A Mother’s Day Giveaway: Because who knew being a mom would be like this?!

by Guest Contributor

Author Genny Heikka shares thoughts on finding bliss in the hustle and bustle of motherhood.

“Being a mother means that your heart is no longer yours; it wanders wherever your children go.”—Author Unknown



  1. perfect happiness; great joy
  2.  paradise, heaven


Are you kidding?

There’s paradise and heaven to be found in the middle of diapers, temper tantrums, arguing kids, and piles of laundry?

I know that’s what you might be thinking right now. And the whole idea of mommy-bliss might seem a little far-fetched.

But, actually, it’s not.

And, no, I’m not kidding.

The problem is, sometimes we miss it.

It’s as simple as that; we miss the bliss. We get caught up in rushing around from soccer to swim team, from the grocery store to the doctor’s office, from one load of laundry or dishes to the next, and we don’t have time to think about what’s so magical about motherhood. We’re just trying to get everyone fed, everyone to sleep, or everyone to clean their rooms—for once in their lives.

If that’s you, don’t be hard on yourself. I’ve been there plenty of times. Because life is busy and motherhood is busier. The schedule never seems to slow down and the to-do list never seems to get done. And any sort of bliss might seem totally out of reach.

Who knew that parenting would be such a balancing act? We want to be organized, but we feel like we’re not. We want to be productive, but we never seem to be able to get it all done. We want to be consistent, but sometimes we’re exhausted. We wan tot make the right devisions, but sometimes we don’t know what the right decisions are. We want to be role models, but we’re far from perfect. We want time to ourselves, but our kids need our time.

Most of all, we want to be good moms.

And we just don’t know if we are.

But even though it might not feel like it right now, you are shaping souls and building character, mom. You are raising leaders, teachers, influencers, artists, writers, managers, moms, dads—whatever your kids grow up to be—to go out and make a difference in the world.

And you—their mom—will have helped prepare them for that.

So I encourage you, even though it’s hard sometimes, keep your eyes focused on the big picture and the goal ahead, and bliss will sneak up on you in the most amazing ways. And if you want a little help along the way, be sure to enter the Mother’s Day giveaway below!


About the book:

Finding Mommy Bliss – Discovering Unexpected Joy in Everyday Moments helps moms take steps toward the parental happiness that can sometimes be hiding at the bottom of the laundry pile. Author Genny Heikka includes stories from her own experiences as a parent, along with practical advice, tips, and questions that moms can explore on their own or in a group setting. Filled with the humor, heartache, and humbling realizations that only parenting can bring, Finding Mommy Bliss makes for an encouraging, easy read for the busy mom who needs a few minutes of inspiration.


To help you keep the stresses and worries of motherhood from swallowing your joy and banishing your bliss, enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a signed copy of Finding Mommy Bliss, available wherever books are sold.

Use the entry form below for your chance to win a free, signed copy of Finding Mommy Bliss, just in time for Mother’s Day!

*Finding Mommy Bliss, COPYRIGHT © 2014 by Genny Heikka. Excerpts in this post appear courtesy of Hallway Publishing

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1 June S. April 23, 2014 at 10:37 am

I find bliss by getting to go in my backyard and plant my flowers for the whole day with no one pestering me.


2 anne April 23, 2014 at 11:35 am

I am grateful for my health which is back to normal which allows me to walk in the foothills and breathe the clear air, enjoy the sunshine and bright blue skies. this is beautiful and gives me peace.


3 Meagan bs April 23, 2014 at 11:40 am

I try to take a step back from stressful moments and appreciate the good in them, find learning opportunities for not only myself but for my daughter too.


4 Nikki April 23, 2014 at 11:59 pm

Enjoying snuggling with all my boys every night i can and lounging in bed with them on weekends


5 Nancy April 24, 2014 at 9:11 am

I try to “stop and smell the roses” daily.


6 Vickie Couturier April 24, 2014 at 11:20 am

by making sure that I enjoy the simple things in life,,don’t sweat the small stuff cause you never know what tomorrow will bring


7 marian boll April 25, 2014 at 1:54 am

This might be just the help my granddaughter needs with her new baby girl. This is her first and taking time out for herself is still a nono in her books.


