Surprised by Motherhood

I was never one of those girls who dreamed of becoming a mom. I mean, I always assumed I would eventually, but it wasn’t a dream of mine. It was more of a practical thought—down the road I’d do the mom thing.

Which is one of the reasons I resonated so much with my friend Lisa-Jo’s new book—because it’s not every day the author of a book on motherhood admits that she never wanted to be a mom. The title says it all, and describes very much my daily experience with three young people who share my roof.

These are my words in the first few pages, and I still agree with them: “I was surprised by Surprised by Motherhood—not because I didn’t already know that Lisa-Jo is a brilliant storyteller and writer, but because I thought I was done with books about motherhood.”

Surprised by Motherhood

I first read the book a few months ago, and I simply couldn’t put it down, Lisa-Jo’s gift of weaving words left me so raptured. In fact, just in writing this post I started reading the book again and had to force myself to stop so I could go ahead and hit publish (I’m probably back to rereading the book by the time you’re reading this).

In particular, her admittance of her middle son’s wild difficulty helps me—well, admit my middle son’s will difficulty as well. LJ tells the story of falling in like with him, that she, “liked him so much I could hardly breathe. I just sat in that room between a toy tiger and a radio playing softly and stroked the sweaty forehead of a nearly four-year-old and let the like keep filling me up, all the way to overflowing.”

Surprised by Motherhood

Surprised by Motherhood

I want to write like Lisa-Jo when I grow up.

But until then, Surprised by Motherhood is now my go-to book for mama gifts (also coupled with Faith-Based Parenting for first-time mothers). If you’re a mom, have a mom, or know a mom, you have a reason to have this book in your life—either to read or to give.

Which means you’re in luck.

Giveaway

Lisa-Jo wants to give three Art of Simple readers* a copy of Surprised By Motherhood AND a Daily Grace tea set. Um, hello, Mother’s Day gift?

Surprised by Motherhood

book and tea

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post, telling us why you’d love to win! (If you’re reading this via email, please head to the post directly to comment.)

This giveaway will end this Friday, April 18. I hope you win!

• US residents only, unfortunately… sorry about that.

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501 Comments

  1. Lauren Stacey

    I would love this book! I have my own wild child that stretches me and occupies my thoughts at all hours of the night. I would love to read a positive approach to mothering and loving these unique little people.

  2. Malisa

    I’d love to win because I’m interested to read the stories in this book

  3. Bek @ Just For Daisy

    Wow! I love the sound of this book and would love to read it to give me another point of view on motherhood. It seems we are all a little (or a lot!) surprised by motherhood no matter what we thought we would think! Thanks for this post!

    • Bek @ Just For Daisy

      PS. Not in US so can’t enter 😉 But wanted to comment!

  4. coco

    As a mom of 18 months old baby, being her mom is my favorite thing to do in life, and I also love reading about the experience, so I really want to win! 😉

  5. Alice S

    Your post completely nails how I feel about motherhood. Like you stated so clearly, I too didn’t dream about being a mother; just assumed I would do that some day. However, it has become my world and more fulfilling than I ever dreamed. “Surprised by Motherhood” sounds like a book I can relate to.

  6. Sara

    Sounds like a book every mother should read.

  7. Kelly

    I’m only 3 months into motherhood, but I am definitely surprised by it- in a mostly good way 🙂 I’d love to read the book!

  8. Hannah

    I’d love to read this book! I share the same feelings- in fact it was my husband. Who convinced me to get going with starting our family 3 years ago. Now with a son and a daughter, I tell people all the time how profoundly surprised I am by how much I enjoy motherhood… Even the tough parts. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Melissa D.

    Looks like a great read!

    • Amy L

      I would love to read this book! I always wanted to be a mom but actually becoming a mom was so much different than I expected.

  10. Danielle

    Sounds like a terrific read. We are starting to plan a family and it sounds like a must read for me! Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. Erica

    Oh, what a sweet video about this book. Made me cry! I am in the thick of young mother-hood and would LOVE this book! Thanks for doing the give-away.

  12. Katherine

    I always wanted to be a mom, and then I became one, and it was totally different than I expected. Sometimes good, sometimes difficult, always different.

  13. Rachel H

    I would love to read this, cause being a mom is the hardest and most beautiful thing I’ve ever done. And I will take all the help and encouragement I can.

  14. sam

    This book sounds like the perfect gift for one of my dearest friends, who is a first time mama. I would live to win and give it to her.

  15. lisa

    Sounds like an amazing book! I love being a mom but need all the encouragement I can get!!

  16. Lori

    I would love to win a copy of Surprised by Motherhood. I am a mother to an 11 and 12 year old and this job never gets any easier and is all consuming. I would love to hear another woman’s experience as personal narratives are one of my favorite types of read. It probably doesn’t hurt that I drink a couple of cups of tea a day!

  17. Jenn

    I never wanted to be a mom. Not in the someday I’ll do it way but in a I have a short temper and don’t’ like kids way. Now I have 2. I still struggle with my temper. My oldest is strong willed and my youngest wild. But I have fallen in like with them. (The love is automatic, the like not so much.) Motherhood provides my proudest moments in myself. Motherhood provides my most shameful moments. Everyday I get up, I tell them I love them, and start again.

  18. Jadyn

    The trailer had me tear up, the book is definitely on my wish list. Motherhood is such a beautiful privilege, but a complex one, and I’d love to read the perspective offered in book.

  19. Jennie

    I am in the midst of this season with a 3 and 5 year old, potty training a toddler and a puppy! This would also be perfect book for our moms group.

  20. Dorothy

    The book sounds beautiful, but I hadn’t jumped to get it, either. I think I’ve thought I was done with books on motherhood, too. Thanks for sharing, and for the offer.

  21. Lucy

    I think this would be so helpful for my mamahood journey.

  22. Hanni

    I’m due today with my 3rd baby. I’ll have three little ones under 3.5 so I think anything that encourages me in my motherhood would be great!

  23. Marshalene

    As a mom of 3 little boys I need all the help mothering I can get. I would love to win this book and we have a sweet little niece that we would love to pass the adorable tea set on to. 🙂 By the way, I love your blog and it has inspired and encouragede many times. Thank you! 🙂

  24. nichole

    I would love to win this set to give away to my sister in law. She is a new mom! I remember how hard that first year is, and how encouraged I was by the words of others ….mothers who had traveled the road before me. I would like to give her that same gift, words to help along the way. Thanks and much love to all the mothers out there 🙂

  25. Myah

    I want to win! I always wanted to be a mom but continue to be surprised each day by its challenges – and continue to believe it’s the most challenging, most beautiful thing I’ve ever done.

  26. Bree H.

    This book sounds amazing!

  27. Miriam B.

    I want to read this book because I am incredibly apprehensive about becoming a mom.

  28. DL

    What a blessing it would be to have this as an encouragement as I journey through motherhood!

    • Shelsy

      I’m so terribly lonely and desperate for friends, but I have no idea how to make them. I’m contemplating whether I’m brave enough to invite random women from my church for a Surprised By Motherhood book club and mother’s day tea. I haven’t decided. But if I win, I can’t think of a better way to use them.

  29. Wendi S

    I’ve read a couple reviews of this book, it sounds like a book I’d love to read. I’d love to win it.

  30. Kristi M

    I keep hearing about this book. It sounds wonderful!

  31. Barbie

    I’d love a little surprise perspective in my mothering right now of 4 girls 🙂

  32. Erin Lynn

    I love this site and am grateful for the mothers insight. I have two under 3 and I would say I’m more surprised at my emotional response to motherhood. I thought it would be blissful all the time. And I’m struggling either with exhaustin or seasonal affective disorder. But I’m ready to have fresh perspective on raising my two blessings and discovering my new self.

  33. Maggie

    Sounds like the kind of book I won’t be able to put down, would love to read it!

  34. Carrie

    I would love to read this book! I have three daughters, and they are each wonderful and difficult in their own ways. I would love to hear another mom talk about how it feels to a sometimes reluctant parent.

  35. Danielle

    I’d love to read this book because my middle son is also my greatest challenge and I need to find kinship.

  36. Lori

    I have been reading Lisa-Jo’s blog for a little while now and every single time I read one of her posts I tear up. She is so gifted at communicating the complex feelings of motherhood and encouraging mothers at the same time. I can’t wait to read her book!

  37. Tracey

    This book is on my “to-read” list and I would love to win a copy! I’m excited about reading even more of Lisa-Jo’s parenting wisdom.

  38. Lori

    Would love to win! I LOVE the little people in my world!! I have a boy and a girl, 9 years apart, and they act as if they have 2 separate sets of parents. It’s so amazing to watch their different personalities and dispositions. I would love to read other peoples stories.

  39. Beth S.

    I would love to read this book. I had always wanted to be a mother, but my journey there was nothing like I expected. And once my son was born I was definitely very surprised by motherhood!

  40. Erin

    I would love to win because I am struggling. An honest book about motherhood would be helpful right now.

  41. Kelsey

    I’d love to give this as a gift to my sister-in-law, a new mom!

  42. Sara

    I would love to read this book after reading your posting! It sounds like something I would really enjoy.

  43. Sarah ramsey

    I would love to win since I had always felt the same way but now as a mom of two boys I am constantly surprised by motherhood:) I would love to read her words and stories:)

  44. Erin

    I too have myself a wilder middle child, and sometimes it is just refreshing to read of others stories instead of the books that tell you how to handle that. I LOVE her so much and would love to glean from others journeys how to seek to enjoy every little thing with my kiddos 🙂

  45. Nina Martin

    I’d love to win because I’ve recently become a mother again to a 6 year old boy through adoption. Mine are 15,13,10,6. After Jesus, Motherhood is my life!

  46. Tammy

    The tea set is so pretty. I’d love that. I’m not sure I can identify with the message of the book, as motherhood is something I longed for and fought hard to attain.

  47. Michele Laramay

    I would love to win because I don’t have a very large book budget, but would like to read this and then share it with my friends.

  48. Kristin

    Sounds like a great read!

  49. Kate

    I cannot wait to read this book! It seems like a book that all moms should read- there are aspects to motherhood we are all surprised by- and knowing that connection has helped me get through some days!

  50. Lindi

    I’m always on the lookout for a good book, especially parenting books as they inspire me to be a better parent. Your review makes this one sound very interesting!

  51. Betsie Pendarvis

    I would love to win this for my daughter. She is a wonderful mom to her foursome, but could always use inspiration and refreshment. (And I could read it when I babysit! ) And time out for tea is such a treasure.

  52. Tara Wilson

    I would love to win this. I often struggle with motherhood and feel I could relate to this book so much.

  53. Traci

    With baby #2 arriving shortly, I know I’ll need the encouragement amidst the sleepless nights to remind me again of why I wanted to be a mom!

  54. Rachel E

    I’d love to win this because I feel like the season of motherhood I am in right now is very trying. I’ve been reading tons of things on the season of having littles and finding encouragement in them.

