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 would go camping every weekend and we would sit around the campfire singing “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, “Grandma’s Featherbed”, and “Thank God I’m a Country Boy!” Forgot about those songs…thanks for bringing back some great memories!!

  2. Rebekah says:

    This is a great idea! I remember how much I loved the song, “Rise and Shine, and give God the glory-glory!” I sing it to my kids now!

  3. “The Rainbow Connection”

  4. I finally looked up a song on YouTube to see if I could find a song that used to come on the radio and my mom would sing along with. This was one of the happier times . . . she was not always a pleasant woman, but this was a good memory when this song would come on and we’d sing with it. It was called “PlayGround in my Mind” but I remembered the lyrics of “My name is Michael, I got a nickel” the most. Here’s the YouTube link:

  5. My mother is queen of the camp song (and songs from musicals). Along with the song about the Titanic (Oh, they built the ship Titanic, to sail the ocean blue…) I can sing all the lyrics from a great many musicals: Oklahoma, Hello, Dolly!, Annie… I sometimes suspected that my mother thought she lived in a musical judging from the frequency she would burst into song.

  6. This Little Light Of Mine, loved it!

  7. Bull Frogs and Butterflies :)!

  8. My mom had some sort of new-agey muzak album and I was really drawn to one of the songs that had a steady tempo. We called it the K-mart song because it sounded like the music they played in K-mart. We’d turn it up really loud and dance around the living room, acting like we were pushing a shopping cart.

    I had a very interesting childhood. 🙂

  9. “Before we say good night, we fold our hands and pray, Dear Father bless this precious child and keep her/him in Thy care. Goodnight, goodnight, God bless you and keep you forever and ever. Goodnight, sleep tight, good night, sleep tight, good niiiiiiiiiight!” 🙂

    Mom sang that to me every night before bed. I have no idea if she just made it up or where it came from. My mom did and still does sing constantly! 🙂

  10. oooooh, I would LOVE to win this one. It’s been on my amazon wish list for a few months now. My dad always sang the silly songs to us…he had one about a man who invented a sausage machine, Big jim which is about a GIANT worm, and this one is a favorite:
    “Well, I ran around the corner and I ran around the block, and I ran right into a doughnut shop, I picked up the doughnut right out of the grease, and handed the lady a 5 cent piece. She looked at the nickle, she looked at me, she said “this nickle’s no good, you see, there’s a hole in the middle and it goes right through.” Says I, “there’s a hole in the doughnut too…thanks for the doughnut, so long!”

  11. I SO want that book! LOL!

    How about the song “Ish-cabidley oten doten, bee bop, ski deeten doten” ? Betcha haven’t heard that one!

    I also loved the song “Down by the Bay” – so funny with the polka dotted whale tales and the dogs kissin’ the frogs. hee hee.

  12. I loved singing “This Little Light of
    Mine” and “His Banner Over Me is Love in Sunday School.”

  13. Well, there are so many I could list, but the first one that popped into my head is “Warm Kitty, Soft Kitty.” I had a special cat when I was little, and I guess that made that song extra-special. Besides, the words are sweet and soothing:

    Warm kitty, soft kitty
    Little ball of fur
    Sleepy kitty, happy kitty
    Purr, purr, purr

  14. My Dad is a United Methodist minister and my Mom a pianist, so there was always music in our house. We sang dozens of songs that were for Sunday School and church camps and everyday. I remember long trips in the car where we sang and sang and sang…we learned parts to add a new dimension to the same old songs.
    My Dad preached in small country churches before he completed his MDiv degree so we knew lots of hymns from the old shaped note songbooks.
    An old fave and popular with my kids today (and recorded by several popular artists these days- Allison Krause) is I’ll Fly Away.

  15. My parents didn’t sing but I always remember the songs from church such as Jesus Loves Me and Amazing Grace.

  16. my dad was in a band when I was growing up and when I got to watch him perform, he would sing “My girl” to me. But at family weddings he also let me get up on stage with him to sing “Swingin'”. It an old time song, not even sure who wrote it, but I loved doing the backup vocals.

  17. My Grandpa always used to sing “Skip to My Lou” and “Cook up something with me” when I was a girl. We recently moved closer to them and its so fun to hear him singing all those songs I remember him singing years ago.

  18. My Dad used to play folk guitar, and we’d sit around and sing along with him. My favorite song was “There’s a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea”. And “John Jacob Jingleheimerschmidt”. Miss my Dad…

  19. Way Up In The Sky….learned it at Girl Scout Camp, I sing it to my kids all the time, and they love it. It’s a goofy song.

  20. Right now my 1 year olds is Itsy Bitsy Spider or Ibsy Bipsy as she says.

  21. Melanie says:

    When I was a child we sang “Amazing Grace” to the tune of “Peaceful Easy Feeling” and it was so much fun. You sing the first verse of Amazing Grace then you actually sing the chorus of Peaceful Easy Feeling and it just makes perfect sense. This version of Amazing Grace is one of my favorites to sing as I am rocking my babies.

    • Ok, I’ve been trying this in my head for at least a half hour, what a creative idea. When my first child was born, I couldn’t think of any lullabies and so I rocked her and sang “Lyin’ Eyes.” This would have been more appropriate!

