Monday, January 7, 2013

Are You A Desperate Mom?

When we had our first son, we were living far away from family and hadn't made many friends. It was an exciting time but it was also very lonely and scary for me.

Our AJ was a sweet, beautiful baby and I fell in love with him immediately when they placed him in my arms at the hospital. But something happened when we brought him home. He cried all the time and barely slept longer than an hour at a time. We tried everything from the swing to driving him around in the car. Donnie was such a help, but he had to go back to work after a few days. I was alone with this crying baby and had no idea what to do. I felt like a failure.

I made many long distance calls to my mom. I remember one so well. It was the moment I completely lost it. I had been walking, rocking, and crying along with my baby for days. I said to her through sobs, "I am the worst mom ever." She told me to give the phone to Donnie and then told him to send me to bed. She knew that I was exhausted and broken.

After two weeks (which seemed like years to me) we finally found out that AJ was lactose intolerant and was crying because his belly was upset. We changed formula and our sweet baby was back.

But for those two weeks, I was a desperate momma. Desperate for someone to help me. Desperate for someone to help my baby. Desperate for someone to tell me I wasn't alone and I wasn't a horrible momma.

Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson have written a book - 
Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe
A book for the desperate momma. One to speak to our momma hearts. 
I wish that I had this book sixteen years ago and am so thankful to have it today. Desperate is a book that I recommend for every momma and not just the ones expecting or ones with tinies, but mommas in every stage of parenting.

Sarah and Sally offer love, encouragement, and wisdom to moms throughout Desperate all the while pointing to God in everything. One of the things I love about this book is that there are videos for every chapter. It was like Sarah and Sally came over for a cup of coffee and a chat.

This is one of my favorite quotes from the book.

Desperate also contains a Bible study and prompts to journal as you read.
This would be a fantastic small group study to do with other mommas. You can download the Desperate small group guide on the website here.

Friends...believe me when I tell you that this book is simply a gift from these two incredible women. It is a gift you can receive and one to give away as well. Buy one for yourself and get another for your friend. Buy one for every momma in your church or a momma you might encounter through your day.

You can purchase Desperate at these places:

Be sure to visit Sarah at this week 
as there will be giveaways each day.


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  1. Your story sounds very similar to mine with my second born. She too is lactose intollerant and cried for weeks. We also live near none of our family, so I understand that difficulty as well. This book sounds like a wonderful help to struggling moms.

  2. Oh my heart...I don't know if I would have made it. He would have carried me, I'm certain, but I wouldn't have made it alone!

    Thanks for sharing your heart with this wonderful review, friend. Beautiful...

  3. Beautiful heartfelt post! I'm so touched! Your a wonderful mom!

  4. Oh man I felt that way too, my second was like that for three months I wanted to die and I cried so much. Your a great mom and friend. Looking forward to this book!!

  5. Hey there! You have been nominated for the Liebster Award!

    Take care,


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