A Mother's Heart Knows

Sometimes, a mom just knows.

You hear silence from the playroom -- and you know someone is eating the Play-Dough. Again.

You hear wild splashing from the bathroom -- and yet no water is running. You know someone has decided to float their boat in Lake Flushy.

You watch your two-year-old edge toward the pot of dirt on the deck. "No, no," you warn. But you see the gleam in his eye, and you know -- that fist is going to be full of mud in two seconds.

And sometimes, you watch your six-year-old walk bravely into a room full of unknown and larger children. You know it's time for her to start taking her first steps into independence. Yet you also know your heart is going with her.

Margaret McSweeney also knows -- which is why she's written this adorable hardcover gift book called "A Mother's Heart Knows." It's a beautiful poem about all the truths harbored in a mother's heart.
A mother's heart knows in the still of the night.
A mother's heart knows when her child is all right.
A mother's heart knows when to offer to guide.
A mother's heart knows when to step to the side.
Not only is Margaret a mother of two daughters herself, but she knows the gift of a sweet mother. Her own mom, Carolyn Rhea, died shortly before Mother's Day in 2003, and the book "A Mother's Heart Knows" is dedicated to her.

No coincidence, Carolyn was also an author, who wrote nine books herself. Says Margaret, "Her last book, "When Grief is Your Constant Companion," was written about losing my dad. It turned out to be her final gift to me. She was diagnosed with leukemia as the book was being published. Mom's book helped me through my own process of losing her."

Personally, my favorite line in the book was, "A mother's heart knows when to knock on the door," simply because it made me wonder when my children will know when to knock on the door. (Can I get an amen? Or am I the only mom who never goes potty without an audience?)

This truly is a sweet gem of a book -- and a perfect Mother's Day gift. Because moms also know it's hard enough to get dinner on the table each night, much less shop for a great gift, I'm going to give this book away. (Hello, Bloggy Giveaways! Is this not perfect timing, or what?) Just leave me a comment on this post, and I'll draw a random name on Sunday, April 27. The book will get shipped early next week to the winner, so it gets there in plenty of time for Mother's Day.

Margaret is also running a "My Favorite Mom" spa basket contest at her web site. Write something about your mother or someone who is like a mother to you, share the story here, and you could win one of two spa baskets. She also plans to post the stories, with your permission, on her blog.

48 comments:

  1. It's a bit sad how much I enjoy hitting the bathroom by myself because it is SUCH a rare and wonderful thing!

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  2. "Lake Flushy" HA! So funny...and so true :)

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  3. I laughed out loud at this: Can I get an amen? Or am I the only mom who never goes potty without an audience? So true. My 15 month old daughter loves to join me in the bathroom. My husband says "just shut the door" but then she'll stand outside the door crying.
    This book looks great! Thanks for the giveaway!
    Julie
    3cookieday at gmail dot com

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  4. "(Can I get an amen? Or am I the only mom who never goes potty without an audience?)"

    I only have one child, and I still give you a huge AMEN!

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  5. Love your blog!

    I can relate on the no privacy potty thing. Kids just know when their Mom is in the bathroom:) lol!!!

    I would love to give this book to my Mom!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Carrie
    carrielea8@hotmail.com

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  6. this looks hilariously true and serious at the same time. i would love a copy!

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  7. ok make me cry reading your blog would love to win this for my mom

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  8. Oh My - that sounds like the sweetest book.

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  9. I am a fellow potty in front of an adoring audience mom.

    Sounds like a great book.

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  10. My husband complains that no one in my family shuts the door to the bathroom, but really, what's the point? I gave up on bathroom privacy a long time ago!

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  11. I never realized there WAS a door on that room! That happens to be the conference room in our house. I like your mommy sixth sense. It's a tingling.

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  12. This sounds like a great book.
    Would love to win it.

    palmersf(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  13. Sounds like an amzing read!! Definately would like to like:)
    Thanks for the contest!!

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  14. What a wonderful giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!

    Katie
    boastinginmyweakness.com

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  15. Yes, I too love the moments alone in the bathroom... which only happens when my little one is sleeping.
    Thanks for the give-a-way!

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  16. I'd love to win this great read.
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  17. What a neat book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  18. Sounds like a wonderful read! Enter me, please!

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  19. This book sounds wonderful. And I couldn't agree more....I only have one little one, but already privacy in the bathroom is a thing of the past. Love your blog, by the way, I've been reading for the past few weeks.

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  20. I can pee in front of anyone. And I would love to win this book! Thanks, Kelly!

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  21. Potty without an audience... sounds like Heaven on Earth! I love reading your blog!!

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  22. Kelly, you always make me laugh and cry all in one post! Lake flushy is hilarious!!!!

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  23. Love this, and know my mom would too. Thanks!

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  24. I agree I remember when I could use the bathroom in peace, but its been awhile. Thank goodness for nap time. LOL

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  25. I agree I remember when I could use the bathroom in peace, but its been awhile. Thank goodness for nap time. LOL

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  26. :) wow - you hit it - you describe my life to a "T". I love it - this journey... these are the moments I will treasure forever.

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  27. I would love to win this! Please enter me.
    taradawnrobertson[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  28. This book sounds wonderful. I hope I win it so I can read it.

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  29. The Poem made me smile. I love being a mom.

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  30. being a mother is amazing! my son just turned one, and i can totally relate with the quiet = eating playdoh comment.

    thanks!

    trepilynnell (at) juno (dot) com

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  31. That sounds like a great book. I have 3 girls and alone time is wonderful.

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  32. My kids never allow me in the bathroom by myself!! Even if they are playing! If I go in there, even just to throw something away, they will follow! Hilarious! cookiecutter72 AT hotmail dot com

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  33. I think you know you're a mom because you said "potty" instead of "bathroom". Ha!

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  34. GREAT giveaway!

    Hey, if you have a chance, please stop by and visit my contest page too!
    http://weirdstuffinmydesk.com/?p=41

    my email is:
    racoo.smith at gmail dot com

    Thanks and have a lovely day!

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  35. I hope this is open to Canadians? I didn't see any geographic restrictions :). You can reach me through my blog :). Link in my name, and visit my giveaway there too! Yes, we have an open door policy for the bathroom in our house, two so far, one on the way, it actually helps for potty training prep I think!

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  36. Looks great! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  37. this book sounds wonderful and how precious a keepsake; sure wished my Mom was still living. I just might have to give my 2 sisters each one as they are Moms.
    yourstrulee(at)sasktel(dot)net

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  38. Happy Friday! A wonderful author that has put together a heart warming book. The cover is very touching!
    Please enter me in your drawing.
    Many thanks,Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  39. This sounds like an awesome book! Thanks for the opportunity!!

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  40. Hi Kelly! this sounds like a fabulous book!

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  41. This looks like a really great book. I'd love to give this to my mom for mother's day. Thank you for the chance!

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  42. I would live this for my sister who is a new mother.

    egreca [at] hotmail [dot] com

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