Love Rebel -
an anthology written by five moms who blog, had me
nodding and smiling. It’s not a long read, but cuddled between the pages are
some passionate stories filled with love, challenges and downright honest
recollections of what motherhood is all about.
Anna Eastland, Monique LeBlanc, Bonnie Way, Monique Les
& Melanie Jean Juneau team up with editor, Roberta Cottam and designer, Laura
Wrubleski to put together this book of encouragement and blessings for those
who have ever had the privilege of being called ‘Mom’ (or who are looking
forward to that day!)
As I was reading, I started jotting down notes – joy phrases;
sage advice; brilliant quotes. I was barely halfway through before I realized I
had almost two full pages. Something
rings true as each author ushers me into her life. Perhaps it is the
vulnerability and the frankness of the authors. The stories are all different yet share a common
thread -mothers are vessels for the miracle of life. A good reminder to our
society where motherhood is too often considered secondary or not as important
as career and climbing the corporate ladder.
I think Bonnie Way said it best – “As I gave myself
permission to just be a mom, all the little daily tasks of motherhood became a
joy, instead of a chore.”
Each powerful story of love focusses on how ‘children are
not merely bodies to be cared for.’ I love the part where Anna Eastland
stresses that children are emerging intellects; budding souls; creative spirits. Anna also relays the heartbreaking story of
losing her little girl right after she was born. She asks God why He broke her
heart in two. She felt Him answer: “To make it bigger.”
Then there are stories of octogenarian relationships that
turn into valuable lessons all around; tales of toilet brushes, the sharing of chores,
the blessing of baby shoes, a 5’1” 104 pound mother of nine who learns the true
meaning of motherly love and how a hard of hearing momma’ adjusts thanks to a
healthy dose of humour, a ton of patience and through the love of a supportive
family and friends.
Like a little sprinkling of stardust, Love Rebel – Reclaiming Motherhood has tucked between stories, dashes of poignant poetry and measures of delightful quotes straight from the
hearts of our moms’ children. What fun.
I’m thinking that Love
Rebel – Reclaiming Motherhood, is a book that can easily be read over and
over (and over). A breath of fresh air.