This is me

Who Am I?

Who am I?

That’s a really good question; the one thing I know for sure is that as soon as I think I learn a little about the woman I am or the woman I hope to become, I discover that there is so much more that I don’t know

About the world,

About my friends

About my family

About my boys

About myself.


So Really, Who Am I?


This is me - strong!

I am an abuse survivor, a black cloud blower-outter, an abandoned housewife, a wrongly divorced woman, a struggler, a crier, a worker, a pray-er.

This is me

I am a tax-payer, a flag saluter, a freedom lover, a military appreciator, an entrepreneur, a citizen, an informed voter.

This is me!

I am a student and a teacher, a do-gooder, a daughter, a sister, a cousin, a friend.

Noah and Me

I am a booboo kisser, a messy-car driver, a bad song singer, a chef, a baker and (too often) a dinner burner. I am a too infrequent laundry folder, a too frequent key loser and a whoo-see-whats-it finder.


I am a Mom.


2007 - In the Badlands...

I am a bad dancer - no, I am a really bad dancer.

And dancing is the least of the things I do badly.

I have lots of room for improvement and many places I continue to fall even after claiming to be Christian. I struggle to judge less, love better and more, overcome shame, move head in courage, and do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

I am imperfect. I am a sinner. I am human.

I am capable and deserving of giving and receiving love.

I am capable and deserving of hard work, good things, the heady rush of passion, and the simple bliss of peaceful moments.

I am a Child of God.

This is me!

And through Him, I can do all things.

Only God knows the plans He has for me

And that is okay with me.

I am and will always be...

The Woman Smiling.

This is Me - smiling

Smiling. Thankful. Blessed

Thank you for joining me. I hope you too discover more about yourself and your value in the eyes of God.

I wish you Peace and Unconditional Love.


In my darkness, I found my calling and discovered my passion for empowering other women in transition to discover their call to more! Feel free to contact me about Single Mom Smiling or about Strahlen Grace Life Coaching and how I can help you can discover who you are meant to be, your unique call to more!

I look forward to hearing from you!

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My Boys and Me 2009

This was my first post and will also tell you a bit more about me. Thanks for joining me! 

God Bless...

For I well know the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare, not for woe! plans to give you a future full of hope.

Jeremiah 29: 11


  1. Jeannette on September 12, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Great blog! I’m a newbie to the blogging world (also a single mom), and would love to learn more from you on how you found success in blogging! Open to any and all suggestions. thanks for sharing your story!

    • Strahlen on September 15, 2017 at 6:17 am

      Thanks Jeannette,

      Send me an email and we can talk. In the meantime, my biggest thing for anything worth doing is never give up and always turn to God more than to anyone else! 🙂

      God Bless…

    • Kerri Lynn on May 17, 2018 at 3:30 pm

      Ack Jeannette, I’m going through WordPress comments I didn’t see earlier or didn’t get back to the way I wanted to and came across yours. Did you start your blog? If you’re interested, I have a single Catholic moms Facebook group we’d love to have you in. I bet you could get some blogging advice in there too!

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