A mother’s memories lead to publication

by Erin Odom


A Mount Holly resident’s memories of potty training her three daughters is being published in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: New Moms.”

Marilyn Nutter wrote the story about a year ago, after reading her daughter Susan Pacella’s Facebook posts chronicling her attempts to potty train her son. Pacella’s stories reminded Nutter of potty training her three daughters and the mixed emotions she felt when they had finally reached that milestone. Nutter’s story, “Mixed Feelings,” will be published in the inspirational book, “Chicken Soup for the Soul: New Moms,” which hits bookstores March 8.

“Motherhood is a time when we want to develop independence, but we don’t really like it,” Nutter said. “As far as a mother is concerned, it is a very difficult time in life.”

Pacella is glad her mother had the foresight to record her Facebook posts and turn them into a story, she said.

“Those status updates … now remind me how tough I thought it was in the thick of it,” Pacella said. “But how quickly it passed, and we’re on the other side. (Now), I’m desperately pumping the brakes of time, begging for a few more moments.”

Nutter is a freelance writer and speaker, and primarily writes devotionals and Christian living articles. She has authored three devotional books and made contributions to the books, “Chicken Soup for the Mothers of Preschooler’s Soul: Stories to Refresh the Soul and Rekindle the Spirit of Moms of Little Ones” and “The Ultimate Mom.”

Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC, publishes the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. Books in the series have sold more than 112 million copies.

Nutter is available to speak at women’s events, teas and other church and community groups. Visit her website at www.marilynnutter.com, or her blog at http://grandmothersviews.blogspot.com.

Contact her at marilynnutter@gmail.com.

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