  55. Liesel

    I would absolutely love to read this book. Your first paragraph describes me, and here I am with three young children, sometimes wondering how I ended up here… I’ve had this book on my list from the first time I heard of it.

  56. Katie Harding

    This books sounds fantastic, I think as parents it’s always good to get another perspective so I am very interested in reading it, thanks for sharing!

  57. Megan M.

    This book sounds so inspiring. I would love to read it and, of course, the tea set is lovely, too.

  58. Jessica

    I keep hearing good things about this book!

  59. Denise

    I would love to win this book. It sounds very encouraging and refreshing.

  60. Tiffany

    I’m a pastor’s wife and homeschooling mother of four. I would love to have another tool to give to first time moms who are unsure of the fulfillment children can bring to their lives.

  61. Sabrina

    I would love to win this gift of the book and tea set! I, too, never thought motherhood would be something I would enjoy so much. But with a four year old daughter and a newborn son, I can’t imagine my life without being a mother! It has brought me so much joy and love, even though it’s the hardest job ever.

  62. Sarah

    I’m days away from having my first child & I’ve been waiting to get this book once my baby girl is born! Lisa-Jo has taught me so much about motherhood since I started reading her blog almost 2 years ago!

  63. Nicole

    I’d love to win this book. I too never dreamed if being a mom. The idea actually scared me – and now I’m a mom of four kids under the age of 7… and some days I’m prettified by the fact that they are mine and it’s my job to raise, love, nurture ab grow them into who God created them to be.
    I must admit that my journey into motherhood hasn’t been all rosey. Shortly after the birth of baby #1 our lives got turned upside down due to immigration and we quickly found ourselves moving from Asia to Colorado to start life… we now just feel like we are getting our feet on te ground. A fiend who knows my journey recommended this book – on my ‘want’ list 🙂
    Thank you for sharing!

  64. Holly F

    I’d love to win! I never wanted to have kids either but now have 3 almost all the same age (2 are adopted) and love it. They are just so much fun.

  65. Wesley

    If this book is anywhere near as inspiring as the video clip, I can’t wait to read it!

  66. Paige

    As a fellow mom who was surprised by motherhood, I would love to win this book. I know it would be an uplifting, encouraging read and I would benefit greatly from her words. 🙂 Thank you for this opportunity !

  67. Carin Cathey

    As a mom of 4 (17-9 yrs) I always enjoy a fresh and honest take on mommyhood 🙂

  68. Kirsten

    Great giveaway! I’m always excited to learn about books to encourage and inspire me in my journey of motherhood. *fingers crossed!*

  69. Jill T.

    I would love to win this book. I too thought I was done with motherhood books, but I love a great story and this sounds so unique.

  70. Chanda

    Mom of 5, ages 11, 8 1/2, 5, 2 & 6 weeks. 2 years ago, I left a very successful career to stay home with my children. 1 year ago, I pulled my oldest 2 out of public school and began homeschooling them. My life has certainly evolved in a way I never expected. Any book that helps me relate to others and certainly any regarding motherhood is always welcome. 🙂 thank you!

  71. Amanda

    I have the opposite problem. I dreamed about being a mother and it isn’t what I pictured. It’s still wonderful in all the cliche ways. I can’t picture my life without my crazy child and my toddler, but it is much more difficult than I imagined it would be!

  72. Neena

    I would love to read this book. I love my little ones (6 and 3) and am surprised daily at how much I not only love them, but also like them and the range of feelings I have about them as individuals. This is a great giveaway!

  73. Kristin

    This book sounds fantastic! I can’t wait to read it.

  74. Melissa Webb

    Sounds like the book is full of something I might need to hear at this point. To be reminded of some things.

  75. Suzanne

    I am intrigued by your description of this book. Your first paragraph could have been my words too, but is something I’ve never said out loud. Surprised by Motherhood truly sounds like it’s one-of-a-kind. Would love to win a copy and find out what’s inside. The tea set is just adorable too! I think my daughter and I would enjoy some special tea times with this set.

  76. Sadie

    I have 5 children and like you I feel like I’m done with ‘mother’ books. It is nice to be intrigued by a book again. I would love to read this one.

  77. Stephanie Turner

    Thanks for the honest review! Sounds like a great read! I will add it to my wishlist. 🙂

  78. Betsy Kunz

    I watched the video and the book looks awesome! I’m a mom of 2 kids. One I had when I was 27 and the other when I was 37. My youngest, a son, has been much more challenging and that’s been a little harder at a my age. I can’t wait to read the book.

  79. Angie

    It sounds great!

  80. maggie

    sounds like a good read!

  81. Corey

    And I thought I was the only one! Motherhood has taken me by surprise almost daily! Why would this “creature” look to me for guidance, when I’m still trying to figure things out for myself. And then I had more, what was I thinking?! Now I have a gang that can turn on me at any given moment! Oh the joys of motherhood!

  82. Brenda Turner

    I’m the mother of two and the grandmother of four, and I would love to share with my daughters!

  83. Lisa C.

    I would love to win this book & tea set – reading a great book with some warm tea is awesome! I find myself surprised, so many times, to look around me & realize I am a homeschooling mother of 5 children. A surprise indeed!

  84. Amy Cottrell

    I would love to win! I want to read the book and what better way with a new tea cup filled with tea 🙂

  85. Sara F

    I would love to read this book! I loved my job and didn’t want kids at all until I met my husband, and then we decided we would only have one child … Much to our surprise, we got pregnant with identical twin girls our first time trying to conceive. Here we are 4years later (they turn 4 in 12days!) and I’m a stay at home mom, even keeping children for my friends while they work too … To say the least, this unexpected rollercoaster of parenting has been more fun and full of love than I ever knew it could be!

  86. April

    I have a toddler and am expecting a baby in a couple months, so I think this book would be beneficial to me in those first crazy months of adjustment! And tea is so soothing to the soul!

  87. Stephanie Gates

    Sounds like a wonderful book! I had my oldest when I was really young and always thought I would have been content just having one child. But something changed in my heart, I longed for more children and wanted to be a stay-at-home mom. I feel so blessed to have three amazing girls!

  88. Andresa J

    I would love to win for a good read for myself. And then passing it on to my sweet friend. ❤️

  89. leslie

    I have read snippets of her book and love her style of writing. I would absolutely love to read this book!

  90. Katie May

    I would so love to win this giveaway. While I always knew I wanted to be a mom, motherhood turned my world upside down when it actually became a part of my life. Getting pregnant just three weeks into marriage, I never quite felt like I was ready to become a mom just then. Five years later, I wouldn’t change my motherhood reality…although, I am continually surprised by motherhood over and over again!

  91. Michelle Y

    I need all the encouragement I can get! And I love tea too 🙂

  92. Erin

    I feel that life is one happy accident. I never dreamed of getting married or having children. I didn’t plan or hope to fall in love. I was happy living life young and free until the day I met my husband. That’s when I dreamed of little girls in my life. I was blessed with two.

  93. Desiree

    Hi! I tried to order Surprised by Motherhood on amazon but it’s 2-3 weeks out for delivery… Anywhere else I might be able to find it? I have three under 4 and have been needing some mom inspiration these days. Winter has been too long 🙂

  94. erin

    my middle boy is a wild one as well. the book looks great…

  95. Pam

    I am a longtime ready of Lisa-Jo’s writing and I so enjoy her encouraging spirit! I would love the opportunity to curl up with her inspiring words and a cup of tea while my two little girls nap in the afternoon. Sounds like the perfect Mother’s Day treat. <3

  96. Amber

    I would love to have this book because while we are trying to have a child, I am terrified of being a mom. Before I got married a couple of years ago I had decided to be a successful single woman, then my friend of 6 years stole my heart, we got married and he said he didn’t want to have kids. I was fine with it, now he wants at least one and I don’t know how I feel other than scared. I think that reading a book like this about parenting (rather than all those out there that are about how hard it is) may help me.

  97. Kelly

    Our oldest is 16 and youngest is 8 and yet I’m often surprised as we enter new stages of growth. And, they are all different, so even though we may have already been through a particular stage with our oldest, the 2nd born may approach the same stage in a whole different manner. I’d love to read the book myself! But, there are three mamas in our midst due with babies in the fall. I’d love to pass on the book and tea set to one of them to enjoy!

  98. Laura

    I love to read other mothers’ reflections on motherhood.

  99. Laurel

    Could always use some uplifting words about motherhood for those days that seem more draining than fulfilling! And a cup of tea is always nice for a book reading! 🙂

  100. Natalie R.

    I’m expecting my first babe in October–although I’ve always wanted to be a mom I know there are things that will take me by surprise 🙂

  101. Rebecca

    Expecting my third in a few weeks and I think this would be a great read while I take a nesting time with our newborn.

  102. Amanda D

    I would love to read this book. I’m entering the teen years and it’s been a hard few months. I’d love to be re-excited about motherhood.

  103. laura

    Sounds like a lovely book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  104. Franes

    I would love to read this book. I need some fresh inspiration 🙂

  105. Amy

    I’m about halfway through this book, and I want to go out and buy it for every mama I know. I also want to be like friend she describes in the chapter about her oldest’s days as a newborn, the friend who dropped everything and came over with chocolate to talk about being a mama. I remember fighting my way through the fog of my first few weeks as a mom – how hard breastfeeding was, how lonely it was to be at home, and how much I couldn’t admit to myself that being a stay-at-home mom was not the 24-hour delight I always dreamed it would be. I wish I’d had this book then!

  106. Amanda Stirgwolt

    I would love to have this giveaway book and tea set. I just learned yesterday that I am expecting our first baby girl. I am beyond excited to join in the wonderful journey of motherhood. As a teacher I have dedicated the last 10 years of my life to nurturing my “kids” at school. Now, I am so blessed to have the opportunity to nurture and love my own little girl coming this September. Thank you for your inspirational blog.

  107. Amy M

    I could really use some mama encouragement in my life right now. Thanks for recommending this book!

  108. Jacklyn Conrad

    I just had my second baby girl three weeks ago, so my whole dynamic of life has changed. I love them so so much, but could always use some motherhood encouragement! 🙂

  109. Rachel

    Wow. I have always felt guilty that I didn’t want to be a mom. I had a million other goals and dreams. I even struggle now with gratitude for the opportunity I have here. (Especially as so many of my friends and family want motherhood so much and cannot have it, while I am expecting #5.) I have been surprised so much about this life. I always thought it would look like my childhood and that I would mother like my own mother, but it doesn’t work that way, does it?
    I love the quote at the bottom. This is an adventure and excitement, even when it is identical to yesterday.
    Where could I get the tea set on my own? One of our special times around here is afternoon tea in the summer (if it ever warms up that is) and having a ceramic teapot and cups would make my kids year.

  110. Annette

    Sounds like a great book. I’m a mom of three, and I feel like books and blog posts about mothering help me see the forest through the trees.

  111. Dawn

    I love raw honesty about things and that’s no less true when discussing motherhood. This books sounds amazing! Would love a copy. 🙂

  112. Stacey E

    That video just drew me in. This sounds like a wonderful book with the perfect balance of keeping it real and finding joy in this job that is both the hardest and most rewarding of our lives.

