Book Giveaway: Steady Days

I’ve got a giveaway for you today! The book is called Steady Days: A Journey Toward Intentional Professional Motherhood, and it is written by Jamie Martin. She writes about mothering intentionally, with a plan, and about finding ways to fit meaningful interaction into busy life.

My own mother, as a mom of 8, was a busy woman, especially when we were all little. But she often found time to sing with us. Singing is something that can fit into many moments of the day, and fosters a sense of connection and joy. As kids we loved anything Mom sang to us, but we especially adored the corny stuff. Ever heard I Wish I Was A Mole in the Ground? It was one of my favorites as a kid.

What songs do you remember learning as a kid?  To enter the drawing for the book, I’d like you to share a song you liked when you were a child. You have until Sunday evening to share a favorite song.   I’ll choose the winner of the book on Monday.  And check out Jamie’s personal blog or her homeschooling blog to find out more about her and her book.


  1. We sang so many songs and besides the Christian songs (Jesus Loves Me, I am Jesus Little Lamb, Now the Light has gone away and so many many more), I remember “My Grandfather’s Clock”

  2. I have wonderful memories of lining up in a long line with distant cousins at my great aunt & uncle’s house singing “Baby Bumblebee” and doing the hand motions!

    “I’m bringing home a baby bumblebee, won’t my mommy be so proud of me…” 🙂

  3. I have great memories of singing in the car. Michael Row Your Boat Ashore was one of my dad’s favorite–and I still love it.

  4. I so need this book..its not even funny!!! My mom used to sing to use this song entitled The Lord of the Dance…not the Irish dance troop, but its about God dancing when the world was begun His work on earth, death and resurection and His call for us to dance with Him. The end line is my favorite it goes like this I think… I am the dance that will never never die if I live in you and you’ll live in me we will dance through eternity!!! I just love it and have been searching high and low to find it to sing it to my kids but as of yet my search has come up empty!

    • We sing that one at church – i love it too. It’s a great tune besides having great meaning.

  5. “As the Deer” I don’t remember singing a lot at home, but that was my favorite to sing at church! My kids now love “if Your Happy and you know it.”

  6. My favorite song growing up was “You are my Sunshine”. Now I sing it to my boys!

  7. I loved “You are my Sunshine” too and now sing it to my boys as well (Ashley, I promise I am not trying to copy you! 🙂

  8. One of my favorites was “Love is like a lucky penny”! Always makes me think of my mom!

  9. we sang A LOT as we were growing up. in fact, when i (the oldest of three girls) got my license, i drove my sisters to church often and we’d sing together as we drove. one of my favorite memories was driving with my sisters in the country with the windows down and the moon roof open, blaring clay cross and singing at the top of our lungs.

    my favorite childhood songs were silly songs. like, “i’m my own grandpa.” but my favorite “serious” song from childhood is “he’s still workin’ on me.”

    thanks for the giveaway! i’ve been interested in reading this book!

  10. Sometimes while she was cleaning my mom would sing hymns and I just loved it because I knew that she was in a good mood and it gave our house such a friendly peaceful vibe. One of my favorites was “Count Your Blessings”.

  11. I remember learning “the baby bumblebee” song in Kindergarten. Don’t know if that’s the name or not, but we had a lot of fun with it.

  12. Shannon O says:

    Besides hymns, etc., I remember hearing the Irish song Danny Boy. My sisters and I loved to sing more than I really remember any specific song though!

    Thanks for this!

  13. one favorite was “read your bible, pray every day, pray every day, pray every day. read your bible, pray every day and you’ll grow, Grow, GROW!!” with tickles resulting in the arm stretches during the growing… fun to do it now with my niece.

  14. not really a song, but my mom would sing some words to wake me up every day – I sing it for my own kids somedays when they are slow to rise and it always cracks them up.

