howsweetthesound-65Hey!  My name is Julie.

Becoming a mom rocked my world so much I seriously contemplated joining a convent.

I thought my baby would never cry, sleep through the night right away, eat whatever I gave him, never throw up on my beautiful crib linens, and smile on command.

You know – happily ever after – like in the movies.

{{Insert laughing here}}

Instead, I spent the first year of my new baby’s life completely overwhelmed at the responsibility of raising a tiny human and I worried incessantly – like was I ruining his teeth by giving him a paci, or was I giving him cancer by buying baby food in jars instead of making it in my kitchen, or was I scarring him for life if I made him cry it out every once in awhile…

My husband found me in the fetal position a lot that year.

Then our second son was born and he spent 3 months in the NICU (you can scroll through his story HERE) and that jar of baby food I was worried about with our firstborn seemed so insignificant while we wrestled our way through geneticists, neurologists, and every other kind of -ologist you can think of.

That was the year I seriously almost lost my mind.

After all that, I looked around and saw that I was making our home super stressed and tense all the time trying to make and do everything ‘right’.

That’s when the Lord gently nudged me to stop fussing about all the hard parts of motherhood – stop striving after that perfect happily ever after – and start leaning into my unique calling as a mama.

Because motherhood is more about shaping a little heart (and my own in the process) than seeing a perfect result.

It’s doing a super easy craft and not micro-managing my child’s every brush stroke.

It’s not freaking out when he uses the red Sharpie on the living room carpet.

It’s accepting that most of the time sometimes I just won’t get that perfect holiday photo (as evidenced HERE and HERE and HERE).

It’s celebrating that my children are fearfully and wonderfully made even though they aren’t meeting any of those national ‘averages.’

It’s being ok when your birth plan didn’t go the way you had hoped.

It’s finding ways to make other people’s lives better.

It’s teaching my little buddies about Jesus.

It’s letting go of a clean house in exchange for floors covered in Legos and Cheerios and a kitchen plagued by a persistent army of ants.

It’s learning to not live in fear.

It’s figuring out how to make dinner in less than 20 minutes with a child hanging from my pant leg.

It’s realizing that happily ever after looks a little different than what’s in the Disney movies (although I think Frozen had the right idea). :-)

It’s about God’s grace filling in the gaps.

And it’s looking for ways to take the messes and make them messages.

These are the things I like to write about.

Because truly happy homes don’t have to be perfect or have it all together.

Truly happy homes are the ones that are able to trust God and hold on to joy when life doesn’t go the way they thought it would.

So if you are busy booger sucking or bottom wiping or you have a child with special needs or you can’t figure out how to get your kids to eat things that aren’t beige (or you’ve struggled to get out of the fetal position, like me), I pray you’ll find a fresh perspective here.

Thanks for stopping by – I look forward to building a happy home alongside you.

– Julie

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.” Psalm 28:7 (NIV)

(If you want to read more details about me – including super classy habits like how I sleep with my mouth open **according to the hubs** and how I am afraid of long toenails, click HERE)

48 thoughts on “About

  1. Julie, I just found your blog & I feel like I’ve found a real treasure! Thanks for all your thoughts & ideas. I will be back. : )

  2. Oh Julie–I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog!!! I feel SO incredibly blessed to have you in my life!! I have read every inch of this TWICE ;-) What wonderful ideas and words of encouragement and thoughts. YOU ARE AMAZING and such a WONDERFUL MOMMY and inspiration!!! I can not wait to try your ideas with my family!! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for sharing yourself!!! xoxoxo

  3. As a mommy of three (soon-to-be four), I must all the more be creative with my little ones yet find that creativity doesn’t come as readily as it used to. So thank you, thank you, thank you for your blog posts, awesome ideas, encouragement to other moms, and for living out Matthew 5:16 in the flesh. You don’t know how much I’ve needed you in this season of my life! Thank you.

    • Wow, Melissa! Your encouragement has blessed me so much! I am so happy that God is using this little blog to bring joy to your home. :-) You certainly have your hands full! I have no doubt that you are a wonderful wife and mom and woman! May He continue to remind you of His unfailing love for you every day!

