One of my favorite questions to ask moms is : what do you like to do, you know, besides being a mom?
That question can be controversial, but I really don’t mean for it to be. What I want to know is what is inside this woman, other than being a mom.
We all know that with being a mom comes a ton of love, responsibility, and fun…but not lots of time for ourselves, or our former selves. Motherhood has to be selfless – which is really hard, I’m learning. And I’m not great at that – but God is teaching me in his generosity that that is what I need.
One of the ways God wired me is in creativity. Actually, that is one of the reasons my husband said he married me – is because I’m fun – I love to be creative and think outside the box. I also love to do that in my motherhood journey. I love to try new recipes – all the time. I go all the time, taking my littles with me to new parks, or library story times, or just to a new aisle in Target. I love reading books with them and letting my boys be in the kitchen with me – or in the yard with me learning about new bugs (oooh, gross), or new flowers that seemed to have popped up over night. It is never ending. I don’t like boredom, whether in life or in motherhood.
And I love to be creative in my personal life too. I have loved photography since high school. Loved to cook since college. Loved to letter and write for what seems like forever. These are things that still excite me. So, they are also things that fuel me. How do these things help or help me engage in motherhood? Well, I love to take photographs of our every day – or of our special days. I love to cook for my family and for other families. I love to letter to help me meditate on the Word (to help my heart) or to give to others, or to help with our family finances.
Life Creative is a book written by two women who seek to encourage moms to not only be creative, engaging with their creative side (and we all have one because we are made in the image of a creative God) but to also encourage moms to encourage their kids to be creative. We may not be talking about painting and cooking. Creativity can take on many different forms and be used in many outlets.
Whether you are struggling to find your creative outlet, think your kids are getting bored, or are maybe struggling to decide how to use your creative gifts right now (especially in the throws of motherhood), this is a great book to encourage thinking and discussion. I would read it, discuss some of it over coffee or tea or wine with a fellow mom, and also, discuss some of your thoughts with your husband – who I hope will encourage you to use your creative gifts.
Litfuse, the group that gave me this book to review, is also hosting a giveaway for you and a Facebook party!