    I am reading your book (even though my family isn’t large!) and would love this one, but will be offline for the next week

  15. I also remember singing when I was younger…. your posts brought back lots of memories…. by far my favorite song to sing was Jingle Bells… .or any other Christmas song for that matter….. I still sing Christmas song on a daily basis with my kids and they think its silly but always LOVE it 🙂

    Thanks for the great post..


  16. We liked silly songs too when I was growing up and one of our favorites was On Top Of Spaghetti.

  17. Krystal says:

    jesus love me… all the time even when we were teens. My Dad really couldn’t sing but he liked to sing that and then remind us over and over that Jesus loves us.

  18. If all the raindrops were lemon drops and gum drops, oh what a rain that would be! My mom would play the piano and I’d sing or play flute. 🙂

  19. I loved singing “Down By The Bay” with my mama. 🙂

  20. Michele Hiatt says:

    I don’t really remember my parents singing other than in church but I do have very fond memories of my grandmother singing with her brothers and sisters whenever the family gathered. They had a lot of songs but the kids favorite was always – “Gravy & Bread”.

  21. I remember my grandmother playing the piano and singing Bean Porridge Hot with me. Now I’m even wondering what bean porridge is!

  22. My favorite was a song that I don’t know the name of… “In a little basket under skies of blue/floating down the river where rushes grew/while his sister watched him baby Moses slept/when the princess found him baby Moses wept.”

  23. Hi Mary. Thanks for the opportunity to win. This book sounds great. I remember a lot of the songs we sang from children’s church. Jesus Loves Me, Marching in the Lord’s Army, Good News, Good News, Christ died for me.

    BUT, one of my favorite memories is when my dad would put on the record player. I am 30 y/o and records were still around some and it was kind of an “event” if you will. He and my mom, I’m the oldest, would put on BTO and CCR and we’d all sing and dance. Thanks for bringing back that memory for me. My favorite when I was that age was “Taking Care of Business”. Dad has been gone for 5 years now and you just brought tears to my eyes, in a good way, as I type this.

  24. While making circles in the palm of my hand… “Round and round the garden goes the little teddy bear”

    While walking fingers up my arm… “1 step, 2 steps”

    While tickling my armpit… “Tickle you under there!”

  25. When I was a kid, my grandma used to sing songs from the camp she went to as a young girl. One of our favorites was one of the silliest. Here are the words:

    Well, I went to Pinola
    And I ran around the block
    and I ran right into the doughnut shop
    I took 2 doughnuts right out of the grease
    And I handed the lady a five cent piece
    Well, she looked at the nickel
    and she looked at me
    She said, “This nickel’s no good to me.
    There’s a hole in the nickel and it goes right through.”
    Said I, “There’s a hole in the doughnut, too.
    Thank you for the doughnut. Goodbye!”

    Pinola is a tiny little place where she went to camp in South Mississippi, and it’s near where I live now so I always think of that song if I pass through Pinola.

    • I would swing in the backyard and sing (probably more like scream) Sing a Song. This song still makes me happy when I am blue. I sing it to my son along with many other songs

  26. This is bad, but it was “A Boy Named Sue” by Johnny Cash. I liked it because my middle name is Sue.

  27. My mom always sang songs from Mr. Rogers. Even in college, she would still sing the “I’m Proud of You” song to me!

  28. Mrs. Pear says:

    I remember learning, “Apple red happiness, gum drop cheerfulness, cinnamon singing inside…..” in children’s choir.

  29. I can can remember singing my heart out as a kid to lots of Psalty songs. Arky, Arky and many others.

  30. Hmmm…we never sang together as a family. I think my parents always would have liked to, since they both sang beautifully, but it was like pulling teeth to get us to sing Christmas Carols together – one day a year! One song I have many memories of my mother singing goes like this: “Up in the attic alone/ I get on my knees to pray/ For I am nobody’s darling/ and nobody cares for me”. Why on earth she would sing it to me is beyond me!! Perhaps it was because every time she sang it I would start to cry (now that I am a parent, I understand the whole “do something to see the effect it has on the child”). Today this has become a running joke with us, and we HAD to sing it to my girls when we moved their bedroom up to our attic space!

