My name is Elaine Stores. I am the writer behind ThisGratefulMama.com.
I love to write.
And I have a heart to serve women – especially other moms. My goal is to encourage women like you to take the truth of God’s uncommon grace into every area of your life.
I haven’t arrived, and believe none of us will on this side of heaven. God isn’t finished with me yet, so I share how He is changing me – right in the midst of every day life. You’ll find the real-me here, including failures and mistakes, alongside victories.
Women wear many hats. We are God’s beloved, wives, moms, daughters, sisters, neighbors, co-workers, friends, and more. As women, we desire to serve God and love our people fiercely, but don’t have it all figured out yet. We make mistakes and forget our worth. Sometimes we get so busy doing good things, we lose our focus on important things.
That’s where grace comes in.
God’s grace is uncommon – an undeserved gift, freely given, just because God loves us. It’s free, but we struggle to take this gift into daily life. We have a hard time accepting it when we fail, and extending it to others. We need to be reminded of grace every single day. Then we can truly be grateful, battle perfectionism, remember our worth, set our priorities, and live abundantly.
More About Me
I love and follow Jesus. And I love God’s Word.
Seth has been my husband since 2004; He’s still my favorite.
We have 3 children and I am a stay-at-home mama.
It is my desire to honor God with my writing and to be respectful of people included in what I write.
Turquoise is my favorite color.
Life cannot happen without coffee.
I’m addicted to chapstick, popcorn and sour candy.
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As a former stay at homer, it’s worth every second you gave up out there. I promise. And hang on, because time will FLY! Regardless of what you face, lean hard into Him and you’ll come out ok. And thanks for following!
Such great advice and encouraging words. Thank you! We are certainly leaning hard into HIM!
Thank you so much for the blog! I was in a similar position when I became stay at home. Although having a job (at least my job) was no fun, it’s still a huge part of your identity, and you have to figure out who you really are when you’re stay at home. But it’s been such a blessing to me, and obviously to you, too. It made me realize what I actually enjoy: writing!
Thanks for sharing your experience with me. I too found my love for writing rekindled by being home. Ith as been both a blessing and a ‘necessary outlet’ for me. Thanks for following 🙂
I’m a stay at home mom off and on depending on our finances. It is such a complicated job to be a mom these days! I just started a blog and it’s really enriched our daily life. Thanks for sharing your life with the world!
Thank you! It is a complicated job but it’s also the best job and the one I know I’m supposed pto be doing full time now. Hope you enjoy blogging as much as I do!
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I relate to you so much. It’s not to say I put my whole identity in my work, but when I became a full time mom I struggled because the reality of it didn’t look the way I thought it would. But Christ uses everything, doesn’t He? I keep getting to know new sides of myself (the good, the not-so-good, and the downright ugly), and these kids of mine teach me so much about God’s grace. It sounds like you are learning the same thing: the grace of the moment, joy in every circumstance–and that is so, so worth the journey. Thanks for sharing your heart!
Yes! Christ uses it all and I am so thankful for that truth. I understand what you mean when you say it didn’t look as you thought it would. Thank you for sharing your experience here!