  113. Sara e.

    I am dying to get my hands on this book! The premise resonates with me- I too was not thrilled about motherhood at first, and here we are with 3 kids, one of whom is adopted, and looking to start adopting again! Can’t wait to read this.

  114. Tiffany

    Would love to read it!

  115. Denise

    Love this title and can’t wait to read it! After a surprise first a few years ago, we are weeks away from our second andI am not sure I am ready.

  116. Cora

    This book is on my “to read” list whether I win it or not. 🙂 I have 3 awesome blessings, ages 6,4 and 2; and still struggle almost daily to fully embrace the role of motherhood…

  117. Sarah M

    I would love to read this book because any insight into joyful parenting when I’m in the funks is a good healthy dose of needed insight! And we need all the help we can get as moms, right?! 🙂
    Sarah M

  118. Hannah

    I love any kind of encouraging read on motherhood and love sharing them with others. 🙂

  119. Katie

    Sounds like a book that would do my tired momma’s heart good

  120. Tatiana

    Oh how I need this book! I also have my middle wild child and could use every bit of advice this book can provide. My two daughters and I would also enjoy a tea set. Thank you so much for sharing this book!

  121. Barbara

    I would love to win this prize package and share it with my four daughters! Thanks for the chance!

  122. Ariannaar

    I would love to read that book… Just this morning I have been sitting on the sofa looking at my three little kids wondering how on earth i got here. Mom. Me? Of three!? I don’t even like kids. My heart has been enlarged by each of them (so full of love!) but I have never considered myself as so selfish, impatient, and unkind until they rocked my life.

  123. Gina

    As a single mother of striving to be the best Mom I can be, I’d love to read it!

    • Gina

      Sorry, single mother of 5! 🙂

  124. Jayne Gautreau

    I am surprised every day on this mothering journey and would love to read this book.

  125. Jenn

    I would love to read this book!

  126. Caitlin Mallery

    Even as someone who wanted to be a mother I am still surprised by motherhood, especially having three in less then three years. I would love to read Lisa-Jo’s story!

  127. Denita

    I’m a mom- anything to help or inspire along the journey is good!

  128. Casey

    I would love to read this book! I’ll be celebrating my first Mother’s Day as a mom this year – four days before our precious baby girl turns 1. This book sounds right up my alley, and I’m sure I would be greatly encouraged by it.

  129. Jen M.

    Sounds like a great book that I would enjoy reading.

  130. Caitlin Mallery

    Even though I did want to be a mother, I am still surprised by so many elements of mother hood, especially adjusting to having three little ones in less than threes years. I would love to hear Lisa-Jo’s story.

  131. Katie R

    Oh! I would love to win! I love Lisa-Jo and her writing and the tea set is simply the icing. Thank you for the chance to win such a lovely giveaway!

  132. Nicole

    I’d love the book and the tea set! Wanna read the book just because I need other viewpoints on motherhood, and want the tea set to have tea with my little girl! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  133. Caitlin Mallery

    I would love to read Lisa-Jo’s story as I prepare for the birth of my third child in less than three years. Even for some one who looked forward to motherhood all these babies are overwhelming.

  134. Tashia D

    This book sounds right up my alley! I felt the exact same way and would love to read her story!

  135. Abra

    Sounds interesting! I am a first time mom and it sounds like I could get a lot out of the book. Thanks for offering the giveaway.

  136. Jessica

    As a first time mom due in August with a little boy, I’m fully expectant of a lifetime of blessings, hurts, and surprises. What a joy it would be to read this book throughout the many stages of this journey!

  137. Cheryl

    This sounds like a great book that not only I could read and enjoy buy also share with my daughter.

  138. Lindsey

    I love reading encouraging books about motherhood!

  139. Jessica

    Would love the chance of winning a copy, if this is open to outside the US? My little one turns one in a couple of weeks so it would make a great read, plus I just bought a copy for my sister-in-laws birthday gift and didn’t get the chance to have a sneak preview – no fair!

  140. Kim

    I think I will love this book as well ( and I KNOW I want that tea set BADLY!!!! Adorable!!!!) as I felt the same way about motherhood – someday….down the road….gotta get the job/house/life JUST perfect before we pull the trigger – what a wonderful surprise to actually enjoy every.little.second!!! Love your stuff Tsh!!!
    Kim

  141. Liisa R

    I have always wanted to be a mom but as I get older I have more reservations about taking the plunge. Would love to see what Lisa-Jo has to say!

  142. DallasKel

    Thank you! I am always looking for great (meaningful!) gifts to give my mom friends, and this book sounds so interesting.

  143. Jane

    I would like this book because I never thought I’d like being a mom.
    I almost cry a little bit everyday at the absolute joy of it. So grateful I get to be one.

  144. Jessica

    This homeschooling mama could use a bit of a booster shot right now….this book might be just what I need.

  145. Emily

    I’d love to win a CPU – I love Lisa Jo and was able to read the first three chapters of Surprised by Motherhood and would be so pleased to win a copy of the entire book or tea set to have tea with my daughter. Thank you for the opportunity!

  146. Kris

    I would love to have this book – it seems like something I’d really enjoy reading.

  147. K

    My almost 3 year old daughter JUST asked to have a tea party today…I would love to win the book and the tea set. The lego photo reminded me of my boys and how fast they are changing!
    Thank you for sharing.

  148. PAMELA H

    I have spent many days on my knees in prayer, many tears spilled on on the tile and many nights just trying to numb the weariness as i walk through a difficult season w my middle son. I just want to know i am not alone.

  149. Kathleen N.

    I would love to win this book. I also didn’t dream about being a mom but thought it might happen or might not. It did, and I have to amazing daughters that keep me learning everyday.

  150. Melodie

    This post was exactly what I needed today! Would love to read the book and share it with other mom friends:)

  151. Charmel

    Looks like something that can be an inspiration to those who wanted to be moms as well. I am still challenged daily by the new phases of my growing children. I am part of a long running bible study with a bunch of moms and a lot of our materials either focus on motherhood or even in our biblical studies we find inspiration, encouragement, values for our roles as mothers. I would love to read the book and possibly pass it on to other moms and/or our group.

  152. Shannon Dingle

    I wasn’t surprised by motherhood, but I have been surprised by the way God brought it about and the number of littles, via birth and adoption, He filled our home with. Knowing Lisa-Jo’s artistry with words, I can’t wait to be encouraged by this book! (I might have squealed a little when I first heard she had a book coming out.)

  153. Anika

    I love Lisa-Jo’s blog! I can’t wait to read her book.

  154. Buzz kehl

    I love the idea of this book! And what better way to enjoy than sitting down to it with a cuppa? Thanks!

  155. Clare

    I always wanted to be a mom and was blessed with 2 sons. My dreams about motherhood have often been shattered by the realities of raising 2 energetic, eccentric and at times more than challenging little guys. I’ve definitely been surprised, frustrated, exhausted and delighted by motherhood!!

  156. Wen

    As an older mom (42) with three very young children, I came late to the game. I never imagined I’d have kids at all and the amazing blessings/ lessons of raising these spirited, incredible people shock and amuse me daily. I would love to read this book

  157. Kate

    As an adoptive mother of two children out of foster care, I am continually being Surprised by Motherhood. This book sounds perfect for me.
    Being an Ex Pat Brit, the tea set is also spot on!

  158. Erika

    I would love to read the book, and to gift the teaset to a mom to be. 🙂

  159. Michele Haupt

    My kids are young adults, but I still feel like I am doing a little “raising!” I’d love this book.

  160. Brenda

    Being a mom of three boys I love to read about others journeys!

  161. Sarah H.

    I’d love to win so I can savor Lisa-Jo’s comforting words about motherhood.

  162. Andrea

    I’m becoming a first-time mother in October, and I would say the description of this book fits me just right. I wasn’t sure if I would ever actually be ready to have kids–and I still have my doubts–but I’m eager to read about someone else’s journey.

  163. Dawn Keogh

    I would love to win this book and teaset to give to my “baby” sister and her 9 year old daughter. Though my wild teenage daughter and I have had some very troubling times these last 3-4 years, my sister and her wild daughter have had as difficult a time. This book and tea set would help them continue their successes along their healing paths. They both deserve a WOOT WOOT!

  164. Ellen Bitler

    This book sounds amazing! With three kids I feel I am often caught off guard by the range of their personalities and my emotions!

  165. Valerie W.

    I am intrigued by the book, given your review that said you thought you were done with books about motherhood. Always looking for ways to be inspired. Thanks for the chance.

  166. Joanna

    This sounds like me! I’d love to read this book. I just forwarded it to my husband with a push to buy it for me for Mother’s Day. Just in case I don’t win. 🙂

    Motherhood is such a gift. I never thought I’d be so sappy about it, but there it is. I could sit all day with my sweet boys and cuddle them, not saying a word, just watching, listening and loving.

  167. Jessica

    I hate babysitting growing up and was never much of a baby person so being a mother is something I love but struggle with too. I would love to win this book!

  168. Jaime

    I would love to win this book! As a mom to 3 children, 3 and under, I am always looking for encouragement. As a mother we can so easily get tired and burnt out, I am trying to spend my days cherishing my three girlies more and would love to read another mom’s story on doing the same. Thanks!

  169. Val

    I am blessed to be a mother to triplets. I have been blessed, yes, and challenged too! I’d love to read about another Mom’s perspective. All of us moms could learn from and support each other. I’d be honored to share in her journey too!

  170. Amy

    As an expecting first-time mama, I’d love to read this book. Also, who wrote ‘faith-based parenting’? Having a hard time finding it on amazon. Thanks!

  171. Marilyn

    This book looks awesome. I need all the encouragement I can get. Raising kiddos is especially difficult when extended family members live far away.

  172. Elizabeth

    I think that book might have been written for me. I also never thought about motherhood — but now that it’s here, I’m loving it! Thanks for the giveaway. 🙂

  173. Sondra

    I would love to read this book! Like you, motherhood was never something I dreamed of. It happened, purposefully, but I am still surprised every day of how stinkin’ hard and absolutely wonderful it is.

  174. Kristen

    I would love to read this book! It looks like exactly what mothers need.

  175. Leslie

    This would be GREAT.

  176. Angela Mills

    I would love to win! I’m a mother of 2 girls and I would like to share this with two moms of littles that I know. We could read parts of the book together and share some tea 🙂

  177. Shannon

    Sounds like just the book I need to read right now!

  178. Lori

    As a mom of 3 unique individuals (14, 11 and 5) – it sounds like a wonderful book! I’d love the chance to win and then pass along to other mamas.

    We’re all in this together! ~lm

  179. Melissa

    I struggle with mothering my three children daily so I can’t wait to read this book. Suggesting it for my Mom’s Book Club too.

  180. Jackie Coltrain

    The older my kids get the more surprised by motherhood I am! I would love to win this book. 🙂

  181. alison

    I would love to read this book because i am not sure if its the age or personality or what but I have a hard time really truly enjoying one of my little ones.

