“Grumpy Mommy, Frumpy Mommy.” That used to be me.

To others, I appeared to be my usual self: outgoing, friendly, and happy. But on the inside, I was a woman who was struggling to find JOY in my new season of life — a season of sleep deprivation, messiness, time-outs, potty training, dishes, laundry, noise, whining, the terrible two’s and three’s, and the fearsome fours.

I couldn’t find time to exercise regularly or dress myself in anything other than stretchy pants and my five favorite striped T-shirts. I felt grumpy. I felt frumpy.


On top of everything, I discovered I was raising someone who was destined to run a company or a country someday. One of my young children defied me at every turn with stubborn conviction and fiery emotions. I was completely thrown for a loop.

For a couple of years, I prayed and asked God for an attitude adjustment. I didn’t meet most of the markers for depression, and I felt guilty that I wasn’t the happy, joyful person I used to be and had observed in other mothers who seemed to have it all together.

I knew I needed God to “restore unto me the joy of thy salvation” (Psalms 51:12). As a woman of faith, I knew that the words of the Apostle Paul in Philippians 4:12 were true when he wrote:

“I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation…”

Joy and contentment is possible — even for moms during the hard years.

And so, I’ve been on a journey to rediscover the JOY in my faith, family, fitness, and fashion.

This blog is not about being a sarcastic, grumpy mom who lacks gratitude and peace.

This blog is about FINDING JOY in the mundane and in the mission field of motherhood, as well as the  ups and downs of life.

I’m looking for the lessons that God wants to teach me, searching His Word, and inviting Him to grow me and help me to become the wife, mom, and woman He wants me to be.

I hope this blog encourages you on your journey as well!

The Jokester, Handsome, Dimples, The Firecracker, and Me on a not-so grumpy frumpy day!

With hope,

Grumpy Mommy Frumpy Mommy