Pages Menu
Categories Menu

Posted in Journey to Joy, Life | 29 comments

Share the joy link up #12

Share the joy link up #12

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened” – Dr Seuss

We packed, we packed and we packed some more and then it was finally time to leave Bod Towers and drive to our new home. Our dream home. The home that, I hope, we never move from again.

As I drove away towards The Barn (yep, it has to have a nickname!) the sadness I felt melted away as I remembered all the amazing memories we’d made in our old house and looked forward to the new ones still to come. This quote from Dr Seuss fitted my mood perfectly. We’re still unpacking boxes – and I apologise for not replying to all your lovely comments guys, it’s been chaos here! – but we’ve already toasted our arrival with something suitably bubbly in front of our new fireplace… of course!

We’re here and we’re in, so let the happy memory-making begin.

Fireplace at Bod Grange

Right, on to the link up!

Thank you so much to everyone that joined in last week – this linky is really going from strength to strength! I’m loving reading all your joyful posts and I hope that sharing the joy raises your spirits too.

Don’t forget that all genres are welcome here – new posts or old favourites. Posts that might have made you laugh out loud, opened your heart, raised your spirits or just made you smile!

Sharing my joy


Each week, I’ll pick a favorite post and feature it on the following week’s Share the Joy link up (I’ve also made a  where you’ll find all my favorites in one place).

Circus Mums

Last week I felt so uplifted and inspired reading a two part post from Tinuke at Circus Mums about why quitting her dream job left her happier – you’ll love it! And I also want to say a huge thank you to Eline from Pasta and Patchwork who did such a great job of co-hosting with me last week (if you’d like to be a future guest host just leave me a note in the comments below.)

This week I’m sharing a crowdsourced post with some wonderful top tips for moving house from 15 fabulous bloggers (what else!) and a powerful and emotional parenting post about creating a positive parenting template from an author who asked to remain anonymous but still wanted to share her story in the home that it will help others – it is quite possibly the perfect Share the Joy post!

Let’s Share the Joy!

1) Link up posts that have brought you JOY – Writing them might have made you laugh out loud, opened your heart, raised your spirits or just made you smile. All genres are welcome, new posts or old favourites and as many links as you like!

2) Link back to me either by including the Share the Joy badge (below) or a text link back to this Share the Joy linky page in your own post.

3) Please comment on one of my posts and a few others. Let’s Share the JOY through commenting as well as through our posts!

Share the Joy will run for a whole week until the following week’s linky is open, so you’ll never be too late. And don’t forget to tweet me the url to your post using the hashtag #sharethejoylinky so I can retweet it.

Feel free to invite your friends to join in – JOY is always better when it’s shared!

 Loading InLinkz ...



  1. I absolutely love the fireplace! I can just imagine how homely that will be at Christmas :-)

    All the best in your new home!

    Rhi Rhi x
    Rhian recently posted…Wednesday Wish List

  2. All the best making new memories at The Barn Michelle, I hope the unpacking is not too traumatic

    Much Love


    Rebecca Slinger recently posted…

  3. Congratulations on the house move! I am sure you going to make so many amazing memories there. How awesome is that fireplace too by the way?? Xx
    Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) recently posted…Me & Mine March 2015

  4. What an amazing little snug! It looks so cosy in that picture – I can see loads of fresh memories being made in your new home in no time at all.
    Thank you so much for featuring my posts. It makes me feel extremely honoured and I admit to blushing ever so slightly when I saw it!
    Tinuke recently posted…Better With Baby – Guest post from Moderate Mum

  5. Looks like such a wonderful place to make new memories! I’m sure no matter where you are, as long as your family is there, the moments will be happy ones. Always keep in mind: it’s not the house that makes the memory it’s the people in it that make it a home. Thanks so much for hosting us this week! Hope all is well and chaos is at a minimum :)
    Maria recently posted…

  6. When we moved house I realised that I wasn’t nearly as sad to leave our previous home behind as I expected, because I took my memories with me, and my home is with my family. I looked forward to making new memories. Good luck with the unpacking… We still have a garage full of boxes :) So pleased to have finally managed to link up!
    Sara recently posted…Childhood: language: bless you!

    • Exactly! I feel the same Sara, especially since visiting the old house this week and seeing how empty it felt. Great closure for the kids though. Thanks for linking up – great to have you here! x

  7. Ohh that fireplace is magnificent. I want to see more now! Mich x
    Michelle twin mum recently posted…

  8. I just love this quote from Dr Suess himself! Thanks for reminding me of it. #sharethejoylinky

  9. What a lovely post Michelle! I would LOVE to move as our house is rapidly becoming a drain! We have dreams to build our own house but I fear that will never happen. In the meantime, thank you for your participation in Embrace Happy and for your constant uplifting presence!

    Karin xx
    Karin Joyce recently posted…Mindful Monday

  10. Hope you create lots of amazing memories in the new house!
    Mrs TeePot recently posted…World Bipolar Day

  11. I confess, I LOVE moving. It’s an opportunity to declutter and streamline life, to move onto new adventures. We’re moving over this Easter holidays (eek!) and it’s a fantastic opportunity — as we go through old boxes of books and photos, baby clothes and toys — to talk about my daughter’s early years with her, to remind ourselves what we’ve been through, and to plan what’s to come. Onward and upward, I say!
    Jennifer Howze recently posted…Even after the Germanwings crash, I’m still flying

    • You know it’s funny. I was so excited about the move before it happened, stressed out on the day and now it seems a long time ago already – although the unpacked boxes are a constant reminder! Good luck with your move too Jen – how exciting! Thanks for linking up this week x

  12. Moving can be so emotional – good to look forward to making lots of new happy memories and the Barn looks lovely from your photo. Hope you settle in well and aren’t surrounded by boxes for too long. Thanks for hosting #sharethejoy, always lovely to link up :-)
    Louise recently posted…From the mouths of babes #13

    • Thank you lovely lady, a pleasure to have you here too x

  13. That Dr Seuss nailed it with that quote – so pertinent to so many things. Wishing you every happiness in The Barn – the snippet looks fab and I also loved Tinuke’s posts last week so great choice :) I’d be up for some guest co-hosting too, thanks for hosting x
    Stephanie recently posted…More from our visit to Trinity Buoy Wharf

    • I know, right? Thank you so much Stephanie. Will drop you a line about co-hosting x

  14. I’m sure you will make the new house completely yours in no time! Thanks for having me as a co-host last week, it was great fun :-)

    • We’re getting there slowly but surely! And thank YOU for being a fab co-host *high fives* xx

    • It’s fab isn’t it? And thank you honey x

  15. Looks gorgeous hun, can’t wait to see more. Moving is emotional, I remember our move from London and revisiting with tenants (made me cry when we left) but like you say, the next place is ready and waiting for gorgeous memories. Much love and congrats on your move x
    HonestMum recently posted…Our Weekend in Pictures-Including Hanging Out With Mr Bloom

    • Thanks darling, will definitely be sharing more as time goes on and the boxes leave! There are a few more shots on my Instagram feed too :)

    • Thanks so much Mirka – it’s funny but we went back to the old house this week so I could clean it up ready for it’s new owners and it didn’t feel like home at all. More pictures of The barn are on the way… :)



  1. Castle Keep and Black Gate - Newcastle Castle Mums' Days - […] up to Share the Joy with the oh so lovely Michelle from Bod for […]

Leave a comment

Awards for Bod for tea


Post archives