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Finding the Joy {Monday is Mom-day}

Sorry about the blurry photo, he’s doing his Touchdown Dance. 🙂

I have another blog.  A family blog. (don’t bother clicking over, it hasn’t been updated in a year 😉 )  I mention it because I named the blog Finding Joy.  With a subtitle that reads- “And if you can’t find it, Make it!”

Motherhood is hard.  I think we’ve covered that fact plenty in the last few Mom-day posts.  I won’t stop doing the “man this really isn’t what I thought I was signing up for” posts, because I feel like blog-land needs a lot more of reality thrown in.  But, I also wanted to make sure that I don’t become a voice of negativity and a major downer when it comes to talking about motherhood in general, and my personal experience in particular. 

The reality is that I love being a mother.  I love these smiles, and dimples (all my kids have them) and hugs and laughter.  I love watching them learn and grow and achieve things that were hard at one point for them.  I love when they call “meetings” in my daughter’s room to discuss what they’re going to do next.  I love watching my son get a wet rag to wipe the chocolate off my daughter’s face.

Motherhood is hard, but it is also joyous.  Sometimes, it’s just a matter of looking for the Joy.  And other times it’s about Making the joy happen.  The fact of the matter is that motherhood wouldn’t be so rewarding if it wasn’t so hard.

So excited for cub scouts!

So my challenge is to take a moment each day to just find a bit of joy.  In the smile of your brand new cub scout, in the sticky hug of a 2 year old, in the touchdown dance of your 4 year old or the excitement of your 10 year old who just scored the highest on her test.  To really look for those moments, and then to stop- and take it in, and smile, and know that it’s all been worth it for this very moment.

Happy Mom-day!

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  • Swensgirl
    November 28, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Boy, did I need this post today! Thank you!! Especially this time of year, we get so stressed in trying to get everything done that sometimes we need to remember to leave things be and play with our kids, read that story for the 20th time, ect. Thank you for reminding me why motherhood is so wonderful!

  • Amy @ Increasingly Domestic
    November 28, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    I agree! Being a mother is so rewarding because it is such a challenge. Just so you know, I have never once thought that you were being a downer with these posts…just being real and that is something that we can all relate too!

  • Karen
    November 29, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Great post. Well said.

  • Gwen @ Gwenny Penny
    November 29, 2011 at 3:36 am

    I love when you said "motherhood wouldn't be so rewarding if it wasn't so hard." I had trouble finding any joy today, but I wasn't looking. I was too consumed with the fact that my youngest is cutting four molars at the same time and was no fun to be around all day. Now I regret not finding something to be happy about in the midst of all of that. Thanks for the reminder 🙂

  • Alysha
    December 7, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Yea for cub scouts!! I just got called as a scouts leader, just in time for Keaton to become a scout!