Saturday, January 22, 2011

If You're Happy and You Know It...

*'s being crazy right now, can't fix it. And don't care to spend much time trying. :)

I read a hilarious blog, My Real Life Was Backordered, and in her latest post, she linked to an article that is definitely worth reading:

Why I can't stop reading Mormon housewife blogs

It was so interesting. Emily Matchar, the author, has very interesting insights as a feminist atheist...and sometimes it's funny, sometimes it sparks the desire for discussion... but all in all? I so enjoyed it. Which is kind of funny, because I guess I should be offended...but why? A lot of things she said are true of Mormon culture, and that's probably okay.
I don't actually have much to say about it, since I think the article holds itself together quite well the way it resolves, and DeNae wrote quite a funny post about it already. So I'm good.
But it does make me look at my blog differently; yes, it looks like I'm a typical Mormon blogger woman. And if so? Okay! Yeah, I have pictures of my latest sewing projects, I do things "on the side" to help earn income for my family, and my profile is the embodiment of a stereotypical Mormon fairytale...perhaps because my life is a stereotypical Mormon fairytale! ;) winkwink

I'm honestly happy, and I honestly love life. My blog isn't very special in the grand scheme of things, but I enjoy it, and hopefully others do too. I can be branded with all the generically happy Mormons, even though I know I'm different in some ways. That's fine with me because guess what? Michael and I agree this Emily Matchar has stumbled upon what I believe is an eternal principle, stated by Tolstoy in Anna Karenina:

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

Leo TolstoyAnna Karenina, Chapter 1, first line
Russian mystic & novelist (1828 - 1910)


  1. Hah! I read that too. A friend linked to it on Facebook. I really enjoyed it. So interesting, isn't it? And what a great quote from Tolstoy.

    By the way, your latest "creation", the bunny, is adorable!

  2. That is a really awesome link! It's always nice to find that people outside our faith appreciate what we do. At first, I thought about being offended, since don't always like being clumped into a stereotype, but this is a stereotype that I'm okay being included in.

    She's very graceful with her treatment of a potentially touchy subject, and I respect that.

    (And yes... *guilty smile* I'm on here at an absurd hour. I was going to get off, but your blog sucked me on until far too late.)


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