Category: Pain

They Know Their Sister

They know their sister by tear-stained photographs By a worn-out guestbook from her funeral service They know her by playing in a cemetery Around a cold hard tombstone They know their sister by our “Sadie Rose” friends By support meetings and remembrance ceremonies They…

I bargained with God and got my end of the deal! Now what?

For most who know my family, it’s no secret 2017 has been a year of difficulties. I wrote down the “big” things the other day and came up with this list. Husband – mono (severe) and pneumonia (still dealing with symptoms of mono) Me…

Grieving and healing together, as individuals

Often there are people around us who are also impacted by the source of our grief. Certainly our family and friends grieved in their own way for the death of our daughter. Looking back, I can see more clearly how each of them expressed…

Beauty from ashes

Nearly every day I travel the same road and turn at this intersection where a house once stood. The vacant house burned to the ground a few months ago.  The rubble so changed the landscape that the first time I went that way after…

Ready to rock the big 4 0

Yep. That’s right! I haven’t given it much thought before. Age isn’t a big deal to me, but when someone ask the age difference between my cousin and me and during that conversation we concluded I turn 40 this year, I started ruminating.  I…

Risking love and loss… Again

Emotions swirl like a whirlpool in my gut. Thoughts circulate my head like a tornado. We have found ourselves at a place we never really thought we’d be. As foster parents, we knew that any number of circumstances were possible, but subconsciously I think…

Anguish, Bitterness, Hope

Words stir deep within, swirling up to my head, but I have been unable to type or speak them. A friend calls, crying, concerned about a loved one’s recent diagnosis. Another texts memorial service information for a small child. At church, we gather around…

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