  182. Sara

    I always thought that I would end up being a childless career woman, but my son was a surprise and changed all of that. Now, I would not have imagined my life to be any different than it is now. I would love to read the book and learn the author’s perspective on motherhood.

  183. Paula

    I would love to win this set for my younger sister who is expecting number four this month and will have four under the age of seven! I think this book would especially resonate with her because of the authors honesty about the struggles and joys of motherhood.

  184. Lindsay

    I’d love to win this book – I always wanted and knew I’d be a mother – and now I’m surprised that sometimes I don’t always love every minute of it (I mean I love it, but there are days….).

  185. Kristen

    I’d love to win this because I’ve been wanting to read this book since I first heard of it. I could use a little encouragement in the Mom Walk right now!

  186. nancy cresser

    I have 4 daughters. Most of the time I love being a mom:) this book sounds wonderful and I’d really love to win it!! Thank you.

  187. jill

    Hi,
    I’m a mom of three and could use a bit of Real motherhood writing to help me cope and to understand that the craziness isnt just in my home!

  188. Michele

    This looks like a wonderful book — I’d love to read it. AND I’m a tea drinker! 🙂

  189. Marci

    I thought being a mom was the best thing I could ever do with my life…..then came the grandchildren!!! WOW! What a surprise! How can I love these little ones so much? How can I allow these little people to entwine my heart like beautiful ivy’s and fill my life with so much joy? I would love to have this book! Although my children are grown and raising families of their own, I still say it was the BEST achievement EVER!

  190. Baily Hollen

    I would love to win this giveaway! I am a very new mom. My little girl will be 9 weeks on Tuesday. This book seems to already speak so many things I’ve thought in my life. I was never the “mom type” but now so much of that has changed with my little one.

  191. Erin

    This looks like a great read and something I’d really enjoy reading!

  192. Sarah

    Wow, I really relate to the perspective of always assuming you’d be a mom someday, but not necessarily DREAMING about it (as so many friends did). So interesting to hear someone else articulate that. I’m hooked and ready to read this book!

  193. Amanda Dang

    This book would be oh so timely in my life as I’ve just gotten surprised by motherhood this week with a positive pregnancy test result! And my husband and I weren’t even trying! Sounds like a helpful read, as well as Faith-based Parenting that was mentioned! Thanks for the recommendations & you’re great blog!

    • Claire @ Lemon Jelly Cake

      Couldn’t help but notice your comment. I always wanted to be a mother, but my first baby was a total surprise too. Even though we were in a good place to have a baby, it was an overwhelming time with so many emotions to process! Thinking of you!

  194. Kristan C.

    Would love to win so I can share this with my mom for mother’s day! I was also “surprised by motherhood” 🙂

  195. Heather

    I would love to win this book because I believe motherhood is full of mountains and valleys, highs and lows, ups and downs. Right now I’m in a valley. A book full of real talk would be a refreshing.

  196. Kristen @ Joyfullythriving

    I’m a new mom myself (with a 3 week old) and although I waited for years to be a mom, I’m quickly learning how challenging this life is – in ways that I never expected. This book looks so encouraging!

  197. Jai

    Yep. Totally understand. I love the rawness of all of this. thank you both for being vulnerable. It’s seems forbidden to say that we grieve parts of our maidenhood. Yet, that is the honest reality for all of us Mothers. Whether you dreamed of it or not. Again, thank you.

  198. Sandy

    I need a little encouragement. We’re going through a difficult season with our little girl, 10. I LOVE tea and tea parties! Wish me luck! I hardly ever ask for anything for myself, but I would love to win these! Thanks and blessings for all you do!

  199. Claire @ Lemon Jelly Cake

    Why wouldn’t I want to win this book? 😉 I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a mother, but as every mother knows, it’s SO different from what you think it will be! (In both positive and negative ways, haha.) And I love that tea set. Thank you so much for the giveaway! I will be reading the book whether I win or not! 🙂

  200. Janie Staley

    I would love to have this book to share with my daughters ~ all 8 of them….and my 2 daughter-in-loves!

  201. Vicki

    I would love to win because every single day I am surprised by motherhood and I’d love to share a copy with a friend over some tea in the lovely tea set!

  202. Katie

    I would love to read this book!

  203. Chelo

    …because every mother needs an encouraging word every now and then 🙂

  204. Nikole M.

    Great giveaway!

    We are expecting our third child in June. Our older two will be 7 and 8 when she is born. I have been asked if this one was planned. I had always thought four would be good, but then our two were getting older and more independent and I thought maybe we were fine as a family of four. This is going to totally turn our routines and lifestyle upside down but we are all looking forward to it.

    The tea set would be fun with my 6 year old, and in a few years, fun with the new baby girl of the house!

  205. MomofTwoPreciousGirls

    I am someone that dreamed of motherhood from a very young age. I cared for my cabbage patch premie as if she was real. At age 12 my mom have birth to my baby sister and I was pretty much her second mother. Especially since she spent more time with me than our mom that worked very hard.

    What surprised me about motherhood was HOW MUCH love I was capable of, yet how frustrating and mentally EXHAUSTING it can be at times. In a few weeks the end of my oldest child’s kindergarten year will be upon us. It was THE hardest year of my mothering journey. The insistence by the school that her behavior was not “normal”. The consistency of her being made to feel bad about herself because of it has been heart wrenching. Having to put your child in a situation that is upsetting her every day is the worst feeling in the world. Hoping things can only go up from here…

  206. Jennifer

    As a mom of 3 kids, ages 4 and under, I find myself craving a sanity check now and then. I think this book will be just that!

  207. Annette

    I would love a fresh perspective on mothering! Sometimes we just need to view it from another angle, I would welcome that today:)

  208. Ranie Jordan

    As a recently widowed mother of 3- newly 2 years, newly 7 years, and newly 12 years- I need all the “support” I can get! Daily- I am “surprised by motherhood”… sometimes moment to moment. I feel completely inadequate to mother these kiddos- they deserve more than I seem to have the capacity to give. And, yet- it is through our experiences, that we all have been stretched beyond our limits. And, rather than “break”- we move the boundaries… I am always grateful to learn of other mothers who are being raised by their “wild” child(ren). (Doesn’t it seem like they always have more to teach us, that we could ever teach them?? Another surprise… ) Thank you for the opportunity to enter… Pick me, Pick me, Pick me- Please, and Thank You! <3

  209. Jenna

    What a fabulous giveaway! I would love to read this book. Even though my girlies are 10 and 14, I too hope to be “surprised by Motherhood.” I can read it while drinking tea out of my new set.

  210. tosha

    I need to read this! I need to read it because I’ve often felt guilty, or at least a little…”weird” for also not being the sort of woman for whom being a Mom was a life long dream. I’m super grateful for my little person (she’s amazing) but I never conceived of Motherhood as the pinnacle of my life, and I think I still don’t, which makes me feel different from many women. Would love to read about Lisa-Jo’s mothering journey!

  211. Bethany

    I, too, thought I was done w/books about motherhood, but your endorsement has really piqued my interest. 🙂 With six kids, I sometimes, okay often, miss the beauty in favor of the necessary. And the tea set is a gorgeous reminder. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  212. amy

    I would love this book because even though I am 6.5 years into it, I’m still astounded by the fact that I’m a mother. After reading it, I will then pass it on to both of my sisters, who have 3x the number of children as me and who live in a constant state of surprise and bewilderment!

  213. Nan

    I am a grandmother having raised five children. I would love to read this book and share it with a young friend who is struggling with motherhood. Thanks for the opportunity.

  214. Valerie

    Oh- I was that person. Not wanting to be a mom. And I am surprised how motherhood is just what God wants and needs me to experience.

  215. Natalie

    I’d love to win because I’m just feeling like I’m not doing a good job with this whole parenting thing right now and could use the encouragement.

  216. Susan P

    I also figured Marguerite was one of those things I’d eventually get to, and didn’t think about it much beyond that! Now I have three littles.

    • Susan P

      Oops – I meant motherhood! Darn autospell!

  217. Sarah

    I love to read anything that helps with energetic, crazy, creative kids! Thank you for the giveaway!

  218. Hillary

    Would love to read this book!

  219. Lizze

    I have a middle boy that tests the limits of my patience and grace. Would love some encouraging words!

  220. Jana Kennedy

    Wow. I’ve just realized, I’m hungry to hear words from other mamas who didn’t necessarily go into parenthood all gungho. The line about falling into like really catches my eye, though. There’s hope, you know? : )

  221. Kristen

    Oh, I would really like to win this book! With two crazy wonderful children in my life right now, I’ve been surprised by motherhood and how much I love being a mom. I have another little bouncing bundle on the way who I’m sure will give me plenty more surprises. 🙂 As for the tea set, I love the pot and I can always use more mugs, especially ones with lovely messages on them.

  222. Shandus

    I would love to win because the book sounds very interesting!

  223. Sarah

    This book sounds like the encouragement my soul is longing for as I raise up four little ones, one of which is wild and leavesme exasperated.

  224. Anne

    As a mom to an 18 month old boy, I’m sometimes overwhelmed both by the joy he brings to my life and the patience and energy he takes. I’ve been drawn to motherhood stories for inspiration and wisdom. This sounds like a really good one! I’d love to read it!

  225. Jennifer

    I would love to win and read this book! If I don’t win I plan on buying it and reading it anyway!

  226. nikki

    would love to get my hands on this book. motherhood is awesome and challenging and frustrating and brilliant all at the same time. who knew i would love it so much?

  227. Amanda

    I’d LOVE to get my hands on a copy of this book–and that tea set is adorable!

  228. Pat Guthrie

    After 21 years (and counting) of mothering and 17 years of homeschooling, my youngest child will graduate this May and
    head off to University in the Fall. I am an avid reader, always wanting to grow in my relationship with God and in my skill as
    a wife, mom, and mentor. I would love to read this book and have it in my arsenal of tools to refer new or young moms to.
    Incidentally, I always drink tea while I read 😉

  229. Erin

    I’d love to read this & share it with my mom & other moms within my husband’s family. Sounds like a great message!

  230. Victoria

    I hope this book will help me understand my own feelings about motherhood!

  231. Carol

    I’d love to win this set because I think I need to read this book. And because I believe there are a whole lot of us out there who will be relieved because someone finally put into words what we’ve never been able to say.

  232. Bambi

    Being a new mother myself to a 6 month old, and having another one on the way, being surprised by motherhood has become a daily given! I’d love to win this book and read about another’s journey, as we all are in this together.

  233. Heather

    I’m so anxious to read this book!

  234. Pei-Yee

    Tea & a good read? You’ve already got two of my favorite things…And it’s about motherhood? Would totally make my day to win this as I could use some new perspectives as I grapple my life as a new mom of 2 small and wonderful beings. Now if I could just find the time to read…

  235. Missi

    With a new little one at home, I’d love to have access to the insights of this book. Please, fate! Pick me!

