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The Seconds are Just as Hard

A birthday and Easter...all in one week. It's hard enough to get through the birthday alone, but add to that the Easter holiday and I just want go into hiding....




When Grief Makes Us Feel Crazy

"My emotions are erratic. My mind either churns or completely shuts down. I can't rest. I'm always on the verge of tears," Claudia shared. 



I am now into my 4th year and I still want someone, anyone to tell me it was just a nightmare, that it never happened. The loss of my son weights heavy on my heart every day. Some days it is not as severe, but then there is the day that is as raw as it was the moment it happened. Those are the days that I cry most of the day and wonder why I am still here. Why did I not just drop dead when he...


We try to console others. We try to heal our own broken hearts. While doing so, the one myth that we hear and accept most often is that "It just takes time." We are correct in knowing that with time, all things in life change; however, might I encourage you to not simply wait on time.

I took that advice and it indeed took me over eight...


Only 5 you may be thinking? Because if you ask anyone who has recently lost a loved one, what are five things they’ve heard that have been unhelpful, misguided or just downright hurtful you’d find they could probably give you a hundred. 



"I miss grandpa.”

I hear these words multiple times a day from my three year old. She likes to talk about her grandpa. I think it helps her cope better to hear it out loud that he is no longer here. Sometimes she will ask...


Shafts of light cut sharply through the southern facing windows of my greenhouse. Dust particles seemed to dance and sway like fairies celebrating the last rays of sun before evening. I sink into the comfortable green couch that was my family’s refuge in times when children’s tears needed...


Thank You Jesus

Dear Jesus, thank you for
bringing me back to your fold
Thank you for your mercy and your love untold
I felt so lonely, and far, far away;

I didn't know how I would make it day to...

"I'm tired all the time. I can barely put one foot in front of the other. Bruce is the same way. Exhaustion has become a way of life," Carla said. 

Carla and Bruce's sons Blake and Barrett were practically...


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