I just finished reading A Mom After God's Own Heart by Elizabeth George and I feel so inspired! To all of you Moms out there, this is a must read. I actually wish I would have read it before I had Lula Mae! It would have given me a great start had I done that. This book gives you 10 ways to love your children and explains them chapter by chapter. This book helped me to truly understand my job as a mother. It helped me to see how important my heart is. If my heart is not tuned into God then I can't raise a family that is after God's own heart. This book is a very easy read with nice reviews at the end of each chapter! I loved reading the "From a Dad's Own Heart" sections at the end of every chapter too. It gave me good ideas on how to talk to Charlie about our family and its spiritual growth. I will be picking this book up regularly and reading through the reviews to keep myself focused! This book is a good guide for any Christian Mom who wants to do the best thing she can for her children... teach them to love God and to know Jesus Christ!
This book also helped me to realize that Charlie and I made the right decision when Lula Mae was born. I was only one year away from being a teacher when Lula Mae was born and as a family we were torn. Do I finish school and let a daycare raise my baby? Do I quit school this close to being finished? Do I go part time and just get is done slowly? There were a million questions going through our minds. Truly, I knew the moment I saw Lula Mae that there wasn't any way I would let someone else raise my precious little girl.... Charlie was a little more skeptical. God gave Lula Mae to Charlie and I... not to a daycare, nanny or Grandparent! I knew what I had to do. So, we are paying back my student loans... without a degree to show for them. Yes, it is tough... but it was the right choice and I wouldn't change it for the world. My daughter is enough proof of that. She is a very loving little girl who can read, knows her letters, knows her numbers, knows her shapes, knows her colors and knows about God and His love for her. She is technically at a 5-K level... before the age of 2! I am so proud of that! (Yes, I brag quite often about my little girl!) I spend ample time with my daughter, training her in the way that she should go. Had I not stayed home, Lula Mae would not be where she is today. God helped me to make that tough decision and He is helping me every step of the way! I put all my trust in Him and He is proving that in doing that we are rewarded and blessed! I am so thankful to have such a loving God! This book really tied the last few years of my life together! I am so glad that I read this book! I hope that others will enjoy this book as much as I have!