Archives for October 2012

31 Days of Joy in Motherhood – Day 31

31 days of joy in motherhoodIt’s my very last official post in the 31 Days of Joy in Motherhood series.

Yesterday, I took some time to read back through the whole series as a single body of work. It was… interesting.

On the whole, I accomplished what I set out to do.  But… [Read more…]

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An Open Letter to the Worn out and Weary Mom

dear weary mom - 31 days of joy in motherhood from thishappymom.comDear Worn Out and Weary Mom —

I know you’re out there.  I know you stumbled on my blog using google.  I see you, each and every day.   And you aren’t alone.

For over three months,  the second biggest search term that leads people to my blog is “weary, worn out mom.” I know you’re there, searching.

And I wanted to tell you [Read more…]

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My Kids Make Me Laugh – The Drunken Truth

my kids make me laugh and that fills me with joyMy kids make me laugh every day.  You know that.

But yesterday, they had one of those jaw-dropping conversations in the backseat that just about made me come unglued.  It took me until this morning to be able to laugh about this.

I wasn’t with them this weekend.  I was in Austin while they went to the deer lease with my husband.  Honestly, I’m still a little suspicious of the whole “deer lease” thing.

So imagine my response when I hear this… [Read more…]

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So what’s the big deal about motherhood?

motherhood - 31 days of joy in motherhood from thishappymom.comMotherhood – 1. the state of being a mother; maternity. 2. the qualities or spirit of a mother

Not exactly a comprehensive definition.

Not exactly a job description that makes me excited to wake up and start being a mom.

Honestly, it kind of leaves me asking the question –

What’s the big deal about motherhood? [Read more…]

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Joy in Perspective and Maturity

31 days of joy in motherhoodI wanted to post on Joy today, and I am.

But it’s not exactly the post I had planned to write.  In many ways, it’s better.

I’ve had an interesting 24 hours and have walked away with a fresh insight.

It’s all about perspective and maturity. [Read more…]

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Thankful Thoughts – Friendship

thankful thoughts 31daysToday I’m sharing some thankful thoughts about friendship.

Yes, it’s a friendship theme this weekend.

But as I was writing about Joy in Friendship, I realized just how blessed I am.

I remember being friendless. [Read more…]

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Joy in Friendship

Joy in friendship seems like such an obvious thing.

We have friends, we like to be with them, that makes us happy.  Done.

But… it’s not that easy, is it?

When I became a stay at home mom, I had to build my friendship network from scratch. I made some mistakes along the way, but I learned some great lessons on friendship. [Read more…]

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12 Simple Ideas for Well-Being

As I laid out on Day 2 of 31 days of Joy in Motherhood, our well-being plays a role in our ability to experience joy.

I’ve tried to write this post several times already, but ended up deleting my efforts.

12 simple ideas for well-being from

Be thankful I waited!

The first one was preachy.  The second one was filled with bad puns (well-being and being well and how well is your being… and beans). Then I wrote a big confessional about all the ways I’m not taking care of myself.  Boring!

In the process, I’ve figured out what I really really really really want to say about this. [Read more…]

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Five Minute Friday – Voice

five minute fridayFive Minute Friday is my favorite post each week!

I normally start looking forward to the Five Minute Friday reveal as soon as I hit “post” on Thursday (and sometimes sooner!)

It’s the biggest free-writing flash-mob I’ve found on the internet and I seriously love it! I have fun writing, and I love the community that forms the flash mob.

The rules are simple:  one prompt, five minutes to write, no editing.  The flash-mob is the brain child of Lisa-Jo Baker and is hosted (hostessed?) at her Tales from a Gypsy Mama Blog.

Last week, I wrote about LOOK

This week, the topic is VOICE

Five Minute Friday – VOICE [Read more…]

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Being a Mom Rocks – No… Really!

being a mom rocks - 31 Days of Joy in Motherhood from thishappymom.comBeing a mom rocks.

Motherhood is awesome.

It’s the best job I’ve ever had.


No, I don’t love every single part of it.  I wasn’t a big fan of poopy diapers or potty training.  I could do with a little less whining and a little more obedience.

But have you ever looked at the benefits that come with the job? [Read more…]

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