Thursday July 28, 2011
Welcome to Outnumbered Mom.
I’ve spent my mom life outnumbered by four boys, and I’m here to say there’s hope and help. What will you find here? Encouragement and inspiration, practical tips and help from Above.
I wrote all about the Boy Mom Life in my book, I’m Outnumbered! One Mom’s Lessons in the Lively Art of Raising Boys. It’s been crazy, chaotic, and loud—but I wouldn’t change a thing. I'm honored to share here and as a contributor to the MOB Society, too.
My boys? Well, I’m a survivor. My sons are 28, 25, 22, and 19. (It dawned on me earlier this year that this was my baby’s last year as a teen; that was a moment!) I also have one grand…son. Watching your son with his son is incredible.
My sons’ favorite books?
Early childhood / Elementary - Richard Scarry books and the Max and Ruby books
Runaway Ralph by Beverly Cleary
Magic Tree House series (grades 4-6)
Accidental Detectives series and Sports Mystery Series by Sigmund Brouwer (grades 4-6)
Middle school - Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Holes by Louis Sachar
My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier
Silas Marner by George Eliot
High school - Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Oath by Frank Peretti
One of my boys’ favorite musicians has become mine, too—Andrew Peterson. These lyrics from his song, Little Boy Heart Alive, never fail to bring back memories of of my boys’ childhood. (Click here to listen to the song, a sweet retelling of the boy life.)
Kings and castles in the neighborhood
Swords on the forest floor
Dragons in the magic wood
Better saddle your battle horse
Better choose your weapons right
Five little stones and a faith on fire
In a little boy heart alive
Before you go, click around a bit; there’s lots here. Once a mom, always a mom, I say. No matter what age your boys are, only another boy mom really “gets it.”
I’ll leave you with a few words from my book, I’m Outnumbered:
“Boys are bundles of promise. Future fathers, husbands, teachers, pastors, filmmakers…and who knows what else? Mother of sons, what a blessing you’ve been given. Handle it with care, being ‘joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer’ (Romans 12:12).”
Hope to see you again soon! Be sure to leave me a comment -- I'll choose one mom at random to win her own copy of I'm Outnumbered.
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