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ABOUT: Why 'A Shadow'?

How do people see you?  Do they really LIKE you? Do they want t be like YOU? Are you scary, hard, dishonest?  Are you a comfort, have integrity, a calming influence? What kind of person do you WANT to be? I have an interesting analogy that relates to shadows, direction in life, how to change, and to striving for good. 

The concept of a shadow is fascinating, and there are different definitions to this captivating idea.

Let’s first cover the distressing meaning of a shadow.​

You can think of a shadow as a comfort, or as frightening.​

Remember as a child; being afraid of the dark, not always knowing what was real and what was imagined? The shadows looming in the corners or under the bed threatened to almost smother and engulf you in fear?​

This shadow doesn’t give a sense of direction, or teach you how to fight the battles with the unknown foe appropriately, and whom you can turn to in times of trouble. They don’t pass on the tools, the knowledge, and the experience so you know how to handle the situation at your best.​

It is a source of gloom and unhappiness. One you distrust and do not want to follow but actually shun and turn away from.​

The respectable shadow is a person you know is not perfect, but is trying to do their best to live a moral and honorable life.

They persevere through difficult times, never compromising their standards, even when it would be so much easier, and perhaps losing a monetary advantage when refusing to compromise their moral standards. But you know they will do their best to live a life of integrity and you can trust them.

This shadow is a comfort, a relief and a shelter. Those times when you feel you have walked in the desert of loneliness, or are drowning in sorrow; here, you will find reassurance and encouragement to go on. They are there to cheer you and even carry you when they are able.

The question is: What kind of SHADOW are YOU choosing to be?

Our image reflects on everyone around us, and on everything we do.​

Do we leave fear and dread on our loved ones who see us daily?​

Or do we give or peace, comfort and joy?​

What about our posterity to come, how will they feel about our legacy?​

It is never too late to change our SHADOW, that is the blessing of being a here on this earth!​

Our thoughts are reflected in our actions which are displayed in our daily life. That becomes our legacy.​

Our aim is to live and leave a worthy legacy for our loved ones to see, learn from and love now; and for our posterity to follow.​

At A Mother’s Shadow, we LEARN, we PRACTICE, and we BECOME better, a little bit every day.​

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ABOUT – Carrie

ABOUT - Carrie

I began this blog to share life lessons I’ve learned over the years; some the easy way and some came more difficult. I love to draw analogies from everyday life; which I call MUSINGS, which are a central part of my blog.

I believe that the more talents, abilities and knowledge we obtain, our life is improved incredibly, and it becomes the vehicle for which we can share and help others. That is why I have The LOST ART SERIES.

Cooking has always been a joy since I have a large family, and of course that is easily seen in the RECIPE section.

Service is essential to a truly joyful life. I have a section where you can find opportunities to help others; sometimes as A Mother’s Shadow community we will work on a project together, but always there will be individual and family projects for you to choose from. That is in the SERVICE icon on the main page.

You are always welcome here! So come on it, have a seat and let’s visit. You’ll come away refreshed and ready for whatever life brings, because are friends here at A Mother’s Shadow,


Public Speaking, About My Books, My Posts, Recipes or anything you’d like to chat about!

Carrie Groneman, USA

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Do you think that your life only affects YOU?  Do you feel you can do whatever you want and it's no one else's business? Do you know far your choices and 'reach' really go?  My logo sums up the answer in three heads. 

If you notice in the logo of A Mother’s Shadow, there are three heads: an older woman, a middle aged woman and a younger woman.

Isn’t it interesting, that they are in a reversed order than you would expect?

Consider this: Picture your life when you are seventy or eighty, even ninety years old.

  1. What will you be like?
  2. Will you be surrounded by friends and family?
  3. Will you be happy and serving others despite your physical capacity?
  4. What will your connections with your family members be like?
  5. ​Will you be full of peace and joy?
  6. Will you bring contentment and happiness to others?
  7. Will you be the one reaching out and serving?
  8. Will you be a role model of how to persevere even in difficult times, while showing grace, dignity and courage?
  9. Will others see you as a person who truly cares about them over 'things'?
  10.  What are true morals and center grounding?  Others do, or eventually will see us for what we actually are.  Our true self always come through.

The reason why I ask you these thought-provoking questions, consider: our daily life’s thoughts and actions, really do lead to what we will BECOME and what we are now. 

At A Mother’s Shadow we will try to find ways to LEARN how to improve, PRACTICE to be a better person and BECOME closer to what God intends.  The reward is to have full joy and happiness along the way, while leaving a worthy shadow for our loved ones and posterity to follow.

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ABOUT My Site/Blog

ABOUT A Mother's Shadow:

My Site/Blog

Have you found yourself reading your phone or computer screen and lost track of time, realizing that it's been over and hour , and you don't even know what you read? Is most of what you read fluff and nonsense?  So WHY come here with your valuable time to read?​

* Why is THIS site unique?

* What IS this blog about?

* Is it going to be worth MY time to read these posts? 

I cover topics that will guide you to see your value and worth, teach you life skills, and help you develop talents; all while achieving my goal of bringing out the BEST in YOU!

YOU are extraordinary!

