Category Archives: Happiness

Life with children is not always what we imagined, pre-children, what it was cracked up to be. I know I had a very different idea(s) about what I would do when I had kids. I’ve since learned to (mostly) shut my mouth about what I think I know. But it doesn’t mean that parenting is any easier.

I started this “Happiness is…” project to remind me of the good that happens in my weeks with the kids. It’s not that it’s necessarily hard to find the good, but I often forget. To use a well-used analogy, I can’t see the forest for the trees and the good can get lost in the bad.

While the bad stuff keeps happening (as it always will – one more peanut buttered head, or milk spilled on the floor, or pumpkin plants cut up to pieces), I can look joyfully at my pictures to remind me that our happiness keeps happening too. Sometimes it’s about the kids, and sometimes it’s about a moment of joy in the cleanliness of a counter. Or an early bedtime and some free time. Whatever it is, it’s a little piece of happiness I can reflect back on.

Welcome to the Happiness project.

Happiness is… (vol 11)

Goofy dress ups. I don’t know if I have words for the goofiness. But it comes amidst some stressful growing times for all of us. Children’s drive for independence is so freeing and frustrating at the same time. I’m thankful … Continue reading

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Happiness is… (vol 10)

Walking away from a really bad fall and not needing emergency attention. Yesterday we went for a walk to a Crescent that was having garage sales. I didn’t strap Cassia into the stroller because we weren’t going far between houses. … Continue reading

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Happiness is… (vol 9)

The joy of watching a child find endless amusement and fun in perfecting her circle-making skills. She’s been at this for about a week – just grabbing the stool, picking out a dry-erase marker, then drawing circles and circles and … Continue reading

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Happiness is… (vol 7)

The older sister helping to play with the younger one. Most of the afternoon was spent with Cassia trying hard to play with Felicity, who was on-and-off wanting someone to play with. Except when she tried to walk on Cassia … Continue reading

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Happiness is… (vol 6)

…the deck stained and fully cured; getting back onto that deck with drying clothes naturally in the beautiful sun & kids frolicking happily around the deck. So thankful to have the deck back to enjoy the rest of this beautiful, … Continue reading

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