Loving the Little Years – Review and Giveaway

Loving the Little YearsEvery mother with small people should read “Loving the Little Years.”

Several times.

Yearly, even.

The mother of 5 children five-years-old and under, Rachel Jankovic knows what she’s talking about and brings refreshing perspective on “motherhood in the trenches.”

It is easy to feel exhausted and overwhelmed just with the task of keeping little ones fed and clothed. But they need so much more than that! We are called to disciple our children and instruct them in righteousness, and if we aren’t tending their hearts, all our work is in vain. With little sinners constantly running around your house, it’s so easy to get frustrated, and, (perhaps only sub-consciously), begin to view them as bothersome and in the way of “life.”

Rachel gave me great ideas to change my own heart and attitude in short, encouraging and uplifting chapter bites. I love the imagery and stories that Rachel uses with her kids to illustrate concepts so they can understand.

“Setting behaviors into stories is a great way to communicate with your little people. Got a boy hitting a sister? Tell him about a brave knight who went out to fight the dragon but started hitting the princess instead. Give children a chance to get outside themselves and see their behavior as it plays out in a story. It often turns out that they know exactly the right thing to do.”

She reminds us to look at our children as little people. Her wisdom has already aided me in several discipline situations, reminding me to look at it from little Katie’s perspective and really try to see the heart issue.

I’ve read this book twice, and I already want to read it again. The short chapters are easy to get through, even for a busy mother of little ones, and you are sure to come away sobered, strengthened, and amused.

Rachel says:

“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 loose 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 and refinement 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 with God, as a mother.”

Today you get a chance to win a copy of Loving the Little Years right here on the blog!

Leave one comment on this post to enter the giveaway. If you’re in the midst of the “little years,” share something you love about raising your little ones! We’ll draw one winner this Saturday, August 6th.

If you’d like another chance to win, visit my own blog, Mama Chocolate, where I will be giving away a second copy!

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  1. Beautiful smiles, snuggly cuddles and unconditional love received from them.

  2. I love the impromptu weed…er…flower, that they bring me to put in a vase!

  3. I love the joy and delight they have for life…the zeal and zest of the little things they do!

  4. My youngest is now ten years old, but we are planning to adopt a newborn. I will again be immersed in the little years. I love how babies and toddlers bring about so many smiles and laughs within a family. They can even brighten the day of complete strangers in public.

  5. Great companion book to “Give Them Grace” which I am currently reading.

  6. I love the spontaneous, multiplied kisses and “I love you’s.”

  7. What I love about raising little ones…hmmm…naptimes!! (And hearing their hearts starting to learn about and love the Lord!)

  8. I love when they share with me the things that are important to them — like the puddle of mud they found in the backyard or the five-day-old Cheerio they discovered under the sink! It reminds me to find joy in small things.

  9. I have children from 18 years old down with two still in diapers and while I’ve certainly learned time really does fly by (I can’t believe my oldest graduated high school this past year!!!), I still take for granted the early years with the babies. They ARE hard work and need consistant attention, but there is an innocence and deep love for us mamas that the payoff always outweighs the frustrations we find ourselves in. I look forward to reading this book for furthur encouragment!

  10. My children are 10, 9, 6, 4, 2, and 6 months, and I love the little years! They are challenging (what part of parenting isn’t?) but little guys are filled with such wonder and joy at everything. I love watching them discover the world!

  11. Laura, you have me beat -I thought mine was spaced out! My oldest is 13, then 8 and 2. I think I missed out quite a bit on my second one being little and am trying to play catch up and “connect” with her. It’s funny how I thought it is hard being spread out with 3 but then you see someone with 5 under 5! My cousin has 7 starting at 18 down to 3. I know I never imagined I’d be 40 with a toddler. But, His ways are good and I am trying to enjoy every minute of it.

  12. the innocence. the adaptability. the honesty. I have a three year old, and an almost two year old; and would love to read this book.

  13. We are blessed with a very active 3 year old that has a “quote of the day”. Sundays quote was ” Mommy’s never get old!” He often makes a difficult day delightful!

  14. We’re so thankful for our little one in her little years! One of our favorites is how loving our daughter is. Everything and everyone gets hugs, “kissies”, and winks (that are just her blinking harder and for a longer amount of time:) ) She’s truly a blessing from God!!

