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Laugh alongside a group of real mamas as they tell of the never-ending joys and unpredictable perils of motherhood. From diaper fiascos to being mistaken for a pile of laundry, Same Here, Sisterfriend will remind every mom that she's not alone and encourage her to look for grace in even the messiest of moments.
|Title: Same Here, Sisterfriend: Mostly True Tales of Misadventures in Motherhood|
By: Holly Mackle
Number of Pages: 288
Publication Date: 2018
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.65 (inches)|
Weight: 11 ounces
Stock No: WW325347
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Join Engaging Motherhoods contributing author Holly Mackle and her sisterfriends as they laugh their way through the misadventures of authentic motherhood. Full of wit and charm, Mackle guides readers through a collection of hilarious and vulnerable tales written by moms who have seen it all.
Laugh alongside a group of real mamas as they tell of the neverending joys and unpredictable perils of motherhood. Between diaper fiascos and singing potties, and whether mowing to escape reality or being mistaken as a pile of laundryhilarity ensues. The extraordinary vulnerability found in Same Here, Sisterfriend will not only remind every mom that shes not alone, but also encourage her to look for grace in even the messiest moments.
Sisterfriends keep each other sane, strong, and lighthearted, which is exactly what Holly Mackles mom-community does: bring a little levity to the rough trenches of mamahood. So long as sisterfriends are only a text away, they can be sure of one thingthey will never have to face the mom life alone. The mostly true tales of their misadventures include:
- Animal noises overheard in the Lactation Center
- Rewarding themselves with chocolate chips while potty training
- After effects of the imaginary play game horse bath
- Cell phone photos they cant imagine deleting
With a little commiseration and a lot of laughter, the ladies behind the creation of Same Here, Sisterfriend encourage moms everywhere to let go of the image of perfection and rest in knowing that their sisterfriends have their back. So its time to link arms in sisterfriend solidarity, because we might as well laugh, mama.
Holly Mackle is author of Little Hearts, Prepare Him Room, a contributing author for Engaging Motherhood, editor of engagingmotherhood.com, and founder of the Digging Suburbia blog on gardening, parenting, and life. Holly graduated from Samford University and holds masters degrees in Spanish Literature and Secondary Education. She also writes as a regular contributor to enCourage, the womens blog for the Presbyterian Church in America, and is the humorist for joegardener.com, a companion site for the nationally syndicated PBS show Growing A Greener World.
In her free time, Holly enjoys podcasts on both pop culture and theology (sometimes back-to-back), baking her way through Pioneer Womans recipes, and using every gardening metaphor possible to explain life to her girls. She is wife to David and mama of two in Birmingham, Alabama.
The eleven writers who contributed to Same Here, Sisterfriend have their own experiences to share as moms and sisterfriends, but all of them love a good laugh, most of them wont turn down a good cup of coffee, and many of them call Birmingham, Alabama home. Hollys contributing sisterfriends include Abigail Avery, Carrie Brock, Catherine Chestnut, Nicole Conrad, Emily Dagostin, Cara Johnson, Lindsey Murphy, Beka Rickman, Laura Royal, Caroline Saunders, and Pamela Wells.
"To all the moms of legit geniuses who once smeared poop on the bedroom walls during naptime, this book is your jam. What's the ole saying. . . 'misery loves company?' The motherhood version should go, 'raising adorable humans to be functional adults should happen with a sense of humor and girlfriends.' Or a more succinct version, 'Same Here, Sisterfriend.' Put on an adult diaper, grab a beverage and enjoy these stories to remember you #DontMomAlone."
-HEATHER MACFADYEN, Host of the GodCenteredMom Podcast
"I'm not surprised that I found myself nodding and smiling through each honest and bare-souled essay in Same Here, Sisterfriend. Motherhood is both painful and beautiful and these essays bring fresh perspective to the multifaceted pandemonium that happens in our lives, in our hearts, and on our kitchen counters. I want to give this book to all my girlfriends and say, 'Look! There are others just like us!'"
-LAUREN K. DENTON, USA Today bestselling author of The Hideaway
"Are you deep in the trenches of motherhood? Same Here, Sisterfriend reminds us that we are not alone; we're all in it together. This book is real life, unfiltered, and filled with stories we all can relate to. Overflowing with humor, wit, wisdom, and truth, this book is like having a latte with your bestiewhile little ones run circles yelling like banshees. From one sisterfriend to another, you need to read this book."
-CHRISTINA FOX, Author of A Heart Set Free and Closer Than a Sister
"Same Here, Sisterfriend is a delightful yet tender journey through the singing potties, guilt monsters, and - you guessed it - undercover mooing of being a mom. While anyone who's changed a diaper will appreciate the authenticity of this book, only those who have navigated the Pinterest-riddled seas of motherhood will keep it in a special place in their minivans."
-ANNE RILEY, Author of Voyage to the Star Kingdom and mother of three
"Same Here, Sisterfriend speaks my love language: honest, hysterical stories by moms who get it. Trust me - you need these friends in your life. We all do."
-JENNIFER PHILLIPS, Author of Bringing Lucy Home and 30 Days of Hope for Adoptive Parents
"We all long to be known and understood. But in a culture of comparison set on self its easy to believe we are the only ones struggling. Through humor and honesty Same Here, Sisterfriend reminds us of that we are not alone. Even better, these sisterfriends use their stories to point us back to the ultimate Friend we have in Jesus."
-KRISTEN HATTON, Author of Face Time: Your Identity in a Selfie World and Get Your Story Straight
Author: Holly Mackle
Located in: Birmingham
Submitted: June 16, 2018
Tell us a little about yourself. Even though I love to write, I consider myself more of a curator than a writer, and feel called to lift up the voices, talents, and stories of other women. When I'm not writing I'm probably gardening, watching old seasons of Survivor with the hubs, or explaining to my girls why their hair will not do exactly what Queen Elsa's does.
What was your motivation behind this project? So our book club picked a humor book and the unthinkable happened: EVERYONE READ. From the women with the newborns to the women with the older kiddos...everyone read. That got me thinking about humor in the church, and how very many friends I have who love both their Bibles AND a perfectly-timed Mary Katherine Gallagher impersonation. While there are some female believers out there now writing humor with excellence, there really aren't that many overall--it's just a tricky thing to do without dishonoring God or others. As a curator I thought I could pull women together to see if we could do it, and Same Here, Sisterfriend was born.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope mamas will throw their heads back and laugh!
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? It was fun to curate, it was fun to write, it was fun to laugh with the contributors...it was just plain good, clean fun.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? In this genre, I am a big fan of both Sophie Hudson (who wrote our beautiful foreword) and Melanie Shankle.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Dear sisterfriend, I see you in there. I see you behind that messy bun and the workout gear that has no intention of making it to the gym. Between the decisions, the discipline, the dishes...it all seems so serious, doesn't it? We need each other in these mama-days. We need our sisterfriends at our backs, urging us onward and reminding us to laugh when all crazy breaks loose. Whether you've found your people yet or not, I hope this book will be an encouragement either to get right on that or to reach out to your sisterfriends today. All the contributors and I hope you'll join us for some fun--laugh with us, laugh at us, and hopefully get a little more okay with laughing at yourself. love and Thundercats, xo, holly