  22. I was in a touring Christmas musical one holiday season during Elementary school. I pestered my family for months and months afterward with the Christmas songs I had stuck in my head. I still sing “Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella” on randomly happy days.

    by George Cooper

    “Come, little leaves” said the wind one day,
    “Come over the meadows with me, and play;
    Put on your dresses of red and gold;
    Summer is gone, and the days grow cold.”

    Soon as the leaves heard the wind’s loud call,
    Down they came fluttering, one and all;
    Over the brown fields they danced and flew,
    Singing the soft little songs they knew.

    –I loved this one!

  24. i’ve been wanting to read that book.

    my mom (who is korean) taught me a korean song about bunnies. i still can’t speak korean very well, but i can sing this song! and i taught it to my kids, too.

  25. Jill F. says:

    My mother would sing “Feed the Birds” from Mary Poppins. It’s a melancholy song but very sweet.

    Jill Farris

  26. Margaret says:

    My Dad would sing all the old-time songs to us. ‘I love you a bushel and a peck’, ‘A your Adorable’, ‘Daisy, Daisy give me your answer do’,’Your a slow poke’, ‘I’ve been working on the railroad’ ‘You are my Sunshine’ and ‘Louise’. I, in turn, have song all these songs to my 5 children. They still request some!! My husband would sing all the patriotic songs to our children, and when my little one hears the ‘Star Spangle Banner’ he calls it his “Baby Song”!!

  27. I’ve added this book to my wish list!

    The songs I remember singing in my childhood were when we would visit my grandparents. Granny would play the piano. Mother, Daddy, me & anyone else would sing. Usually old songs like “I’ll Fly Away”, “Daddy Sang Bass”, “Love Lifted Me”, “Mansion Over the Hilltop”, and “In the Garden”. Those are some of my favorite memories of family. What I wouldn’t give to be singing in Granny’s living room tonight…

  28. My favorites were from Music Machine and Bullfrogs and Butterflies by Agape Land Music. I have recently been able to get the albums that I had on a record off their web site on a CD so my own children can enjoy them too. Patients was probably my favorite. “There was a snail called Herbet who was so very slow…..”

  29. my Nana used to sing us “jeepers creepers, where’d ya get those peepers!” 🙂

  30. I have wonderful memories of my Mom and Dad singing in the car. They would sing harmony and different parts. “There’s just something About That Name” “You are my Sunshine” and “Because He first Loved Me.” I also have precious memories of my Gramma rocking my and singing “Precious Jewels” which I now sing to my 7 children.

  31. It used to take us an hour to get to church so we’d sing all the way down the mountain. There are far too many we sang to name a favorite, but the favorite with my kids is “Jesus Loves Me”. That will calm them down when they are angry, will make them want to sleep when they are tired.

  32. christine says:

    I Am A Child of God! Loved it as a child, love it as a mommy, will love it as a Grandma!

  33. My mom sang to us all the time too. My favorites were the oldies songs we listened to on the radio. I think I knew more oldies than newer songs. So fun!

  34. My favorite was probably “There’s a Hole in the Bucket.” I was a sucker for the songs that just keep going and going… As my son is only 4 months he currently prefers The Itsy Bitsy Spider.

  35. I love “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music, and so have all my kids. My parents played lots of The Irish Rovers, and I still sing some of those songs to my kids.

  36. Angela Slate says:

    My brother and I had a cassette (yea, I’m an 80’s girl!) called “Animals and Other Things” that my mom got for us at the Christian book store. We used to sing those songs over and over again, and I still think of them every so often today. (Don’t know what happened to that tape.) I also remember going to our church Fall festival every year as a little girl and seeing the puppets performing to “Just a Swangin'” and “Elvira”…Wow, I’m getting old.
    I’ve been wanting the Steady Days book!

  37. Melanie Roose says:

    I grew up in my Grandma’s house, my mom was never much of a singer, but I do remember my uncle who also lived with us would always sing “I love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck” to me. He passed away 4 years ago and he was still living in that house, thanks for helping me bring back such a sweet memory.

  38. My dad would always sing me “When the Saints Go Marching In” and “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” – I have no idea why, but I hope my kids remember sweet memories of my off-key singing one day, too.

  39. One that first comes to mind is “Wheels on the Bus” or maybe that’s just because my mom recently taught my children that song and I can’t get it out of my head 😉

  40. My mom sang with us, sometimes in harmony, in the car. One favorite was from Psalm 23… The Lord is my Shepard.

  41. “Jesus Loves Me” is the first song that comes to mind. I try to sing it to my own children but they really don’t “click” with it. I have been wanting that book!!

  42. My aunt always sang the silly songs we loved best- “I’m in love with a big blue frog” and “It was early in September.” She’d get out her guitar and sing and we could never stop giggling.

  43. I’ve been wanting to read this book. It sounds excellent. My favorite songs from childhood were from an audio story on cassette that we listened to, called Patrick Muldoon. The Happy Hippopotamus song was my favorite!

  44. My Mum used to sing the Brahms Lullaby (in German) to us as we went to sleep. I’d forgotten the memory until she started singing it to my baby daughter as an overjoyed new grandmother and a lump came to my throat.

  45. Ain’t gonna rain no more.

  46. Any of james taylors songs…a favorite still is “summer’s here.”

  47. We sang “I Love the Mountains” over and over and over while we drove up the canyon from Boise to McCall. Just thinking about it makes me want to get in the car and drive to McCall!!!