Sand in My Sandwich: And Other Motherhood Messes I'm Learning to Love

Sand in My Sandwich: And Other Motherhood Messes I'm Learning to Love

by Sarah Parshall Perry

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Overview

You know that thing when you're in Walmart at noon before you discover you haven't brushed your teeth? Sarah Parshall Perry gets that. She also gets weird things showing up in her bed, her daughter asking for war paint, and her son crawling into a giant blue sock on Christmas morning. Mainly, she gets that conflicted feeling of finding her kids hanging out in the dogs' cages and happily realizing they have stopped getting into trouble for a minute.

According to Perry, "The hardest stuff is the quickest way to God," and readers get to watch the systematic destruction of her carefully planned life, laughing at her missteps, aching at her tragedies, and recognizing themselves along the way. A mother of three children, two of whom are on the autism spectrum, she has experienced plenty of ups and downs, but from the chaos of her "ordinary" life she pulls the universal truths of motherhood, addressing them with humor, poignancy, and a naked honesty that will make the reader think, That sounds a lot like my crazy life. Perry helps mothers realize they aren't alone, even if they've fallen off the straight and narrow of their intended path and are instead lying in the ditch next to it. Life's a mess. But as Perry reminds us, it's all for a purpose.

Perfect for mothers, this book will encourage, inspire, and enlighten.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800724108
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/17/2015
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 589,856
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Sarah Parshall Perry (JD, University of Virginia School of Law) is a wife and mother of three young children. She is the coauthor of When the Fairy Dust Settles (with her mother, Janet Parshall) and the author of numerous magazine articles, award-winning short stories, and poetry. Sarah has served in youth ministry for over ten years and is currently writing for www.ChosenFamilies.org where she encourages other families living with disabilities. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where she spends most of her days fighting for time in front of the computer. Learn more at www.sarahperrywrites.com.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 11