  236. ANNIE

    I would love to win this — I’m dying to read it!

  237. Valerie

    I would like to win this because it sounds like a great read. I’m mom to a 7 and 9 year old and like to read more “realistic” books about parenting.

  238. Stephanie

    I’d love to win this book! I have been wanting to read this! I really resonate with falling in like with your son. My son and I just had a big moment about six months ago. I had to throw out all my rules and study him to learn how to parent him best.

  239. Jennifer N

    I have been interested in this book, and would LOVE to read it! I have 5 children and every day is a new learning experience! Plus the tea set is adorable!
    Thank you!!

  240. hd

    This book sounds great. Thanks for the draw!

  241. Corinne

    A book and a tea cup?! Awesomeness abounds!

  242. Laura Miller

    Sounds like a great book! I want to win because I love reading encouraging mom books.

  243. Liz

    This book looks fascinating and pretty familiar!

  244. Heather

    This is a book I’d love to read (I’ve gone through the stages of not wanting to be a mom, figuring I’d be one, and really wanting to be one) and a tea set I’d love to give.

  245. Maureen

    Motherhood is really kicking my butt more than surprising me. Would love to win.

  246. Brooke

    I’m home on maternity leave and could use a good motherhood book 🙂

  247. Meredith rice

    Sounds like a lovely read. For keeps and for shares!

  248. Amanda Gunderson

    I have been hearing and reading so many good things about this book. I have a 3 yr old and 1 yr old and I have to say there is SO much about motherhood that I was not prepared for, but #1 would be the daily selflessness that is needed to serve and love unconditionally!

  249. Meredith Burton

    I would love to win this book. As a teacher of young children, I thought I knew what motherhood would be like….boy was I wrong! I have been surprised as well by the amount of time I want to devote to motherhood and how my own desires fade into the background. Also, I LOVE tea and anything tea-like! Sounds like the perfect combination!

  250. Anna

    I have 3 boys and think this book would be very beneficial. I also think that my fellow mom friends book club would love to read this as a group.

  251. Sara

    As a mom of 5, I have read a lot of mom books, but I think I NEED this one!

  252. Laura Hix

    Oh what an amazing gift this would be. I would love to have this MD tea with my sister, daughterinlaw and nieces. What a gift it would be to give them the gift to relax, have a good time and enjoy each other, sans kids/husbands. Not that we don’t love them, but there are just sometimes that we need each other alone,

  253. pt

    Sounds like a great, thoughtful read…I love my two kids more than I could describe. I would love to win this!

  254. Vicki I.

    Thanks so much for the chance to win! I would love, love, love to own this book 🙂

  255. julie

    Sounds like the perfect read for me!

  256. Chrissie

    I have always wanted to be a mom. I went for it and had three littles in 4 short years, and I have found motherhood to be so much harder and more complicated than I expected! The biggest battle seems to be with myself…to remain content, focused on a goal, and to not get caught up in the everyday struggles. Would love to read this perspective!

  257. shonda

    Love books by other moms. Sounds like a good read. Thanks for the giveaway!

  258. Abby Norman

    I want to win this because I want to give my mother that tea set. Every single morning my entire life I would see her breakfast, her empty tea cup, on the end of your dining room table with her Bible open. She taught me to live a life of following Jesus and reading the word simply by practicing it in front of me. And I am grateful.

  259. Jamie R.

    I’d like to win so I can gift one to a friend. I am just starting mine. Oh, and that tea set is so stinkin’ cute! If I don;t win, where can I get one of those tea sets?

  260. Molly

    I just had my fifth baby, and with five seven and under I need those daily reminders to choose radical gratitude and grace towards my children when I am feeling overwhelmed. I would love to win to read another encouraging word to remind me why this gig is not just important, but enjoyable.

  261. Kristen A

    I would love to win this book! I enjoy reading books about motherhood.

  262. Shannon Carrillo

    I would love to win these so that I can spread the word to my community.

  263. Miriam Wallace

    I’d like to win because I’m heading over to Spain in a few weeks, to see a sweet friend who has a 2 yr old. She’d love this book. My two kids are 22 and 20, but I think having a go-to gift for young mothers is fantastic!

  264. Meghan

    Because I, too, have been surprised in the knock-you-off-your-feet way that the spectrum of mothering presents.

  265. Jamie

    I would love to win this book *and* the tea set. It looks like a beautiful read! It’s probably true that every mother is surprised by motherhood. I know I was.

  266. Christine

    I would like to read this, it sounds like a great book.

  267. Cyndi Torres

    I’d love to read this book for the encouragement. I have a high need toddler girl, and a boy due in August. We weren’t planning a second child, and I’ve been quite overwhelmed with life and parenting. I’m having a hard time staying positive these days.

  268. deborah

    I’d love to win because I’d love to read Lisa-Jo’s book. And it’s fun to win and I like tea sets!

  269. Joy

    I’d love to win simply because there are places in my life where I desperately need to fall in like with my boy again. I love him so much but he’s a challenge. I want to like him with an overwhelming like.

  270. Kristin

    I, too, have gone through phases with my first two when I’ve struggled with the “like” side of mothering. I’d love to read a fresh, grace-filled perspective on this difficult topic. And my girls would be giddy over the tea set!

  271. Heather Prouty

    This book sounds amazing! I would love to read it!!

  272. Meg S

    Sounds like a great book!

  273. Emily

    Sounds wonderful! I am soaking up any Mama-wisdom I can as I wrap my mind around welcoming #3. I

  274. Sharon

    I too am surprised by motherhood – almost on a daily basis.
    My daughter just turned 2 and she rocks my world.
    fyi – I still have no idea what I’m doing!

    AND – we try to do ‘tea-time’ everyday – morning, noon, and after dinner. Very cute set 😉

  275. Juju at Tales of Whimsy

    Please count me in.
    My little girl is starting to live up to the term “terrible twos” so I think my soul could use this book.

  276. Sarah Westphal

    Was I the only one to cry through that whole video? I can’t even fully understand why.

    I can’t enter in this contest, but I think I will be buying the book regardless.

  277. Irene

    I’ve had conflicting emotions about motherhood, and I’m excited by the title and your resounding recommendation. I would love to have a copy!

  278. Kirstin

    Sounds like a great book, and I’m always looking for more of those!

  279. Jeanette

    I’d like to read this for myself and my 5 kids, and then give it to my friend Rachel, who is going to be a terrific mother of the children she wants to adopt. She struggles with a little bit of guilt because, truth be told, she doesn’t really like babies and has no desire to ever give birth to any. She wants to build a family with kids who are otherwise unlikely to be adopted. She and her husband James will change the lives of those kids because they are some of the best people I’ve ever known.

  280. jen n

    i would love to read this because I had the beginning–never dreaming about being a mom and ending up loving it.

  281. Amanda Yeung

    My mom raised six kids & was the best example I could imagine as I raise my own two little ones. I would like to read the book & then pass it on to her.

  282. Heather Bigelow

    I would love to win because I love reading about the experience of motherhood.

  283. Stephanie@Mrs.Debtfighter

    Like you, I did not grow up dreaming about motherhood but love my role as mom for the past seven and a half years! I love reading parenting books that you can relate to and would love to win a copy of this book! 🙂

  284. Erica L

    What a neat book! I’m the opposite – I always dreamed of being a mom. I will admit that I’ve been just as surprised! It’s amazing how much you learn about yourself through parenting. I wish everyone could experience the transformation!

  285. Diane

    I’d love to read this book myself, then pass it on to a my best friend’s daughter, who is struggling with her own wild-child son.

  286. Dee

    Add me to the list! I, too, didn’t spend a lot of time planning on motherhood. I’ve definitely more of someone who takes life as it comes. Until that situation presented itself, I wasn’t really worrying about it. And wild child? Oh, yes. But wildly creative and interesting and a joy to my life…most of the time! 😉

  287. heidi e.

    This book sounds SO lovely!

  288. Alice

    I would love to read this book and give it to my mom and sister as well. We are continuously surprised by our own journey with motherhood.

  289. Meredith

    Sounds like such an interesting read! I’d like to hear her perspective; I fall into the same boat as you – assuming I’d always be a mom, but it wasn’t a dream of mine.

  290. Sarah

    I am still trying to figure out motherhood (who isn’t?), and would love this book to read!

  291. Pam Lutzinger

    I would love to give this book to my youngest daughter, a wonderful mother but sometimes overwhelmed mother to an almost-4-year-old son and almost-1-year-old daughter (and way across country from her own mother.

  292. LisaP

    I’d love to win because I just told my sis-in-law we should read this book together! I saw the blog post about falling in “like” with your frustrating kid and it really resonated.

  293. Kristy b

    I would love to read this. Motherhood is wonderful and difficult and having been sick with a cold for almost 3 weeks I could use some encouragement

  294. Leah

    This book sounds exactly how I feel. Thanks for the opportunity.

  295. Cerissa

    While not entirely new to mothering (4 & 6 year olds), I am new to stay-at-home-mothering which has brought it’s own set of joys and worries. Stories like these are so meaningful in that they help me to be mindful of what it means to be a mother. And the tea set would be wonderful for our new Friday Tea Time tradition!

  296. Natalie

    I would love to hear Lisa-Jo’s story. I, too, was surprised by motherhood even though I had been dreaming of it as long as I could remember.

  297. Elizabeth

    This book is exactly what I need. This year I’ve faced multiple losses in my family, all while simulaneously mothering a newborn, a wild middle child who truly stretches me, and an older one with oh so many questions, as she looks up to me in all of my brokenness. Mercy– what a lovely gift set for a weary mama’s soul!

  298. Dawn Nelson

    I’d love to win the book and teaset, but don’t know if I’m eligible being way over here in Scotland. I have two mad kids and it’s not always been easy, but I wouldn’t change them for the world not even when they are being at their most annoying!!
    Dawn x

  299. Angela

    I would love to give this to my Mom! 🙂

  300. Kelly

    I would love the chance to read this book! As a mother of four young ones I am always reading mothering books and it’s one of the things I feel helps me approach parenting with grace.

  301. Jennifer Campbell

    I know exactly what you mean! I never “wanted” to have kids- I just figured it was something I would do. And I’ve always felt like a horrible person for being that way! I too have a difficult middle child, so I would love to see what wisdom Surprised by Motherhood can impart!

  302. Kelli

    Always looking for mama-ing inspiration, even though my babes are teenagers now!

  303. Jessie

    I would like to win because I would really like to read this book!

  304. Sarah

    I’m intrigued by the book. I admit motherhood books aren’t usually top on my list of must-reads. I’d love to be surprised by it! Plus, I recently replaced my afternoon soda with an afternoon cup of tea. I’m still a bit bitter with the replacement. I think a cute tea set might make the change a little easier!

  305. April C

    Oh how I want this book! I always knew I wanted to be a mother. Then, two girls! Just as I had imagined. They are as alike as they are different. We are now entering the tween years and mothering them is not as I anticipated it would be.

