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From Nothing Into Something

From Nothing Into Something

If you know me or have been following me for awhile, it’s not news to you that I learn a lot from Nature.  Nature speaks to me, teaches me and a lot of times it is my heart’s remedy on difficult days.  After the last Spring frost, which was the end of April in 2022, I...

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Navigating The Seasons of Grief

Navigating The Seasons of Grief

Caleb’s 18th birthday was a big celebration at a city pool with 50 of his closest friends and family, all his favorite snacks (Oreos, Skittles, Dr. Pepper) and some amazingly decorated Marvel cupcakes!  Great pictures were taken and a lot of fun was had! There was...

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10 Things That (Still) Make Me Smile

10 Things That (Still) Make Me Smile

        10 Things That (Still) Make Me Smile1.  Caleb’s Snapchat When I was able to get access to Caleb’s iCloud, I saw that he saved many of his Snapchat photos and videos. There are times when I smile, cry or laugh and sometimes, I do all 3.  Here are few that...

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10 Things That (Still) Make Me Sad

10 Things That (Still) Make Me Sad

      10 Things That (Still) Make Me SadI was going to begin this post with an explanation about why I'm still sad but after thinking on it for a few days, I realized this post needs no introduction at all.  What I think is sad is that I, and grievers in general, feel...

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Trust Without Borders

Trust Without Borders

Trust Without Borders   I was recently invited by a teacher friend of mine to share Caleb’s story with his students for their Wellness Unit on depression and suicide.  I was invited last year as well, but gracefully declined because I wasn’t ready.  This year I...

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You Pave The Way For Me

You Pave The Way For Me

I could look up the exact time I texted my friend “911” after she didn’t answer my call on Monday, August 12, 2019, but I can’t bring myself to see the actual time this nightmare started.  Since the evening hours of that horrific day, many people have had a hand in...

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Rest Or Distress.

Rest Or Distress.

Rest   On Sunday May 23, 2021, I was at a bereaved parent’s retreat in Franklin, Tennessee and seated in a circle with with 14 other married couples who have experienced the death of a child.  In my hands I held a handout titled “Worship & The Word” that...

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700 Days: Healing After Child Loss

700 Days: Healing After Child Loss

This blog post was not planned.  I typically start writing a post months or weeks in advance and edit it 100 times before publishing it, but the urge was strong for me to get my thoughts and feelings about this one posted today.  There’s something to be said about...

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Growing Through Grief

Growing Through Grief

When the – “That only happens to other people” – happened to me and no-one handed me a “What to do when Caleb dies handbook,” all I wanted to do was go to sleep and never wake up again.  Unimaginable heartache and unanswerable questions about my son’s suicide took over my life.  In this post I share how I’ve grown through grief and how I’ve been able to “go on” in life since that tragic Monday night.

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