Just be a Happy Mama


“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” – The Dalai Lama

What a simple, beautiful quote that fits perfectly with these pictures of my happy children!  As you can see, my son has learned to say “CHEESE,” while wrinkling his nose, and grinning.  He inherited the nose wrinkle from me, after I grew up with my Grandpa telling me to wrinkle my nose.  Seeing his grin brings back happy memories and an appreciation for this adorable stage of his life.

I HAVE been very happy lately.  In addition to helping with small things around the house (dishes for one – see below), my kids will sometimes bring each other their jackets or shoes to help get ready. It is so sweet, and one less thing that I have to do for them is always a bonus. I’ve been realizing that this parenting thing IS getting easier.  That is until something changes, and another parenting challenge is ready to be tackled.

For now, I’ll just be a happy mama.

My little man grinning and wrinkling his nose

My little man grinning and wrinkling his nose

happy doing the dishes

Mama O. with happy helpers in the kitchen. Who knew doing dishes could be so fun?!

Squinting to see the Light

Our Christmas Tree with white lights 2012

Our Christmas Tree 2012

When I put the lights on our Christmas tree every year, I like to use what I call the “squint test.”  This means that I step back from the tree and squint my eyes once the lights are on to see if there are many points of white light to make our tree shiny and beautiful.

In the wake of yesterday’s shooting massacre, I find myself squinting to see the light again during this holiday season.  My heart aches with prayers for heaven’s newest angels, for their loved ones left behind, for all parents, and for everyone searching for answers in such a violent year full of too many tragedies.  Is it possible to squint real hard to see the light and have some hope?

Life is precious and delicate – a concept put beautifully by Little Miss Wordy in her post yesterday.   I had some rough parenting moments with my 3 year old yesterday, but I quickly got over it when I heard the news.  I feel so blessed as I hugged my children extra hard last night.

In reading friend’s posts on Facebook, everyone expressed their sorrow, pain, fear, sympathy, and love. It’s a scary world out there, and every day is so precious.  I thought this quote from Mr. Rogers helps us look for the light –

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things on the news, my mother would say, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”

Praying for extra helpers to shine love & light….

– Cathy (Mama O.)