Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Words of Wisdom List

Sorry. Still no Summer Project Life photos. Will get there :)
Facing a tough week coming up and trying to prepare myself.
More on that in a bit.

Today for "Lists With Friends" I am sharing a few of the newest pins to one of my favorite boards on Pinterest.
My "Words of Wisdom" board.

I saw this one, stopped and thought hard about it. I think there is a lot of truth to this for me. I spend to much time focusing negatively on how I perceive myself whether it be looks, personality, ability as a wife, mom, friend or whatever role I am filling at the moment. But I think at times that I don't give myself enough credit. I am so quick to be critical of myself, and ultimately I am being unfair to myself.

I always tell myself things happen for a reason. Whatever crap I/we are going through has a purpose. And ultimately I find that things usually work out somehow. So trying to remember this whenever times are tough.

So true. I shared this one with Evan tonight. He worries like me, and I am trying to help him find peace sooner than I did in life.

Something I have learned since dealing with difficult people and situations is that this is 100% true. And I share this thought with my children often. The only one you can control is you, and it is up to you to decide how you are going to deal with life.

Dishes, laundry, packing lunches, bills, phone calls, help with homework, cooking dinner...I could go on and on. Disciplining my children also falls under this as well. So many situations where I have just felt like just going back to bed or not facing the millions of tasks that are waiting for my attention. Trying to really just get things done and not procrastinate as much.


As someone who likes plans, this idea is refreshing to me.

And this one isn't from Pinterest. It was something I saw on Facebook, but I love it. 

So as I look at these, I know what is really on my mind is my son is having surgery next week. Just a routine surgery to have his tonsils and adenoids removed. But surgery nonetheless. I have complete faith all will be well, but your thoughts and prayers would be much appreciated. It's been a long time coming and I feel that this will truly help him. 

That said, I know my blogging has been a little spotty lately and I am not sure how much I will post over the next week and a half or so if at all. I will try to post to let you know how things went though.
I know I will be back on the 17th (St. Patrick's Day) for sure though because I have an assignment for Paper Issues and the issue (challenge) being shared that day.

Thanks for coming by today. :)


  1. Wonderful words of wisdom!
    I will keep your son in my prayers, I'm sure all will be well!

  2. Loving these quotes!!! Praying that all goes well for surgery and recovery!!

  3. Lovely words to help keep you focused in positive directions, Mary Jo! Sending thoughts for a successful procedure and speedy recovery for your son! :)

  4. I love your words of wisdom...especially the second to the last. I love to plan and know what is ahead of me and it is extremely hard for me to just let go. Thoughts and prayers heading your way for your sweet boy....I know that he will be fine but as a mom, I completely understand your feelings!!!

  5. This was a GREAT list! I need to bookmark this post and re-read it once a week or so, just to keep reminding myself of what's really important. I am a huge worrier, so #3 hit home, especially. My husband thinks I'm such a goofball to worry about some of the things I get wrapped up about. I probably am a goofball, LOL. :) Best wishes for a fast, speedy recovery for your son! :)

  6. This was an amazing list. And I so needed to hear 2, 3, 4 and 6 right now. Thank you.

    AJ and I will be praying for Evan to make a speedy recovery, and for you all to have a good week.

  7. Speaking as someone who had a very difficult and upsetting week last week, your words of wisdom have helped to put it all into perspective. Thank you Mary Jo. My very best wishes to Evan and to you and your family and wishing Evan a very quick trip back to full health. Hugs, Anne xx

  8. Mary Jo, I will keep Evan in my thoughts next week. I know you will be worried about him until he makes a full recovery, which he will :) Just know we are all thinking about you and him!!

  9. All my best to Evan with his surgery, and to you for being the strong mommy that he needs at this time.
    I love the one with making the nest with blankets and then crawling inside with the person having a hard time. I have done this a time or two. It breaks my heart to see someone hurting.

  10. This is great!! Love all of these!

  11. Love you Pinterest board. I know the surgery will go well. I have been thinking about you :)
    Sophie had surgery (completely "put under" ) in Kindergarten to fixed a herniated belly button. I worried about the surgery, but should have been focusing more on how to comfort her after the surgery. Surgery was a breeze, but she was in a bit of pain post op (understandably). That was where I really need to focus my energies. Just take it one step at a time.

  12. That is an awesome Pinterest board. Love all the messages you've shared above. I love that whenever I need a pick me up or a feel good quote I can just turn to Pinterest and I will find the perfect thought. Sending good thoughts for the surgery!

  13. I am a little late, but I just want to say I hope the surgery will go well. Or, if it has already happened, then I hope it went well. Definitely keeping your family in my thoughts/prayers during this stressful time. <3

  14. I'm sure Evan's surgery will be just fine, but sure understand the worrying thing. I'm a worrier too. LOVE all of the inspiration you posted. Hugs