One Thank You at a Time

How often do you say 'thank you'? I don't mean in the checkout or drive-through line, but to people who aren't expecting it.  A few years ago, while reading books about effective leaders, I ran across a suggestion to send three thank you cards per week, old-school, handwritten, snail mail.  I loved the idea! Imagine someone's face or their voice when they tell you they've received your card. It's an amazing feeling to know you've made someone's day. You invested in your relationship with that person. Go ahead. Give it a try. Watch what happens....more

Attitude of gratitude: Thankful for my children

 Today’s been a good day.The girls have gotten along and I haven’t felt stressed with the normal refereeing I usually have to do: “Don’t touch her. Don’t pull her hair. Get back. Don’t don’t don’t, nope, give it back …” etc....more

Simplicity, Living In The Moment

I used to run right by it, before I was a Mom. Simplicity, the beauty of the simple things in the moment.My standard pace was more of an easy run than a walk, easy to achieve with long legs that allow for leaping steps. And sometimes when my husband and I are out alone ( a sitter at home with the kids, the clock ticking) I return to this habit, when it is just he and I ."  Slow down " he tells me. " We aren't in a hurry"  he reminds me....more
No way. Small world. It is very fun and a cool way to see what my teen girl is thankful for. ...more

Attitude of gratitude: Thankful for God's protection

A few weeks ago I had a great idea.I was going to write every day in November with a theme of “An Attitude of Gratitude.” Every. Single. Day.I really don’t know what’s happening inside my head sometimes. It was easy for me to come up with a list of things to write about. But the more I thought about having to post something every day — I got a bit stressed out. Three times a week? Doable. But seven? I prayed about it quite a bit. I never got the feeling that it was something I needed to do.  ...more

I Give Thanks for A Horse, A Cop, & 3 Musketeers

I have so many reasons to give thanks today. I am a grateful beneficiary to 3600 additional seconds of sweet slumber. Yes indeed, I fell back on my down feathered pillow and enjoyed every morsel of sweet sleep my God granted. I awoke to the sun’s amber rays seeping through my blinds with its desire to touch the silhouette of my face. The warm embrace of my husband’s chilled signaled the beginning of another Sunday. It is a Sunday where as the Tri-Cities church community we gather together in worship for worship to our God. We sing, we praise, we pray, we give thanks. We celebrate! I stop....more

Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast

"Alice laughed: "There's no use trying," she said; "one can't believe impossible things.""I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland I was in a funk this morning, so I started looking for Six Impossible Things to Believe Before Breakfast. It wasn't difficult. It only took me about a half an hour:...more

Blogtober 2014: One Thing You Can't Live Without

  Alright day 3 of Blogtober! Whoo! Let's just keep on RSVPing to this partay!! ...more

The Importance of Gratitude

Some days, it feels like everything is in sync. You wake up on the right side of the bed, there’s no traffic on the way to work, your morning coffee tastes extra delicious, and it feels like, well, a Friday.Some days are more challenging. Some days it seems like nothing is going right, like the world is off kilter, and you wonder what the purpose of it all is. You lament at why you work so hard to be disappointed, time and time again....more

Chalk One Up for Positive Parenting


Gratitude, Silliness, and the Lessening of Obscene Hand Gestures

A few months ago I joined a gratitude group. Yes, I know it’s all a little woo woo, but for this recovering cynic, staying positive can be pretty hard work. So when I heard some friends were starting a group all about thankfulness, I was totally in....more