  15. I have twin 6yos, an almost 4yo, and a soon to be 1 yo. I love seeing how instantly a baby brings anyone to a smile when they have been angry or whining.

  16. I have a just turned 6yo boy and just turned 4yo twin boys – it has been a blur of 4 years with that many small people, and all the energy that many little boys bring. But being the only girl in the house, they make me feel so special with all the impromptu “I love you”s and “Mamma you look pretty”s.

  17. My youngest is now 12, but I would agree that the “little years” are very special. When my oldest ones were 5, 4, 2, and new baby, I would have enjoyed having a book like this. Now I would like to give it to a friend who just had baby #9.

  18. I loved being pregnant and giving birth. I loved seeing them for the first time and considering the wonder of God’s favor on my life.

    Mostly, I love how they tug at my skirt and call me, “Mommy.”

  19. I love using something to get one of my children to cooperate with me and then finding out that it is really more important than I thought.

    I started asking my youngest if she was a caterpillar, when I would cover her head to dry her hair after her bath. It was a little game. I’d cover her head and say, “Are you a caterpillar?” “No.” She would say, “I am a butterfly.” It helped get her hair dry, but one day when things were not going well, I suddenly realized that it helps me too. She won’t always be this caterpillar I see. She will be a butterfly!

  20. I absolutely love seeing my girls blossom. They are 5 and 4 1/2 and watching them as they grow and learn something new is just so amazing. My favorite part of little ones is when they mess up the words in songs. My 4 1/2 year old loves the song that goes “Blessed be the name of the Lord” except she sings it “Recipe the name of the Lord, Recipe the name.” It never fails to bring a smile to my face every time I hear that song on the radio.

  21. Little ones have such an enthusiasm for everyday little things that helps to keep my outlook fresh and grateful for every little thing. The youngest of our 8 children is now 9 and as I think back over the years of mothering and think of what may be ahead, I’m reminded that Paul spoke of being content in whatever circumstances he found himself. Parenting at all stages has its tremendous joys and great challenges. Thank God for each day and for everything He brings to you in each day, and look to Him for the grace to display His character each day.

  22. Children are a blessing! Love my four (so far) little girls!!

  23. My youngest is 9 already but I would love to share this with 2 friends of mine-one has 5 lovely children, from 1-15 years old. 2 of hers are still under 5 and my Pastor’s wife has a 2 yr. old, a 3 yr. old and another one due in a few weeks!

    The thing I love most about little ones is when you get home after leaving them, even if it was only a short time you were away, and they come flying into your arms with huge smiles and shouts of “Mommy!” as if it were the greatest word to ever exist.

    Thanks for the great giveway!

  24. I love watching my kids grow. I gain a much longer-term perspective on life because of them. Thanks!

  25. Love the cuddles, the sweet sayings that come out of their mouths, the unconditional love, the innocence, the instant forgiveness, the untainted faith… among many other things! I am truly BLESSED!

  26. I love this book! I just finished reading it and she has a knack for applying God’s Word to the in’s and out’s of motherhood! I would love another copy to give to my sister-in-law!

  27. I love watching them see and experience something in God’s creation for the first time and sharing in their excitment. I love hearing them call for Momma when they want to show me something they just accomplished and all the hugs and kisses and ‘I love you’s!”

  28. Wish I had had this book earlier. I spent WAY too much time trying to figure out how to manage our time so that our days flowed smoothly without giving nearly enough time to their hearts. The Lord is faithful & convicted me & has given me many more little ones to try to work on just that.

  29. I have two strong-willed yet adorable little ones. I would LOVE to win this book! : )

  30. I have two older daughters (12 & 11) and will soon be having 3 children under the age of 5 and would love to read this book for encouragment, wisdom and help!

  31. I’m expecting my 6th, and my oldest is 7. This book would be an awesome asset. I love the group hugs, and the fact that my kids are praying for triplets this time!

  32. Please enter me into the giveaway. I love the silly looks….a ha moments….. giggles!

  33. I love watching them accomplish new things and seeing them develop their personalities. They are all such a blessing from the Lord!!

