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Lisa-Jo Baker
Lisa-Jo Baker is the author of Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected About Being a Mom, the social media manager for DaySpring, and the Community Manager of the company’s website,, an online home for millions of women the world over. She shares her every day life lived in between kids and chaos at and her writings on motherhood are syndicated from New Zealand to New York. Born and raised in South Africa, Lisa-Jo currently lives outside Washington, DC with her husband and their three very loud kids and welcomes you to connect with her on Twitter @lisajobaker.

Entries by Lisa-Jo Baker

Be Careful What You Tell Your Daughter -- She Might Believe You

(1) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 1:48 PM

"I wuv you mama, you my BEST fwend," she mumbles from the sacred dark.

She has one tiny palm pressed against each of my cheeks and she smells of baby lotion and her dad's Doritos. The night light shoots stars and the moon into orbit around about her and I'm...

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What I Learned When I Ran a 5K With My Son

(2) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 11:36 AM

He ran next to me the whole time.


And I was ashamed I couldn't run as fast as him. He's 8 and I'll be 40 this August. And I watched him choose.

He could have run fast and...

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It's Time to Tell the Truth About Motherhood

(1) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 6:09 PM

The thing is, moms are tired.

They're also confused a lot of the time.

And they feel lost, like the days before GPS when we used to print out directions from Map Quest -- like actually print them out on paper -- and then just as you were glancing down...

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I Am Mother, Hear Me Roar

(2) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 9:46 AM

I am stretched and tired and fearful.

I am wild and brave and broken.

But this one life is on purpose, and it's not by accident where I woke up this morning.


While my closet has a sense...

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Ein Liebesbrief an alle müden Mamas

(6) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 9:53 AM

Lasst mich nur eines sagen: Ich liebe euch!

Ganz im Ernst!

Ich liebe es, wie ihr nicht mal eure Augen aufschlagen müsst, um zu wissen, dass neben euch ein von Albträumen geplagtes Kind steht, das unter die Decke schlüpfen möchte.

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A Love Letter to All the Tired Mamas Everywhere

(9) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 10:22 AM

Here's the thing, I love you.

I do.

I love how you don't even have to open your eyes to roll over in bed and open the blanket to that kid who has bad dreams.


I love...

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A Southern Cross Love Song: Remembering Nelson 'Madiba' Mandela

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 2:26 PM

This is just one small version of a memory belonging to one woman. When really he is a man who belonged to the world. And it's more a love song than a memory, more a prayer than an anthem of how it was. If this post had...

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Mom Guilt. I'm So Over It.

(3) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 1:58 PM

I know in theory we all know there is no perfect mother.

In reality, however, we seem to hold ourselves to a standard of motherhood that's insane. I mean flat-out, crazy-making, cuckoo-land kind of nuts.

And if that weren't bad enough, we trick ourselves into believing we're the...

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When Your Temper Scares You

(18) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 10:45 AM

Sometimes you don't realize you have a temper till you have kids.

And then one night someone carves a pattern into the leather sofa. Or someone just dumps a pencil sharpener out all over the floor. After you've told them not to touch it.

Or someone else gets out of...

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Grace for the Mama's Waist

(4) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 3:30 PM

Once upon a time, I bought a pair of jeans in Prague and they were gorgeous.

It was the year before I became a mother for the first time. I bought them in a store that was just a stone's throw from the Charles Bridge and they fit in...

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A Promise for My Daughter

(38) Comments | Posted August 24, 2013 | 3:06 PM

I'm tired and she's tired. And she's been weeping with frustration, her face a smudge of red cheeks and snotty trails.

I go down on my knees beside her little, chubby legs. They're curving over the edge of her green froggy potty stool and she is glaring hot blue eyes...

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For the Desperate New Mom Who Thinks She's Crazy Alone

(42) Comments | Posted August 18, 2013 | 7:20 PM

I had no clue how to be a mom.

I had never done any real babysitting, never dreamed about my future kids, never wished for motherhood.

And I had no idea that the labor continues long after the delivery. Consequently the first year of Jackson's life was about...

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When You Think Your Love Story Is Boring

(261) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 6:56 PM

"My love life will never be satisfactory until someone runs through an airport to stop me from getting on a flight." -- Teenager Post #14029 featured here.

He drove us all home 18 hours over two days.

Three kids and hundreds of miles and potty breaks and princess...

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