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Enjoy the Party You’re At

3 Things by Lisa Hendey, CatholicMom.com

3 Things by Lisa Hendey, CatholicMom.com


“Never leave one good party in search of another,” was one of the bits of wisdom my parents passed along to me before I left home for college. “The party down the hall isn’t any more fun than the one you’re already enjoying.”

My Mom and Daddy were always the life of any party, the first onto the dance floor and the last to leave it, the first to RSVP and the last to hug the host goodbye at the end of the night. Their wholesome “partying” is an example of the rest of their commitment to living life fully.

It turns out that this bit of wisdom works well for many of life’s other circumstances too: for career, for investments, and for marriage and family life.

Why go out looking for something flashier, better — or even more “fun” — when what you’re already engaged in is blessing you so greatly?

In today’s society, when so many of us seem to be caught up in consumerism, news bytes and the latest trend, Mom and Daddy’s advice still holds true.

Find passions and people you love, make a firm and true commitment and “party on.”

with mom and dad


Here’s a tip I learned from my eighteen-year-old son: carry a small notebook in the glove compartment of your car.

Adam started doing this when he learned to drive and has every “guest” in his car leave a small note for him. They document where they are going together or simply leave a small “shout out” for my son. Two years (and a few notebooks) after starting this tradition, Adam now has a fun memory file of his many high school adventures.

I wish I had done this for our family vehicle when the boys were younger, documenting our road trips and excursions. But it’s never too late to start!


I hate laundry — not really the washing part, but definitely the putting away.

Laundry life has become greatly simplified since I assigned different colored hangers for each member of our family. For myself, I am transitioning all of my clothing to pink Slim Grips hangers. At the end of each season, I’ve committed to doing a closet clean out and “retiring” any clothing that is not on a pink hanger. These will be donated to our local women’s shelter.

After six months of this system, I can already tell a big difference in my closet! These hangers are slim, sturdy, and do a great job of helping my closet look and feel more organized.


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  • Kathryn July 11, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Lisa, I’ve been waiting for your post all week. As expected, it did not disappoint. The truth was just awesome. What a wonderful example your parents set. And, that journal! What an awesome idea. Looks like I’m off to scavenge for one in the house.

  • Ginny@RandomActsofMomness July 11, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Lisa, thanks for the advice and wisdom. I *love* the car journal idea. If your son ever becomes a writer, he’s got all kinds of novel material right there in his glove compartment!

    So glad I found this site, too — it’s such a fabulous concept!

  • Lisa Hendey July 12, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Kathryn – you are so very sweet. Thanks for your encouragement! Let’s pray for one another in our mom vocations!

  • Susan July 12, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    I must thank Kathryn for directing me to your post. Your words truly spoke to my heart – as I have been struggling a bit with “the grass is greener on the other side” syndrome. Also, I love your son’s fantastic notebook idea. As the mother of 5 boys, I can only imagine that, if they do the same, we will have a tremendous amount of stories to read!!

  • Jenna@CallHerHappy July 13, 2013 at 3:17 am

    Love the last two!

    And, related: one thing I do is turn my hangers the wrong way and then turn them the right way once I wear something. At the end of the season, any hanger that isn’t turned around gets donated :)