Alone In A Crowded Room – Purposeful Steps When Struggling With Loneliness


I'm a Work in Progresss

For much of my adult life, I’ve struggled with loneliness. I’m surrounded by people – good people. But often I stand in a crowded room and feel unseen, and alone. I don’t have a fool-proof cure for loneliness but I can share what God has been teaching me. A mom leaves an event full of lovely […]

October 6, 2017

A Case For Front Yard Living


Joyful hosting

Front yard living creates opportunities to build relationships with neighbors. | thisgratefulmama.com

July 27, 2017

‘Hey, You’re Not My Friend’ – Equipping Kids To Cope With Rejection


Parenting

A normally joyful girl leaves preschool happy then immediately succumbs to tears in the car when asked how her day was. ‘Today the kids were laughing at me, but I WASN’T being funny!’ Hugs, encouragement and more questions reveal that several children laughed while pointing at her in line. Her feelings were hurt. My heart hurt. I told her […]

March 8, 2017

“Thanks-Getting”?


Practice Gratitude

Today I enjoyed a quiet afternoon – football in the background, kids napping, husband nodding off on the couch. While prepping food for dinner, I reflected on how God is so good. And on how much a day of rest is needed. Sunday afternoons at home are a lovely gift. I wasn’t paying attention to the TV but […]

November 22, 2015

Grateful.


I'm a Work in Progresss

It’s Monday. Before jumping headfirst into the week, why don’t we just take a moment to be joyful in this moment? As I consider all that is before me, and all behind me, I am left with one simple yet profound word. Grateful. The weekend did not go as planned. A little one had a fever so instead of a weekend […]

October 12, 2015