My Happy Place


There is a stillness and calm in my house right now that I don’t get to enjoy very often.

Slick and Mr. Wonderful have already departed for school and work, and The Caboose is still snoozing on the couch.  He’s off this week for Thanksgiving break, so last night he enjoyed one of his favorite indulgences: sleeping on the couch downstairs with the dog.  I sit here in my chair watching him sleep, with his best friend Perro snuggled beside him.  The tapping sound of the keyboard is the only thing breaking the silence.

In a home with three boys and a dog, stillness is an elusive condition.  Our normal state is kinetic, even frenetic.  We never stop.

To get away from our usual hustle, we often vacation in the mountains of North Carolina, in a cabin tucked high in the mountains.  I’m the lone early bird in the group, and I make it my daily habit to awaken before everyone else to take advantage of the stillness and quiet.  It charges my batteries.  It fuels my soul.  It gives me a place to retreat to (if only in my mind) when the chaos of life overwhelms.

I keep a photo of this Happy Place in my kitchen.  And even though my view right now is of a treehouse instead of these magnificent mountains, my batteries are charging in this stillness of my home.

The Lucky Mom's Happy Place. - Highland Lake, NC

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15 thoughts on “My Happy Place

  1. JD @ Momagement

    Beautiful picture!

    My happy place is on Cape Cod, where we go every summer. I sit on the beach, staring at the ocean. Or on the little deck off of our room, staring at the ocean. Or on the porch… well, you get the idea. I love love love the ocean.

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  2. Transitioning Mom

    “I’m the lone early bird in the group, and I make it my daily habit to awaken before everyone else to take advantage of the stillness and quiet. It charges my batteries. It fuels my soul. It gives me a place to retreat to (if only in my mind) when the chaos of life overwhelms.”

    LOVE THIS! (Oh, sorry, shouting into your peace…but I’m with you on this!)
    Gorgeous photo, too!

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    1. Lisha Post author

      I took that photo with my little old Fuji Finepix from the kitchen balcony on New Year’s morning of 2007. It’s framed and in my kitchen, where I spend a disproportionate amount of my waking time. 🙂

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  3. I Choose Happy Now

    Hi! I love your happy place. I only have 2 boys, but I know what you mean about there not being any real silence.

    Lately, I have been enjoying the silence in the library when the kids are off with their grandmother for a few hours.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Cheers,
    Louise

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  4. Heather Holbrook

    Wow, getting recharged just looking at that picture! Thanks so much for sharing. That is a magical looking place.

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