I just love the title of this book by Mom of 5 and author, Rachel Jankovic: Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches. “Motherhood in the Trenches” is such a wonderful description of life with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. At the end of the day it’s easy to feel battle-worn when doing life with little ones!
I first saw Loving The Little Ones as I was searching for another book on Amazon. It looked like such an encouraging book to read that I contacted the publisher (Canon Press) almost immediately to see if I could get my hands on a copy. Thankfully, they obliged and even offered TWO books to be given away! (Giveaway now closed!)
When I received the book in the mail, I was pleasantly surprised by its small size. Even more pleasant than that though, was the fact that the 20 chapters within the book are super short and most can be read in 5-10 minutes max. This makes it the perfect book for mothers of young children!
I could read it while one little one is napping and the other (who is supposed to be napping) interrupts every 2 minutes by coming out of his room asking if he can get up yet. (Side note: I think I’m going to have to just face the fact that the Big Brother’s napping days are just about over.)
Encouragement For Weary Moms
Loving The Little Ones: Motherhood in the Trenches isn’t a parenting how-to book. It’s not full of developmental theories or even practical tips for getting your child to mind. No, Loving The Little Ones is a book about encouragement for a weary mother.
And the author, Rachel Jankovic knows a thing or two about being battle-worn and plain exhausted as a mother. Rachel Jankovic is the mother of five young children (including a set of twins) all under the age 5. Whew! And I thought I had my hands full with two young active boys!
This book is about learning to embrace these sometimes stressful years caring for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. It’s about thinking of our role as a mother as our mission in life, our pastoral duty. Loving The Little Ones encourages us to refuse to get caught up into the chaos of life with young children so much that we forget that these children of ours have souls, emotions, and feelings that need nourishing.
Loving The Little Ones Quotes
After I began reading this book, I quickly realized I needed a highlighter. Here is one of my favorite quotes from the book.
“So while your children are little, cultivate an attitude of sacrifice. Sacrifice your peace for their fun, your clean kitchen floor for their help cracking eggs, your quiet moment for their long retelling of a dream that a friend of theirs allegedly had. Prioritize your children far and away above the other work you need to get done. They are the only part of your work that really matters.” (p. 51)
This is so easy to “think” in theory, but so hard to put into practice. And very rarely do we look at our role as mothers from a sacrificial standpoint in a positive light. In fact, I could probably count on two hands the number of times PER DAY that I think about how I just need some time to myself…I just want to get this done or that…I just need a break. Instead of whining, I need to be embracing the sacrifices I’m called by God to make on behalf of my children. They really are the only part that truly matters in the long term.
And the other favorite quote:
“Motherhood is hard work. It is repetitive and often times menial. Accept it. Rejoice in it. This is your toil. Right here. Those are their faces. Enjoy them. The days of your life are supposed to be full of things like this. But joy is not giddy. It is not an emotional rush–it is what happens when you accept your lot and rejoice in your toil. So rejoice in your children. Look them in the eyes and give thanks.” (p. 102)
Would you say you are in the trenches of motherhood right now?
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