My baby has another mama. Her first mama, her birth mama. Her grew-her and knew-her mama. I think of this mama often, especially when I pass the hospital where her heart broke, and my heart broke open, and a baby girl was born. We’re not so different, her and I. We were little girls once, … Continue reading my baby has another mama
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
We recently went on a trip to China (for business) and Thailand (for fun). It probably goes without saying that these countries are very different from the U.S. (especially China). We ate lots of interesting and different foods and tried our best to observe and learn about the cultures. One of the obvious things we … Continue reading reflecting on God and gods and a request for this Christmas | by Sam
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
Sometimes I feel that people (especially Christians?) in our society have an expectation placed upon others to work through something and tie everything up neatly. To wait until the struggle is over to openly share. There's this enormous pressure to share the good things, put up a face, and keep private the mess. I get … Continue reading Grief and Faith
Our tribe, our people, our lights while navigating this path.We've got SUCH a good tribe. Our family, our friends that are like family, our beautiful church family. The people that have held our hands through all of this. Some of them have been through loss like this. Some haven't, but they've entered into it in … Continue reading Our Tribe