  34. This book seems to speak to my very thoughts and heart,
    My kids are 4 and 2 and are my sweetest joy and greatest challenge.
    I absolutely adore them and know with sure confidence they are Gods gift to us.
    One of the things that keeps me going is their creativity- they both just love to imagine and create and I simply love watching that!

  35. I love the little hugs around my neck.

  36. I love that when I begin to feel overwhelmed all I have to do is look at my little girl’s face and see the perfect combination of both her father and myself, and I’m reminded how powerful God’s love is for me. My heart melts, and I know that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

  37. What I love about the young years is all the freely given hugs and kisses. They are so affectionate at this age!

  38. I love my son’s hugs and kisses!!

  39. Sounds like a wonderful book. I would love to read it.

  40. What I love about our little years – their HUGS.

  41. I love the hugs and their soft skin.

  42. I love how my sweet son is so loving and on fire for the Lord! I don’t want him to grow up just yet…I love his hugs and kisses, and how much he adores me even though I am far from being a perfect mamma. 🙂

  43. I love the giggles! There is nothing more endearing than hearing my children laugh!

  44. I’m preparing for this season of life, and it makes me anxious!

  45. I love the early morning cuddles and sweet kisses.

  46. I love when they spontaneously run to throw their arms around my neck and tell me how much they love me! It makes all those crummy moments of the day seem to melt away. For a few minutes at least.

  47. I have eight blessings. We certainly didn’t start out thinking we’d have eight or even three or four, but each time as our “little one” grew up a little, we knew we needed another one and God blessed us! Little ones are a challenge when you now have older ones also, but so much worth it! My older ones learn so much!

  48. This sounds like a wonderful book! I have a 5 yo, 3 yo, and one due in October. I also have a 9 yo and 11 yo. Lately I have been focusing so much on my older ones. I really need to spend some time with the Lord having Him lead me in how to balance the needs of all my blessings! Thank you for the entry for the drawing!

  49. Sounds like a great book! I have a 3 and almost 2 years. It definitely sounds like something I could benefit from.

  50. I have a 2yo little boy. I love how he amazes me with things that he learns and understands even when I am not meaning to “teach” him. He is like a little sponge, which reminds me that I need to be careful what he is “soaking” up from me.

  51. I want to get a copy of this book! It looks like just the sort of encouragement I could use and something a few of my dear friends would love too! My sweet cousin recommended this to me. 🙂

  52. I love the way they capture my heart!

  53. I love the happy skip of my daughter, the uncontrollable laughter of my older son and the kisses my youngest son places on my nose at night!

  54. I’d love to win this! My littles were all under seven when I had my fifth baby! I love how our children contstantly drive us to a closer relationship with our Lord!

  55. I love the giggles, the delights of accomplishments, and the conversations of child-like faith they bring. Isn’t it funny that the things we love are also the things that make us the most frustrated too!

  56. While I was reading this, the 4yo stuck her finger in the 7yo’s eye. After that was resolved, I looked over and saw my 12yo and the 4yo embracing and sharing some good-morning kisses… Sometimes I think how nice it would be to have some peace, but in the next moment I quickly decide life would be dull and lonely without them.

  57. I have two boys, ages 5 and 3, and I am learning to cherish the nighttime talks and cuddles with them. They won’t always be so little, so God is teaching me to be patient at night through all their “requests” and remember that this time of dependence on me won’t last. The “human” in me just wants to rush through the bedtime ritual so I can get on with my chores or possibly have an hour to myself before bed… but when will be the last time that they ask me to lay down with them for a minute, or rub their backs, or “read just one more story”? What a blessing it is to have children… and how much they have taught me about my relationship with my Heavenly Father.

  58. I love seeing my kids learn! Our 2 1/2 year old is having full conversations with us now & he says the funniest stuff. Our 11 month old is going to start walking any day & he has the cutest personality! They bring so much joy to our family!!!

  59. i love catching them being kind to each other.

  60. Our oldest was married and his wife pregant with their firstborn when I gave birth to our 6th (her closest sibling was 12!) and I was humbled that God would honor me with another chance to do right by his little ones. Katie is full to the brim with love for life and is a picture of the kind of joy the Lord wishes for us to have always. The older “kids” (now 22, 20, 19, and almost 16) have grown so much as they have been a part of Katie growing up. Only God could have designed it this way!

