Dear NICU mama, I see your tired eyes turning to look at the monitors. What does that beeping mean? You’re overwhelmed with information, but you’re learning more quickly than you ever have. Medical terms are becoming normal in your daily vocabulary as you’re initiated into NICU life. Your legs might be swollen from standing vigil … Continue reading Dear NICU Mama
April always reminds me of my hospital stay leading up to my son Clive's birth five years ago. This is a picture from my first day at the hospital during that stay. Life isn't normal right now, and we are being transformed through our experiences. Some days we may just be able to hold on. … Continue reading Transformed through Suffering
After the death of someone you love, you might feel isolated and misunderstood. In our Griefshare Class (griefshare.org), we learned about writing a letter to those around you to help them understand your grief. In this letter or email to your family or coworkers, you can take an opportunity to share some of your current … Continue reading How to Write a Grief Letter
A couple years ago, I was matched with a mama who knew my pain. We sent one another gifts and I've been so blessed to follow along on her journey on social media since. She is a treasure! I'd love to connect Grieving Mamas during the holidays this year. Wouldn't it be sweet to … Continue reading Grieving Mamas Gift Exchange
I’m writing a book. Whew. It takes a whole lot of courage to admit that I’m working on this project. Maybe I’m scared of it not happening? Or maybe I’m overwhelmed by enthusiasm? Maybe I still think it’s silly and trivial? I’m about halfway done with the first draft and 120-something pages in, so I … Continue reading a book!
I am often asked how someone can be of support to others in their grief. Here are some simple, straightforward and practical ways you can show your love. -Your willingness to be loving, kind, supportive, and present goes a really long way. Reaching out and showing love means so much. Your thoughts and prayers (even … Continue reading helping someone through grief
Years ago, people wore black for long periods of time to signify mourning. How I wish there was an outward symbol now! How I wish that people would know a broken, grieving heart when they saw it! Can we do our best to encourage this honesty? It's biblical to lament. There are almost endless examples … Continue reading permission to lament