The Thankful Jar

Regardless of how often we parents remind our children how lucky they are, they really don't get it until they see it. ...more

What Would You Be Left With?

Not long ago, a dear friend posed the following question to me:What would you have today if you were only left with the things you had given thanks for the day before?That stopped me dead in my tracks. What would I be left with? Thinking back to the previous day, it dawned on me that I would be left with nothing.Not my health.Not my home.Not my job.Not my family and friends.Nothing....more

The Cards

Life was good.  I was 38, happy and healthy and married to a man who worked hard and loved me.  Our kids were now 16, 12 and 8, a girl and two boys respectively and all doing what kids those ages do. We were working on our interpretation of the American Dream.  We had a large, beautiful home in a lovely suburb outside of Alexandria, VA with good schools within walking distance....more

Thank You Life

 My life hasn’t been perfect and I believe that most people think the same way.We live each day hoping good things come around and struggling at the same time to put things right.Either way I’m mostly grateful of all the people and things I have in my life....more

attitude of gratitude: Thankful for humor

God thought of everything. He gave us taste buds to enjoy food, ears to enjoy music and one of my other favorite things that I’m grateful for: humor for the soul. ...more

If You Are Having a Bad Day (Then You Should Read This)

How could you even begin to prepare yourself for a handful of words, that would change your life as you know it? When you once had a vague dream, of how things were supposed to be. All this time that led up to this moments, never once did it cross your mind- that a doctor would give you a terrifying diagnosis of your baby. Could you be ready for that moment to come now that you knew it was coming? When things will never be the same. The chance of you baby’s life returning to “normal” after this, might not be an option...more

Just Grateful

Oh today is a lazy Sunday.  I am so out of it.  What do I mean? I am so out of “The Groove” today.  Usually I am hyped up by Sunday and ready to start my week but today I am not. It may be because it is to hot and humid here in Georgia.  Or it could be because I learned today of a member in my church losing his daughter earlier this week after losing his wife to cancer only 9 months previously.  That really gave caught me by surprise and has really given me cause to pause and reflect today....more

Top 20 Reasons We're Grateful for Food Allergies

Grateful? For this annoying, often terrifying condition that disrupts our family and threatens our kid's life every day? Well, yeah. ...more
Takes insight to turn a perceived negative into a positive.more

How the Alarm Clock Reminds Us of Second Chances

The screech from the alarm woke me instantly. My body was awake but my mind numb. Instinctively, I slapped the top of the little black box hoping to strike the snooze button, silencing the wretched little thing.It worked.Exhaling deeply, I rolled on my back and stared at the ceiling.Another day.A zillion thoughts ran through my mind, my to-do list was suddenly turned back on. If you could see it, imagine an obnoxiously bright sign with flashing neon lights.Open....more
Wow, what a powerful insight you got from that experiment!more

Thankful for: The Big 3

Here it is, the ubiquitous post about gratitude.  It’s the spirit of the season, and though the traditions of Thanksgiving have a controversial background, it doesn’t make the holiday less special for those of us who look forward to it year after year.I could list the million and one things that I’m thankful for throughout the year, but I’d probably just end up annoying myself....more