For you other moms out there, do you have other mom friends who you rely on from time to time? Do you WISH you had other mom friends that just “got you” and understood the trials, the frustrations, but also the rewards that come from being a mom? I am lucky to have several– and thank goodness! I don’t know what I would do without these people in my life to walk beside me in my motherhood journey.
Better Together is a book written for moms at any level– new moms, moms that have been at this awhile, and even empty nesters. Jill Savage and her daughter Anne McClane have outdone themselves in this book that I couldn’t put down!
It starts out with Jill discussing the benefits of friendship, 10 of them to be exact. I won’t spill all of the beans, but a few benefits are Connection, The Ability to Give, and The Ability to Receive. She talks about how to form relationships with those that we consider acquaintances, how to challenge ourselves to get outside of our comfort zone, and ties it together with how Jesus viewed friendship.
My favorite chapter is chapter 4- Learning Together. Jill talks about how one of the biggest benefits of having a tribe of friends is to have someone that can fill your creative gaps. My friend Danielle is a talented seamstress (and she has fixed a dress for me as well as made some gifts!), my sister can squash a Kenley tantrum in no time flat, and my friend Jacqui is really into arts and crafts with her son, making me want to do better at that with my kids. My friend Brooke is crazy organized and my kids love going to her house to play. It’s also nice to be able to call them and say “hey, this just came up, can you help me with _____” and know that you would do the same!
This is my favorite quote from the entire book. There is something huge about friendships and the way God intended them for our lives. When we encourage each other and build each other up, mothering our own children can be richer and more fulfilling than you ever thought possible.
“Because our mothering community is no longer formed naturally within extended family relationships, we have to pursue, discover, and assemble it ourselves. We have to recognize the value of it and make it a priority in our lives because we’re stronger, wiser, and even healthier when we have a mom community around us.” — page 14
I was selected to be on the launch team for this book and received this book in exchange for my honest review.