Welcome to thisgratefulmama.com. I am Elaine. This blog is a place to explore what it means to this stay at home mom and wife to find joy and be grateful now. With what I already have. To rejoice in how wonderfully made my children are, and how life can be completely unexpected and predictable at the same time. For more, read this post.

I was blessed to be able to leave my job in June of 2013 to become a stay at home mom after our second child was born.  The transition has caused me to reevaluate and redefine my goals, and search for my value and place.  This has been a rewarding, challenging, and beautifully messy time. I thank the Lord daily that He has not given up on me yet because I certainly struggle.  My expectations were unrealistic at best, and I’ve had to adjust not only what I expect, but what I desire each day. Being grateful for what I have and where I am now is not natural to me. I have to practice. I have to try, to set goals for what I want to accomplish as a mom, wife, woman, and follower of Jesus Christ.

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  1. 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!

  2. 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!

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  4. 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!

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