Grief · Joy

All My Broken Pieces…

A few weeks ago, a friend referenced broken pottery when describing what happened to our family when we lost Ben.  Her analogy of our family shattering into a million pieces so accurately depicted how I have felt the last few years about the pain from this loss.  She validated how hard it has been to pick up all those pieces and try to put them back together.  No matter how much we try; we will never be able to pick all those pieces up and restore them perfectly to what we had before.

Joy

You are not a statistic… and neither am I!

Have you ever been asked a question and after answering thought about all the things you should have said differently? I have. I’m notorious for sleepless nights spent overthinking every comment I have made and wondering if I said the right thing. Last summer a sweet boy questioned me about my roots. He was curious… Continue reading You are not a statistic… and neither am I!

cancer · Grief · Joy

A Defining Moment…

Ask anyone who has experienced a life changing event, a death or a loss and they will likely tell you that there is a defining moment in time that divides their present life from the way that it used to be.  The memories, the thoughts, even the feelings are split in half by that one… Continue reading A Defining Moment…

Book Reviews

Sometimes I Get Sick of Being Me (A Book Review)

I’ve worked hard the last few years to be fully transparent… to allow others to see my struggles, my strengths, and to see how difficult it can be for me to choose joy all the time.  Sometimes, I spend so much time focusing on my need to be transparent, that I forget to share how… Continue reading Sometimes I Get Sick of Being Me (A Book Review)

Joy

Faith without fear… (& A BOOK GIVEAWAY)

A few weeks ago, my daughter was unable to sleep.  She kept coming in my room repeatedly concerned about the possibility of a snake swallowing her whole while she slept.  We talked about her fear and the unlikely possibility of a snake that large getting into her room at night.  And then I reminded her… Continue reading Faith without fear… (& A BOOK GIVEAWAY)

Joy

Is it possible to love again?

Growing up I never wanted anything more than the ability to be a wife and a mom one day.  It seemed like I waited forever for the love of my life to come along and for the two of us to become a family.  I knew how lucky I was to find someone to love… Continue reading Is it possible to love again?

Grief · Joy

You Are Not Alone…

You know that time when you shared your heart with that friend because the struggle you were facing seemed to be too big to handle on your own?  You needed a sounding board and someone to hear all the anxieties and worries and tell you that you were not alone? Maybe you didn’t need advice… Continue reading You Are Not Alone…