The Gift of an Ordinary Day: A Mother's Memoir

The Gift of an Ordinary Day: A Mother's Memoir

by Katrina Kenison
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The Gift Of An Ordinary Day 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 125 reviews.
Yellie12 More than 1 year ago
I don't remember the last time my heart was so touched by a book, if ever. Being a mother of boys really helped me identify with the author and her experiences. What a great reminder to slow down and appreciate the beauty in the simple days and remember that things will change eventually, so to live in the moment. The book also did a great job of helping us to see the beauty in our children and to not measure their successes based on what the world says they should be or do, but to love and appreciate them for who they are. I think this is such an important thing to remember to be able to support your children's unique gifts and talents. Just a great book that has certainly changed my view on life and makes me want to be a better mother to my boys in these precious fleeting years I have with them.
Leah-books More than 1 year ago
enjoyed this book as much as mitten strings for gods! I could easily relate to this book.
NYhorsemom More than 1 year ago
I too bought this book after walking by it and thinking the cover was lovely. I began reading it in the store and couldn't put it down after carrying it around to grab a few pages here and there. It is important for all mothers of any age, however it will mean the most for women right at the authors age (myself included) who have teenagers beginning to separate from you. Her statements about mothering little children and the day-in-day-out routines we too often pass off as mundane are juxtaposed with mothering teenagers when each day is a different kind of challenge. What was so insular and simple when our children were young often becomes a daily battle when our babies are all of a sudden young adults. It made me stop and think about the little moments that make up a day and to cherish the noise in the house, the mess on the counter, . . . things we are all too quick to want to neaten or quiet. These moments make up a loving family life and are fleeting. However they are often swept under the rug as annoyances; this book helps you to see beauty in simplicity. I want to buy a copy for all my friends and give them as gifts and I will refer back to it often for inspiration. This author strikes a cord with mothers facing new challenges and realizing the days of being needed every moment are drawing to an end. It's not all melancholy as the book is really a journey to find yourself after years of defining oneself by motherhood. It is an entertaining and joyful wake-up call to remember what we all too often don't realize until it is too late; appreciate THIS day, it is your life!
of-course More than 1 year ago
The description sounds so promising, but Kenison jumps around from past to present from motherhood to house renovations with no rhyme or reason that after 50 or so pages I had to toss it.
Avid_ReaderAB More than 1 year ago
As the mother of two growing boys, I found this book both sad and enlightening. It really has made me think about our day to day life and how quickly things will change as they grow. I definitely identified with the author. Can't wait to read another of her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most people looking for a "more simple lifestyle" would have to do so on a far more constrained budget than the author. She moves into a new house and helps older son travel to various private colleges and apply at multiple places. It is hard to relate to some of these problems.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This selection is the best book I have ever read ! Kenison puts into words what every mother-every parent-experiences as her children grow up and away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This memoir was life changing for me. The author is honest and "real", as she candidly relates her story as mom & wife, making radical changes to savor the time she has left in her role as "mommy". She put into words my thoughts and feelings in a way I had never been able to express. This book is insightful and uplifting, as she deals with the reality that her mothering years are in the home stretch. She gave me a sense of hope and courage to make the necessary changes to appreciate and enjoy to time that I have left with my children at home. This book helped me to get out of the rat race, take trivial things off of my plate, and enjoy my family. My take away was this: Life is fleeting, so enjoy and appreciate what is important, and let the other stuff go.
lynniepGA More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the Youtube of the author reading an excerpt of her book. The book was good but not sure others that aren't in similar life stage would enjoy as much. I have 2 sons as well who are getting ready to fly the coop so I could relate.
RozaFL More than 1 year ago
The book was good, written very well but at times very slow and it felt like she was repeating herself over and over and over.
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A friend of mine, a writer, recommended this book.  I did not like it.  Typical of this type of writer (many others like her) we have this  - life's beautiful journey sort of thing happening.  The money helps I'm sure.  I would like to say to this writer - look around you, there are so many women who are really up against it - these are the women I want to hear from.  Not some spoiled lady - gee, building a house, oh ugh, wow.  Kid got low test scores - what  will the neighbors think.  It is just so shallow and selfish. and boring.  
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This book was refreshing
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I liked the meaning of the story but i thought it was a little drawn out. The chapters were to long to keep my attention.
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I am about halfway complete and am finding this to be a surprisingly good find. The writing is very descriptive and full of color. Definite recommendation.
LOBOPA More than 1 year ago
THE GIFT of an ORDINARY DAY is a remarkable heart warming story of a mother's journey will raising two sons. One son is a special needs child that overcomes obstacles. The other son is gifted and athletic. This is a spiritual journey that enlightens with insights for that A HA moment! The author crafts many insights to her journey for this time in her life. Katrina Kenison also has the wisdom to trust and let go to the next part of her life. I am using this novel as a spiritual guide for meditation. The author weaves and crafts answer to daily living.T
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not care for this book at all. Very slow moving!