1 The Beginning of the End 13

2 Angst and the Type A 21

3 There Must Be Some Mistake 51

4 Sibling Misery 73

5 I Get Paid for This, Right? 95

6 Sandy Sandwiches, or How to Be Embarrassed in Public without Even Trying 121

7 Fortune Favors Anyone but Me 141

8 Leaning Towers and Other Structural Improbabilities 165

9 Mind Control and Major Mom 187

10 Exit Strategy 211

Notes 217

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Sand in my Sandwich: And Other Motherhood Messes I'm Learning to Love 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Sarah Parshall Perry in her new book, “Sand In My Sandwich” published by Revell gives us And Other Motherhood Messes I’m Learning to Love. From the Back Cover: There is no perfect family, no life free of mess. But in the midst of all of it, God is there, reminding us, “My child, I got this.” You know that thing when you’re in Walmart at noon before you discover you haven’t brushed your teeth? Sarah Parshall Perry gets that. She also gets weird things showing up in her bed, her daughter requesting war paint, and her son crawling into a giant blue sock on Christmas morning. Sometimes, she gets that conflicted feeling of finding her kids hanging out in the dog’s cage and realizing that, yes, dog cages are not for people, but . . . they have stopped getting into trouble. According to Perry, “The hardest stuff is the quickest way to God.” And if the systematic destruction of her carefully planned life is any indication, she’s on the fast track to sainthood! A mother of three children, two of whom are on the autism spectrum, she has experienced plenty of ups and downs. But from the chaos of her “ordinary” life, she pulls truth packed with humor, poignancy, and a naked honesty that will make you realize you are not alone in this delightfully messy thing called motherhood. So sit back, relax awhile, and get ready to laugh. It is an experience being a parent. That little bundle of joy grows up and, without meaning to causes all kinds of trouble. If you have more than one child the volume of incidents multiplies. There is nothing that can really prepare you for parenting except, maybe, parents and grandparents and even that is limited. Nope, parenting takes you straight to The Father. Sarah Parshall Perry knows about parenting. And she is nice enough to share her experiences with us. If you are a parent then, I believe, this book will be a resource for you. A way to identify with the issues you are facing and see that when it happened to Ms. Perry she was able to find some humor in the situation. Perhaps you will too. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Theophilusfamily More than 1 year ago
   Challenges and wonder in a Really Good Life. Sarah Parshall Perry begins this book by saying that she's part of a "culture of confession"- a group of people who believe that telling the truth about themselves is part of finding the Truth that will renew the world.  These men and women are writing a lot of books these days, and I'm benefitting from reading them.  Their writing walks the line between memoir and meditation, expressing authentic faith amidst musing, struggling, and wondering.  (Peter Chin's Blindsided by God, Sara Hagerty's Every Bitter Thing is Sweet, Amy Julia Becker's Small Talk, Naomi Zacharias' The Scent of Water, and Andrea Raynor's Incognito, for example.)  I think it's a good sign. We must learn to be real with ourselves and our lives, because how else can we offer a real God to the world?  So... Sand in My Sandwich. Looking at the cover, you might assume this is a fluffy, funny book about preschoolers and how difficult it is to take them to the beach. (That's what I thought, anyway.)  Nope. The first few pages place you right there in the Perry's home, a home bursting with energy and potential and laughter and lessons to learn and rivalry and harmony. It's a home with skinned knees and difficult moments, and grace given and love expressed. And you feel this pouring off the pages.     Sarah and Matt have three children- Noah, Grace, and Jesse- with both sons on the autism spectrum.  {They also have every pet animal possible, from dogs to hermit crabs to guinea pigs to horses.}  All of that adds up to life spilling over- sometimes lovely, sometimes messy, often both at once.  Sarah has captured that quality of life, that the good and the hard often come as a packaged deal.  And as she guides us through a few of her days, she reminds us that as challenging as it all is, it's worth it.  She says she often asks her husband "Can you believe how good this all is?"  And his answer is no, he has a hard time believing it and he never could have imagined it. But it's so good. I thank Revell for providing me with a review copy. Ps.... for those of you who think Parshall sounds like a familiar name, it is. Sarah's Mom is Janet Parshall, host of the radio show In the Market. Janet's steady voice brings us the news of the Body worldwide, and keeps us up to date on the work of God's people to spread His love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Sarah was an uptight, clean freak lawyer who somehow fell in love with a laid back country boy. She thought she could change him, but she was wrong. When the kids came along, she not only learned to let go, but to love in the chaos. The book chronicles the story of the author as she not only deals with three children, but two of whom are on the autism spectrum. The author tells her story with tongue in cheek humor that every mom will appreciate. I was unable to relate to parts of the book, because I do not have an autistic child. But even if some of the circumstances have changed, we are both still mothers facing the same anxieties, stress, and fears. The author related those with stories and lessons she learned on the same journey of motherhood that I'm on. I would recommend this book for every mother to read, but especially for those who have a child with disabilities. I received this book free of charge from Revell Reads in exchange for my honest review.
michelemorin More than 1 year ago
If you’re looking for a parenting resource that reads like a how-to book, that comes with a list of add-water-and-stir-guidelines and neat solutions, and that points the way to emulating the perfect life of the author, then Sand in My Sandwich is not for you. However, if you have a special needs child and wonder what it would be like to raise two children on the autism spectrum, if you are intrigued by the messy process of two very different individuals becoming one in marriage, or if you would be helped by a sensitive portrayal of a busy life conducted under the fog of clinical depression, Sarah Perry offers words for your heart. In a conversational, memoir-style account, Sarah reminisces about college days, her control issues, her career as a lawyer, her early married life, and the impact of her children’s diagnoses on their family. Parents struggling to understand their own special needs child will see shadows of themselves in the Perrys and will feel sweet validation and relief when they read of Matt and Sarah’s daily battles with sibling wars, autistic “mind-blindness,” and the over-the-top challenges of simply feeding, clothing, and educating a child who happens to be autistic. The author relates her feelings of regret over days of perfectionism in which she measured her worth by her ability to manage all domestic matters perfectly. Some of the Perry family tales are hilarious, and Sarah’s glib sense of humor comes through in her analysis and descriptions. On the other hand, as the mother of four, my heart ached for Sarah in her struggles with day-to-day discipline, stress-eating and weight gain, sleep deprivation, and her tendency to soldier through difficulty without accepting much-needed assistance. Diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in 2011 and encumbered by an on-going battle with depression, Sarah speaks from her weakness and celebrates God’s strength. Scripture verses that address anxiety and trust in the Lord have been helpful in re-training her brain, and she shares God’s message of peace and comfort that fortifies her quavering spirit. We are rarely given the “why” behind any of the challenges that come into our lives, but Sarah has drawn comfort from the knowledge that she and her sons have been constructed by an all-knowing God “such that the works of God might be displayed in [them].” This book was provided by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my honest review.