30 People, Day 22: Jenny

Shout-Out to Jenny: While you lived, you made everyone’s world a little brighter, and when you died, you made us realize the value of a life lived well, no matter how long. Though we had fallen out of touch in the last couple of years before your accident, you were still a friend who was…

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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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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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What Matters in the Marching Mess

I have kept my mouth shut this past weekend regarding Trump’s inauguration and the Women’s March… largely because I’ve been processing, figuring out what I feel about it, organizing my response in my mind before blurting it out my mouth. I’ve kept quiet because I didn’t want to simply jump on the nearest bandwagon, or…

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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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One Year Writing Here…and an announcement!

WordPress just reminded me that it has been one year since I created this website and began this journey. It’s a mixed-feeling anniversary. The idea for this blog had been in my mind for a long time – something to reach out and encourage young women in similar life seasons as myself. Writing has always…

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Mourning & Dancing: Walking it Out in Real Life

As I’ve mentioned recently, I just completed a #shereadstruth Bible study called Mourning and Dancing. It has given me a lot to think about, and as the study comes to an end, I’m finding the truths of it working their way into my life. That’s the kicker when we study the Word, right? Does it…

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freedom to feel

Mourning and Dancing. I mentioned recently in a post on pursuing God, that I would be doing a #shereadstruth Bible study this month on Mourning and Dancing. Have any of you ladies joined in the study as well? It has been very good so far, and it’s not too late to start reading along! Over…

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Who Do I Stand With?

Following the shooting in Orlando this past weekend, my Facebook feed has been a bit chaotic — as it always is following any kind of tragedy. Everyone has their opinions, their words of encouragement, their arguments, and their “supportive” profile pictures. This time, it’s a sticky situation for Christians, because the shooting was at a…

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