  306. Stephanie

    Love this book. Would love to give it as a gift to my other mom friends.

  307. Keijo Bollinger

    I’m a momma of three kiddos 4 and under with our fourth bundle of joy on the way. Motherhood is truly one of my greatest blessings and it has also been one of my greatest challenges. It would be grand to win this gift just in time for Mom’s Day. Thanks for the giveaway!

  308. Terry

    In your post you talk about how you didn’t really dream about being a mother, just thought it would happen someday. Well I always dreamed of being a mother. I wanted to have a very large family and have a home full of loud kids. Well I didn’t have the large family, just 2 little ones. And although I wanted so much to be a mom I was still surprised by motherhood. It surprises me how hard, mundane, and exhausting it is. But it’s also the best thing I have ever done and the most important. Plus, I love tea.

  309. Amisha k

    Motherhood has the been the most surprising journey of my life. So many amazing highs and the deepest lows. Every decision seems so incredibly important. Would really appreciate the opportunity to read the book and begin a ritual w a tea set to start w my son.

  310. Amy Ivey

    This is the second time I’ve read a post on this book. I love what you had to say about it and look forward to reading it. Thanks for sharing Tsh!

  311. Katie

    I would love to read this. I’m one of those mom’s that’s been surprised by motherhood too.

  312. MK

    I would love this book, not just because I too have one of those wild and curious kids, but because I have hardly time to eat, let alone, read, BUT if I won the book, it would help me move reading up the priority list!

  313. Jessica

    As I sit typing, I’m listening to my 3 1/2 year old sing “Let It Go” from Frozen for the millionth time as she plays. This is just short break before the older two girls get home from school, from getting ready for out of town guests and the busy Easter weekend ahead, but the Art of Simple takes me away for a moment to appreciate the crazy I call normal. I love tea and a good book… this giveaway sounds like the perfect combo for a relaxing mom moment when I get the chance to “Let It Go”!

  314. Raelene

    Oh my goodness, I love this. And the trailer? Wowzers. I’m kind of like you Tsh – I expected motherhood on a practical kind of level, but am surprised by how hard – and how beautiful, and how un-knowing – it seems nearly every day.

  315. Debbie Wenger

    This book has been on my wish list since I first heard of it. I can easily forget how much of a blessing motherhood can be, amidst the mundane and difficult moments. From what I’ve read from reviewers, the book sounds very encouraging and just what a tired mommy needs. Plus I’ve recently discovered I like tea and have been opening up my home more to other tired young mamas who also drink tea so the tea set is an added bonus 🙂

  316. Janet

    I would love this! My wild child and I can have tea and I can get some strength for the journey :-).

  317. Sue

    I would love to soak up the inspiration in this book and pass it on to others. I would also surely cherish the sweet memories of tea with my daughter 🙂

  318. Sue

    I would love to soak up the inspiration found in this book, and to pass it along to others involved in the ministry of motherhood. I would also surely enjoy some afternoon tea dates with my daughter 🙂

  319. Debbie

    Looking forward to reading this book (whether or or not I win).

  320. Ann : )

    Know someone to gift this to.

  321. Erin

    Please enter me! Always encouraging to hear other mommies stories and relate to this crazy stage of life.

  322. Tanya

    I would love this book! I can totally relate to it.

  323. Alessandra

    I’d love to read this book because I love Lisa’s writing. I’ve been reading her blog for a couple years now and so many posts have felt as if they have been written specifically for me, specifically for that really difficult and hard day where I felt like a bad mom. Lisa’s ability to speak to our hearts is incredible and I bet her book does not disappoint.

  324. Julie

    I’d love to read this book! It’s been on my wish list ever since I watched the promotional video for it and started crying! It’s good to know I’m not alone in the challenges and joys of mothering. 🙂

  325. Jill Foley

    I would love to win this book…nothing could have prepared me for motherhood – it’s been full of surprises!

  326. Ashley Brooks

    I’d be delighted to win this book! I’m pregnant with my first baby, due in August. Somehow between the frantic research on all things newborn and haphazardly adding to the baby registry, I realized that in a few months, my life is going to completely change, and I might not know how to handle it. I’m an only child and have never spent much time around kids, and now there’s this fear that I’ll somehow not be enough for my own child. I put Surprised by Motherhood on my to-read list as soon as I heard about it, and I can’t wait to start reading.

  327. Angie

    I love reading motherhood books!

  328. Katie

    Nearly five years ago I brought my son into this world. I recently discovered I will do it again. I’m older, wiser and more vulnerable knowing what I learned the first time. I embrace mistakes daily and tell myself I’m enough only to find I could use another reminder. This book excites me. Motherhood rocks.

  329. Mary

    My two year old is quite the wild child, and even though I also have a 4 year old I find myself constantly suprised by motherhood! I would love more insights!

  330. Heather

    I’ve been a mom for only 9 months, but it can be so surprising! You think you’ll be one kind of mother and then find out you’re another kind altogether. I’ve been wanting to read this book! I love books that give grace and freedom to moms–it’s what I want to offer to the moms in my life!

  331. Melissa

    Sounds like a great book. I could definitely use some mommy wisdom right now.

  332. Debi Schuhow

    I’d love to win the books and tea sets to give toy daughters for Mother’s Day.
    Even if I don’t win I will buy the books- just wont get the tea set. 😉

  333. Rebecca

    Like you I was rather surprised to be a mom and considered it an after thought or not even gonna happen for me. Now I have a 5 year old who continues to surprise me.

  334. Tiffany H

    Sounds like a great book, and I sometimes need to remember why I like my kids. 🙂
    Thanks!

  335. Carol

    I would love to pass this onto my daughter- in-law as the wife of my “wild child”. As it is very possible she will also have one.

  336. Heather

    I am a mother of three kids, 8, 5 and 2. I have a mother, and I know many mothers. I would love to receive some encouragement through this book and share that with others. My Grandma taught me to drink tea, and I miss her. I would love to have a tea set so that I could share that with my own children and friends. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  337. Christina

    This book sounds like something we can all relate to. I would love to read it and pass it along to my Mom friends!

  338. Hillary

    I would love a chance to read this book. Plus, that tea set is too cute! My husband and I don’t have kids yet, but I love reading and preparing my heart for a season that we hope and pray will come. Whenever I gravitate to a mothering or parenting book, friends start to poke fun! While we wait and prepare, I love to soak up the wisdom and experiences of women who have been there 🙂

  339. Jolene Underwood (@Faith_Eyes)

    Because….I’ve been surprised by motherhood again and again. Teen parent, date rape mama, step mama, bio mama, foster mama, babies in heaven mama, spiritual mama…so much love, so much to learn, so much of God’s grace comes through loving others no matter what kind of mama you are!

  340. Deb Jankowski

    I have just the person to give this book and tea set to. I would LOVE to win it.

  341. Gretchen

    I too struggle with my middle son and strive to find that place you describe above. I’m also a huge tea drinker so I’d love the precious tea set, and sharing it with another mom would be even better!

  342. Kassie

    Would love to win this and be encouraged with words about motherhood!

  343. Melissa Huey

    This book look so awesome! Can’t wait to get a copy to read for myself and would also like to give one to a friend of mine that this seems so to describe perfectly!

  344. Elizabeth

    Because I so enjoyed Lisa-Jo’s post about falling in like with her boy. That’s just what I struggle with when it comes to my oldest right now and I could use more of it.

  345. Alyssa

    I’d love to win I’ve heard so many good things about the book!

  346. Julie W

    Several years into parenting I’m still surprised by the things that surprise me about being a mom. I know I’d enjoy reading Lisa-Jo’s journey into motherhood and what she’s learning along the way.

  347. Laura

    I’d love to read this book because I found myself surprised by motherhood ( I became a mother of 4 literally overnight) as well and life changed pretty drastically. Grateful for brave moms who share their stories!

  348. pamela p

    yes, yes, please! this book sounds like just what i’ve been looking for. thanks for introducing it.

  349. Kelly

    I’m a new mom and it sounds like a great book!

  350. Lisa

    Would love to win a copy! Sounds like a perfect read for Mother’s Day!

  351. Laura

    Ooh! I hope I win! I am really interested in this book because like you…I always assumed I would be a mom but it’s not something I daydreamed about. The tea pot is so cute too!!

  352. becca h

    I would love to win a copy of this book! I think I was more surprised by my 2nd born child at how difficult being a mother could be! My first made life very early but I’m struggling with my 2nd! Thanks for the chance to win!

  353. Sarah

    I would love to read this book. I have a two year old and a seven month old and am continually surprised and challenged by motherhood, but also very grateful for my sweet blessings.

  354. Jennifer Sando

    I would LOVE to win a copy of Surprised By Motherhood. As a mother of three busy boys, I am surprised daily. Lisa Jo Baker is so encouraging and I would love to read what she has to say about this season.

  355. Anne

    I’ve been surprised by motherhood every single step of the way. Would love to read this!

  356. Nicole

    I would love to read this book!

  357. Michelle

    I’m kinda addicted to mothering books and this one looks great to add to the collection! Loved the video!

  358. Trisha

    This sounds like such a good book, and I’d love to read it! I’m.still a new-ish Mom and find that over time my feelings about. motherhood are up-and-down like a rollercoaster. It’s exciting, mundane, confusing, fun., very lonely.and a whole lot harder than I ever could have imagined. Yes, I could use a good book on the topic. <3

  359. Erin

    Lisa-Jo’s writing has been SUCH a blessing and encouragement to mean in these hard-times of Motherhood. The very idea of an honest book like this has me moved to tears! And also? Tea set? LOVE.

  360. Brooklin Brooks

    Motherhood surprises me daily. I would love to receive this book!

  361. nancy_p

    This sounds like a wonderful book to enjoy and share with other moms. If Tsh likes it, well, isn’t that recommendation enough for any of us to give it some of our free time?

  362. Margaret

    I’d love to read this!

  363. Stacie

    Sounds like a good book! And I have a difficult boy as well.

  364. Kirstin

    Looks like a great book!

  365. Karlan Solis

    I went from living an unconventional lifestyle to changing diapers 12 times a day! Talk about a surprise. I never dream of becoming a mom- I actually repelled the idea of it. “It isn’t for me” I’d tell everyone…. I gave birth to cutest little girl two months ago and I’m loving every moment it. She has taken over my Instagram so feel free to follow our journey @kaysooo
    I’d love to read this book so please PICK ME! PICK ME!!!

  366. Lori Grade

    This post comes at a time when my oldest daughter has just entered the world of mothering. I would love for us to share this book (along with our own stories) together.

  367. jessica

    looks like a good read for any mom

  368. Erin

    I’ve already bought a copy of this book for myself and was completely blessed, challenged, and encouraged by hearing Lisa-Jo’s story. I want to give a copy to all of my sisters-in-law!

  369. Laura

    Thank you for doing the giveaway! I’d love to win because I too am blanketed in awe by Lisa-Jo’s magical way with words. My love of words and tea are solace for some of my harder parenting days.

  370. Shelly

    This book sounds awesome!