  61. We have ages 2 to 15, and I LOVE each age/stage. They are all so precious in their diffeent ways. My favorite parts of the 2’s, besides the constant “me need loveys,” are the random phrases that they’ve learned by listening to others and the “dramatic effect” added to simple conversations. The simple, “You didn’t weev me,” said with such wide-eyed surprise and thrilling excitement because he had heard the door close to, “This is serious!” Ah…. love it!!!! These things make me belly laugh frequently and definitely smile each and every day. Blessing after blessing! God is so very good!

  62. I have three children right now, ages 4, 3, and 1, so this book would be perfect for helping me speak to their hearts–which is my favorite thing! They want to be with me, learn from me, talk with me, learn with me! And I with them!

  63. I would love to win this, I just heard about it yesterday! I love the humor of my little ones, they are so joyful.

  64. I love the little surprises – like the 3 yo who hates to get dirty painting himself with chalk paint and having a blast!

  65. Kimberly Trautman

    I have had little ones for twelve years now. My oldest is 12 and my youngest is three weeks old. We have six children in between them giving us a grand total of eight. I love the way my two year old will walk up to me while I am fixing dinner and want to dance with me. I always play praise music while fixing dinner and we end up dancing around the kitchen cheek to cheek. What a special time. I usually end up with him in my arms and two or three of the others dancing around us.

  66. I love their sweet, little voices and the curiosity in their eyes. They are always filled with wonder as they learn about the world around them.

  67. I love seeing the world through their eyes (especially God).

  68. I would love to read this book.

  69. I have 4 wonderful blessings. I love their perspective on life. They can so clearly see God’s hand & blessings.

  70. Our daughter will be four in October. We use “tickle time” to connect. She loves to be tickled from head to toe and the physical contact puts her in a much better mood.

  71. I’m a mom of two, one 18 (girl) and the other 3 (boy). It has been SO long since I’ve had to deal with a little person on a regular basis. I was not able to stay home with our first one, but am a happy SAHM for the second. I love being the one training my child in the way he should go. I find it both a joy and a challenge (and it’s the challenges I need a little guidance on). 🙂

  72. I have wanted to read this book for some time! I am the mother of soon to be 6 and 4 are 5 and under. I enjoy the energy and excitement they bring to our home, even if it is sometimes overwhelming. I am grateful for God’s using them to grow me into the woman, wife and mother He wants me to be!

  73. The sparkle in their eyes and saunter in their step when they know they did it well!

  74. Eyes dancing with delight as they pour over the new curriculum and the possiblities of the new year unfolding in their minds.

  75. I have three very active girls who are 4.5, 3 and 1.5 years old. Hm, I never really thought about what I like about being a parent and having little ones. Don’t get me wrong, I love my family, my kids and this season of my life, but I’ll be thinking about this question for a while…

  76. Oh the wonderment of children! It is so easy to forget the simple things in life and to pass right by the beauty that surrounds us. My 3 girls have reminded me to slow down. The joy comes when I remember to do that and I get to see the astonishment and awe in their eyes.

  77. I love how my girls still love me when I mess up. I love when they give hugs & kisses & cuddles just because. I love when they do or say something that makes me laugh and forget the stresses of the day.

  78. This sounds excellent!!!! And like just what I need with our youngest son! Thank you so much for sharing this and the opportunity to win one!

  79. My 2 favorite sounds from littles are their laughter and when they are learning to read and they start reading from the Bible.

  80. I love how everything is new, fresh, and exciting! I love to see their excitement about reading the Bible and to watch them teach Sunday School to all of their stuffed animals.

  81. I have two little ones. My favorite thing is the simple joy…it’s contagious! The sloppy kisses aren’t bad, either. 🙂

  82. It’s wonderful when they cuddle up in your lap!

  83. I love to hear my say “Mommy…you’re the best!” while snuggling in the morning! I hope they always feel that way!

  84. Despite all the messes that they make, they always let you know that you are loved!

  85. I love when my little girl (she just turned 2) climbs up behind me & “rubs” my shoulders or neck. So sweet!

  86. 3 almost 4 under 5. Love the way they see funny moments in life. And the crazy stuff they say about God!

