Because of Grace

Cancer, suicide, drowning, car accident, murder. Every mother fears losing her child. We’re supposed to protect our children from the sharp edges of life. Don’t run in the street. Look both ways. Don’t drink and drive. Don’t hang out with that crowd. We hear about other families who face the pain of loss, and weContinue reading “Because of Grace”

Grace Defined

The dictionary defines grace as ‘favor or good will.’ A ‘manifestation of favor, especially by a superior.’ When I think about the death of my son, and how it changed my entire world, I wonder at God’s grace. As His child, I have His favor and good will, as described by In Jerry Sittser’sContinue reading “Grace Defined”

6.5 things to remember when you’re grieving

Grief will pull you down like an alligator dragging its prey underwater. Here are some things to remember when your grief is as fresh as a new wound: 1. Everyone grieves differently. There is no right way. Give yourself the room to cry, scream, or even laugh. 2. Write a letter to your friends and family,Continue reading “6.5 things to remember when you’re grieving”

Freedom lost

Every human responds differently to loss. Some are stoic, stiff-upper-lip. Others break down in weeping and gnashing of teeth. I find myself settling into a pity party of epic proportions. “Nothing is good about my life,” I lament. “I never get a break.” I’ve been caring for my 89-year old mother, who was recently releasedContinue reading “Freedom lost”

My baby is cuter than yours

Nothing prepares a mother for her child’s passing. A mother carries the baby inside her for nine months. He’s part of her. He shares her food, her air. He feels his mother’s emotions, hears her voice. They’re connected by something greater than the slim tether of umbilical cord. Love at first sight becomes more thanContinue reading “My baby is cuter than yours”

Unfinished Business

Have you ever taken on a project that started out being fun, but began to drag on and on? Somewhere in the middle you got bogged down, either because it was harder than you expected, or other commitments made you want to just get it done. That’s how my Bobby scrapbook is. I started itContinue reading “Unfinished Business”