Beauty on the hour

"Maggie, your sparkly shirt looks so pretty this morning." She climbed over the chest at the end of our bed, the morning sun reflecting off the sequins on her pink t-shirt. Her face beamed slightly, disguising a little smile. "YOU look so pretty this morning, Maggie," I changed my compliment after seeing her little smile... Continue Reading →

Summer Giveaway!

Who doesn't love a good book giveaway? From now through July 30, 2021, my Mama Meditations devotional books and gratitude journals for moms are on sale (only the signed copies exclusively available through my bookstore). So I decided to help promote the sale by giving away a signed copy of Volume II along with a... Continue Reading →

Small Changes–Big Improvements

Today's guest contributor is Hannah Wingert, fellow mom & Christian writer. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with practicing gratitude, Hannah! My gratitude journey About 10 years ago, I decided to start a gratitude journal. I'd heard that writing down three things you're thankful for each day could have a positive effect on... Continue Reading →

Sneak peek: Mama Meditations, Volume II

Since my new devotional book and gratitude journal for moms will be released on Amazon April 15, I wanted to share a chapter of the book with you in advance to whet your reading appetites and to give you a glimpse of what this book is all about. Sometimes it's difficult to make purchasing decisions... Continue Reading →

Bullies & BFFs

I picked Maggie up from school, and she hopped in the car with the same vigor she'd expressed every other day that week. She immediately asked me for a snack and settled into her seat, humming a tune. I had no reason to suspect she'd had anything but a completely pleasant day, right? "Maggie, how... Continue Reading →

Mama Meditations coming in January 2021

I am so excited to announce to all GratitudeCup readers and followers that my new devotional book and gratitude journal for moms, Mama Meditations: Volume I, will be published in January 2021. Mama Meditations contains 60 entries, each followed by a brief prayer and Bible verse, as well as space prompting readers to reflect and... Continue Reading →

Redeeming time

I made the decision to homeschool Maggie months ago. I know this doesn't match the experience of most parents this year, during this odd pandemic. Most parents waited on pins and needles for schools to announce their plans, reacting to the alignment with CDC guidelines, or something like that. Not me. Maybe it's because I... Continue Reading →

No room for failure

Each morning, I spend time reading, praying, and meditating. This morning I started reading the book of Joshua in the Bible. I came across a line in verse five that resonated with me. "I will not fail you or forsake you." I underlined that portion of the verse and meditated on it briefly before gathering... Continue Reading →

Maggie’s first job

My daughter earned her first $1 bill today. Is that legal? Surely not. Well, it happened, nonetheless. We enjoyed lunch after church at a local diner. Our waitress, a young, cheerful woman who told me she had a five year-old son, went out of her way to express kindness to my daughter, and I was thankful.... Continue Reading →

Sitting comfortably: Gratitude and couches

Last night, my friend Janet and I shared our dreams with one another. I'm not talking about lofty dreams about life goals. No. I'm talking about couches. Yes. Couches. #MomGoals "I just want a deep, rich blue couch. I love blue. Royal blue, you know, and textures. Lots of textures." I think Janet might have... Continue Reading →

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