Hope: my Mother’s Day gift

It’s Mother’s Day. Today (even though I’m working) I’m wearing one of my favorite shirts, because it makes me smile and I feel pretty. Today I’m wearing my necklace I got in memory of my baby. Today I’m reading lots of texts from sweet friends, letting me know they are thinking of me and praying…

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NIAW Goodies

So girls, you might have heard – this week is National Infertility Awareness Week. I’m hoping to write another post on the topic within the next few days, but today, I wanted to share some goodies, discounts, and giveaways that are happening in honor of this week! I’m definitely getting in on some of these,…

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Sisters and Such

Last night, I put my baby sister – who is almost 16 – on an airplane headed back home to Tennessee. She spent eleven days here with my husband and me at our home in Alaska, her first solo visit! It was priceless… great memories, some Alaskan adventuring, and lots of fun! Being the oldest…

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A Coloring Book for Your Soul

When it comes to loss, we all grieve in unique ways. Grief in itself is a process, a journey, and it has no definitive ending point. Losing a baby or a child is a special kind of grief, one that can’t be understood until it’s experienced. And while the mourning process is still unique to…

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I Refuse to Believe He Will be Conquered

Last week, I highlighted the following quote in Oswald Chambers’ devotional My Utmost for His Highest: “Perseverance means more than just hanging on, which may be only exposing our fear of letting go and falling. Perseverance is our supreme effort of refusing to believe that our hero is going to be conquered.” What does this mean…

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The One Year

Tomorrow is February 18th. The due date. Since the due date that has already come and gone once since our miscarriage, this time it’s not just her due date, but her first birthday. One year. Our baby would have been one year old this weekend. It’s kinda surreal. Sometimes I try to imagine what life…

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Psalm 13: How Long, O Lord?

This morning I was in the shower, praying about what topic I should write on today. But I was coming up blank – zero inspiring ideas. Finishing my shower, I pulled on some comfy fleece leggings and my favorite tshirt, snuggled cross-legged into my glider chair (yes, I’m such a grandma), and opened my Bible…

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How to Help a Friend Going Through Miscarriage

A few months after we lost our first baby, a friend sent me a private message on Facebook, asking my advice about how to encourage another friend of hers who had just suffered a miscarriage. “I’m sorry if this isn’t an appropriate question,” she wrote, “[but] I’m curious as to what were the most encouraging things other people…

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The Collateral Beauty

Merry Day After Christmas, friends! I hope each of you, lovely readers, had a Christmas full of peace, joy, and good memories to cherish. Wherever you are today on The Day After – back to work or still relaxing with family – I hope you keep savoring the laughter and the spirit of yesterday even…

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Jesus {longings of a girl’s heart}

There’s just something about that name. The sweetest name I know. You may not recognize that you long for Him, or admit that you need Him… but yes, my friend, you do. There is a Jesus-shaped hole in your heart and in mine that absolutely nothing else can fill. You may have every other longing…

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