Gratituesday: You


I have written and deleted and re-written this post two or three times…trying to express my gratitude to God and to all of you for what this site has become in the past two years. 

I know what I’m capable of. That’s how I know that God has blessed this site.

And…without you…my friends who read my posts and leave comments and email me and ask questions and encourage me and pray for me…this site would be nothing.

Thank you. 

Your comments make me smile. Your kindness builds me up. Your emails make my day. Your encouragement keeps me going.

This Gratituesday is dedicated to all of you. You are the reason I love what I do.

Thank you with all my heart.

Please join us this Gratituesday! While Gratituesday comes around every week during the year…this month we’re focussing on being extra thankful! Read about the November Gratitude Challenge here and take part in the joy of praising God for how He has blessed us all! 


Link up as many Gratitude posts as you’d like each week! Leave as many Grateful comments as you wish! (There are prizes involved!) 

God is so good! I can’t wait for all of us to be able to read how He is working in your lives!


  1. says

    Thanks for all you do!
    We bug you and ask for things- and you make full effort to help us! What a blessing! We asked for ‘snacks’ and now my kids regularly eat your cheese crackers and your graham crackers! You’re a blessing!


  2. says

    I am grateful that even though the fridge and pantry are almost empty everyone in the house will be able to have 3 meals a day. I am grateful that I have a great group of caring friends who are always willing to help. I am also grateful for getting great quotes stuck in my head!

    I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much. — Mother Teresa


  3. Hamons Family says

    Recently, I was reading about daily gratitude and decided to take time each day in November to write down something for which I am grateful. Then, I will make a scrapbook page to document the month of gratefulness. Your challenge will encourage me!

    Love the new updates, especially the lists when I hover over a category!


  4. says

    Thank you, Laura for your dedication to this. It is truly a ministry to many! Thank you for your focus on gratitude!

    In response to your comment about my blogpost last week… Yes, it was Bonita Barnacle McEndree who lost her husband. I’ve left that same post up for this week, too.

    I love and appreciate you!


  5. says

    You are truly a HEAVENLY HOMEMAKER! Thanks for blessing so many moms!!!

    I view thanksgiving as the opposite of complaining. So, after reading this verse and thinking about “this little light of mine”, I take accept your challenge to be more thankful this month.

    Philippians 2:14-16

    “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life…”


  6. says

    Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy reading. I don’t comment all that much, but still enjoy everything you write.

    Have a blessed week,



  7. Danielle says

    Laura you have been a blessing to me in so many ways. I can’t even begin to mention them all!

    Your website was the ONLY one where I actually attempted and made two recipes! (and turned out wonderfully!) They just looked that GOOD and they were easy! I had everything in my pantry, I didn’t need to go to the store and made a special trip.

    I love how you take suggestions and if you can, use them or add them!

    So, Laura, thank YOU!


    Danielle Reply:

    BTW, I LOVE the new website set up/and look! And I can still access it from work!

    (some people change their websites and I can no longer access them from work :-( )


  8. Jaime says

    I am so thankful for H.H. I just discovered your site in the last few months, but it has been such a blessing to me. From the posts, to the recipes, links, and just knowing that there are other women out their trying to obtain a godly home! Thank you!!!


  9. Shannon says

    The feeling is more than mutual. This is one of my favorite times of the year. I love how God gives us the seasons to enjoy as now I’ve been sipping hot cider and tea, making pumpkin bread, and playing board games with my husband since it’s getting dark out earlier. I am so grateful for the fall season.


  10. Jessica says

    Thankful for the warm, squirming two-year-old on my lap as I read to my kids this morning. She is my comic relief and the warmth to melt my heart lately.

    (Thanks for the reminder to find the blessings. I needed it.)



  11. elaine says

    A good friend posted this on Facebook this morning … xxxxx has a Facebook friend that is out taking Grace for a walk this morning… Grace is her dog :) As I was reading her update I realized, Grace is taking me for a walk today. :) Today… I rest knowing that He (Grace) is out taking a walk with me :)

    Matthew 11:28-30 says “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill – fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

    I am so thankful for the Word and that my Heavenly Daddy would send me a well timed Word at just the right moment to lift me up. Think I’m gonna go take a walk…


  12. Kimberlee says

    Laura, Reading your articles (both in the newspaper and online) makes me feel like I’m not the only Mom in the world with wacky children who do things to make me laugh and groan all in the same breath. Plus, I have no idea what to expect in raising a boy and I get lots of things to think about, plan for and prepare for when I read what you write. It is an encouragement that I need so frequently these days. And so for that, and many other things about you as a person, I am grateful to know you and have you in my life!


  13. says

    I read often but comment rarely. I use so many of your recipes and tips. Your Getting Real with Food Series was a huge help to me in making changes to our families eating. Thank you for all of the time and effort that you put into this site.


  14. melanie says

    I’m in on the ’30 Days of Thanks’ journey this month! Every day will be a ‘Gratituesday’ God is only GOOD! =)


  15. Kathy Shaner says

    I’m so thankful today, and there’s a pretty long list of things to thank God for. I have to put my husband at the top of the list. He works 40+ hours a week and is a full-time student in the evenings. He pushes himself to the limit, in order to be the best provider and leader he can be. I’m seeing him grow and learn and stretch beyond his own abilities, as God brings him through the challenges and tasks he’s facing. Every day, as he studies, goes to work, spends his spare time in school work and the little bits of leisure time he can squeeze into his schedule– he’s showing me how much he loves me. His sacrifices are a gift of love, to the highest degree. I’m also grateful that he loves what he’s doing, and that he’ll be done with school in a few months!


  16. says

    THANK YOU!!!! You do SO many wonderful things with this site, from laughs to lessons in punctuation{which also provided some laughes :)} to some really great recipes and helpful tutorials on eating healthy! You are a HUGE blessing!!!


  17. Denise says

    I read your blog from China and so enjoy being part of your life! It helps me feel a part of the US even when I am overseas. I love how you care for your family while caring for others too. Thanks for your sharing and I look forward to many more years of reading


  18. Shelly says

    I am thankful for people like you who aid in my family’s transition into a more “God-Led” life. We have always been believers and we have relied on the Lord in so many ways, BUT…to truly be convicted to fully turn our lives over to HIM has been a blessing in itself.
    Thank you for being a part of this journey and all the advice, ideas, spiritual relief you give to me daily as I read your blog. You are an inspiration in so many ways!


  19. says

    I am new to this site and new to blogging. so I am grateful I can comment while I figure out how to post a link here on my blog. and I am grateful I can learn new things :) and I am grateful for contests and making new friends!


  20. Janet says

    Thanks for your blog! I am so thankful for all the amazing tips/hints/recipes and encouragement your site gives me DAILY! Thank you Thank you! (And, my husband thanks you for the amazing chocolate pudding recipe that has become a household staple. :-)


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