8 Andie April 25, 2014 at 7:45 am

Although my 2 years kid never allows me to look around anything but him, I wasn’t planning on reading this, but you just sold me on it. Now I can’t wait to get it!


9 Jessica Medina April 25, 2014 at 10:08 am

Snuggling with my little ones and praising God for them.


10 Brittany April 27, 2014 at 11:01 pm

I hug my babies and love on them throughout the day and I find joy in praying with them throughout the day and at bedtime.


11 Daniel M April 28, 2014 at 10:53 pm

still trying to figure that out


12 anna April 29, 2014 at 11:42 am

a quite cup of coffee each morning before the children wakes up.


13 Stephanie Vose April 29, 2014 at 2:13 pm

I enjoy everyday bliss when everything around me gets crazy and my daughter gives me a big hug and a kiss on my nose. Gets my day turned around instantly.


14 bonnie walker April 30, 2014 at 5:28 pm

We live outside of town so I find bliss just being in our quiet, country home.


15 xty cruz April 30, 2014 at 9:10 pm

I just close my eyes and thank God


16 Shannon H April 30, 2014 at 9:20 pm

I find bliss by reading a novel in the living room while my kids play around me. I get some down time while still being present.


17 Courtney R. May 1, 2014 at 11:34 pm

I find bliss when I see cute things, cute senior citizens, cute children, hugs, flowers, cute dresses, sweet encounters, and so forth, these moments take the edge off for me.


18 Amanda May 3, 2014 at 11:53 pm

I have to be very intentional about finding bliss in everyday moments, and usually that is done by slowing down, really listening to and enjoying my kids, and asking God to help me not stress over the little things.


19 Dawn Hecke May 4, 2014 at 9:53 pm

I always try to remember that tomorrow isn’t promised.


20 Tiffany Deos May 5, 2014 at 6:30 pm

I find bliss by slowing down and taking the time to enjoy my family.


21 Taryn May 6, 2014 at 12:15 am

I lay down next to my daughter and remember I was once told I couldn’t have babies– and then nothing else seems to matter. #miraclebaby


22 kaleigh andrews May 6, 2014 at 1:33 am

I find bliss by taking the time to meditate in the mornings.


23 ann gillett May 6, 2014 at 7:21 am

for my daughter


24 julie moore May 6, 2014 at 9:55 am

I always remember how long I waited for my little girl and how much I wanted her.


25 Connie Tillman May 6, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Every moment I can spend with my 4 kids I find bliss. Even when they are screaming, fighting and slamming doors. I would not change it for the world.


26 danielle hall May 6, 2014 at 2:16 pm

my morning cup of coffee


27 Heather Kelly May 6, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Turning off the TV and spending time playing with my children.


28 Tammie Venne May 6, 2014 at 9:59 pm

listening to soothing music at the end of a long day


29 Gianna May 7, 2014 at 12:26 am

Enjoy them while they have them.


30 Trisha McKee May 7, 2014 at 12:31 am

I always try to be in the moment- relish in the good, and create plans I know will make memories. And if I’m stuck in a bad place, such as stressful day at work, I focus on what to look forward to.


31 Buddy Garrett May 7, 2014 at 1:00 am

I am thankful for everything I have and I find bliss with my family and in nature.


32 Sand May 7, 2014 at 1:47 am

By taking a moment to enjoy the day.


33 Paige W. May 7, 2014 at 5:56 am

Life is way too short, so I just live everyday not knowing what will happen the next..& enjoying it every second. I spend as much time as I can with my growing girls so I don’t miss any of the small moments. The small moments are usually the best memories :)


34 Karen T Gonyea May 7, 2014 at 6:08 am

By breathing – I find if I can just stop and breathe – everything is always alright !!


35 kathy dalton May 7, 2014 at 8:35 am

I find bliss by tarting each day with a positive attitude


36 susan smoaks May 7, 2014 at 8:48 am

i find bliss in everyday moments by taking time to enjoy the small things. a smile, a hug, everything is beautiful and something to be thankful for.


37 Shelley May 7, 2014 at 8:52 am

I find my bliss in the laughter & hugs of my children, the beauty of nature, the support of my husband, and the everyday blessings.


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