  371. Naomi

    I would love to win this book. I became a mom seven months ago when we took in two foster kids, and I am struggling with liking my kids and enjoying being a mom.

  372. Christy

    I would love to read the book, and a present in the mail is always lovely.

  373. Emily

    I would love to win this….I think I need to read it right now. I’m not having the best time being in Like with my boys. Thank you for the opportunity (and the resource I’ll read even if I don’t win.)

  374. Idaho Jill

    I’ve been reading about this book the last few days and it really resonates with me – I never wanted to be a mom, either…but then I hit 30 and for some reason that changed. Then it took over 5 years to get pregnant, but we do have a wonderful 7 year old that I can’t imagine life without (of course!). Would love to read her story!

  375. Mary Beth

    I too was surprised by motherhood by two unplanned pregnancies. But I discovered depths of love that I didn’t know existed. Now that my two sons are adults, I miss those wild and wonderful days. The book sounds great!

  376. Nicky

    I would love to win this give away but unfortunately I am not a US resident. I will share my thoughts anyway. I am a Mom to 3 awesome teenagers and from your description I would still love to read this book. The top picture in this post also brought back fond memories of when my almost 16 year old boy was 3. We would walk his older brother to school and he would walk the whole way with a little shovel over his should (and knit hat perched high on his head) and sing the Hi-Ho-Hi-Ho song from the movie Snow White. At the time it was a little embarrassing but really I wouldn’t trade those days for anything.

  377. Kimberjo

    I would love to share this book with the women in my life, after I read it, that is. lol
    Thank you.

  378. Karen C

    Who doesn’t love to win something 😉 Seriously – i’m totally intrigued by the book – if I don’t win i’m sure I’ll buy it. I too was never one to dream of motherhood and still have trouble seeing myself as a mom – even with 3 little ones around 🙂 I have been, am and will continue to be surprised by where life has brought me.

  379. Sarah M

    I love this. my second is a wild one, as well, and I’d love to hear thoughts on falling in like with him. Any inspiration in the world of motherhood is always appreciated!

  380. Mary Beth

    A good book and a tea set? Two of my absolute faves. Would love to win! Thanks for the giveaway.

  381. Laura

    I would love this book – it’s already on my to -read list:)!

  382. Sarah

    I am having all kinds of motherhood struggles right now. I would love to win this book.

  383. Tori

    OOOH a book and tea 🙂 two of my favorite things! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

    I’m reading Notes from a Blue Bike and thoroughly enjoying it! Thank you for your ministry through writing!!

    Blessings 🙂
    Tori

  384. Heather R

    I was also surprised by motherhood. In good ways and in challenging ways. I have one child who is super spirited, one who is sassy and has a few extra needs, and the littlest, whom is showing sure signs of also being quite spirited. God has given me three beautiful gifts that keep me challenged, make my heart overflow with love and make me feel very alive! Would love to read this book! Thanks for the chance.

  385. Lynda

    I’m intrigued by “Surprised by Motherhood.” it sounds like a good change from my usual books…and after I enjoy it I could pass it along to my mom–a gift that keeps giving!

  386. KimW

    I absolutely LOVE books about mothers and motherhood. I remember reading a book written by several members of a playgroup when I was pregnant with my first (she’s now 24), and I loved the helpful hints, but especially all the different viewpoints, and how they might change day to day. I think it helped me form a realistic approach to being a mom. And I should probably say I would be giving that tea set to my mom, but the teapot says “Grace for Today”, and “grace” is my word, my mantra, what I breathe out when I am needing to breathe in and out to get through a tough moment. It’s such a great tea set!

  387. KimW

    I absolutely LOVE books about mothers and motherhood. I remember reading a book written by members of a playgroup when I was pregnant with my first daughter (she’s 24 now). I loved the helpful hints, but especially the different viewpoints and how they might change day to day. I think it helped me form a realistic approach to parenthood. And I know I should say I would give that tea set to my mom, but it says “Grace for Today”, and “grace” is my word, my mantra, what I breathe out when I am having to breathe in and out to get through a tough moment. It’s a great tea set!

  388. Abi

    I’m looking forward to reading Lisa-Jo’s book. It would be awesome to win it!

  389. Julie H

    I am a regular reader of Lisa-Jo’s blog and really would love to read her book! My book buying budget is low these days and would be so blessed to win a copy!

  390. Kelli

    I am a mom of 4, who is being stretched to the limits right now. I could use some tea and a good book for encouragement! Blessings.

  391. Rebecca

    Would love to add this to my collection! Nothing has surprised me more than motherhood. Absolutely nothing!

  392. Naomi Liz

    I’d like to win because I’m intrigued by this book…I’m not a mom, and I’m not sure if I want to be, but I’m very interested in hearing Lisa-Jo’s perspective and thoughts.

  393. Tracy @ Using Time Wisely

    Thanks for the giveaway. Sounds like an enjoyable read as my middle child is very creative, but she operates in her own world. Getting on the same page is quite the task on some days. As we are embarking on a new routine this fall as we start homeschooling, I know the challenges will be more frequent and more difficult. This book sounds like a good resource for encouragement.

  394. Melissa Boland

    I run a Mother Of PreSchoolers group and would love to bless one of our moms with this book, after I read it of course:)

  395. Bridget Stevens

    I could use a good mothering book that light on snark. Also, we consume an epic amount of tea around here 😉

  396. Carrie

    I have two girls, a 4-year-old and an almost-2-year-old. I’ve never been a “baby person”, and feel like I could resonate with this book!

  397. Renee P.

    I’d like to read her book, I’ve enjoyed other things I’ve read from her.

  398. bela

    YouTube clip sold me in a blink & between tearful eyes, I am worm out and desperately fall back into this blog to set back & breathe deeeeep in, exhale, (try to) stay calm & one. I was SO surprised myself by the inexpected, never pausing and always changing the motherhood brings along, in short too much, too new, too soon. Sempre piu avanti my fellow mothers!

  399. Kelly

    I’m so excited to ready Lisa Jo’s book! Keeping it in mind for mothers day.

  400. Amy

    I’m always looking for a new motherhood book. Can never have too much encouragement in this area!

  401. Jaclyn L

    I’d love to win because I run a program for new moms and I think they would love this book!

  402. Jil

    I have read an excerpt from the book and loved it. I could resonate with her stories and I think any mom could. I would love to win a copy!

  403. aimee

    I’ve been hearing about this book and can’t wait to read it. And the tea set looks great.

  404. Emily Ann

    Surprise!
    God is the master ‘surpriser.’ He is the author of life and the world and everything in it. He created surprise and must love surprising us.
    “Surprise! I love you too much to let you die in your sin, so I’m sending you a savior – He is my son.”
    The salvation story is full of surprises, as is becoming a parent, right?
    I pray that God encourages and blesses readers of this new book – Surprised by Motherhood – which. clearly, was no surprise to Him.
    Love,
    – Emily Ann

  405. Jeni G

    Sounds like such an encouraging book! I would love to read this SOON,

  406. Jill

    Thanks for yet another great post pointing out a great resource! I can keep my reading calendar filled all year long with the great selections mentioned on the blog. In addition to reading books–I love being able recommend and give them to friends! I’d love the chance to win a copy of “Surprised by motherhood” for those very reasons.

  407. Emilie

    I’ve always dreamed of being a mom but the last 19 months have sure taken me by surprise. I think my heart could really use this book 😉

  408. Laura

    I’d love to win because I, too, never exactly expected to be here, or how much I’d love it. Also because my daughter is about to turn 2 1/2, and as much as I love her, I’ve been spending more and more afternoons not Liking her much. I already love this book for giving me words to phrase that.

  409. Robin

    I would love to win this book. I worked in corporate America for my first job then got my masters and moved to education. Now I’m the mom of three littles and this book title describes my feeling to a tee.

  410. Harmony Kaufenberg

    This book sounds amazing, as a momma of three little ones i feel like i could totally relate to all of it.

  411. Nina Nelson

    I’ve always wanted to be a mom but have had some serious mom challenges, especially with our oldest, very spirited child. I’d love to read this for encouragement!

  412. Emily

    I’ve been wanting to read this book since I read the author’s post on liking your kids (which was an excerpt from the book). It really resonated with me about my three-year-old. I can’t wait to read the rest of it!

  413. betsy

    I am expecting our 6th child right around mother’s day and can use any encouragement I can get! I would love to read the book.

  414. Cindy

    You describe the book so beautifully! Sound a like a great read. I want to learn more about her falling in like. Thanks for td recommendation!

  415. Steph

    I would love to read this!

  416. Destiny

    I’ll be a first time mom in a few months – just after my 41st birthday. I’m so looking forward to this adventure but it’s not one I dreamed I’d undertake!

  417. Mary Ann

    I am always so encouraged when I read this blog and would love to read this book!

  418. Loretta S.

    This sounds like an amazing book. It sounds like just the thing to hit the spot on the nights that the little kids’ voices have melted all my neurons together.

  419. Mandi

    I have four little guys and at times they are all wild! But right now I am really working to support one of my boys who is struggling with his wild side. This book sounds like it might hit the spot right now!

  420. Jodi

    Sounds like my cup of tea! Surprises day in and day out. We nick named our second child “curve ball.”

  421. kelly

    I would love to gift this to my mom!

  422. Jaime

    This is my first post – the sound of this book compelled me to take the posting plunge! I never dreamed of being a mother but after my first I think I want two more! I have learned so much from and been surprised so much by motherhood. It’s completely changed me (in a good way). I feel as if my son is teaching me how to parent and to be a more present person. Thanks for bringing this book to my attention!

  423. Laurie C

    This book sounds encouraging and inspiring. It’s on my must-read list!

  424. Christina Marlin

    I have 4 children…2 of them are under the age of 2. Sometimes I feel like I’m drowning in my days. I’m always trying to read and find things to keep myself encouraged.

  425. rebekah

    What is it about those middle sons?!

  426. Katie

    Love this book and love tea- ’nuff said.:)

  427. Karen

    I actually always wanted to be a mom, but like so many of us do, I went into it with a lot of ideals…”my kid won’t ever do____!” To my surprise, my little man (who is now six) did not get that memo before bounding into our lives. I have 4 kids now and honestly am constantly surprised by the mom I am. Not because I’m a “bad” mom, but because what I look like today is so very different than what I expected. I’m very interested in this book and will more than likely be asking for it for Mother’s Day!

  428. Erin LaBere

    I would love this book because I am pregnant with my first child and will be a new mom!

  429. Michelle Riesgraf

    I have been wanting to read this book since I first heard about it! I had it in my cart at Amazon, but just deleted it last night after finding out how much we owed in taxes 🙁 No extra purchases by this mama for a while…and then I saw this giveaway today! Got my fingers crossed!

