Sunday, May 8, 2016

(Un)Happy Mother's Day

It's Mother's Day - a day when we are to be happy about what a wonderful job we've done as mothers - right?

You can't miss it - it's everywhere.  It's on every social media post, on every commercial, everywhere - pictures of perfect children perfectly dressed perfectly presenting their mothers with special gifts.

It's proof that we're wonderful mothers right?  Perfect children with perfect grades with perfect behavior with perfect futures ahead of them right?


What if my children are not perfectly dressed with perfect grades with perfect behavior with perfect futures ahead of them?  That means I have failed as a mother then doesn't it?

I read all these blog posts and Facebook posts and Instagram pictures of people and their families and I will be honest - I don't feel like I measure up.

I'm a failure.

My life is not perfect.

I look back and think about how I could have done things differently....better....and then maybe I would be happy with the perfect family.


then I think about the mother who lost two children in a car accident


the mother who is battling cancer and may not spend another mother's day on this earth with her children


the woman who has tried for years to become a mother with no luck



I decide that it's ok if my life isn't perfect, that my child isn't perfect


life isn't perfect.

I don't have to have a perfect life with a perfect husband and a perfect child to be happy.

Happiness is a choice.

So don't look at others and judge whether or not you're happy.

Decide to be happy today.

Be happy through imperfection.

I will be happy
and rejoice
in your faithfulness
you noticed my pain
you are aware
of how distressed I am.
Psalm 31:7

HAPPY Mother's Day

Monday, April 11, 2016

Keeper or Tosser - Caprese Orzo Salad

When I started this blog, I wanted to inspire others around three main interests in my personal life - camping, cooking and remodeling homes.  

As I follow and read other blogs, especially food blogs, I realize I do not create original recipes and I am not especially skilled at food photography but what I do love to do is cook and follow others' recipes.  

Sometimes those recipes are keepers - I will fix it again - or they are tossers - I'm not going to fix again for whatever reason.  I figure some of you out there would like to know another opinion so I'm going to start featuring Keeper or Tosser with info on recipes I try.

The first recipe to be featured in my Keeper or Tosser post is this Caprese Orzo Salad featured by Samantha from Texas on FiveHeartBlog.  

I fixed this recipe this past weekend thinking it would keep in the refrigerator throughout the week, giving us something to eat with our sandwiches for lunch.  

It was very easy to cook.  While the orzo cooked, I shook the dressing in a mason jar, cut the tomatoes in half, and thinly sliced the basil.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Dolly Parton - He´s alive (Full song)

Happy Easter Sunday!  This is one of the happiest days for Christians.  This is the day our savior, Jesus Christ, rose from the dead and sits at the right hand of God.

You can choose to believe or not to believe - it's your choice.  I choose to believe!  And my belief makes me a happy camper!

Enjoy this powerful song!

Live the Happy Camper Life!