Grief

Book Review: Looking for Lovely by Annie F. Downs

I love books. I love to read books and I love to recommend books. You need to read Looking for Lovely by Annie F. Downs. I received an advanced copy of the book as part of Annie’s launch team (the book only just launched last week!), but as soon as I was done reading, I…

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Easter is Brave Hope

I’ve spent the last week trying to come up with something to encourage you to embrace the hope of Easter. Last year I wrote about how Easter is Real and the year before, I shared how Easter is Freedom and this year I’ve had no inspiration, but I hope these words will encourage you anyways. The raw,…

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Book Review: And It Was Beautiful by Kara Tippetts

I discovered Kara Tippetts when Keith was sick. Kara lost her battle to breast cancer just over two months after Keith passed away. I was drawn to her words as she was able to describe exactly what it was like to be facing death while trying to raise a family. Her blog helped me to…

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#OnComingAlive

I’m so honored to be part of The On Coming Alive Project. It’s a collection of over 70 voices who have stories of choosing to live after loss. There are stories of lost spouses, siblings, children, and parents. This is a beautiful, heart wrenching collection of honest thoughts on loss, grief, and choosing to live…

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Hope for 2016

A year ago today, my life changed. When you get married, you don’t expect the “to death do us part” vows to be relevant until you’re old. The last year has been a lot of heart ache and even more change. Our family lost Keith and gained Libby. The kids and I moved. I bought…

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The Weary World Rejoices: Hope When Christmas is Hard

“…the weary world rejoices…” I recently heard author Paul Tripp call Christmas “the sufferers holiday.” Joseph and Mary were without a home. Herod was about to order the execution of all boys under two years old. The Jewish people were under Roman occupation. The first Christmas did not happen during an easy or happy time.…

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Solidarity In Grief: How to Help During Crisis and Tragedy

After the bombing in Beirut and attacks in Paris last week, my heart was so heavy. I’ve experienced the deep pain of losing someone, but my loss was personal, only one loss at a time, and never because of someone’s deliberate actions. I ache for those wading through the first days of grief while still…

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Rebuilding on Unchanging Grace

I participated in the Thrive Moms fall retreat on Saturday. Each of their retreats is an incredible time of reflection and growth and the best part is that it’s virtual, so I got to watch it at home, in my pjs. The theme of the retreat was “Unshakable”: each speaker focused on ways to fortify…

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31 Days of Celebrating Real Life [10/27/15]

This silly tiger costume became a source of anxiety today. When I was pregnant with Libby, Keith and I had an amazing Halloween costume revelation. I’ve been looking forward to putting it into action ever since, but I couldn’t find this costume

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31 Days of Celebrating Real Life [10/24/15]

Today I ran for the first time since the half marathon. I’ve been a bit nervous about going and have definitely put it off for the last month. I got up the nerve, so we went. I only went for about

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