I almost didn’t write this letter today. I wanted to, I really did, but my heart was hesitant. And yet here I am, writing. Why?Read More
The reality is there will never be enough time, there will only be what we are given.Read More
Do you ever feel like you’re on a predetermined path? A path someone else (or our culture) laid out for you? What if you could live your life a little differently and be happier? Would you do it?Read More
A mother’s love has been said to be “unbreakable.” With this, I would agree...Read More
The holidays are approaching and our thoughts turn towards spending time with those we love. And yet, we can't spend time with those we've lost. Or can we?Read More
In two weeks time my husband leaves on a international adventure alone. His trip has promoted people to ask me, “are you ok with him going to Spain alone?” I reply with a resounding, “Yes!” Here’s why.Read More
I hope you know that you will ALWAYS be a part of every single family event. You will all be there, even if it’s only within our hearts.Read More
Last week we discussed how to recognize when your heart needs a little attention. What happens when you're family members, co-workers, or friends starts behaving differently? How do you recognize when others are hurting, and what can you do to support them during their time of need?Read More
This past week was a difficult one. I’ve spent this evening trying to understand why this week hurt so much. Here’s what I discovered.Read More
There is no sweeter sound than joyful laughter. In the days following our loss I needed rest and to disappear so, for the most part, I stayed in my room. As tears rolled down my cheek, I could hear the boisterous sound of laughter from the other room and, surprisingly, a smile emerged.Read More
Grit and resiliency: those are some heavy words! When using those words in relation to my grief journey, I'm finding their literal definitions fall short of my experience.Read More
If you haven't noticed, I'm a planner. So, as you might expect, my hospital bag was filled to the brim with everything I might need for our newborn's arrival. In the chaos that was Adeline's birth, my bag didn't make it to the hospital. What the nurse brought me to wrap my baby in shocked me.Read More
To all the women out there who've ever thought "I should be....
...doing more for the community.
...a better mom.
...as skinny as I used to be.
Whatever it is you've been telling yourself lately. Today I say. Give yourself a little GRACE.Read More
It's not often I experience events that impact my life so profoundly, events that shine a light on our connection to the surrounding world and highlight the unexplained and unseen forces that guide us along this path.
Last week was one of those times when, if I paid attention, I was going to learn a lot.Read More
It's ironic that the greatest loss of my life also provided me with the greatest gift. The day we lost Adeline was, of course, the absolute worst day of my life. The days since I last held her have been excruciating. They have also been the most liberating days of my life.Read More
I do not know your name.
I do not even remember your face. I vividly remember your heart.
It was the most devastating moment of my life. The one where I had to hand Adeline over to you, a stranger and say goodbye forever.Read More
We have a running joke in our house about how Josh is "super awesome." The funny thing is it's actually true!
Today is our anniversary. Two years. 24 short months of marriage. We've been through quite a lot in those 24 months. More than many couples endure in a lifetime. We've cried deep soulful tears together. We've leaned on each other. We've supported each other. We've been honest and real with each other.Read More
Dear sweet Adeline,
Words cannot express how much I love you, how much I miss you and wish you were here.
I find it hard to put into words this feeling of missing you.
The pain in my heart is heavy. The tears on my cheeks are thick.Read More