grief

Do You Know What Today Is? Bereaved Mother’s Day

May 3, 2020
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Did you know that today is Bereaved Mother’s Day? It happens one week from Mother’s Day. If you know a mom who has lost a baby, child, teenager, adult, it matters not. Her heart is broken. Sending her something she can relate to, to let her know she’s not alone, and to help her go … Read more Do You Know What Today Is? Bereaved Mother’s Day

Can My Marriage Really Survive?

April 18, 2020
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Thanks to Kelly Breaux, Co-Founder of Red Bird Ministries (www.redbird.love) and author of “Hiding in the Upper Room,” for this guest blog about marriage and grieving. We met while recording a podcast, which you can listen to here:  Can My Marriage Really Survive THIS?! When we entered into the covenant of marriage in 2002, I … Read more Can My Marriage Really Survive?

Surviving Sorrow ~ Now Available!

March 3, 2020
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Do you know a grieving mom? It doesn’t matter if her child passed away last week, last year, or two decades ago. It doesn’t matter if her child died in her womb, as a toddler, a teenager, or a grown-up. She’s still a heartbroken mama. Surviving Sorrow is officially released and ready to order. My … Read more Surviving Sorrow ~ Now Available!

Desperate for a Glimpse

November 25, 2017
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The holidays are here again, and while some are celebrating, others are desperate for just a glimpse of a loved one. As we gathered at my in-laws’ home for Thanksgiving this year, I was keenly aware of our loss. The deep ache of losing our 3-year-old (almost 10 years ago) has not healed with time. … Read more Desperate for a Glimpse

Do You See Me? He whispered

March 5, 2016
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In the quiet stillness of dawn, I sat on a bench. My breath blew puffs of steam over my coffee. The sky was red as the birds sang in the morning. Every now and then something would stir in the lake and ripple the water. As I prayed, divine peace settled over me like the blanket … Read more Do You See Me? He whispered

Is Your Soul in the “Abode of Silence”?

January 18, 2016
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Sometimes life throws us into the “abode of silence.” When unexplainable things happen, it can feel like you are all alone. As a grieving mom, I have come to accept these hours or days when losing Austin is simply too much to bear. There are days when my soul feels like this picture – dark, silent, alone … Read more Is Your Soul in the “Abode of Silence”?

Can You See Him?

July 12, 2015
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This picture was taken when Devin and I packed an 18-month-old Ethan into our car and “ran away from home.” About 6 months after Austin died, we desperately needed time off work.  We ran away.  Literally. We had no idea where we were going.  We had no plans, no GPS system, no hotel reservations, no agenda.  We … Read more Can You See Him?

Are You “Not Quite Right”?

May 12, 2015
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The coffee bin in this picture is not quite right.  The lid that is supposed to keep our coffee air tight doesn’t quite get the job done.  Why don’t I buy a new one?  Because … before Austin died, he snuck this item into the grocery cart one day. When I asked him about it, … Read more Are You “Not Quite Right”?

What Would You Choose ~ Wisdom or Wealth?

April 9, 2015
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   Can you imagine someone offering you this choice: two uninterrupted hours with your Bible or a handful of jewels?  Which would you choose? For a very long time, the pursuit of wealth dominated my life.  I wasn’t really striving for jewels, or fancy cars, or even a house in Scottsdale, but rather for financial security.  I was … Read more What Would You Choose ~ Wisdom or Wealth?

How You Can Choose Faith, Not Fear

March 31, 2015
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This picture is our son, Ethan, during the summer when he was five.  You can’t tell by the picture how high he is, but let this Mom tell you that my heart was racing.  It was a little bit dangerous. But…I let him climb.  And…I prayed.  Since we lost Austin to something as mundane as strep … Read more How You Can Choose Faith, Not Fear