  4. Wow, What a great blog Julia! I’m married to Scot (I’m from Poland) and I’m mom of one beautiful baby girl (11 months old yesterday!) and missionary in small village in Ukraine and I WANT to have HAPPY family! I will be reading your blog regularly to get some ideas. Thanks :) God bless you and your HAPPY family!

  5. I found you today through a comment that you left on The Crafting Chicks It seems like we have a similar blog purpose (or niche I suppose). Believe it or not I have a hard time finding other blogs that have traditions and celebrating as their focus. It looks like you have a great blog here and I’m excited to be your new follower :)

    a.k.a. Cool Mama
    Coolest Family on the Block

  6. I love your site, such wonderful ideas, but I am frustrating with trying to pring your St. Patti’s Jokes, etc…they are not formatted to print but only one joke…I cheked my printer, not nothing seems to work…do you have any better ideas.

    • Hello Roswitha!

      You will need to scale the image down so that it fits on one page. Go to Print PREVIEW and then look at the scaling percentages and try different percentages until you find the one that makes it fit.

      For example, when I hit print preview, at the top it says Scale – and then percentages. Mine fit the page at 125%. Also make sure that it is in PORTRAIT and not Landscape format.

      I hope that this helps you!

      Please let me know how it works for you! :-)

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  8. Julie, Let everyone know that you can also include singing with your speaking. You have so many gifts. I can send you a few photos of you singing that you could put on your blog. ( : Let me know if you want them and where I should send them.
    Carol Wilson

  9. Thank you soooo much for being so encouraging and inspirational! I found your blog about 3 months ago and I can’t get enough! Your ideas have really brought a lot of happiness to our home during this deployment (hubby is in the Air Force and in Afgh… & I really can’t wait until my husband is home from his deployment so we can use some of your date ideas! = ) You have been such a blessing… I know that God has amazing things in store for you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! = )

    • Jaclyn, I can’t even tell you how timely your encouragement was! Thank you so much for taking the time to tell me your thoughts about Happy Home Fairy. I will be praying that your sweet hubby comes home soon! You bless me!

  10. I remember you as an always smiling little jr. high Jersey girl! Look what the Lord has done in and through you! Love your site. Use your ideas often with my little granddaughters. Keep up the good work and stay close to Jesus!

  11. I just came across your site; it’s awesome! Thanx for all the time you put in it. I can’t wait to spend more time browsing! What an amazing resource of ideas!

  12. Aunt Juile you are sooooo much fun!!! i am glad to be able to go on your website! say hello to Noah and Uncle Ryan for me !!!!

  13. Hi Julie-

    I just wanted to say that I love your blog, especially the date night ideas. Those are lifesavers, trust me :)
    I am also super pleased to see such a woman of God spreading her love for Jesus through her actions and words. It is all truly inspiring to me, and I thank you for the encouragement you give me every day.

    God Bless,

  14. The fam is listening – greetings from Fantasyland!! The Mouse sends love. And we love you, Happy Home Fairy!! Can we say “we knew you when…” ? You are absolutely magical and FUN. So proud of you. Love & Hugs from Mom & Dad B and the gang

  15. I am obsessed with this site. Stumbled upon the “real Easter Bunny” pic on Pinterest and now I can’t get enough. I am a new mom to an almost-8 month-old boy. We waited 16 years for this child and are now waiting for his adoption to be finalized. God has blessed us beyond measure and now I have your wonderful ideas to use in our happy home.

  16. Julie, I love your website!!
    I am a young mother of one. My happy buddy is 3 years old. I am in nursing school and my husband works atleast 60 hours a week. Your craft ideas, receipes, just everything has helped us all to be able to spend what time we do have together, having fun. I would like to thank you. I am praying for your new little one and of course you. Hope you have a blessed day!!