  430. brooke wagen

    i would love to read this and then pass it around to my mom friends. i have quite a few who would probably read it just cuz of the title 🙂

  431. Hayley

    I’ve been looking for another good momma book to read! I hope I win:)

  432. Sophia

    Pick me! Pick me! I read the first 3 chapters of the book online and can’t wait to read the rest. And I’ve been eyeing that tea set in her pictures…

  433. Jessica Hendricks

    I had no idea how much I would love being a mom…I knew I would always be one, but I had no clue how blessed I would be by it!

  434. Jen

    This looks like a fabulous book. Your review makes me want to read it that much more! I would love to win and enjoy this book while preparing for baby #6!

  435. Sandra Nunez

    Wow, as a mother of 3, I’ve been put through the wringer these past 3 months. It’s gotten so bad that I’ve often wished I wasn’t a mother to avoid so much pain, but God is good. Reading this book seems like a must for me right now. Hoping to win!

  436. Elizabeth

    I would love the chance to win because I feel I can relate!! I have two children under 3 and have learned so much about my life through their lives. I want to win this so much my children have taught me so much about myself and about lif in only 3 years. I can’t wait to seehow much more they will open my eyes and heart with.

  437. Rachelle

    I would love to read this book!

  438. Kristin t

    The tea set is beautiful and I would love to read her book.

  439. Sheila Stover

    I feel surprised by motherhood almost daily, so I’d love to read these words by LJ 🙂

  440. Jessica

    I would love to read this book and start making more connections with the art of motherhood. There could never be enough encouraging words for the art of motherhood.

  441. Tania

    Wow – that video was incredible. We just moved…again…and I really feel like I could use the inspiration I think this book holds. Thank you for the chance to win!

  442. Mollie

    I’m always looking for a great book to read!

  443. Kristen

    This book sounds like just the thing I need to encourage me at this season of parenting. I have two children and am learning every day tbhow to love each of them for who they are. . . or trying to!

  444. Katie

    I would love to read this book. Perfect timing with Mother’s Day approaching.

  445. tina

    I would love to read this book (especially if I win!). Sounds like just the lift I need right now, before the summer onslaught that has me wondering too many times when school starts back up.

  446. Jessica R.

    I would love to win this as I always could use some new encouragement and insight as a momma. I’d also love to be able to pass this on to someone else after reading it!

  447. Tristi

    This one is on my to read list.

  448. Jenn

    Wait! This book AND a tea set?! What a perfectly lovely combination! Fingers crossed!!!

  449. Selina

    This sounds so much like my thoughts on motherhood before becoming a mother. Would LOVE to win this book!! Thanks Tsh for another awesome giveaway!

  450. Alisa

    I would love to win this!

  451. Lori

    I totally relate to your first paragraph! At 18 I knew I would be a mom one day (because that’s just what you do when you grow up) but it scared me. I told my mom “I don’t think I will be a good mom. Kids creep me out. I mean, I like my younger siblings, but I don’t really like kids,.”
    My mom’s wise response -“You’ll love your own!”
    I must have believed her, because I ended up with 5 – one adopted! We were adopting our last child, someone said “wow! You have 4 kids and are adopting? You must really live kids! ” My reply – “No. Not really. But I love my

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      oops – my phone kept messing up and cut me off and I didn’t think it posted this. See my full comment below.
      Sorry!

  452. Emily Baker

    Because my mom is one of the greatest gifts The Lord has given me and I would love to give this book to her for Mother’s Day!

  453. Sunny

    I would love to win this book! Motherhood, in 2.5 short years and two children, has turned my life, my path and my plan fully on its head. I’m currently trying to uncover what that means, how it looks, going forward. Would so appreciate the opportunity to read Lisa Jo’s book, as I believe it will truly resonate with me.

  454. Lori@Mothering_Matters

    Your first paragraph describes me to a T! 🙂
    At 18, I knew I would one day become a mom (because that’s just what you do. And I was the oldest of 4 kids, and had a great mom). But I told my mom one day “I don’t think I will be a good mom.”
    “Why?” she asked.
    “Because I don’t really like kids. They creep me out (look at me weird, say very blunt things, etc). I mean, I like my siblings, but not other kids.”
    My mom’s wise response – “You’ll love your own!”
    I must have believed her. I ended up with 5 kids of my own – the last one adopted!
    When we were adopting our 5th child, someone said to me “Wow! 4 kids and you are adopting?! You must REALLY love kids!”
    “No. Not really. I just love my own.” 🙂 That took her by surprise -but then she admitted the same thing. 🙂
    However, through the adoption process, God truly broke my heart towards other kids (to where I wanted to bring home 3 more! . . . but my hubby was not in agreement at that time). And yet . . . there are still days that I wonder . . . Did you make a mistake God? Sometimes I feel I could be happy all by myself. 🙂 Or is it that I enjoy those times by myself so much more BECAUSE I have 5 kids. 🙂
    When my 4th child was in preschool, he made a mother’s day card. He had to fill in the blanks with things about me – my favorite color, etc.
    “My mom’s favorite thing to do is . . . ”
    ” . . . be alone.” 🙂
    Thankfully the teacher knew me well – and knew I had 4 kids. We just laughed!
    I would love to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway and review of it!
    Blessings!

  455. Jennifer

    I would love to win because I have two beautiful boys: a vibrant, strong-willed, wild child of a two and a half year old and a precious newborn who rarely sleeps and isn’t taking well to breastfeeding. Right now they sleep in shifts, so I grab naps when I can, and though my husband helps when he can he works long hours. I’m exhausted and euphoric and though I love my boys fiercely I could really use some encouragement.

  456. Moira

    My youngest is my wild child and while like you I thought I was done with parenting books I’ve found that I’ve read more books about motherhood as my relationship with him grows and changes as he gets older. I think this sounds like a fabulous read!

  457. Erin

    I’d love to read this….I’m in the midst of the newborn days again and need a little encouragement!

  458. sandra k

    I’d love to win because I, too, was very surprised by motherhood. How can these children be SO different when they came from the same place?

  459. Meredith

    Ha! I read this title and immediately thought of 2 of my 3 children. Yes. 2. God had great plans for my family, that obviously caught my husband and me off guard. They are hands down my greatest blessing, and continue to amaze me when I look at them and think, “how did you get here? How can you be mine?” My 3 under 4 cause me to wonder if I’ve lost my sanity, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’d love to spend my late night feedings reading this book!

  460. Drue

    Book looks awesome! Would love to win

  461. Heather M

    I would love to win this book because it sounds so good and I have 3 boys and I just love them so much and I’m sure I can learn a lot from reading this book!

  462. Heidi

    I’d love to win! I could use some encouragement with my own middle son who is willful, wild and difficult. But also so, so fun.

  463. Stasi

    I adore that tea set.

  464. Bethany

    This book has been on my list for a while & I would looooove to win it! 🙂

  465. young

    Sounds like a good book that many would benefit from – thanks for the chance to win!

  466. Amy Ricker

    I would love to read/win this book! I am a mother of 4 year old twins. A boy and a girl, both wild in their own unique ways. And while I love them wildly, Everyday seems like a new challenge. It always helps me to hear stories from other moms whose children aren’t “perfect” and lives aren’t completely together every single day. It seems like We put so much pressure on ourselves sometimes.

  467. Tiffany Ribera

    I want to win “Surprised by Motherhood” because I am actually in the hospital today waiting to deliver our first baby! 🙂

  468. carrie

    I would love to read this book. I really appreciated her post about falling in like with her kids!

  469. Heather

    I love Lisa Jo’s honest, grace-filled perspective on life and motherhood…

  470. Sarah

    Lovely! I’m so glad to see it isn’t just me who was surprised.

  471. Jamie

    I drink a lot of tea- and books go great with tea!

  472. Brooke Wells

    I would love to win – I’ve experienced the adventure of motherhood for 5 years now, and would very much enjoy reading about another’s experiences, too!

  473. Kara K

    I’ve been wanting to read this book for a couple of months now since I had a blog friend mention loving it. Unfortunately it’s not available at our public library and our current budget isn’t allowing for book purchasing. I would love to finally be able to read this book!

  474. Liz S.

    I would love to win this book because I am about to start the motherhood role all over again … I have two older children and have always wanted more, but miscarriages, starts and stops along the road toward adoption, cross-country moves, career changes and more have kept us from becoming a family of three children… until this summer. I would love to read this book as I nurse my new baby and remember why I started on this crazy, beautiful, sleep-deprived journey all over again!

  475. Kim

    I’d love to read this book. And, I love tea.

  476. Tiffany

    I’m the momma of 4 littles (1, 3, 5, 6), and I would love to read this book, and then pass it on to a friend!

  477. Jennifer

    I would love a copy of this book. I can definitely relate with the author’s point of view on motherhood.

  478. Debbie

    I would love to give this book to my step-daughter who had our first grandchild last Fall!

  479. Laura A

    How I would love this book! I am a 40-something year old mom with two very strong willed (but adorable) little girls. They are 3 and 5, both adopted from China. They are the light of my life, so smart and sweet and spunky but oh, how they make me crazy at times! I am forever seeking advice and help with motherhood to help me get through my wonderfully chaotic days. Sounds like this book is my salvation in print! 😉

  480. Carmen N

    Sounds like a book I need to read!

  481. Kirsten

    Wow, I’d love to win this! I really love reading other moms’ journey into the heart of mothering, so this book is right up my alley. And I’ve been ogling those tea sets for a couple of weeks! 😉

  482. Michelle

    I can always use encouragement on being a mom. Thank you for the giveaway:)

  483. Timberly

    Because, after 27 years of motherhood, I am still being surprised.

  484. Christie

    Wow, as I am getting ready to embark on the pregnancy/ motherhood journey, it sounds like this read by Lisa-Jo May be refreshing as sometimes the motherhood idea sounds incredibly intimidating.

  485. Mandee

    From what I have read of reviews, this might be a book to offer some encouragement as I have my own wild boy. I would love to win a copy to read and share with my mom.

  486. laura d.

    I am a mother of a one and four year old and boy is it exhausting! Would love to read something inspirational. This would be just a treat to win 🙂

  487. Becky

    Mothering comes in many ways. Biological, foster, and preadoptive of a newborn. Age is no respector of mothering, either. Fifty is the new thirty. I would certainly enjoy a fresh perspective in her book.

  488. Donna

    Win this book? Well, I never win anything but I’d love to win this one! My mom has had some health issues and, in fact, just got out of the hospital. I’d love to give the book to her for mother’s day.

  489. Elizabeth Smillie

    I’ve so enjoyed hearing her talk about it coming out and would love to have a chance to read it!

  490. Deborah M.

    This sounds like a great book! I would love to read it!

  491. Lawana Gray

    I would love to read this book. So many days I wonder how I got to this point and how can I not screw up my kids!

  492. SarahEllen

    Great post. I’d love to win the book and the tea set. And if I said I was going to give them away as a gift, I’d be fibbing. A cup of tea and a good read is my “me” time — Pick me! Pick me!

  493. Suzanne

    I’d like to win because:
    1. It sounds like a good book
    2. I love tea
    3. I’m leaving this comment via my phone, so I just had to scroll down through 400 comments on a tiny screen and winning would make it worthwhile

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