How was your Mother's Day truth-seekers? IMG_3054

Mine was filled with emotion. It was my first week back at work and I was missing sweet Ridley big time. (I wrote a post about going back to work that will be on The M.O.M. Initiative tomorrow so be sure to check it out.) Even though I was missing him during the week, I so enjoyed our snuggle time over the weekend. We took a nice, long nap on Sunday after church and it was the perfect gift for me to receive.

Speaking of Mother's Day gifts, I'm sure many of you received sweet gifts from your husbands and children but today I'd like to offer you an after-Mother's Day giveaway.  Do y'all remember Kelsey that was a missionary in East Asia? Well, she is back in the states and is working for a sweet jewelry company based out of Birmingham called Compelled Designs. They make jewelry to help families raise funds for adoption and other ministries. Compelled would like to give away this beautiful necklace to one lucky reader!

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gennyProfileTwoBut, that's not all, folks! My friend Genny is giving away a copy of her newest book, Finding Mommy Bliss. Genny will be one of the keynote speakers at The M.O.M. Initiative's Better Together conference July 31st-August 2nd. I'd love for you to join us at this retreat for ministry leaders, mentors, and mentee moms!

Genny lives in Northern California with her husband and two kids and has always enjoyed writing. When she began her parenting blog, she was instantly struck by the sense of community online and the desire among moms to connect with each other. This led to her writing Finding Mommy Bliss. Read more about the book below:

finding mommy bliss

Being a happy mom isn’t about sailing through motherhood. It’s not about having it all together or having the best kids. Parenting can be chaotic, stressful, and complicated. There are temper tantrums and sibling squabbles. There is self-doubt and frustration, even fear and uncertainty. But there is also laughter and love . . . and, yes, even bliss.

Finding Mommy Bliss—Discovering Unexpected Joy in Everyday Moments helps moms take steps toward the parental happiness that can sometimes be hiding at the bottom of the laundry pile. Author Genny Heikka includes stories from her own experiences as a parent, along with practical advice, tips, and questions that moms can explore on their own or in a group setting.

Filled with the humor, heartache, and humbling realizations that only parenting can bring, Finding Mommy Bliss makes for an encouraging, easy read for the busy mom who needs a few minutes of inspiration.

Take a moment to enter into our giveaway. One person will win the necklace and another person will win Finding Mommy Bliss. Hope you enjoy this after-Mother's Day giveaway!!!

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The giveaway will stay open until Friday night and I'll announce the winner by Monday.

Till next time, let your light shine!

Blessings, christen