Synopses & Reviews
If you are a mom, want to be a mom, know a mom, or have a mom, this inspirational book is for you! With humor and candidness, Ann Van De Water shares her personal experiences of motherhood by giving glimpses of her journey in the form of short read-and-run anecdotes that will have you laughing out loud one minute and tearing up the next!
Ann takes you step-by-step through her own adventures, from realizing her ob-gyn went to her church and finding out she was pregnant with her first to her hysterectomy, launching her youngest off to college, and facing the dreaded empty nest with bucket list in hand—and everything in between—she leaves few stones unturned.
Her transparency gives you permission to admit to your own imperfections and laugh with her as you recognize yourself in the tales she tells. Learn from her mistakes and rejoice with her as she sees Gods hand of blessing in her life as a wife and mother!
You will appreciate the short stories that can be devoured quickly and the humor she brings to each situation in turn. You will come away with the reminder to take yourself less seriously and enjoy a good laugh every day. However, have a box of tissues on hand as well.
Many of us have “been there and done that.” Enjoy Anns memories of her mommy moments! Come be reminded of what an honor and privilege it is to partner with God in the best career out there—being a mom!
""Reading Anns book was like dipping my cup into a well of stories filled with the authentic trials and triumphs of motherhood. Thank you, Ann, for allowing the reader to peek beyond the veil of your experience so we can better appreciate our own. What an encouragement!""
-Jill Kelly, Mom, Speaker, Author of Without a Word
""Ann Van De Water is an exceptional woman of God. Her outgoing and bubbly personality is infectious. She has a unique ability to relate to women of all ages. Her book is full of real-life anecdotes that will have you laughing one minute and tearing up the next. Ann knows what it is like to be a “real” mom and her audience will be blessed by her honesty and wisdom.""
-Michelle Borrello, Current Director of Preschool, Wesleyan Church of Hamburg
""There is nobody quite like Ann Van De Water. Her wonderful blend of humor, common sense and spiritual insight have made her beloved by many. No woman has loved her husband or children better. Her priorities of God, family and others have yielded beautiful fruit--in her own family and in many other couples and families. In these vignettes of her mothering experiences, she relates real life “in the trenches,” and she faces it all with teachability, tenderness, practicality and joy. Shes the real deal---with wisdom to share.""
-Sue McClain, Former Teacher/Pastors Wife
""What a refreshing view of motherhood! From the early season of diapers and drooling to the process of sending her young men off to their own adventures with a purpose and prayer, Ann Van De Water has captured the essence of motherhood. Enjoy walking through her world with stories that illustrate that armed with a sense of humor and the wisdom of scripture, motherhood is a true joy for those who are brave enough to embark on the journey. Anns humor is reminiscent of Erma Bombeck and her attitude demonstrates that Christ is the solid rock on which she stands.""
-Krista Schwartzott, MOPS Coordinator
""Anns book is a “LOL” book! The sincerity about her hectic life as a mother of three boys shows us that it is okay to laugh at ourselves, admit to our imperfections and learn from them...all with Gods help. Ann is a role model for other mothers to look up to because she allows Jesus light to shine through her.""
-Karen H., MOPS Coordinator
Mommy Memoirs is a delightful journey from pregnancies and births to marriages and a hysterectomy! There are few stones left unturned as author Ann Van De Water describes her hectic life as a mother of three boys in short read-it-and-run stories that will have her audience laughing out loud one minute and grabbing tissues the next. These true-to-life experiences filled with humor, tenderness, practicality, and joy, written by a “been there, done that” mom, will have other moms and grandmothers reminiscing and expectant moms anticipating their own adventures. All will come away knowing they are not alone on their journey through motherhood.
About the Author
Ann Van De Water is a mom to three grown sons and a grandmother of two. A certified parenting coach, she has taught parenting and marriage courses in Western New York and has been interviewed on Christian radio several times. She is a speaker for MOPS groups and was a featured writer in The Buffalo News.