  87. I love watching my four year old and one year old daughters interact. Their personalities are so cute together.

  88. I have two sweet boys my oldest is 2 and the other is 5 months old. They bring such joy to my life. I adore the conversations I have with my oldest, & how he randomly gives me kisses and tells me he loves me. I swoon over the sweet coos & giggles from my littlest one. Being a mom is a wonderful blessing.

  89. I have 3 boys.. 6,4 and 8 months! I would love this book! One thing just happened today that made me feel good about how the Lord was using me with my little guys.
    My just 4 year old sang us a song, he loves to sing and “play” his guitar! The words went something like this “if i play a game and some one hits me in the head with a ball, i say it’s okay. then we play another game” haha simple but very cute… he’s getting the idea of forgiveness 🙂

  90. I love watching my almost two year old son trying to “feed” his almost one year old sister.

  91. Valerie Vanbuskirk

    I love the unconditional love and big squeeze hugs!

  92. I love leg hugs. Also when they bring you a book to read to them.

  93. I have a 4 year old, and I love to hear her pray to God, and talk about how He loves us, heals us, protects us, forgives us… I also love to see the wonder on her face at something that’s new to her, but which I now take for granted.

  94. I love the laughter and giggles that they indulge in so freely–I have a tendency to be too serious and they are such a wonderful balance for that.

  95. This book sounds wonderful! I love the way my baby girls smile fills her entire face when I go to get her up from her nap (4 months.) I love the way my little man dances and sings, and you can tell he’s singing his own little song, even though you can’t understand many of the words (20 months.) I love the way my big girl gives me puppy dog eyes, hugs my leg, and asks me to sing her song to her at bedtime (3.5 years.) I love the way my big boy is trying to talk in more grown up words, and repeats things that we say, but not always in the right context (5 years.) It’s definitely a struggle, but I love it and I thank God for blessing me with the tremendous task of being a Mommy. 🙂

  96. I love how everything they say is unfiltered by society or experience; everything is new, everything is wonderful. 🙂

  97. I love that it’s so easy to make my little hoard laugh. No matter the situation, a little snuggle, a little tickling and some silly faces and there are delighted smiles and lots of laughter.

  98. Christina Mullins

    Being a mom is the greatest gift. The Lord has taught me so much about the love He has for me by blessing me with children. Each day is new and brings so much delight. I love seeing their innocence and their simplicity of faith. How they just believe in Jesus without making it all complicated like we tend to do. They enjoy life and love the people around them. I love how my kids like to crawl in bed with me in the morning and just snuggle together. How we will be walking through the store and they want to hold my hand. How my 4 year daughter wants to know if she can marry her daddy when she grows up. I know these days won’t last forever. And when hard days come, I have to remember these times and enjoy every minute.

  99. Their amazement over the little things.

  100. What I love about the little years is their need for me. It is the greatest privilege to meet their needs and teach them about Jesus.

  101. I am new to Door Posts…but so thankful for the site and blog! I would love to win a copy of the Loving the Little Years!

  102. Whenever I leave the house, the kids stand at the door and wave and blow kisses shouting “love you Mom!” until I am out of sight. It makes me feel like I am so loved and needed in my house, and I look forward to coming back. Little hands blowing kisses are priceless!

  103. I love cuddles and listening to them belly-laugh.

  104. I love the excitement she shows when I grab her up out of the crib and to see the interaction between the two is such a gift!!

  105. I have a nine month old and one on the way 🙂
    I love when he lay his head on my chest and gives that deep sigh of contentment…I love how he gives you the twinkley eyed smile when he’s in trouble, I love the splashing in the bath tub and I love watching his face as he studies an object. Precious days !

  106. I love another good book to encourage young Moms in righteousness!

  107. I love all my littles, and I would love to read this book! My blessings are ages 8, 7, 5, 3, & 2. :o)

  108. I love realizing that my little ones are “too quiet” only to find my 4 year old reading stories quietly to his 2 year old sister! I also love hearing them praying together in the other room! I would LOVE this book 🙂

  109. Dancing in the kitchen til we run out of breath!

  110. “I love you, too”s. And kisses “all over” my face. =)

  111. Those rare moments of quiet snuggle time. And belly laughs.

  112. I love so much about each day with my precious girls, 2yrs and 6 months. I love their smiles, their giggles, and holding them in my arms.

