Who would dare to write such a book as this? The mother of five children under five years of age, two of which are twins, that’s who! Rachel Jankovic knows what she is talking about. She also knows Who to turn to when life gets too much for her. Just consider this Rachel quote, “I am looking back in retrospect on nursing the twins in the park with a blanket between my teeth” (p. 12). Chapter one is titled, “Welcome to my Circus.” If you have a circus of your own, or are contemplating one, Loving the Little Years is for you. The subjects covered in this gem include: God, you, your spouse, and those dear little sinners: your children; bickering; growing the Fruit of the Spirit in your particular hot house; constant, year-round attention; growth spurts; grabby hands and hearts; discipline; expectations; graham crackers under the furniture which can only be seen when you have collapsed from exhaustion; and much, much more.
I’m a grandma now, I also teach a little enclave of four year olds – Loving the Little Years is spot on. You won’t get it any truer or funnier or more encouraging than this. Read it (in spurts, when you grab a few minutes); you will love it! – Donna Eggett, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
I didn’t write this book because mothering little ones is easy for me. I wrote it because it isn’t. I know that this is a hard job, because I am right here in the middle of it. I know you need encouragement because I do too.
This is not a tender reminiscence from someone who had children so long ago that she only remembers the sweet parts. At the time of writing this, I have three children in diapers, and I can recognize the sound of hundreds of toothpicks being dumped out in the hall.
This is a small collection of thoughts on mothering young children—for when you are motivated, for when you are discouraged, for the times when discipline seems fruitless, and for when you are just plain old tired.
The opportunities for growth abound here—but you have to be willing. You have to open your heart to the tumble. As you deal with your children, deal with yourself always and first. This is what it looks like, and feels like, to walk as a mother with God.