The Year of Motherhood: Full Year Recap

By December 27, 2012General

This post was written by contributor Jamie Ivey.

December Recap – Jesse Tree

My goal for the month of December was to do the Jesse Tree with my kids during advent.  Last year we read Jotham’s Journey and we loved it, but let’s just say we never found out what happened to poor Jotham because we never finished the book.  I was open to anything for advent and had heard great things about the Truth in the Tinsel advent experience as well.  I didn’t care what we did, we were just going to do something!

My church really helped me out on this one because each week they would send home the reading schedule for us along with ornaments for the kids to decorate.  Oh how they helped out this momma that is not crafty!  Another awesome thing was that most of the readings from our advent were from The Jesus Storybook Bible.  If you do not have this bible for your kids, stop right now and go buy it.  I’m serious.  I have cried when reading it to my children.  EVERY SINGLE STORY POINTS TO JESUS.  It’s an amazing picture of God’s love story for us and him sending us a rescuer.

Anyhow back to advent …. we read the scriptures and created our ornaments.  I’ll be honest and say some days we missed our time.  Some days we did three at once.  The thing I love about advent so much is the anticipation for the birth of Jesus.  It’s all a huge build up and then JESUS IS HERE!

The Year of Motherhood in Review

The Year of Motherhood challenge has been so great for me as a mom.  Am I better mom because of it?  Sure. Was I a bad mom before I started?  No.  

The challenge for me was birthed out of last Christmas season and realizing I wanted to be a better mom.  I wanted to challenge myself in areas that I knew I wanted to grow in.  (I talk more about the challenge on the podcast with Kat.  You can listen HERE.)

This year has shown me three things.  

#1 Being a mom is hard.  No other job in this world is as demanding as raising children.

#2  Being a mom takes work.  I have to think about ways to be a better mom.  Just as you would evaluate your marriage from time to time, or your company would evaluate your performance, we should do that as mothers.  I need to plan out ways to improve.  I need to think about how I can point my children to Jesus better.

#3 I missed the mark a lot on my challenges.  They were hard.  BUT it wasn’t a fail. Never.  I realized how many times I viewed my short comings as failures and they aren’t that at all.  God is working in my life and creating me to be a better mom each day, and that’s not a fail, that’s growing.  I’m a work in progress.  


I’m so happy that THE YEAR OF MOTHERHOOD challenge was a part of my 2012.  I’m for sure better because of it!  What challenge did you complete this year as a mom?  Are you challenging yourself in anyway for 2013 as a mom?  I’d LOVE to hear about it.  I haven’t decided if I’m up for the challenge again, maybe your challenges will inspire me to do this again in 2013!  

Join this conversation HERE and tell us how you will challenge yourself in 2013 to be a better mom!


About Jamie
Jamie lives in Austin with her husband, Aaron, who is the worship pastor at The Austin Stone Community Church, and their four kids. She’s passionate about loving her husband, following Jesus, talking about adoption, and trying to be the best mom she can be to the four cutest kids in the world. She loves family nights, reading a good book, and could eat Mexican food three times a day. You can find her blogging at, or on twitter @jamie_ivey.

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  • Avatar Julie Harding says:

    Could you please share the readings your church sent home? That would be a great resource to put up for next year.

  • I am so grateful for Jamie writing about her motherhood challenge. After I read the blog 5mo ago, I started my own motherhood challenge. Here are the monthly challenges I’ve done so far: not comparing my mothering with other moms, early morning prayer time, praying specific scriptures over my children for the year, crockpot dinners to avoid the melt time evening issues and a mind makeover of my expectations. I’ve loved this & it has helped me change as a mother. I’ll be continuing this for a full year. I can not say thank you enough for having Jamie share this idea.

    • Avatar Jamie says:

      Stephanie I LOVE those challenges that you created for yourself. My favorite is the one about not comparing yourself to other mothers! Love that. OH and the crock pot is a life changer around here on busy nights! Thanks so much for sharing and I hope that your 2013 is awesome!

  • Avatar Joyce says:

    We just got The Jesus Storybook Bible. The girls like it so far. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing with us your challenges this year!