Sarah Mae
About the Author

Sarah Mae has a past that would be her present if it weren’t for Jesus. A blogger, author, and co-author of Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe, she’s currently writing The Complicated Heart, a book for broken-hearted lovers of Jesus. Learn more at @thecomplicatedheart on Instagram or...

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  1. The joy once we get there is worth it, the season of rest and enjoyment. I honestly wasn’t sure I’d make it here, past the physical exhaustion of babies and the emotional exhaustion of toddlers/preschoolers. I’d love to read the book!

  2. Thank you for the giveaway! As a mom with two kids under 3, it’s nice to learn from somebody who has been through this awesome, yet exhausting, stage.

  3. Thanks for the giveaway! I am definitely still in the desperate season of motherhood!

  4. Thanks for this book. My kids are now 16 and 14, so I can breathe…. But there are days. I would love to have this book to place in our church library; there are many moms of little kids that need to hear this message.


  5. I became a young mom at 16 so my oldest was 10 1/2 when my second was born. I didn’t know starting all over with a husband and a home and a job would be so HARD. But I am getting to a better place two years later and it can only go up from here 🙂

  6. beautiful and truly encouraging to this mama well on my way to this place. three, six and under i still see many tantrums and power struggles but I too, love being with my children. they are just awesome little people:)

  7. I know exactly how you feel. I was mad in love with my children every single stage of their lives. My hubby and I would say….THIS is our favorite year with our kids. Every year.
    Now that they are 18, 20 & 22 THIS IS OUR FAVORITE YEAR!! haha
    They are so much fun. They are so cool to hang out with. I love everything about them!
    The pay-off’s continue!

  8. My son is about to turn 3 and things finally feel like they are slowing down a bit. He is our one and only and will probably always be our one and only. And we’re okay with that. He has the most awesome personality, love people, is empathetic and kind, but wild and funny and runs away from me too often. But I like to be with him because he makes me laugh and he’s intelligent and talks like a mini-adult. I’m really starting to enjoy these times. The 0-2 years were kind of tough!

  9. Thanks for sharing! I’m still in the trenches with 3 little ones, and would love to read the book. (Tho I might have to put some coffee in the tea cup… =)

  10. I am a mother of four. One is a teenager and the other three are 6 and 7 with two being twins. I meet challenges everyday! What a journey it is with the ups and downs! Thank you for your devotionals.

  11. I’m just leaving a zone of easy breathing and find myself weary as I preview the next zone. I laid in bed with my daughter after a rough evening last night and felt hope rise and love cover. Thanks for the reminder this morning that what is, is not what always will be.

  12. My husband and I bless our 5 children (ages 8 to 16) with these words, “My beloved son/daughter —-(his or her name), in whom I am well pleased. You are a joy and a delight, and I thank God for you!” We truly mean every word.

  13. Lovely thoughts today. I thought I was almost to that place you describe… And then God surprised us with baby #4. Now I’m in the middle of overwhelmed again.

  14. I was just telling a friend YESTERDAY, about cocoons, except I called mine a “bubble”. I finally feel like I’m able to emerge because my kids are getting older. By the way, Sarah Mae, your book Desperate came at time I needed fellowship the most and your book was the a good excuse to be with friends {some old, some new}. Your openness has allowed us to go leaps and bounds into transparency so we can encourage eachother.

  15. As the mom of 3, I can completely relate about the need to breathe. Moments of deep breaths and the realization that you are still needed, no matter the age. Discovering who your children are and being ok with them, to encourage and love. It’s a great gift we’re given, even if it’s exhausting. Thank you! ~lm

  16. I’ve just entered the teen years, and I still need to breathe. Wow! What a roller-coaster.

    Would love to read the book.

  17. I so relate to this and so adore my children! Thank you for being so open about struggles makes me feel normal

  18. In the midst of baby raising it is good to know that there is a ‘payoff’ in sight! Thanks for sharing this great word today!

  19. Thanks for writing a book to which so many of us can relate! I need to regularly remind myself to breathe as, even in those harried moments where I wish for a second we were past all this chaos, eventually these are the times that will be cherished in our hearts. The messy, chaotic, life & love & hope filled times. It’s nice to be reminded that frazzled is normal!

  20. Oh, the truth! I have an 18 year old about to start college, and now a 4 year old…Those breaths are NEEDED!!!

  21. Hoping to get there soon! With Anne being 13 months, it is only one day at a time for now

  22. This would be great for me. I am 3.5 years in and still have not figured out how to regularly take time for myself without feeling guilty.

  23. Love this post! My kids are 4 and 1 and I just starting to see feel like I have some breathing room with them. I love seeing them turn from infants to toddlers to small children. They are becoming such beautiful girls.

  24. I’m struggling right now and would love to get this book. It has been on my to-read list since it came out!

  25. I am really looking forward to a breath of air after this difficult season I’m in. I’m so emotionally exhausted every day with my 4 year old (and physically exhausted from my 2 year old and newborn!).

  26. My girls are grown up and doing the keeping a job, who am I, what next dance. However, my sister in law is pregnant with baby #2 and has a very precocious 3 year old and I would love to give the book to her if I won it… Thanks!