  113. Gosh this sounds like just the book I need right now. Struggling with my little one!

  114. I love the giggles and the cuddling when they sit in my lap.

  115. I’ve been wanting to read this book! I have found that when days get overwhelming, I sit down on the floor with my little ones, look them right in the eyes and say “I love you so much and am so happy that God has let me be your mommy!” That usually calms us all down! 🙂

  116. Yes please, this book sounds like just what I need right now!!!! I love seeing my children playing together when you don’t think your watching!!! Also the rare moments they tell me they love me (without prompting!!)

    Thanks for your words of encouragement x

  117. My twin boys just turned 2 and I’m expecting another boy in October. I love this age of discovery and language development! Everything is amazing and they are taking on independence all the time. It reminds me just how little time I have to squeeze in all the love and cuddles I really want!

  118. The times when you can tell they really want you to play with them… so you set your task aside, pick them (both) up and dance around the room with them for just a minute. They look up at you in adoration, plant a kiss and hug, then wiggle to get down. Off to your task at hand again with renewed strength 🙂 Those are my favorite moments with “littles”.

  119. I love getting a hug around the neck from my little ones. Their little arms are so sweet!

  120. What a much needed book! I am working on potty training my middle child. Simultaneously, the Lord is training me to be patient. I am so thankful for this special, but difficult time in my life and the opportunity to become more Christ like.

  121. I have three under three so this is so timely. My favorite part of parenthood isn’t just the snuggles and giggles, it’s when they talk to Jesus. It’s so precious and innocent and they’ve taught me to pray what’s on my heart and have a childlike trust in God in all situations. But the other moments, I definitely feel like we’re in the trenches. Thanks for this opportunity to win this book and be encouraged.

  122. Yes! We are in the trenches! I have a lovely neighbor lady who told me several years ago that raising children was not for wimps! I believe her! There are moments when I am on the verge of giving up……but…..the door will fly open and there is my 6yo with a bouquet of fresh wildflowers to fill the windowsill with….or my 4yo will fill the house with songs of praise to the Lord…..or my 2yo will come looking for a hug and kiss with his lips pursed WAY out….or my 4mo. old will give me THAT smile and giggle when I kiss his neck! And I know then and there that there is no giving up! These children have my heart, no matter how hard it is!

  123. I love hearing two little boys giggle together over very silly stuff!

  124. The other night after a rough day (and being owly and impatient with my 3 little ones), my five year old son called me in, because I had forgotten to give him a goodnight hug and kiss. He wrapped his arms around me and said, “You’re my good, sweet Mommy!” and planted a big kiss on my cheek. That really helped me put things in perspective!

  125. I love their great big smiles- even the when everything else seems to be going wrong!

  126. Don’t throw me in to the giveaway…I have a copy! Just loved this book.

    My favorite quote “Fat souls are better than clean floors.” Love it!

  127. Love the funny words they come up with like “requestions” that is a request and suggestion all in one and love the way they laugh and notice the “little” things in life that we as adults can miss 🙂

  128. Whether or not I win this book, I am HIGHLY interested in reading it. Being a mom of a five and two year old, being “in the trenches” is a good description at times. Though they are not consistent, I love watching my children be servants – within and without the walls of our home as they show initiative in being helpful.

  129. I have been blessed with 5 children and I Love when I hear them speaking to each other about the Lord or reminding me about Him.

  130. Just a few days ago, a friend told me how wonderful this book is…I am looking forward to reading it. I am a mom to soon-to-be 4, 5yo and under….and while I find just about every day to a challenge, but one of the best moments was when my almost 5 yo came to me with a book and read most of the words by himself. 🙂

  131. I have three sons, two of them are two years old, and they are nine months apart. I love to watch them interact with each other, they even developed their own little language to communicate! None of us understand, but that’s why they do it, and i think it’s just so sweet…this book would be a huge help and inspiration to me, thank you for the opportunity.

  132. My “baby” is 13, butI would love to have this for my oldest daughter who has two little ones and another one due in March. This looks like what I needed when we had only 6, and our first-born was only 9.

