks for this opportunity!
Sara P says
I was 23 when I had my daughter and 30 when I had my son. We have our ups and downs figuring out how these two can get along with such an age difference that they both *almost* feel like an only child sometimes.
Heather Galvas says
Hi there. I became a mom shortly after I turned 24. Here I am 8 years later with four children ages 8, 7, 5, and 1! I’ve been blessed enough to have two boys and two girls!
i was 23 and married when i became a mom and i have 4 children
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Kim Dickerson says
Thought I would never become a Mom. Then, after one low treatment of Clomid, gave birth to my twins when I was 26. Then had a surprise baby when I was 28. My kiddos are now 8 and ALMOST 6 (though she’d tell you that she’s “five…and a HALF!!!”
I was 25 when I first became a mom and I have 1 baby boy and another due in 2.5 weeks!
I had my miracle baby when I was 21 🙂 he’s 8 months old now ♡
Criscia ansell says
I was 19 when i became pregnant with my first son. He started walking on my 21th birthday. I have three wonderful boys and a single parent.
My son was born just a few months before I turned 30. My twin girls were born 18 months later, just after my 31st birthday. I sure hope I win this fabulous giveaway! 🙂 Thanks for hosting!
Jayme M. says
I had my first baby the month after I turned 24. Now I have 3 children and another one on the way! Baby #4 will be born a month or two after my oldest turns 4! There is never a dull moment with all these kiddos!!
Oh.. I so need this mixer!!!
Wonderful giveaway! My 15 year old daughter has been asking for a kitchen aid mixer for the past three years! Being a single mom, it just hasn’t been in the budget. I became a mother at the age of 23 (she is 22, married, and just gave me a beautiful grandson! ), then had my 15 year old when I was 29.
BR Miller says
I had my oldest son when I was 32 and had our youngest son, 19 months later. Shew those were tiring days!
Jennifer Waddle says
I was 21 when I became a mom and I have 4 children. Two are grown and married and I am blessed with 2 grandsons!
I was 27 when I became a mom! My 2 boys are now 14 and 11, growing up way too fast!! Cherish every moment because the years fly by 🙂
Elaine H says
I was 39 and have only my son!
Melissa C says
What an amazing giveaway! I was 21 and have been blessed with 2 wonderful girls.
I was 22 when I became a mom for the first time. I now have five children who are 20, 20 (we have two twenty year olds), 19, 14 and 13. My husband and I are blessed to have these amazing children who love God with all of their hearts and are incredible individuals.
Thank you so much for the wonderful opportunity.
This is great! Thank you!
I have always wanted a Keurig! It would be amazing to win one!
Alissa L says
Became a mom at 28 and am blessed with 6.
I was 31 when I had my first child and am now blessed to have 3 children.
I was 28 years old and we’ve had 7 in all;)
Angela England says
I was 24 when my kiddos were born. 🙂
Shirley Murray says
Thanks for the give-away!
I was 36 when I became a mom. I have two kids now.
I was 24. My kiddos are 6, 5, and 3.
I had my one and only child a few weeks after my 30th birthday. 🙂
Rachel Turner says
I got pregnant when I was 19 and became a mommy at 20 in June 2005. Now almost 10 years later, we are expecting our second child in August. 🙂 Happy Mother’s Day!
Did the winners get drawn for this??
Peggy Krominga says
Where do we find a list of winners?
Hi Peggy – We are still verifying and contacting winners. I hope to post it here this weekend!
Peggy Krominga says
Thanks so much! 🙂