Dear Fellow Mom, I Wrote This for You: Stories by the Seashore


Dear Fellow Mom,

I see you. This phase of life, raising children, is downright exhausting! After seven years of being at home with my three littles and working part-time, the fog is slowly fading. The Great News?! I have a gift for you!

I’ve kept a blog ( for about four years now, writing about a variety of topics, most of them stemming from my experiences in this stage of life. I yearned to grow in my faith in the middle of changing diapers, wiping butts, nursing and keeping my tribe alive, but it was not always realistic.

I looked for 5-minute devotionals, but they were not easy to come by. My Bible sat, collecting dust, in my living room. The Bible app on my phone was seldom opened. I continually prayed throughout my day but knew I needed to go deeper in my spiritual walk. Then I would feel guilty for not taking adequate care of my soul. It was not a fun cycle. Maybe you’ve been there, too.

In December 2017, our church asked for anyone interested in contributing to a Christmas devotional to submit entries. I felt inspired and submitted five! Once the devotional was completed with two of my stories in it, I thought, “I could write a devotional!” I looked back through my blog and realized that much of what I penned could be included, too.

I immediately got to work and wrote steadily (as much as I could) for the next year and a half. The result? Stories by the Seashore: Seeing God in the Simple and Sublime. If you are a stay-at-home mom, I wrote this for you. If you are a working mom, I wrote this for you. If you are single with no children, I wrote this for you. If you are a person of faith, I wrote this for you. If you are agnostic or atheist, I wrote this for you. I wrote this for you, and you, and YOU.


If “Zack Morris” owns a copy of the book, you should, too!

So, curl up with your favorite beverage and TREAT YO-SELF! (or someone else — it also makes a great gift!) Whether you read my book in one sitting, or over the course of 40 days, I pray that it renews your perspective and inspires you.

Happy Reading!

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Giana Gallardo Hesterberg is a native RGV (Brownsville) mom. After graduating from Central College in Pella, Iowa (2004) with a degree in Elementary Education, and residing in the midwest for 7 years, she returned to her roots and married her love. Happily married for 9 years (to Beau), with 3 children (Jack-7, Cecily-4, and Felicity-2) and 1 dog (Hershey, a Chocolate Lab), she is currently living the dream. She is a teacher for VIPKID, a company that trains American teachers to teach ESL to Chinese students online. In her spare time, she enjoys blogging, gardening, baking, traveling, and dancing to 80’s music whenever and wherever it’s played! She has written for Woman’s World, The Mighty, Earnest and God-sized Dreams.



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