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When Your Mama Heart Needs a Little Hope

Could your mama heart use a hearty dose of hope served alongside a heaping helping of grace? Then you will want to check out my new favorite mom blogger Becky Thompson of Scissortail Silk.

New-Headshot-For-Book-e1451193064136I first heard of her when I came across this fabulous post with a refreshing and biblical take on the news frenzy about Bruce turned Caitlyn Jenner. From there, I clicked around reading more posts (like this one and also this one about being the mama of a strong willed child. Where was she 15 years ago when I needed that? Oh. That’s right. Probably in middle school. ;-)

Becky Thompson began blogging under the name Scissortail SILK, quickly drawing a global audience of millions. A self-professed city girl, Becky is a recent transplant to northwest Oklahoma, where she lives with her husband, Jared, their three young children, and whatever critters wander in from the wheat field behind their house. You can connect with Becky online at www.BeckyThompson.com or join her and the thousands of other grace-filled moms who are a part of the Scissortail SILK community on Facebook.

Find hope for the mama heart in Unfolding Hope by Becky Thompson

Becky and I have gotten to be fast friends. She just wrote her first book Hope Unfolding and so, naturally, as her friend, I asked to read it. Here is what I had to say about it in my endorsement:

“Calling all moms in the trenches. Whether you are up to your eyeballs in diapers and dishes or dealing daily with homework and teens, this book is for you! In its pages you’ll discover a respite from the rush and a dose of hope amidst the heartache that often accompanies motherhood. I wish I’d had this encouragement when my kids were small and you can bet your sweet spit-up covered sweatshirt that all new moms I know will be gifted one from me at their baby shower. I can’t recommend this grace-filled volume enough!”

If you would like to be entered to win one of three copies of Hope Unfolding, leave a comment telling us what area of your mothering could use a hearty dose of hope. Winner announced Friday.


Speaking of winners. I am behind in announcing some. Here they are:

Winner of the earrings from Lynn Cowell: Sue Goodman

Winners of Nicki Koziarz’s book5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn’t Quit: Kelly Davis, Jessica G., and Mary Tullila

Winner of Sarah Mae’s Having a Martha Home the Mary Way: Kathy Scott

Winners please email your home address, along with what it is that you won, to [email protected]

Be sure to leave a comment to be entered to win Hope Unfolding!

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  1. All my areas of motherhood need some hope. But honestly it’s in the moments when I’m exhausted but need more patience, in the moments I choose to scroll through social media instead of be present and when I feel like I’m correcting all day instead of loving. Thank you for the chance

  2. I would love to win a copy of the book by Becky Thompson. I am a grandmother now and things are so different now. I help with 2 of my 4 grandkids, I have since each were born. The grandson is 13 and granddaughter is 8. There’s always been a power struggle between the two of them. I struggle with how much to correct them or leave to their parents, who do a great job but work long hours. This book sounds so helpful.

  3. I need some encouraging with just plain life as a working mom – the busyness and feeling like I’m not enough.

  4. HI Karen-I’m a newly separated Mother of a handsome 5 year old little boy. I have full time custody of my son and right now I am struggling with finding the balance of how to be a fulfilling mother to my son, as well as deal with the hurt, pain and daily tears of my ended marriage. With only 3 months into this process each day is a new set of emotions, and I am finding it difficult to process each of those. I am extremely blessed that through this process I have learned to appreciate life and live with intention, however I struggle daily with seeing the light that is going to guide me. Becky’s articles, thoughts, and experiences help bring me peace after a never ending day. I look forward to learning more from other mothers, blogs, and forums to grow as a person and mother!

  5. Just trying to keep my head above water and my eyes in Jesus. Feeling most days like I am just squeaking by…and my type A personality doesn’t care for that!! Taking care of my toddler and infant and trying to find time for the hubby in the middle of the craziness.

  6. I just need hope period. Somedays r so hard and i feel like i am barely keeping my head above water. I think a big problem for me is thinking i have to be superwoman and do it all. I want to learn to enjoy this time because i know they r only little for so long.

  7. I have five daughters, each so different from one another which can make parenting so tough sometimes! My nine year old is a spitfire and extremely strong-willed! This book is amazing, and I’d love to win a copy to give to a mama friend!! (I had a typo in my email address on my first comment! Not enough coffee yet, I guess!)

  8. I have five daughters, each so different from one another which can make parenting so tough sometimes! My nine year old is a spitfire and extremely strong-willed! This book is amazing, and I’d love to win a copy to give to a mama friend!!

  9. I am mommy of a strong-willed, sassy 5 year old and a sweet 3 month old. I struggle each day with my strength as a mom and sometimes feel inadequate. I would love some hope in the form of Becky’s words to help with the everyday struggle between 2 needy girls, no sleep, working full time, and a husband in law enforcement (working many nights).

  10. Expecting baby #3 in august and I sure can use some of Becky’s wisdom as I go through this wonderful and challenging time . I already have some friends in mind of who to pass on to

  11. I have a 4 year old boy and a 2 year old girl. I work part time and I have a wonderful husband who works extra hard and long so I can be home with my little ones part time. I could use some hope….period. The train leaving the station and I am the poor soul running after it on the train tracks. I would love to read this book…In the few free moments I can find in my life

  12. I need Hope in having more patience, in being the kind of wife and mother God intended me to be. I’m a mom to 4 children ages 8, 4, 2 and 4 months. I also homeschool. Some days it feels like I can’t do it anymore. But I know this is where God placed me and He will help me if I ask.

