Choosing to See

I lie here in the silence, darkness surrounding me. Only moments ago I was sleeping soundly. No dreams. No restlessness. From a deep sleep to wide awake, nothing but seconds separating the two. I steal a glance at the clock … 4 a.m. Why am I suddenly awake? My mind immediately goes to Elijah. Oh,... Continue Reading →

Go Away, Grief! It’s Christmas

Even at Christmas, losses still occur. Goodbyes become reality. Grief pays you a visit. Yes, even at Christmas. It fastens itself to you and holds on tightly, accompanying you to every Christmas party, shopping trip, and candlelight service. This unwelcome guest becomes part of you, and part of your Christmas. Like it or not. It threatens to drain your joy.... Continue Reading →

Getting Through Christmas

Not too long ago money was scarce in my home. I’m talking practically non-existent. My husband’s thriving business suffered greatly during the recession, causing us to lose much of what he had worked so hard to provide. With our bank account empty, even the most basic necessities such as toilet paper, toothpaste, and shampoo were... Continue Reading →

When Grief Takes You By Surprise

  Have you ever had one of those days where all seems well and, without warning, you run straight into a wall of grief?  I’ve been there.  I’ve done that. And it never ceases to surprise me. I’m amazed at how the smallest thing can trigger such a big wave of grief.   You may notice someone... Continue Reading →

Hope Within Tragedy

If you’ve lived long at all, chances are you’ve experienced tragedy on an intimate level.  You may have felt the terrible sting of a broken heart, shattered dreams, or unwanted goodbyes. It is no respecter of age, gender, or nationality.  None of us is immune to its blow. It shows itself in many forms and... Continue Reading →

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