Fulfilling the role of mother of the bride is not simply a wedding day duty, but a life changing family journey. Mothers of the bride navigate the world of wedding planning, satin, tulle, family and in-law dynamics, all the while evolving into a bridal coach extraordinaire.
Today I’m delighted to introduce a new book by Cheryl Barker, a writer from Kansas who has followed my blog since its beginnings, always offering words of encouragement along the way.
Like me, Cheryl is a blogger, and I have followed her publication journey on her website, as she shared the trials and tribulations of writing, editing, submitting, and finally the joy and satisfaction of her book release.
This summer, Cheryl’s new book Mother of the Bride: Refreshment and Wisdom for the Mother of the Bride has hit bookshelves everywhere. Even though this book may not be uniquely Irish or Irish American, I just had to feature it here on my blog, since the role of mother of the bride is universal, and shared by mothers all over the world.
And good news, I have a signed copy of Cheryl’s wonderful book as a giveaway prize for one lucky reader to win. But before I share details of how to enter, first let’s explore Cheryl’s helpful advice for mothers of the bride everywhere.
Inspiration for Mother of the Bride:
Here’s how Cheryl introduces her companion guide for mothers of the bride….
“Mothers in today’s world wear many hats and struggle to keep the stress in their lives at manageable levels…. Add the delightful but demanding new hat of mother of the bride and you have a host of middle-aged moms pushed to their limits.”
And if you’re an Irish mother of the bride you’ll understand the stress level involved in simply choosing the perfect hat to wear on the special day.
Cheryl recognizes that mothers of the bride (MOB’s) are in desperate need of an empathetic voice and moments of relaxation, especially since they are called upon to magically morph into wedding planners, all the while holding their daughter’s hand as they navigate their way to the altar.
“With all focus, financial and otherwise, dedicated to the brides and the weddings themselves, the needs of mothers of the bride are overlooked. Mother of the Bride will help MOBs step away from the hurried pace of daily life complicated by a demanding new role.”
“Through essays featuring relevant quotes or scriptures, personal stories, nuggets of wisdom, simple suggestions for personal pampering, journaling opportunities, communication aids, and practical tips for wedding planning, Mother of the Bride will nurture the all-important but too often neglected mother of the bride.”
Cheryl is a writer from Kansas who grew up in a house full of girls. Married to her college sweetheart Don, she taught English for a short time before becoming a stay-at-home mom to her two daughters, Kristin and Kelli. She became a freelance writer when her daughters were teenagers and now is a veteran mother of the bride.
As a mother of triplets, I can relate to Cheryl who is the proud grandma of precious twin grandsons with another set of twins on the way! Wow! Lots of busy happy days ahead for Cheryl and her family.
Cheryl’s work has appeared in magazines, compilation books, and other publications as well as in Blue Mountain Arts greeting cards and also their gift book anthologies and calendars. Her inspirational blog brings loving words of encouragement and strength to many. In 2013 she also launched a blog for mothers of the bride.
Cheryl loves to spend time with family and friends. She’s an amazing photographer and dedicated writer. When she’s not singing with her church choir, or helping in her church or writers’ group, she’s spending time with her husband or helping her daughters. She’s definitely a candidate for a Grandma of the Year award.
Irish American Mom’s Mother of the Bride Story:
As I prepared this blog post my own mother of the bride wedding story came to mind. I could create a headline for this little tale called “The Runaway Bride – No Wait It’s The Mother Of The Bride Who Is Missing.”
My husband still recalls his painstaking wait at the altar, initially wondering where his bride might be, but then realizing it was the mother-of-the-bride who was missing in action, plus his very own parents.
Married in 1993 at the chapel in Trinity College Dublin, getting to the church on time required negotiating city center traffic. Since then, traffic patterns have changed in Dublin, but in the early 1990’s when approaching Trinity College from the northside of the city, you had a choice to turn right or left at Pearse Street.
Well, everyone turned left, except the car with the mother of the bride and the groom’s parents. And guess what? A protest march was in full swing on College Green that day, so lo and behold, my MOB had to wait patiently in traffic as the march passed by. You could say my MOB was stuck in the mob.
Irish American Mom’s Review:
My daughter is only nine years old, so I have at least a decade or two to wait before I must step into the demanding role of mother of the bride. But nonetheless I truly appreciate Cheryl’s wonderful and inspiring companion volume for any mother of the bride.
A hardcover copy of this book is just perfect to become a family keepsake. At the end of each chapter there are pages provided to jot down thoughts and experiences, emotions and memories to treasure for years to come.
I highly recommend this book as a gift for any mother of the bride. It is the perfect way to help her on her journey to one of the happiest days of her life.
Cheryl shares her personal MOB stories, filling this book with practical and helpful hints. Encouraging, inspiring and humorous, each chapter is organized with due care and thought. Here are some examples …
- It’s Official: Let The Squeals Begin
- Sleep – What’s That? The MOB Brain Stuck in Overdrive
- The Man of Her Dreams Becomes Your Son: Coming to Grips with the Groom
- Lean on Me: The MOB’s Support Team
- Father of the Bride – Make Room for Daddy
- Be Very Careful – There Are No Do-Overs for the MOB
- Basking in the Joy: A Mother of the Bride Gives Thanks
Where To Purchase:
This book, designed especially for mothers of the bride everywhere, is a blessing for navigating this important family journey.
And for those, like me, who will not be a MOB for many years to come, don’t forget this book is a perfect gift for any mothers of the bride you may know.
Cheryl’s book can be purchased online:
One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of Cheryl’s book, Mother of the Bride: Refreshment and Wisdom for the Mother of the Bride.
To enter just leave a comment on this blog post by noon on Wednesday July 20th, 2016.
Any comment will do. What you write does not affect your chance of winning, but if you need inspiration for your entry why not tell us a wedding story or mother of the bride story.
One winning comment will be chosen randomly. Remember to leave your e-mail so I can contact you should you win. Your e-mail won’t be published, just used to contact our lucky contestant for mailing of the prize.
The winner will be announced on Wednesday July 20th, 2016, at the bottom of this blog post.
You may check out Irish American Mom’s complete terms and conditions for sweepstakes’ entries by clicking here.
Thanks to everyone who supports this little giveaway by leaving a comment, and sharing it with family, friends and any busy mother of the bride you may know.
And a big thanks to Cheryl for providing a copy of her book as a prize.
Update – Winner Chosen:
Good news. Our winner has been chosen using the randomized “Pick Giveaway Winner” WordPress plug-in.
Congratulations to …..
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Thanks to everyone who joined in and entered this Irish American Mom giveaway.
And a big thank you to Cheryl for sponsoring this prize and for introducing us to her writing. Wishing her every success with this publication and many more to come.
If you’re planning a wedding you might be interested in reading some beautiful Irish wedding blessings. You might find some inspiration for your vows or ceremony.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Irish American Mom
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