Do Good, Read More Summer Reading Challenge


I recently read about the Do Good, Read More Summer Reading Challenge at The Do-Gooder Mama’s blog, and I was inspired…but not immediately moved to action. The truth is I have been a bit lazy and TIRED lately from all of the summer fun, and blogging seems to be harder to do when the weather is beautiful.

Do Good Read More Summer Reading Challenge

Anyway, tonight I am motivated and raring to join the Summer Reading Challenge!

Today I found The Happy Guide with a post of delicious looking summer adult beverages (whoo hoo the kids are in bed – party time), and another post of favorite inspirational quotes.

One that seemed particularly meaningful to my current state of mind and lack of blogging –

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
Jack London

Well said Jack!  I will try to take your advice in the search for inspiration / motivation.

I also love this quote from Theodore Roosevelt (that I came across while reading an Oprah interview with Brene Brown):

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…[And] if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”

Cheers to all of us “bloggers” in the arena, sharing our stories, and putting ourselves out there.  Keep going & ignore the naysayers, who may simply be onlookers.  Special thanks to the Do Gooder Mama for inspiring me to discover new blogs among many other good things!

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?!