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I have been meaning to compose an entry about a new-to-me blog that I have been perusing more often than I care to admit.  It is Soule Mama, the sounding board of Amanda Soule, an author, crafter, wife, and mom. She is a gifted lady.  I go to her site for the eye candy, to get ideas,  and to enter her giveaways. Her children are adorable and her handiwork is enviable. I love her use of light and warmth.  She is a kindred mothering spirit and I do not know how she has the time to get it all done.

We may have differing views theologically… I am unsure of her heart’s beliefs for she doesn’t use her Soule Mama blog as a sounding board for that aspect of her life, and for that I am thankful.

I do know this: I love to read of her delighting in her children, her husband’s presence, and ordinary days with extraordinary occurrences. And upon the next time I have money to spend on books, I plan to buy one if not several of hers.

She is having a giveaway today for an adorable cow kimono and rockin’ aqua blue messenger bag sponsored by Bayan Hippo.  You should probably check out Bayan Hippo on Etsy as well… AWESOME! Their clothes are the cutest and the bags are so me.


bookA Mothering by Grace Giveaway!

Mothering by Grace is very graciously giving away a copy of  Jeff VanVonderen’s new book, Families Where Grace is in Place: Building a Grace-Filled Marriage and Raising Creative, Contented, Capable Children Without Legalism or Manipulation.

The book’s list price is $12.99, but you can purchase it from Amazon for $10.39. However, if you follow the steps outlined on the Mothering by Grace website  you can be entered to win a copy for free, for as many was five times.

I have not read the book, but judging from the description on MbG, I feel that I could use the wisdom that Jeff gathers together in the text:

Families Where Grace Is in Place by Jeff VanVonderen.

This book jarred us both from the unbiblical errors and extra-biblical extremes that run rampant in our previous life. Most startling is VanVonderen’s rather matter-of-fact correction that the Bible doesn’t say that I’m supposed to make my husband love me, nor is he supposed to make me submit. I have my responsibility to submit, and he has his responsibility to love. That’s our division of labor, so to speak.

The same goes with parents and children. My responsibility to not provoke my sons to wrath is actually greater than their responsibility to obey/honor me. I can’t make them honor me, but I need to act honorably. VanVonderen was the first for me that made that very simple, mind-blowing point.

The above bold emphasis is mine.  I struggle with parenting by grace.  I did not have the best role model as a mother. I do not struggle as much with submission to my husband, thankfully.  It is very easy to submit to a man that you know loves you and has God’s will as his main intention for your life.

Well what are you waiting for? Go and enter yourself to win the book!