“Stop Crying Or I’ll Give You Something To Cry About”


Oh my. I went and said it. Words tumbled out before thinking. It all started with a long day. Our son just didn’t get to do what he felt like doing. We ran a lot of errands and because his sister wasn’t feeling well, we didn’t spend time outside playing with friends. We went in the basement for […]

September 27, 2015

Of Course My 2 Year Old Wants Coffee

Parenting, Practice Gratitude

One lovely morning, I sat on my front porch talking by phone with my sister. The sun was shining and I was enjoying drinking my morning coffee in peace. The kids were playing in the yard and our daughter meandered over to sit next to me. She proceeded to point at cars passing by and to bounce […]

September 19, 2015


I'm a Work in Progresss

Surrender is not a natural thing. We want control. We want OUR plans. We want our way. My way. This week presented two ‘possibilities’ that I basically have no control over. Sure, we have choices to make, but overall, these things are out of my control. These things surfaced at once, just as our family starts the […]

September 11, 2015

The thisgratefulmama 2015 FALL Family Bucket-List


The 2015 fall bucket list focuses on activities to enjoy with your family during the fall season, with an emphasis on gratitude and service to others. I hope these 100 ideas help you fill fall with joy.  Hello, Fall! Cook Bake a Pumpkin Pie from scratch Succumb to the fall pumpkin fad with a Pumpkin Spiced Latte, or […]

September 4, 2015

You Can’t Always Get What You Want…


You can’t always get what you want…” Will someone please tell me they also hear the Rolling Stones singing in their head when they read those words? Because I do. And sometimes when I say those words to our children I consider breaking out in song – they’ve never heard it before so will likely wonder what is […]

September 1, 2015