I LOVE books. I LOVE to read. More importantly, I love to read books that is encouraging and beneficial to this mommy’s soul. So when I got the news to do another book review, I was SOOOOO excited and was ready to get the book. This time the book came from Genny Heikka and I must say, I didn’t even get half way through the book and fell in love with it. And after reading all of it, I was even more in love.
Whether you are a stay at home mom, work away from home or at home, or a step mom, we all are mommas and we all go through the same stresses of motherhood. Genny Heikka’s book, “Finding Mommy bliss”, is about finding the joy and blissful moments in the middle of all the chaos and business of motherhood. The book is designed to help you dig deep into your momma’s soul and you into a world where we can be satisfied knowing that what we are doing as a mom matters and that we can find peace knowing that there is joy to be found in the middle of a hectic day and a mess of a house. A book that helps us see the beauty of God’s design in mommas. As Genny tells you stories from her own experiences as a momma, you will be thankful you are reading a book from someone who has really been there. She has included several questions in the book that will help you find your inner joy and to help you really look at how you can seek and find those blissful moments. She also has incorporated many scriptures, quotes, and the mom to mom chats to help you see the beauty and give you a lift of encouragement you need to go on and knowing that you will make it through. This is one of those books you will be able to turn to anytime you need your spirits lifted and needing some extra encouragement. I’m pretty sure you will be thankful that it is on your night stand.
“And that’s what we have to do sometimes, mom. Hold on tight to the moments even as they are unfolding right in front of us, instead of letting them pass unnoticed, unappreciated, and in a hurry.” Page 31
Their is so many things that I liked about this book, I just don’t know where to start and I learned so much about how I can find the bliss in the midst of the chaos. When she goes through the first tip, there is a list of questions about “where I am at” when it comes to finding the bliss. I found out that I feel a bit torn. I know I am happy about being a mommy and I get excited when my kids and I get to do things or create projects together. But I also feel the stress when things don’t go the way I had hoped or if my attitude isn’t what I was expecting it to be. My stressful moments come when attitudes arise and things are just to hectic. She gave me comfort knowing that even though I may not know what I may be feeling, but God does. As the book goes on, she gets deeper and deeper into finding how we can find the bliss, loving the here and now and how we shouldn’t rush into our journey (even when we wish the years away, wow did that hit home). She talks about how we need to love despite the difficulty and how we are able to just say yes. How we need to take the time for ourselves. As a momma to 3, there is so many times where I have missed all of these opportunities and how hard it is to just to love when we don’t realize it. As Genny describes her calling as a momma, I am thankful that the Lord was able to give her the opportunity to encourage others and to help other mammas like us, to just open up more opportunities for our kids.
“…And sometimes loving in the middle of the chaos is easier said than done. But the hard times do pass, the difficult phases our kids go through do eventually end, and before we know it, we turn around to reflect…and our kids are grown up.” P37
I also enjoy the fact that Genny included TONS of quotes, scriptures, and helpful tips throughout the entire book. Where would we be without the help of another? On page 14, she included this one: “Taking joy in living is a woman’s best cosmetic.” -Rosalind Russell. I find complete beauty with that line. When we get stressed over little things, we get our joy robbed from us. Just like the shade of your lipstick can be seen on your lips, so can your joy. And joy is often seen from the outside and on the inside. Here is another: “It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” – John Wooden. All our little things that we are doing now; the laundry, the dishes, the cooking, the hugs….will mean something big later. We may not see it now, but eventually everyone will. All these little quotes, scriptures, and tips that she has added really helped me see things differently. I can put all these things into place in my home to make my life a bit more complete. Sometimes I have a hard time finding a prayer for my life as a mom. Do you ever get lost in your world you just don’t know what to say? Genny included many mom chats and prayers at the end of each tip (notice I didn’t say chapters?). Sometimes we need a little bit more of encouragement and nudge to get out what we need. I am so thankful she was able to add it in their.
“Be More Blissful: Look for the bliss moments today: your baby’s smile, a hug from your toddler, lunch with your teenager, a call from your oldest away at college. Don’t let the moment pass without taking notice and whispering a prayer of thanks. The more you start thanking, the more thankful you will feel.” P67
This week, I played MANY games of UNO with my boys. I danced with my daughter in the kitchen to some of our favorite songs. We went for walks, sang songs, and cheered for each other and our friends as we watched them play baseball. This week, I learned to put “yes” into practice. I know it is OK to take time for myself. I know that when I am stressed, I can still find joy. I hope you are able to find this book (and many others) for your shelf. I want to encourage you to check this book out. Enjoy it with friends and family. Because when you find joy and bliss in the little moments, you will be in a place that God designed just for you. In the mean time, you can see the introduction to the book, “Finding Mommy Bliss” below:
Genny Heikka is a momma, author, and speaker. She writes and speaks to many others like you about being a mentor and a momma. She is very involved with helping other moms, like us, to achieve our dreams and be an encouragement. To find out more about Genny:
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/gennyhikka
And more about Finding Mommy Bliss: www.findingmommybliss.com