  133. I love the laughs and how everything they are discovering and learning. I have 2 little ones so far and could use some help loving the daily life! 🙂

  134. I love being able to teach them about God and witnessing their “aha” moments!

  135. My three little ones are grown now but oh, how I wish I had had this book when they were all preschoolers at once! I now have married daughters and daughter-in-laws that would love to hear these stories from someone their own age and in the middle of raising precious ones right now, not many years ago :)! Thank you for sharing!

  136. I love baby giggles and the sheer joy little ones have over the tiniest things! 🙂

  137. I’ve only been reading your blog for a short time, but have found it to be so encouraging. My littles are 8, 7, 4, & a new little due in January. I think I enjoy the way they explain things most. For one, they come up with some hilarious names when trying to tell about something. And two, a lot of times they see things in such innocence that I, as an adult, miss. Thanks for the giveaway!

  138. I love the snuggles, laying in bed with them and their bright eyes when they light up with a new discovery!

  139. Wow! This sounds like an amazing book! I have 4 very active little ones all within a 3 year age range. It would be such a blessing to win this book! Thank you for all the time and effort you put into writing it.

  140. I love my daughter’s silly giggles, warm hugs, and jibber-jabbers as she reads!

  141. I am really loving the fact that God is teaching and growing me in ways I would have never comprehended, had we not had the blessing of raising and training a two year old in His ways!

  142. I would love to win this book! I have 3-year-old quadruplets I’m trying to raise correctly!!! Plus, today is my birthday!!

  143. Gotta love those little ones…putting wooden pizza in the oven so it gets ‘hot’, climbnig onto the dining room table before walking…crying in the middle of the night for mamma…sticky kisses and sandy feet all over my clean floor…some days are so very long, but in the end I want to relish every detail as they go by so very fast. Congrats to the mamma who wins this book!

  144. I am in the midst of the “Little Years” with kids aged 9, 4, 2, and 3months. It is hard on some days (like all three of them at the dentist today!) But I do love to watch the way the 3 older sisters just love on one another. I would love to win this book…thank you for the opportunity!

  145. I have four that are 6 & under and we are preggo w/#5. 🙂

    I love the looks of awe in the “simple” things. The look of intrigue when they delight in something new. The hugs for any reason, or no reason. Mostly, I love that mommy’s kiss can heal any ouchie.

    Why cannot I not recall these things in “those” moments?! 🙂 I’m very excited about this book!

  146. Hayley Kristensen

    I love the cuddles in the early morning…so, so sweet.

  147. I have been wanting this!

  148. I always look forward to fun phrases that show a child’s personality and age. For example, my 3 year old son passed me his plate of hot cooked rice and asked for help with his rice krispies! 🙂

  149. I’ve got 2 girls under 3 and another on the way and what a blessing they are! My goodness they’re hard work (!) but the best thing is seeing them develop into loving little people full of unasked for cuddles and kisses all day – couldn’t think of a better way to spend my days than with them. 🙂

  150. I love watching our 3 little ones love on each other, play constantly with one another, and truly enjoy being around one another. We are reminded why we had them so close together (with another about to be born) when we see the relationships they have already made with each other in just a few short years.

  151. Wow, I need this book super bad! I love my children very, very much, but I get so overwhelmed by them that it seems like this is all life will ever be. I know that in just a few years things will be quite different, but in the meantime it is just plain hard. One thing I adore about my babies is how well they play together; it’s an enormous blessing to have children that get along so well.

  152. I love hearing how little ones’ minds work! My 2 yr old is really starting to chatter and it’s so cute to see what she comes up with!

  153. This book sounds great! I have 4 under 7 so I am in the trenches too!

  154. When my DD yells “BALL” and lets the ball fall out of her hands as she tries to rocket one over to me, it makes me laugh and roll on the floor with her.

  155. This book sounds amazing! I definitely want to read it and I definitely need the encouragement as I humbly try to raise my 3 children (4 and under) in the Fear of the Lord. Blessings!

  156. I love how they so easily forgive and love!

  157. I love littles! I love their intense and simple joy over easy and doable things. Their zest of life is contagious

  158. I love how she finds joy in everything.

  159. I could really use this book – I need help! One of my favorite part of raising little ones is the way the so often point me to the Lord. I love their questions and their childlike faith!

