Losing my mom: Once again with grief

For seven years, I have grieved with hope. When our 16 year old son died July 29th, 2011, I clung to God, to His Word, to hope and faith. Then, on Wednesday, Oct. 10th, 2018, I once again received that earth-shattering phone call. Only this time, it was my mother. My precious, tenacious, quick-witted, butterfly-obsessed... Continue Reading →


Breathing deep

I didn't realize how little I was breathing. I mean, sure, I'm breathing. Obviously. But when you live as a parent with a child who struggles with debilitating anxiety and grief daily, you find yourself unintentionally, unconsciously holding your breath. Each day becomes a game of mind tag, emotions and worrisome thoughts chasing each other... Continue Reading →

Living broken

I've been a bit quiet on the blog front the past several weeks. Absorbing and processing the 7 year anniversary of my son's death left me feeling weak and vulnerable. How I wanted to be strong, yet felt anything but. Truly, Paul's words in Philippians 4:13 evidenced themselves throughout the oh, so painful, month of July. "I... Continue Reading →

July 29, 2018

July 29 The country of Japan was hit by a tsunami in 2011, the same year my family was hit by the loss of our 16 year old son, our firstborn. Child loss is its own tsunami of epic proportions. Japan is still recovering and rebuilding today. And my family and I are still recovering... Continue Reading →

July 28, 2018

July 28 The reality, the shock of some circumstances, is hard to comprehend. Our instinct, our first response, is to deny it. Truth is hard to grasp when shell-shocked and blind-sided by hard news. But support from unexpected places is grace, such amazing grace. Grace that washes over, overwhelms, comforts, and breathes hope into hopelessness.... Continue Reading →

July 27, 2018

July 27 How do I make it through this? How do I keep going? They are questions I've asked, and they are probably questions the women who walk through the door of Options for Women have asked. Circumstances in life DO overwhelm. They ARE too much for us to handle by ourselves. But we do... Continue Reading →

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