Welcome! I’m so glad you’re here.
You’ve come to a place of hope and grace – where you can admit you’re not perfect and be right at home.
I began writing One Thankful Mom in 2006, which means there is a lot of content here! Let me tell you a little about my blog so you can find what is most helpful to you. You can also find my “Most Read” posts when you scroll down this page.
As a Mom of kids by birth, adoption, and foster care, ranging in age from 30 to ten, I write a lot about parenting. I also write specifically about the unique needs of kids who have had a harder start in life (attachment and trauma) and specific ideas for parenting them with healing in mind.
From time to time I write about marriage. This year Russ and I celebrate our 33rd anniversary. We had no idea the adventures we would share when we met as seniors in high school and married three years later. Marrying Russ is the best decision I’ve made in my life – marriage is also hard work.
Two years ago we lost our daughter, Kalkidan, in a tragic car accident. I write about our grief journey which is still very present in our lives. If you’ve lost someone you love, you may have some “me too” moments as you read my thoughts. If you love someone who has lost a child, my posts may give you insight on how to help them.
I’ve also written the very personal story of my faith journey.
Many posts are simply about my life as a mom of a large family – I’ve written about our journeys through homeschooling, private school, and public school, our home, holidays, children growing up, and navigating the teen years.
You’ll notice from posts in my archives, in 2006 I was parenting babies up to big kids. Now my youngest is ten and I have adult kids who are professionals, and even a married son. You may also notice, my hair has transitioned from dark brown to bright silver, which I love.
If you came to One Thankful Mom in the depths of struggle with your children, you’ll find honesty and hope here. I wish we could sit at my table with mugs of coffee and tea. Maybe we’ll meet one day, in the meantime, I hope my words encourage and help you.
My Most-Read Posts
Tell it Well (If you would like to know more about my faith, this is my story.)
Kalkidan’s Story and Our Grief:
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I look forward to seeing you here at One Thankful Mom.