What Readers are Saying

“Your book made me laugh and cry, but mostly it made me realize that I will get through this time and hopefully be able to move on to a new chapter in life with adult kids. Thanks for being so ‘real’ in your writing and sharing your experiences.”
Katherine Dowd, Sharon, MA

“A dear friend gave me your book because my oldest son is about to go to college. I wondered how I would handle not having him around after all these wonderful years.  After reading your book, I feel more at peace and I wanted to thank you for writing your story and sharing it!”
Missy Noon, Knoxville, TN

“Thank you for putting into words what I needed to hear just now. It feels good to know I am not alone!”
Michelle Rodgers, Peoria, Arizona

“I love that feeling of being welcomed into the private lives of people who actually have something worthwhile to say. Today I have reveled in your writing, and I am so encouraged to see that there remains an audience for matters of the heart and the human condition. We parents tend to seek an affirmation of faith among each other, that the crazy days and sleepless nights and worry all do make sense. Thank you for the validation.”
Kristen Twedt, Biloxi, MS

“I read your words and felt such comfort in knowing I’m not the only one who has ever felt so happy yet so scared at the same time.  You walk along and think you are the first mom ever to be so in love with a child.  Then, you realize you didn’t discover a new unique relationship; this blessed gift of motherhood is shared with millions of women every day. I only wish I could put my feeling into words the way you have done; so beautiful, direct, true and pure Thank you for the subtle reminder that these are the good days.”
Stacey Bluett, York, PA

“Your wonderful book is hitting my group of friends at the exact right moment in time.  It’s so comforting to know that we are not alone at this crossroads in our lives.  This re-defining of the job to which we have dedicated every moment for the last 20 years is so complicated!  Not to mention the stirrings in all our 50-something minds – realizing that due to certain choices we have made there are things in life that we will never do, even as we are beginning to awaken to the new possibilities of other options that lie ahead. I am sure you are fully aware of the great resonance your words have in the hearts of so many of your fellow mothers out there, but I had to share my gratitude with you also. Your book is something of a beacon in new and tricky waters, and it’s comforting to know that so many are navigating this adventure together.”
Julie Brennan Clucas, Glen Ellyn, IL

“Your book is a source of comfort and solace. Though it chronicles your journey with older children, the challenges of letting go, growing into oneself, and growing through relationships in a family, are timeless.”
Lisa Friedman, Cambria, CA

“Your book was life changing for me.   Every sentence is richly and beautifully written–there is no desire to rush through, for fear of missing even the tiniest of revelations. Thank you for sharing your deepest thoughts and feelings–so many mirror my own.”
Christine Pannozzo, Clearwater, FL

“You truly speak to every mother who is trying to keep up with it all, who sometimes forgets to live in the moment.”
Martie Grant, Beaumont, AB, Canada

“We’ve all had the experience of reading a book and marveling at the way someone we don’t even know has managed to distill and encapsulate our innermost thoughts.  It has been almost uncanny, to listen to your book and gasp at the myriad similarities.”
Lisa Moore, Amherst, NH

“Very few books do I read touch me so deeply. I too full the pull of my children becoming more and more independent and wondering what I am supposed to do with myself now that they don’t seem to need much from me other than laundry, food and the taxi ride. Thanks for a wonderful reading experience!”
Karen Kynett, Glen Mills, PA

“Your book puts words to my feelings, pinpoints my perspective, articulates the moments and emotions I could not describe. I feel like you wrote this book for me. That we have been on the phone or that you are an old friend and when I pick up the book we are talking again.”
Michelle Thompson, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

“I felt as if you were writing just for me. Now I know I am not alone in the experiences of my mom journey.”
Kathy S. van den Burg, Trumbauersville, PA

“Please know that there is a 45 year old mom here whom you have inspired to continue to ‘just be.’ Thanks again for reminding us all of the pleasure in everyday things.”
Colleen M. MacVarish, Hollis, NH

“I don’t remember reading any book that has been so profound and honest. It is my hope that I will use the wisdom of your words and experiences to become a better mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend, person, and that I will accept my children as they are and look for the good things about them.

