Grief and Loss

Learning to Dance in the Rain

Posted by on Apr 3, 2013 in Blog, Grief and Loss

Learning to Dance in the Rain

The loss of a child is beyond comprehension for those who have not experienced it; no words can adequately describe the pain and agony that tears through your body. Most parents consider the possible death of their child as the worst fate imaginable; however, unless they are faced with the unfortunate circumstances personally, it is impossible to fully understand. Outside of those who have experienced it, many have no idea how common loss of a child actually is. Before losing my daughter, I was completely unaware of the vast number of bereaved parents all around me—from my own backyard to...

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Pain Fuels Our Growth

Posted by on Feb 2, 2013 in Blog, Grief and Loss

Pain Fuels Our Growth

Inevitably throughout our life we will encounter hardship, situations that will test both our strength and faith. Despite what challenges we are faced with, we have within us everything we need to survive and overcome these obstacles. Life isn’t always easy, but our pain fuels our growth. Hardship is merely a means to learn and grow. Every day is an awakening on our journey. It is my hope that through my journey, others suffering from grief or struggling with difficult times will realize that faith in God will give them the strength and courage to overcome life’s adversities and grow...

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Letter to My Daughter, Paige

Posted by on Sep 22, 2012 in Blog, Grief and Loss, Lessons

Letter to My Daughter, Paige

Dear Paige, I am not even sure where to start my letter to you. In so few years you have endured more in your life than most can imagine. Yet despite it all, you are happier than ever and always remain positive. Thank you for always being such a trooper.   When I learned I was pregnant, I knew right away that you were a part of God’s plan for my life. Something deep in my soul told me I needed to have another child. Strangely I feared that something could happen to Blake or Brooke and I knew I didn’t want either of them to be an only child. Daddy and I weren’t getting along and our...

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Letter to My Son, Blake

Posted by on Sep 21, 2012 in Blog, Grief and Loss, Lessons

Letter to My Son, Blake

Dear Blake:   Blake it is hard for me to believe you will be turning eighteen in just a few months. I see it as the end of your childhood years, but I know you feel as if your childhood ended that tragic day in Costa Rica in 2009. You were only fourteen years old and stepped up to lead our family when your father and I were broken and frail, barely able to survive.  Thank you for that Buddy, you were wonderful. I only wish it hadn’t cost you what it did. I am terribly sorry.   I think back on all the wonderful memories of your younger years, all the fun, love and laughter— it...

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Letter to My Daughter, Brooke

Posted by on Sep 19, 2012 in Blog, Grief and Loss, Lessons

Letter to My Daughter, Brooke

Dear Brooke, In the days after the accident, pieces of your life quickly came together as if in a puzzle. As close as we were to each other, I discovered a lot about you only after you passed. Your worship journal sat in your room, unopened. I had never opened it because you had written, “please do not read” on the outside. Now I looked inside. There, you thanked God for always loving you. You wrote, “I will help spread the word about you to people because I know that is what you want me to do.” Over and over you thanked God for coming into your life, and mentioned...

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