This article, entitled "The Happiest I’ve Ever Been," comes from Liz Hayes, MomsEveryday blogger from Central Wisconsin.
Is it possible to know when you’re the happiest you’ve ever been? Because if it is, I think this is it. My little Elena is nearly seven months old, and since she’s been on this earth she’s infused more joy into my life than I’ve ever known.
I think this is a bold statement, because I’ve always been mostly happy. I grew up in a home where my parents fought, but I didn’t notice. They’re now divorced, but stayed together until my older brothers and I were adults. If they had split sooner, my childhood may not have been the happy one I recall.
I’ve always had loads of friends that provided me with endless laughs and hours of entertainment. I’ve been able to travel, went to college, studied abroad in Africa and found a job I love. I understand the importance of counting my blessings, which is an ode to my higher power and a lesson in humility.
Family has always been important to me, and now that I have started my own it’s become even more so. I desperately want to make a happy home for my daughter, so she is confident enough to follow her dreams and build the life she wants to live.
This weekend we took a trip to my Aunt Jane and Uncle LeRoy’s home, for an annual family party, one I look forward to every year. Elena was the center of attention, it was the first time many of my relatives met her, and she’s the only baby on that side of the family.
It was so much fun parading her around, hearing advice on how to handle teething and receiving the most beautiful handmade sweater that I hope she’ll someday wear proudly.
Babies bring so much joy to a family, immediate and distant. I know she’s bringing joy not just to me and her father, but to her uncles, grandparents, great grandparents, great aunts and uncles, cousins and family friends.
My brother John told me he can tell I’m happier than I’ve ever been. He could see it in my face and from the way I looked at my daughter. I was delighted to hear that my joy is visible. I hope that it’s also infectious, because everybody could use a little extra happiness.