On a bad day, the last thing I want is for someone to tell me to think positive. But I’ve come to realize that many optimists are not naturally sunny people; they are learned optimists who really have to work at it. And I’m ready to be one of those people, one of those mothers.
Posts in the "Finding More Joy" category:
We all know childhood is beautiful and fleeting, but sometimes in the midst of the mayhem that our precious children create, it can be hard to really enjoy motherhood. Here are some great tips for enjoying the current ages and stages of your children.
Is your life out of sync with your priorities? I guarantee that if you take action to make what matters most to you central to how you manage your life, the results will change your life for the better and you’ll be stronger and happier for it.
“Life and motherhood occasionally present us with circumstances that are trying, but misery is optional.” Rachel Sullivan shares her story of peace and growth after loosing an eye to cancer and through the struggles of motherhood.
So while there are 1000’s of hours of Power of Moms work that needs to be done and countless other timely projects that are important to me and to others, I’m protecting my precious time with my precious kids and training my brain to focus on the here and now.
This morning my neighbor Mary came over for a visit. She brought her two little boys, the same ages as mine, and didn’t even bat an eye when my two year old balled his little hand up in a fist and punched her two year old. Which is only one of the many reasons why I love […]
Each Monday in my daughter’s first grade class, the teacher hands out a paper with, “A Snapshot of my Weekend”, written across the top. The children are supposed to write a few sentences about what they did over the weekend and draw a picture to go with it. I always look forward to going through […]
My husband and I arrived home from a viewing, dressed in our ‘Sunday Best’. We were greeted in the garage by our eldest son, Luke, who beamed at us with his big, toothless grin. He proudly held out a five gallon bucket with six tiny fishes that he had just caught during a fishing class. […]
I had a very eye opening experience with my almost-five-year old son this week that really made me think about my role as a mother. My son and I were having a conversation about how he wants to be a fighter pilot when he grows up. I typically use these little moments to stress the […]
Life’s Plain, Common Work The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and […]
Tonight I attended a quilter’s guild meeting in my little town. The topic of the meeting was the Jane Stickle quilt of 1863. Several of the women in the group recently returned from a trip to the Bennington Museum in Vermont where they went to view Jane Stickle’s masterpiece, and were exhilarated and inspired by their pilgrimage. […]
After the whole summer of trying (often very unsuccessfully) to make grocery shopping with 5 kids a somewhat pleasant “field trip,” it got pretty old. Yesterday, I dropped all 5 kids at school (the twins just started preschool) and headed to the grocery store and Costco all by myself for the first time in […]