  31. My mom used to sing “There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly” to us, and my dad sang “You are my Sunshine”. Those are good memories – thanks for the reminder.

  32. My grandmother passed away when I was 14, but a special memory i have of her is her holding me and my brother in her lap when we were little and rocking us at night while she sang songs. I remember her singing “How much is that doggy in the window”

  33. I can remember my Mema singing,

    “Come Josephine in My Flying Machine,
    Going up she goes! Up she goes!
    Balance yourself like a bird on a beam,
    In the air she goes! There she goes!
    Up, up, a little bit higher,
    Oh! My! The moon is on fire
    Come Josephine in my flying machine,
    Going up, all on, “goodbye!”

    She would sing it to the grandchildren (there were four of us) as we sat on the front porch swing and she’d make the swing go up higher with each line. I love singing with her.

  34. It’s funny, the only songs I remember my mom singing was an old song “If those cotton fields were rotten you couldn’t pick very much cotton…” and a lot of Neil Diamond. I make up for it all with my three little ones though and I sing a lot of silly, made up songs especially at night.

  35. My dad used to make up songs for us all the time, but my favorite real songs were Maresy Dotes and The Little White Duck. My son is two and we inherited a book from his cousin with lots of verses to The Little White Duck. I love it!

  36. Elizabeth says:

    Definitely “Blue Skies and Rainbows” was one of my very favorites!

  37. I used to love to sing Row Row Row your Boat.

  38. What a wonderful giveaway! My favorite song as a childhood was “Three Little Fishies”; my dad sang it with me and my brother every night before we went to bed, and those times are some of my most endearing memories of my dad 🙂

  39. I have very fond memories of the Baby Bumblebee song also. That one seemed pretty popular in your comments! 🙂 I remember giggle fests with my cousins over that one.

  40. You are my sunshine. It’s now the most requested song from my daughter. 🙂

  41. When I was a little girl, my mom played the guitar and I thought she had the prettiest voice in the world. One of my favorite songs was one that she made up: “Hey Lidy Lidy Oh.” It had a catchy chorus and each verse included something special/personal about each of her kids (me and my 5 siblings).

  42. I remember learning “You Are My Sunshine”, “Tea for Two”, and “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain” sitting next to my mama on the piano bench.

  43. My parents used to sing to us a lot, especially in the car. I remember ‘Blue Water Line’, ‘Big Rock Candy Mountain’, ‘Mamas, don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,’ and a Christmas song I have never heard anywhere but from my Mother, called ‘Jolly Old St. Nicholas’. I sing them to my own children now and they laugh and laugh.

  44. One of my favorites was ‘Hippo in the Bathtub’ … very fun and imaginative. I remember singing it with my sister!

  45. I remember loving singing Row Row Row Your Boat in rounds.

  46. Michelle says:

    Both my Mom and Grandmother loved to sing and I have very fond memories of them singing with me. I often think about my Gram when I sing The Happy Wanderer as she used to sing it while we walked down the dirt road at her cabin. My mom used to sing a song about the Titanic when we went on car trips.

  47. Bethany Heneise says:

    My girls love a song that goes “I have a tiny turtle, his name is Tiny Tim, I put him in the bathtub to see if he could swim…” I could really use this book as I try everyday to be more intentional in loving and teaching my three little girls.

  48. Kristen says:

    I loved “This Little Light of Mine”.

  49. My Mom sang too. “I’m a little hunk of tin” song about FORD which was fit for us to sing in the car since our FORD had a hole in the floor, which we kids thought was awesome. Who else could see the road as it passed beneath you?
    “Little Duckie Duddle” was another favorite.

  50. This book looks awesome:) My grandma used to sing “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean” to me – I thought it was about a girl I knew named Bonnie, on a float:)