I was 12 when my mother was first diagnosed with cancer. The next seven years were spent off and on with surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments. There were times when she would spend the day vomiting and others when she lost her hair. When she was gone, it was much too soon. I wasn’t a little child anymore, but I was still too young to lose her. I miss her. I mourn the fact that my children never knew her. I try to tell them stories to help them know the kind of person she was. Still, there were so many things left unsaid because I just hadn’t reached that stage in my life where I knew to ask her about them.
There aren’t many pictures of my mother, either. She was the epitome of camera shy, a characteristic I inherited. However, I’m trying to make an effort to change that so that some day, my children can look back and have something to hold onto. I want them to have the stories and the thoughts that made me who I am, along with their own memories. To that end, my good friend Dionna Ford, of Code Name: Mama fame, has a new journal out.
About the book
For My Children: A Mother’s Journals of Memories, Wishes, and Wisdom is beautifully designed with whimsical scrapbook style art. Clear and concise prompts throughout the book will have even the most reluctant person reminiscing about her life and thoughts. Delving from light hearted topics to subjects with deeper meaning, Dionna encourages mothers of all ages to leave behind a legacy of love and memories for their children.
This is a gift for both mother or child. Give this to your mother as a beautiful journal in which to write her thoughts and later as a gift to yourself when you read her words. Or, write your own story to pass to your children. Journals are a timeless gift to be treasured by generations. Share the wisdom of your love and memories so that no one forgets.
About the author
Dionna is a lawyer turned work at home mama of two amazing kids, Kieran and Ailia. You can normally find Dionna over at Code Name: Mama where she shares information, resources, and her thoughts on natural parenting and life with little ones. She is passionate about issues regarding attachment parenting, breastfeeding (particularly breastfeeding beyond infancy), RIC, and gentle discipline. Dionna also co-founded NursingFreedom.org (a site dedicated to normalizing breastfeeding), is a regular contributor on API Speaks (the blog sponsored by Attachment Parenting International), and co-hosts the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting.
Looking for a Mother’s Day gift this year? For My Children: A Mother’s Journals of Memories, Wishes, and Wisdom would make a fantastic gift for all of the mothers in your life.
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This give-away will close on Monday, May 14, 2012. One winner will be chosen randomly from all of the entries. Sorry, open to US and Canada, only.