Celebrate Mother’s Day

By Heather Patenaude

175628_10151240583961346_1576785547_oThis month here on Beyond Bath Time we are going to be celebrating Mother’s Day! We are looking forward to honoring our moms, sharing our hearts, having a few guest bloggers, and a few giveaways!

Make sure you check back every weekday from now through the week after mother’s day as we celebrate motherhood and moms!

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Keepin’ it Real

By Erin Davis

We’ve been getting real here on the blog and I, for one, feel refreshed by it. I’ve loved giving you a peep into the non-sugar coated truth about my life as a mom and managing a schedule, a marriage, fear, hospitality, keeping a clean (or not so clean) house, faith and even a real mom sex life (yep, we went there). Continue reading

Real Mom: Faith

By Heather Patenaude

Have you ever wondered how “real” moms study their Bibles? If we were to go grab coffee, at some point in the conversation I’d ask, “How’s your quiet time going?” It’s one of those questions I ask lots of girlfriends! Continue reading

From True Woman ’12: I Fell Out of the Raft

By Jessica Drews

Hi, my name is Jessica. I’m 25 and I can’t swim. You would think my inability to keep floating would keep me from a rafting expedition on the Delaware River. Nope.

I wanted to do something adventurous, to be George Washington. I fell out of the raft, and the only thing I could do was hang on to a metal ring on the back. Continue reading

From True Woman ’12: The Five P’s

By Jessica Drews

I’ll just go ahead and say it: No, you can’t be excused. Not a lack of time, or a messy house or a crying kid can keep you from this one thing — Bible study.

I don’t mean meeting with a group of ladies for snacks and study. I mean personal, sit down, shut out the world, and spend time with God Bible study.

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Breaking Out of the Isolation Zone

By Erin Davis

Add to the loooong list of things I never knew about motherhood the fact that it has a tendency to sequester me into a lonely motherhood bubble. Friendships that thrived pre-kids dwindle among the chaos of the family schedule and my inability to have quiet, uninterrupted conversation. Where free time used to present options for connecting with others it is now most often spend catching up on sleep, quality family time or household chores. Continue reading

Overwhelmed? Anxious? Afraid? Tired?

By Carrie Ward

(From aneverydaymama.com, April 27, 2012)

I’m an everyday mama who wrote a book.

When I signed on with the publisher, I was excited … I still am! … to see what God might do through our story. However, not being a professional writer, I did not see everything that was coming. These days, when you write a book, it’s helpful to be an active social media person as well. This can be a good thing, but don’t forget: I’m an everyday mama, not a social media expert. Continue reading

Little Songs, Big Truths and Everyday Life

By Carrie Ward

(From aneverydaymama.com, April 3, 2012)

The first time I read Thessalonians with my kids, I came to the verse “Do not quench the Spirit” (1 Thessalonians 5:19) and, of course, one of my kids asked “What does quench mean?” I tried to think of a good example. I described a campfire burning. Then I asked them to imagine someone taking a huge bucket of water and dumping it on the fire. The fire would go out, it would be quenched. Continue reading

Help! I’m a new mom (and Free Book Friday)

By Kim Wagner

“Being a mother has been so much harder than I imagined. I have been in tears many times over the past few weeks and in the evening I have been very depressed. The only thing that helps is knowing that God is with me and He is teaching me through this process.”

This new mom’s words took me back several years. We were living in a suburb of Dallas, Texas, with our firstborn. My husband drove our only vehicle into the city for morning classes, followed by afternoon and evening responsibilities at the church where he served as pastor. I was left home alone all day, with no vehicle, no family or friends close by . . . alone with a crying baby. And it was hard. Continue reading

Why I wrote Beyond Bath Time (and a giveaway!)

Author Erin Davis fesses up about being an imperfect and novice mom then shares why she wrote a book about motherhood anyway.

(Psst! Want to be among the first to read Erin’s new book, Beyond Bath Time? Simply leave us a comment below. We will send a free copy to the first 10 of you to comment. Be sure to include your correct e-mail address so we can contact you for shipping information.) Continue reading