Thank you for helping me realize this.  Your book is an inspiration and a delight.”
Donna Caneega Attaway, Milledgeville, GA

“I wish that I could have read this book when I was struggling with my boys going off to college. I tried to find something that eased the pain and confusion that I felt–I got a job instead. Know I am rethinking what I want to do, maybe just quietness for a while without doing is just what I need. Thank you for the lovely inspiration.”
Grisel E. Levene, Dublin, NH

“You speak to me through every chapter.  Thank you so much for writing this book, I think I’ll keep it on my night stand for many years to come.”
Anne Baney, Indialantic, Florida

“Some way, some how you had the story and the words and the life experiences to put down onto paper the exact words of wisdom I needed to hear, at the precise time I needed to hear them.  You are able to so eloquently describe the thoughts and feelings about being a mom and a woman approaching midlife, and change and letting go and moving on, and how to simply live a better, fuller, true and honest LIFE.  Every single page of your book was food for my soul, and I thank you from the very bottom of my heart.”
Kathy Mercer, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

“Once I picked up the book, I couldn’t put it down.  You managed to put into words so many of the things I’ve been pondering and considering, the simplicity I desire for my own life.  I can attest to the fact that writing about simplicity is surprisingly difficult, and you managed to capture the nuanced and complex nature of this elusive ‘something’ that we’re all searching for — with a captivating voice.  While I am not a mother myself, there was much to be learned from your ‘mother’s memoir’.”
Elizabeth Grant Thomas, Albuquerque, New Mexico

“Your words captivated me from the start. Thank you for the many reminders in your books to slow down, to pay attention, to be kind, and to love deeply. You have reminded me that soon enough my many small and tender moments with these boys wrapped around my legs will be gone, and you have inspired me to savor each and every one of them just a little more deeply.”
Claudia Cummins, Mansfield, OH

“I just had to let you know how much your book has touched me. The Gift of an Ordinary Day is so much about my life. I understand your frustrations, your fears and dreams. Thank you for this book.”
Judy Berna, East Greenbush, NY

“Thank you most of all for your candor in expressing your feelings about how to find a new identity as an empty nester. I too am working very hard to live in the present and simplify the life the four of us hold together for now. I feel like you wrote the book to guide me along.”
Lou Anne Sexton, Mendota Heights, Minnesota

“Don’t laugh at me, but all of the fears and anxieties you described in your book about the changes that families go through as children get older –well, I have them now and my kids are only 4 and 5! I really related to the entire book and I think because I genuinely liked you, it made the book all the more touching. I’m definitely keeping your book on my shelves (already overflowing!!) for the day when my children leaving me is even closer. Thank you so much for sharing your personal experience and insights..I loved being on the journey with you and it made me feel better to know that I am not alone in my feelings as a mom.”
Sandra Mitchell, Downers Grove, IL

“I feel like this book was written for me, personally. You touched every emotion that I have had in the last couple of years. I just want you to know that I consider your book to be life-changing for me, and for my family.”
Laura Jenkins, Houston, Texas

“While reading your book, so many of my thoughts and realizations found not only companionship but validation and hope. Thank you for becoming my ‘partner’  with your book, comforting me with your words and easing my way to ‘surrender.’ I know that this process won’t be easy or quick…but I’m on my way.”
Lori Marianacci, Bedford Hills, NY

You and I are kindred spirits and I am sure we would be fast friends if we were to meet.  As a young mother, I listened to Mitten Strings for God on a long drive by myself one afternoon and was completely transformed by it.  I gave that book to everyone for the next couple of years.  I thought every mother out there could benefit from lessons of slowing down their pace in life and enjoy the everyday moments of motherhood.

After spending an emotional afternoon yesterday finalizing the college list with my senior son and husband, I had the good fortune to spend a half an hour wondering around a book store.  Finding ‘The Gift of an Ordinary Day’ was like finding a vintage Valentino gown in a thrift shop… I thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me a way to enjoy this process instead of being burdened by it.

“I know I speak for many mothers when I say that,  in addition to articulating what is in our hearts and minds,  you are really one of Us.  Us meaning a mom who has tried to balance it all, be the best mom you can be, hang in there when it gets tough, still keep a sense of self and find joy in the journey.  Moms need heroes too. 

Tracy Tobias, La Canada, California