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Welcome, I’m so glad you stopped by.

 

I’m Jenny, resident writer and occasional photographer here at The Good Day Mom. I believe in crafting a life full of beauty and joy—one that’s an expression of who God made you to be, and a celebration of all the things you love and value most. In short, I believe in good days.

 

Finding out what that looks like for you is half the fun, but for me, it looks like a slower, simpler pace of living: writing, reading, fresh flowers, good food, and the sun on my face. It also looks like a messy house, chasing three little ones, and plenty of fumbling trying to figure out marriage, money and time. They’re all wrapped up together in this miraculous experience we call life, and what I’ve learned is that happiness comes from embracing all of it.

 

That’s the kind of mindset I write about here on the blog and in my weekly emails. As a mom of three little ones, I know how easy it is to feel on-edge all the time. But thank goodness, our minds are designed to relax, not only react—it’s simply a matter of tapping into the right reflexes. Through study and experience I've learned how, and I want to teach you too, so you can feel more patience and overall peace in your life.

 

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"In this short life that only lasts an hour, how much—how little—is within our power."

 - Emily Dickinson

 

 

MY STORY

 

I read once that infertility isn’t just waiting for a baby to hold, it’s getting knocked down, over and over, then getting back up again. After my third miscarriage, I just wanted to stay down. I didn’t want to hope anymore; I wanted to give up, and for a time, I did. Then one summer day, an old favorite song of mine came on the radio—I don’t remember which one, probably something by John Denver—the window was down, and I felt the wind in my hair. A thrill went through me as if my whole soul was waking up from a deep sleep. I realized, I had the same capacity to feel happy as I'd ever had. I didn’t have to wait for a baby to enjoy my life, and in the meantime, I could keep hoping. That revelation gave me the courage to pick myself back up again, and instead of trying to get pregnant, and I decided to get stronger, both physically and spiritually.
 

Now—three kids and a fourth miscarriage later—I’m learning the same lesson all over again. Motherhood turned out to be anything but the bliss I’d expected. I struggled for years, feeling like I should be happy, but not knowing how. I felt only stressed and overwhelmed by endless messes and crying, while my husband often worked late into the night. Again, I found happiness when I learned to embrace and enjoy my life, and let myself grow alongside my kids. That’s when I began to work on myself on a deeper level, too: uprooting all my old securities and damaging beliefs, and discovering new hopes and dreams for myself. I even made a list of ten simple ways to have a good day.

“I can alter my life by altering my attitude. He who would have nothing to do with thorns must never attempt to gather flowers.”

- Henry David Thoreau

This blog is my way of sharing those lessons learned, along with my musings on motherhood, life and happiness. I don’t have all the answers. I’m hopelessly flawed: forgetful, scattered, awkward and often running late. But I’m getting pretty good at not giving up. My hope is to encourage other moms to “pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence,” (Thoreau, again)—to find what fills your mind with beauty and joy, and never give up, no matter how many bad days. That’s the key, I believe, to peace and contentment.

LET'S GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER

 

I’d love to to hear from you! You're always welcome to share your thoughts on the blog or email me at jenny@thegooddaymom.com. Send me a question, and I’ll answer you in a blog post (anonymously, of course). Or sign up for Simple Greetings, where I share my weekly struggles, breakthroughs and lessons to help you feel more peace and contentment in your own life.

MEET THE FAMILY

I’m mom to three extremely energetic, intelligent and independent kids, who I call by nickname here on the blog: Cal (5), Lu (4), and Rosie (2). I'm a big believer in (mostly) screen-free, hands-off parenting, which means plenty of unstructured playtime, affection and encouragement, alongside firm rules and expectations. I'm working hard to tame the temper I never knew I had until I became a mom. I’m also wife to Ben, a handsome Idaho boy who won me over and keeps me more humble than I would be otherwise. And I’m native to Georgia, but now a nearly-fifteen-year-dweller of Idaho, and we live in the charming Treasure Valley where we cross-country ski in the winter and grow flowers in the summer.

 

SHOP WITH ME

I often recommend books and products I genuinely enjoy and feel add real value to my life and home. I’m firmly against excess consumption (in fact, I advocate shopping second-hand or local whenever possible), and very much in favor of simplicity, and so these are products I’ve chosen carefully over the years. I hope they can serve as a guide (the one I wish I’d had!) to anyone else in pursuit of slow, peaceful living. I may receive a small commission at no cost to you, and I genuinely appreciate your support. If you have any questions about any of the products I use, feel free to ask me at jenny@thegooddaymom.com.

“It is well to have as many holds on happiness as possible.”

- Jane Austen