  27. so encouraging and I would love to give your book and the mug to my sister who desperately needs encouragement!

  28. I would love to read this book. I’m the mama of 5 (ages 4-almost 13) and it’s definitely been one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done. 🙂 I’m enjoying this ‘reprieve’, but I know other stages will bring their own challenges.

  29. Thanks for the giveaway. Yes, the desperate stage. That’s where we are…desperate for sleep, time, etc. But, the hugs and smiles and kisses and daily learning are amazing.

  30. This post was just perfect for me to read today! I’m pregnant with our 3rd baby, which was a bit of a surprise, and I’ve really been struggling with having 2 other younger kids (5 and 2) and struggling with being a mom to young kids and trying to have purpose and fulfillment in my life. Last week was a tough week for me so reading this, this morning really encouraged me. The book sounds like just what I need right now. Thanks so much for sharing!

  31. Would love to try for the book. I wish I had had it years ago.Would like to give it away to some lucky mom.

  32. Loved your blog posting while back about showing our little ones patience and grace!

  33. Would love to win! You are so encouraging, I feel like you totally get me and it helps me want to do better.

  34. I so need this book! I have a 4 year old, 3 year old, 1 year old and 5 month old twins and so desperately need to breathe! Sounds like a very encouraging book!

  35. Oh I’ve been wanting a copy of Desperate! I am fighting the good fight – trying to be the Mom God created me to be – and every bit of encouragement helps. Blessings to you and yours!

  36. thanks for this post, it really felt like a deep breath to me – i am feeling sad that my littlest one is no longer a baby, and i feel like i am in mourning actually! but THIS is the stuff i need to be focusing on, the pay offs! i’m working on it…

  37. Would love to read this book..have toddlers, teens and 90yr old who is like a child.

  38. I’m in the stage when I really feel the need for that time to breathe. We have wonderful moments when I feel as if I am really enjoying the journey and others when I feel so much like I’m struggling to keep up. It’s a struggling kind of day for me, so this post was just what I needed.

  39. As a seasoned mom who is in the (almost) empty nest stage, I can say that the same is true for me! I love my kids…love their personalities and everything about who they are…feel so very blessed to have two adult children who are following hard and fast after the Lord!!
    My daughter just had her first baby this past December…my first grand baby! Loving being a Gigi! I would love to win the giveaway for her. I had already ordered the book for to put in our churches library. So even if I don’t win I think I’ll order another for her…she would love it.

  40. Thanks for introducing me to this book-I’ve been feeling a little desperate lately and I want to read this!

  41. I appreciate your transparency. Mothering is so very challenging and so very rewarding. Blessings!

  42. Oh, how lovely this book sounds to this weary mother’s soul. Sometimes I feel like I might be doing something right. Oftentimes I feel I am not. Mothering…it can be so hard. Or maybe I am just so hard on myself?

  43. I love Sally Clarkson and could definitely use a breather. We have entered the teen years which has been very difficult yet we still have the tantrum throwing toddler stage as well….

  44. as a mom of 4 and always looking for a great Bible study to share with my friends I would love to win!

  45. We’re quickly entering the demanding toddler years with my first in this household, and still battling with sleepless nights. It’s nice to be reminded that this is just a season, I think it allows the freedom to look past all of the struggle and frustration and enjoy it for what it is. Thank you!

  46. Would love to read the book and then pass it on. Just entering similar territory with 7 and 4 yo. We homeschool and so I obviously enjoy being with my kiddos, though somedays I need more of a reminder to not nitpick so often or rush around doing my stuff and miss out enjoying them. This time wont last and I need to relish it. We just had our very first family vaca states away and for 6 days. It was so lovely exploring together. Thankful to be breathing past the babystage though…loved it but love this too!

  47. As a first time mom with a 5 month old…. I NEED rest!!! This book looks interesting, hopefully I win a copy

  48. I stumbled upon this today and it refreshed my soul. Because there is hope. I still have two little ones in diapers and those days of sleep and peace are so wanting. I wondered if when they get a little older if there would be more of that. So thank you.

  49. Oh I look forward to those days that you’ve reached!!! Mine are 2, 3 and 4 right now and constantly fighting. I’m praying this is over soon.
    Thanks for this wonderful giveaway!

  50. This book has been such a blessing to my life as a new mom. I would love to win a copy for my friend who just had her first baby.

  51. would love to win this the coffee cup would be not only a great reminder to be joyful and would be a special mug that I would drink out of often as a reminder and a lovely thought of Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson and how they not only touched my life and the lives of some many others

  52. I have a 4 and a 1 year old and struggle with being “present” all the time. I feel like I’m waiting for some mythical age where everything will just be great and I’ll enjoy them so much all the time instead of being worn out and stressed. I’m looking forward to reading your book.

  53. We have a 2yr old, 4yr old, almost 6yr old, and a baby due in early October. We understand and agree! One day my husband was joking how our children are going to kill us ( so much energy and patience needed to parent), and asked what I wanted written on my gravestone. I told him, “Nobody told me!” Of course then he asked if I was going to tell our children exactly what is needed…and I hesitated! There is something in acquiring the mystery and skills on your own, approaching each day as a new gift, and always, Always reaching out to God for support, love, refreshment, and guidance.