House & HomeMom's LifeThe KitchenWork and Passions

Every Sunday morning I share a moment from my week and something it illustrated about motherhood, family life, or simply being human. I invite you to set aside a moment out of your weekend for reflection and join me for Sunday Morning Tea. -Meagan

snow, winter, tree, photography

This week marked the first official day of spring. And for those of us in the Midwest and the East Coast and every other place that’s been hit with a particularly hard winter, just knowing the spring is really on its way – even though my patio is still an iceberg and my yard is mostly dingy white and the temperatures hovered in the mid-30s for much of the day – is a huge relief. 

Because let’s be real here, people: unless you’re, like, Sarah and live in the land where the sun always shines, this winter has been a doozy. My kids had eight “snow days”, and probably a few school days that really should have been snow days except that administrators realized partway through the season that they were probably going to have to tighten the criteria by which a snow day gets declared, or the kids would be in school until July.

snow, winter

There are cars in my alley still completely buried in snow, only just starting to emerge. Our front yard is made up of varying levels of frozen dog poop, marking one blizzard to the next, like a geologic record of the season’s precipitation. After all, for two months there was never a single melt. It all just kept piling on, storm after storm.

But can I admit something here? As cold and snowy and occasionally pain-in-the-butt-ish this winter has been, I have to say I kept a surprisingly good attitude about it for the last three-plus months (we got our first huge snowstorm and snow day in early November, yo.)

Sure, I’m relieved that we’re moving into spring, and am practically salivating over the idea of summer. But I never experienced that sense of lingering disappointment this year that I usually get in mid-February, when the temps usually slide up above freezing for a day or two, then drop down again, then rise, then fall.

This year, it was all just…cold. And snowy. So every day, I knew exactly what to expect: more cold, and likely more snow. And because I never expected anything else, I was never disappointed when it didn’t come. In fact, I came to rather enjoy the drama of yet another plunging thermometer, the cozy chaos of all of us getting stuck in the house together, all day, again.

The other day I realized that the difference between my attitude about this winter as compared to previous winters is not unlike the difference between the way I embraced the babyhoods of my younger children as compared to the babyhoods of my oldest.

When I was a newer mom, I was like I usually am in February: irrationally hopeful. [click to continue…]

2 comments

The Tao of Kitchen Shelving: On stopping panic before it starts

by Heather Caliri October 9, 2013
The Tao of Kitchen Shelving: On stopping panic before it starts

This post is by Heather Caliri, regular contributor to The Happiest Home and blogger at A Little Yes. Heather writes about saying “yes” to little things that scare us. You can read all her posts here. The other day, I panicked. Big time. What was making me hyperventilate? Cabinet shelves. (Yeah, I know.) Bear with me here. […]

Read More! →

How I (don’t) do it all.

by Meagan Francis April 29, 2013
How I (don't) do it all.

Recently a reader, Julie, sent me the following question: My question is about how in the world you manage your time to post to several blogs/monitor all the comments/write for other blogs/write books/and everything else, including cooking/raising 5 children.  Needless to say I’m impressed and would love to know your secret. I have a personal […]

Read More! →

So, how can YOU be a happier mom?

by Meagan Francis April 8, 2013
So, how can YOU be a happier mom?

Recently, a reader named Lily sent me an email, and graciously agreed to allow me to post it here. Lily said: “I envy you and other moms who can be happy most days taking care your children.  In the beginning of motherhood, I suffered from post-partum depression which was the first time since I can […]

Read More! →

Young Moms: Something To Prove?

by Guest Blogger January 18, 2013
Young Moms: Something To Prove?

This is a guest post by Chaunie Brusie of Tiny Blue Lines. A few months ago, at the age of 26, I was heavily pregnant with my third child. Pushing my brood in the grocery store, diapers and cereal spilling out of my cart, I felt disapproving eyes turning on me down every aisle I […]

Read More! →

the mundane & the magnificent

by Guest Blogger January 10, 2013
the mundane & the magnificent

This guest post is by Lindsey Mead, writer and blogger at A Design So Vast. This last Sunday was one of those rare days I’ve come to treasure almost above all others: a day with absolutely no plans. We puttered as a family, each of us doing his or her own thing, coming together in […]

Read More! →

My approach to holiday traditions: sit back, and let them happen

by Sarah Powers November 28, 2012
My approach to holiday traditions: sit back, and let them happen

This post is by Sarah Powers, Happiest Mom contributor and Managing Editor, and blogger at Powers of Mine. I can hear it. Can you? That little voice that begins with a whisper just after Thanksgiving dinner every year. This is the year, it says. This year, you’re going to get it together for the holidays. This […]

Read More! →

Mother’s Hierarchy of Needs

by Meagan Francis May 30, 2012
Mother's Hierarchy of Needs

Wayback machine time! This was one of my very first posts here at The Happiest Mom, dating back to June 2009 (which is right around when the above photo was taken). It’s still one of the most read, so I thought it could stand to see the light of day again. If you’ve ever taken […]

Read More! →

I am a mother. But first, I was just me.

by Meagan Francis March 7, 2012
I am a mother. But first, I was just me.

I’ve been thinking all day about a blog post written by my friend Kyran Pittman, an amazing writer, memoirist and mother of three. In the post Kyran explores the idea of what keeps us going as we age, as the people we have loved and lived for – both our children and others – grow […]

Read More! →