  160. Ah! Child number four is soooo different from all the other.s I really thought I had the parenting thing down pat, but God showed me otherwise. I LOVE the made up songs about everything she sees, sung “off-key”, and at the top of her lungs. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for this precious little one. Thanks for telling us about this book!

  161. There’s so much to love. Cuddles, baby grins, silly giggles, tickle monster time. And of course – when both little ones nap at the same time!

  162. I have 5 children, ages 7, 6, 4, 2, & 8 months. My middle child has spina bifida and has had 20 surgeries. Our house is wonderfully noisy, our lives busy and our hearts full.

    I love just being with my children and seeing them enjoy playing together. This will be our first year of homeschooling. Missed them too much to send them back to school.

  163. Allison Duncanson

    My 2, 4, and 6 year old cheerios squeal with delight if they even think they are being chased. Amazing how they love to be pursued! I also love when they pat ME on my back while they are hugging me, because yes, even mommy needs to be soothed sometimes.

  164. I have 5 kids 2, 4,5, 7,10 the best part of having little ones is listen to their laughter. That can bring a smile to anyones face no matter what

  165. What I love most about raising my children is hearing there prayers and seeing them be little warriors of Christ. Oh to have the faith of child!

  166. This sounds like some very worthwhile and inspiring reading. I like the illustration of getting the children to see the situation from a different perective, out of the box. It took a wise mother to do the same exercise for herself.

  167. A lovely baby shower gift!

  168. Would love to win this book to share with another mom of many!

  169. I love the kisses and cuddles for sure!

  170. This looks like a wonderful book!

  171. I am a mama to 10, 8, 5, 3, and 3 week old. I love newborn noises, involuntary smiles while they sleep. I smile at the little songs about 1,2,3’s my 3 year old sings at the top of his lungs, and the ‘everything happened ‘yesterday’ in a 3 years olds mind ( everything is always fresh and new with a 3 year old). I love the kisses my 5 and 3 year old want to give the baby. How my 3 year old is very possessive of ‘my sister baby’ as he calls our newborn. And I tear and melt when I heard the concern from each of my children on the phone, while they were staying with grandma, to see if ‘sister baby’ was going to be ok while we had to take her for the 2nd time for a weekend stay at the hospital. God is good to give us such blessings.

  172. I am both a mommy to a 4 year old and also a preschool teacher/care giver. I love the randomness that comes from the mouths of these precious little ones.

  173. Would love to win this book!

    And, I love everything about the little years… I’m on my fourth “little” right now. With time the memories of those difficult days seem to vanish and the sweet memories are the ones that are left…

  174. Oh… I love the hugs!

  175. I love their little thought processes…… the things they think of and say are just too cute and bring a smile to a tired mama’s face. I have 4, almost 5 little ones, just 6 and under!

  176. I love that no matter how hard my day is one look into those deep, trusting eyes makes it allll worth it :).

  177. I love the spontaneous affection! I also love walking alongside my children as their God-given personalities and purpose unfolds.

  178. I love seeing things through my little one’s eyes – like when she points at cantaloupes and says “ball.”

  179. Beautiful! Kids sure are a treasure from the Lord.

  180. Would LOVE to win this book!

  181. This sounds like a wonderful book. I’d love to read it and then pass it on to friends and family in the same situation.

  182. I love the sweet kisses from my little lambs!

  183. I love speaking our made up language. It is quite fun as my daughter is the one who usually initiate it.

  184. I’m so thankful to God for all the olives around my table! 6 with 1 on the way.

  185. I love their childlike faith and excitement over the simple things in life.

  186. I love the intentionality, memory, resourcefulness, and simple joy of my three year old and one year old daughters!

  187. Boy do I need this book. A friend just suggested Doorposts. This site and book couldn’t come at a better time to get our family going on a more God honoring path.

  188. I love hearing their little, sweet voices singing Jesus loves me, this I know…..

  189. Rebekah Kuriakose

    I have 3 girls 5 and under and I want to show them Jesus, but sometimes it’s hard. I would love this book to help me help them respond to situations in a Godly way.

  190. What a beautiful time the little years are. My children are 12,10,8,6,3,1, and expecting #7 mabye? It has taken me awhile to learn how much important these training and cuddling years are. I would love this book.

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