YOU have so much good to offer , and you do every single day!

Why are YOU so important?

Because there is NO ONE like YOU!

Think about it. Not one other soul on the planet IS YOU! You are unique and special. YOU have a purpose, a mission and a plan to fulfill.

When you want to laugh, to learn new skills, to better your life ---

A Mother’s Shadow is the place for you to  come.

Here’s a sampling of the many exciting topics you will discover here:

  1. How to become a truly happy person; even in an unhappy world.
  2. Habits are the source of a meaningful and remarkable outlook. Here there are many techniques to help you achieve your goals and fit your own style.
  3. Self-Reliance is key to freedom. An important component for independence, self-assurance and a better life. You will find many resources here to become more self-sufficient.
  4. Strong family relationships are essential to a healthy life. We innately want to be loved, and to love others. In a family, regardless of how we are related, we desire to nurture, strengthen and be needed. The lessons learned in this setting are invaluable in teaching morals, ethics and much more. Here you will find ideas of how to do this and to boost your confidence in the good you are doing.
  5. Healthy dating associations are critical as you make the best choice in whom to marry. You’ll find tips when asking out a date, why to date and not just hang out, as well as what to look for as good and bad signs in a person for a relationship; and dating advice to help you in this stage of life.
  6. Marriage can be bliss or a place of disappointment. The greatest gift you can give to your children, is to love your spouse and show by example that your marriage is the highest priority. I have some ideas in this area for you.
  7. If you want to learn to cook, have dabbled at it, or are very experienced, there are recipes galore. Even specialty ones, including some to make outdoors
  8. We all leave this earth --- eventually and we all leave a heritage, one of good or bad; it’s our choice. You will find knowledge, inspiration and more about the importance of living and leaving a worthy legacy. You’ll learn much from the Musings and Lost Art Series to guide you for increased happiness now, and as the years go on.
  9. ​These are just a few examples to show how reading the posts at A Mother’s Shadow can help you feel rejuvenated, inspired and encouraged.

    I have two very special email subscriptions you can JOIN.  One for RECIPE's that has very special printables, including TWO recipes that are only given to those in the subscription.  And ONE for The Lost Art Series & Musings with some marvelous printables that I have only for you there!  Carrie

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Service Opportunities

I believe that service is one of the greatest gifts we have to give to God, to others and the way we change our self-most for the good. When we are in the service of our fellow beings we are in the service of our God it is true. But did you know that there are so many other benefits too? Some that you may not even have guessed. I have a post you can read more about it HERE.

As my family grew, I always made sure we were doing something in the way of helping and reaching out, even when it was not convenient or easy, because it taught my kids to serve and share; which is the greatest talent and skill I needed to teach them.

These are just a few of the many wonderful organizations and groups that you can find to help and that would benefit from your time and energy. I encourage you to do look at these, or another worthy source as well as making sure to finding those within our neighborhood who need you also.

Periodically, as A Mother’s Shadow family we will be doing a group project for these particular organizations. You will be notified in email, on the blog and other ways so you can participate and share in the fun we will have doing this together.

I personally thank you for all your sacrifice to your family, your neighbors and those who will never now the good you do. May you be blessed beyond measure as your countenance radiates the noble and virtuous shadow you are for others to follow.


Just Serve

This is a wonderful site that is for everyone to find a one-time, or regular service opportunities. If you want something for you, your family or a group of friends to do to help others, this is the place! Whether it isn’t in your budget, or the skies the limit, there is a perfect fit here.

Click here for site:

What is Just Serve: It is a website where the volunteer needs of organizations may be posted and volunteers may search for places to serve in their own community.

You can read more about it here:

Then look up opportunities to volunteer in your community here by clicking on the projects link at the top left corner.

Days For Girls

I was very surprised to learn that in some places in the world girls were not allowed at school, or even out of their homes during ‘that time of the month’ because they did not have access to products, or the education of what and why it happens. This organization has created patterns for kits to be sewn that make up perfect little pouches of reusable feminine hygiene supplies to be washed and used for a few years! It’s inspired and will make it possible for girls all around the world to be educated and not miss days from their life every month.

Click here for site:

Their mission is to create a more dignified, free and educated world through access to lasting feminine hygiene solutions.

How you can help is to sew the kit items, or donate money. The information is all here:

Operation Underground Railroad

Right from their blog site is this shocking information: “Human Trafficking is a $150 Billion industry worldwide. That’s enough money to buy the entire Starbucks franchise, every team in the NBA, and still have enough to send every kid in the U.S. to college.”

I was first introduced to Operation Underground Railroad at a blog conference where the movie “The Abolitionists” was being shown. I was appalled! This is a tragedy that occurs all over the United States and in every single place in the world – every day to helpless, defenseless children. There is much to be done by educating ourselves, being courageous enough to stop this horrendous evil and working with this organization as we can.

Click here for site:

Operation Underground Railroad’s mission is to shine a light to the world on the global epidemic of child sex trafficking, and in doing so rescue children from slavery and assist law enforcement in the prosecution of trafficking offenders. We place children in safe havens providing appropriate recovery aftercare.

How can you help? Click here to read stories and on the bottom of the first page it tells how $5 can save a child!