  13. I am a mother of two beautiful girls. My oldest is a very active 3 year old and my youngest is will be 4 weeks old Friday. This last year has been a struggle for me and my husband. It’s coming on a year March 30th that I had an ectopic pregnancy. This still hits me hard at times for many aspects. I was 6 weeks pregnant and I was heading to work. I work at a children’s hospital an hour away. I was about 15 min away and I started to have really bad cramping. Then about 10min away I started to have really bad hot flashes I was feeling dizzy and felt like I was going to pass out. I kept driving I debated several times to pull over but I didn’t I kept telling myself I’m almost to work. I made it to work. I was cramping really bad but I told myself I was just going to drink plenty of water and the cramping should go away. So I continued to work. The cramping toned down for a while then about 5 hours into work it started to get worse. I went to the bathroom and noticed I was bleeding bright red blood. I then had a friend at work do an unofficial ultrasound on me to see what was going on. I asked her if she could check to see if I could wait to call my doctor the next morning or if it was something I needed to be seen tonight. She scanned me and said I should go to the hospital. I said do I have time to wait till I get off work. She said no I would go now. I asked do I have time to drive an hour to my hospital at home. She said no you need to leave and go to the hospital down the road. So I went. I called my husband who had just left out of country to Dominican republic that morning for work. He made some arrangements and was able not even being out of the country 12 hours and was able to head home on the first flight. When I arrived at the hospital I told the doctors that I was 6 weeks pregnant and something was seriously wrong. They ran some test and confirmed I had an ectopic pregnancy and they notified the doctors on call to come into the hospital at this time is was 11pm. The doctors came in and told me there were going to get me to surgery as soon as possible because they were very surprised that my vital signs were that good. I was out of surgery at 2am. They removed part of my tube and I had lost a liter of blood they told me I was close to having to have a blood transfusion. My husband didn’t make it home till 7pm that night after my surgery. Another struggle occurred for us a month later my husband leaves again for work and two days later I had to make the choice of putting our first dog down due to her having liver cancer. She was our baby and he was not even able to tell her good bye. It still brings tears to my eyes having to make that call. We have had other curves in the road thrown at us after those. In the last 4 weeks I am struggling with back pain. 4 weeks ago I was 37 weeks pregnant and I fell down 12 steps causing my water to break and me having to be induced. All that has been said I need HOPE is raising my two beautiful children, HOPE in the sorrow of my ectopic pregnancy, HOPE in a quick recovery from my fall, HOPE in a happy healthy marriage, and mostly HOPE that God will guide me threw life with strength.

    Thank you

  14. Hey there!! I have been following Becky’s facebook page and reading her posts daily and oh my goodness do I love them! It helps me remember that I alone cannot do this, but we mothers together are capable of anything. I would love to win a copy of this book and pass it on to this other mother that my son has play dates with when I’m done. Then I hope she would do the same and so on. Now that I have read your post which I enjoyed I have started following you as well and will be reading your posts! I have been taking care of a very sick 7 month old who has a horrible stomach virus and cold for the past few days. I’m praying my little guy starts to feel better soon. At night once I get my son down to sleep I would love to snuggle up with a good book (Hope Unfolding hint hint hehe) like I used to do before I had him. Okay well everyone enjoy your evening and get some rest goodnight to all.

  15. I could use hope in the area of organization in time, space and in being more pro-active in training my children with Scripture.

  16. I could use a dose of hope for the bedtime routine. My husband is in the military and gone all of the time. I have an 11, 7, and 4 year old girls. Doing bedtime is trying.

  17. I would LOVE a copy of this book! There is something everyday when I feel like I’m failing as a mommy!!! Would love some encouragement!

  18. I have 4 teenagers (1 in college, 3 in high school) and a 5 year old who will start kindergarten in the fall, a husband who has been out of work for most of the last year and I’m working 2 jobs! I need hope from somewhere soon!!!

  19. I have 2 boys, and I have an in home daycare. Most days I could use a little help with patience. I also struggle with the daily demands of keeping a clean house and chores caught up. The encouragement from this book would be so very welcome!

  20. I’m a new mom of a soon to be 4 month precious little girl from Ellport Pennsylvania :-) being a new mom I have questioned my ability as a new mom. The “am I doing this right!?” I find beckys words to be so reassuring. That I am enough and be the best mom I can be through all the trials and tribulations of this new journey called motherhood

  21. I need patience sometimes its so hard to repeat yourself 27 x but those little eyes and little hearts see so much in us and they copy everything they see and hear i dont wanna be a yelling mom. I want my girls to see me smiling and calm more tban crazy mommy

  22. I go back to work in a couple weeks – a big adjustment I am dreading! I could use this book for sure – to calm my worried mama heart and help me find balance in my life!

  23. Patience and balance as a working out of the home mom, exercise instructor and wife of a 6 and 5 year old, feeling enough, doing enough and teaching them the Lord’s way.

  24. My second child was born just a couple of months ago. Becky’s posts remind me I’m not in this alone. The hope she so aptly describes reminds me that things will get better, and, with God’s help, I will get through this!

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