grief, Uncategorized

Buddy Jack

Ten years ago, my kids were begging for a dog. It was right after I learned of my husband’s affair but long before we separated. I somehow convinced my ex-husband to let the kids have a puppy. After searching for the perfect puppy, I settled on a Bichon Frise. The breed is small, good with… Continue reading Buddy Jack

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Faith, Grace, grief, Hope, Pain and suffering, parenting, Uncategorized

In Loving Memory

When I was walking through my divorce, I remember that moment of surrender. “Lord,” I cried out, “I don’t want this journey, but I will take it if this is what you have for me. But don’t you dare mess with my kids!” I’ve dealt with my share of hurt and pain over the last… Continue reading In Loving Memory

Dating, Faith, Hope, Pain and suffering

Of Loss and Love

“My [loved one] passed away last week. … Now that I'm older and have traversed this experience I just walk around wondering have the flood gates now opened? Who’s next? What sudden tragedy will happen around the corner?” Loss and fear seem to go hand-in-hand. We lose someone important and suddenly we fear losing those… Continue reading Of Loss and Love

Faith, grief, Hope, Pain and suffering

A Prayer for the Grieving at Christmas

If I could sum up 2016 with one word it would be loss. Yes, we have had some wonderful blessings this year, but the blessings have been far outweighed by huge losses. And, as the holidays approach, the losses are weighing even heavier upon our hearts. I’ve spent the last eight months doing everything I… Continue reading A Prayer for the Grieving at Christmas

Faith, Hope, Pain and suffering

Cultivating Gratitude When Life Sucks

Let’s face it: sometimes life just sucks. I’m not one to use any type of profanity, but I’m not sure there’s any other way to describe 2016. It’s been an unbelievably difficult year, filled with life-changing realities that have permanently altered our lives. And here we are, with the holidays upon us, trying to figure… Continue reading Cultivating Gratitude When Life Sucks

Grace, Pain and suffering

Of Grief and Grace

Grief. Grief accompanies all kinds of losses. Some grief is short-lived. Other times, it lasts a lifetime. Sometimes it’s overwhelming. Other times, it seems to be fading. Maybe it’s grief from divorce. Or sickness. Or death. Or, maybe like us, you are overwhelmed by grief from all of these losses. Last week was the six… Continue reading Of Grief and Grace

Faith, Hope, Pain and suffering, Spiritual Growth

Questions, Questions

“Mom,” she began, tears running down her cheeks, “I just don’t understand. Why? Why did God have to take my daddy so soon?” My heart broke as I took her in my arms. The tears streamed down my own cheeks. Few things are worse than seeing your children hurt. And, when you don’t have answers… Continue reading Questions, Questions