Hello World! There's a new blogger in town! LOL MOM!

Wow!  Welcome! Thanks for logging in.  If you are a mom,  want to be a mom, or have a mom, this blog,  my FACEBOOK professional page ( Ann Van De Water - author) , my website (soon to be up and running!)  and my book "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Commencement- the Heartbreak, Hope and Hilarity of Being a Mom" are all for you!  You will be able to relate to so many of my stories, told with shameless transparency.  You will be chuckling, then laughing, then tearing up and laughing again as you turn the pages and read the 80+ anecdotes that comprise the body of the book. I promise that you will see yourself in the tales I tell and learn to appreciate each new day as another adven-ture in motherhood!   My goal is to inspire you to be the best mom you can be, and help you realize that no one is perfect at this parenting thing, as I admit in my book: "By all means, don't think I had it all together.  Don't think I got it all right.  I didn't and neither will you!  We will all fail our children in many ways so try to put aside that money for everyone's inevitable therapy.  Just know that there are many around you, going through the same things, hurdling the same issues, dealing with the same struggles as parents.  There's safety in numbers and comfort in sharing!  Reach out, learn from one another and always, always lean on God!  He is the only perfect parent and He wants us to have the abundant life.  He knows us best because He created us - and He will guide us!"

That's the beauty of this motherhood thing: you don't have to go through it alone!  Don't think your situations, your issues, your heartaches or even your blessings are so unique that no one can relate!  "It makes (mothering) so much easier when you know there's someone a few steps ahead that can relate, who has walked the path before you and is willing to share what her life as a mom was all about.  Let's open our hearts to walk beside each other as we do this mothering thing.  We will be stronger for the journey when we share what we know, admit what we don't know, and most importantly, lean on God."

Until I get my feet wet with this whole blogging phenomena , I will be sharing excerpts from my book to give you enticing sneak previews into the humor and heartwarming stories between its covers.  My book will be coming out this summer, published by Bryson Taylor Publishing of Saco, Maine.  I am so excited!  And I hope I can meet many of you, my readers, as time goes on.

"So come catch a glimpse of my journey through motherhood, which is far from over.  I hope you will understand how important it was to always keep a sense of humor as each day unfolded.  Most of all, I hope you see what an honor, privilege and joy I believe it can be to partner with God in one of the most amazing careers you could ever choose.  Enjoy a chuckle or share perhaps a tear or two.  I've "been there, done that!" and can honestly say: there is no greater blessing in all my life than being a mom!"