  17. Came across your site by chance. I live in Johannesburg, South Africa. My 3 girls are all grown up now but I was drawn to your site by the lovely name “Home Fairy” just says it all. And your love for Our Lord makes your stories even more beautiful. You have another follower. God bless from a wonderfully hot and sunny Johannesburg.

  18. I love your blog. It made me smile when I seen your car window with clings. You made me look at something in a totally different way. You Rock!!! I am a grandma with 5 grandkids battling cancer, and YOU made me laugh so hard today-thanks

  19. This pretty much sums up the last couple of weeks here. Thank you for this and I assure you that not only new mom’s suffer from this so do grmas and great grmas. God Bless you and yours! Will love this always.

  20. Enjoying reading your blog for the first time! I am attempting to exclusively pump for at least 1 year. It is great to hear about someone else who stumbled to their Medela pump at horrendous hours and places in order to nourish their little one! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to read your bog!

  21. Been following your amazing blog for a while but just read your “about me” page and it made me laugh out loud….which I don’t usually do…I know that’s sad!!! Anyways, your hair always looks great and I’m so blessed by your blog!

  22. I stumbled upon your blog today while looking for a Easter basket scavenger hunt that was Christian based. I absolutely love your honesty, wit, and fun creative ideas! I am the mother of a very active 2 year old boy, so I can relate to a lot of what you have written. Thanks for your positivity! Look forward to continuing to read your posts!

  23. I just found your blog via an Easter idea and I just want to say THANK YOU for your blog. It is so refreshing to see someone else that doesn’t have it all together. I have a son that is 18 months now that has special needs, which has been a really difficult journey (that I am assuredly not through), but your blog has made me laugh and really encouraged me. So I jut wanted to say thank you!

    • Kristy, thanks for writing! It made my day! It is a joy to write for you precious readers!!! And I’m so glad that God is using the Happy Baby’s story in your life… You are an amazing mama!

  24. Thank you for your blog. I was looking for help in preparing a lesson to help our church deal with the recent death of a former youth group member, and knew I should help our people have Bible verses that spoke to crisis situations. In searching for Bible verses for crisis, I ran across #8 of your 11 Ways to Comfort in a Crisis series. I am now working on preparing a lesson based on this blog series for our church (of course, I’ll refer folks to your blog). Thank you for sharing. Know that our little Deaf Church, and those we affect, will benefit from it.

  25. Hi. I’m new to your blog, (blogs in general) and I am so taken with your “About” message, that I feel like I had to tell you. I have lost how I came to your blog (some Pintrest bounce, I guess) but I just had to leave a comment. Thank you for spreading the message of “normalcy” and trying your best, but not losing perspective when that “best” isn’t photo-worthy, and most of all the message of trust in God. There have been many “throw it all up to God, and see if it comes back making any more sense” moments in my life, and it reassuring to know that I am really not alone. Good luck with your beautiful family, and I look forward to following you for a long time to come!

  26. Hi Julie!
    I’m a speech-language pathologist (speech therapist) who was looking for some new craft ideas for my students and just stumbled onto your blog. I love seeing how God is using you to touch so many readers. I just started a blog myself, and I’m excited to follow along!

  27. Just subscribed! Can’t wait to get to know you better! I’m in the season of making my home a happy home while raising my sweet 3 kiddos! Let’s be rock stars together! Great Blog!

  28. Hi, thanks for your writing. I think if more women talked to each other and learned about what WORKS, as opposed to reading about, and striving for, some imaginary perfect standard of motherhood and life, we’d be a LOT better off and our children would be better off too. Thanks for encouraging others to see that it’s ok to let go of that “perfect” standard!

  29. Julie, for at least 2 years if not more you have encouraged, entertained and chastised(in a God way) me. I have prayed for you and your family. In the lonely hours of motherhood you became dear to my heart. Thank you thank you thank you!!! Keep up blogging it is such a bright spot in so many lives.

  30. It has been a joy to watch Good at work in this journey! You are an awesome momma and your boys have stolen my heart. Your oldest with his great imagination (race cars and basketball games being his latest) and your youngest with his sweet voice and sly smile, I am smitten. Love you and yours!!!

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