an amazing little being.

“Regardless of what happens…you’ll have a baby. An amazing little being who will blow your mind and expand your heart and make you think things you never thought and remember things you believed you forgot and heal things you imagined would never heal and forgive people you’ve begrudged for too long and understand things you didn’t understand before you fell madly in love with a tiny tyrant who doesn’t give a damn whether you need to pee. You will sing again if you stopped singing. You will dance again if you stopped dancing. You will crawl around on the floor and play chase and tickle and peek-a-boo. You’ll make towers of teetering blocks and snakes and rabbits with clay. It’s an altogether cool thing.”

-Cheryl Strayed, on becoming a mother, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

This book is a beautiful, heartbreaking read. While I don’t necessarily agree with all of the advice given, it was such a powerful reminder that underneath the small talk and smiles, we’re all fighting some kind of battle. I finished this book with a deep desire to show more compassion toward strangers. Have you read anything good lately? Next on my list is Gone Girl and The Fault in Our Stars!

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13 Responses to an amazing little being.

  1. Sophie says:

    gimme a break with that polo onesie!!

    thanks for the book recommendations…the one i’m reading now is a total snoozefest! ­čÖé
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  2. Sarabell says:

    I have Gone Girl on my list and have heard nothing but good things about The Fault in Our Stars!
    I’m starting the third Hunger Games book this weekend… or hoping to, any ways!
    Sarabell┬┤s last blog post ..PhoBookClub Read: Lucy

  3. Jess says:

    I am right in the middle of The Fault in Our Stars and loving it! I also just finished Looking for Alaska (also by John Green) and it was wonderful. If you read Gone Girl next, let us know if it’s good… I have it on my list!
    Jess┬┤s last blog post ..50 years of ECSC

  4. Heather says:

    Is he standing!? Are my eyes seeing things? Also have Gone Girl on my list. Lets have a vitural book club!

  5. Jessica says:

    I have an 8 week old daughter and that passage brought tears to my eyes (hormones…). Thank you! Just wanted to say I recently began reading your blog and it makes me smile every time a new post pops up in my bloglovin.

  6. Briel K. says:

    Thumbs up to Gone Girl and The Fault In Our Stars. Loved them both!

  7. Paulette Hawes says:

    Dearest Ashlee –

    Just loved the quote you chose. It is not that I stopped singing – its that I did not have a reason to sing nursery songs. It is amazing how some of them just come back so easily. Everett is loving all the songs I sing to him and I always tell him they were sung to you too.

    Love you, Mom

  8. Allison says:

    I read the Fault in Our Stars, which I didn’t like as much as everyone else did. But Gone Girl is also on my list!
    Allison┬┤s last blog post ..Tell Me Something Good

  9. Claire says:

    That is a beautiful quote.

  10. Kingsley says:

    Gone Girl was wonderful! However, I found The Fault in Our Stars to be so depressing.
    Kingsley┬┤s last blog post ..rollercoaster ride.

  11. Laura Doyle says:

    Have you read Wild? I’m reading it now and its awesome, so I can only imagine how good this book is!
    Laura Doyle┬┤s last blog post ..A love letter to Sacramento

  12. Faith says:

    I need to stay away from your blog, Ashlee… you’re giving me baby fever! ­čśë Everett is truly beautiful.
    Faith┬┤s last blog post ..Hair

  13. Kathleen says:

    Just wanted to recommend the book Great With Child: Letters to a Young Mother by Beth Ann Fennelly. I read it when I was pregnant and it was beautiful and special. I think you’d like it.
    Kathleen┬┤s last blog post ..Project Life Weeks 29 & 30

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