People struggle with what to give someone who is grieving or going through a tough time. I have compiled 10 great out of the box "happies" that hopefully will help you the next time you are struggling with what to give someone to let them know you're thinking of them. Out of the blue box- this … Continue reading Ten Out of the Box “Happies”
When we were sent to the hospital to deliver our stillborn baby, I had nothing more than my purse and the clothes on my back. I had 3 very good friends who quickly came to my aide. Apparently all I asked for was a toothbrush. My friends are like me, they needed jobs to do; … Continue reading When the Rubber Meets the Road
Death is something few want to talk about but ironically, we are all forced to talk about it at some point or points in our life. Let's face it, if it were a comfortable conversation, then something would be wrong with us. Sometimes what we don't understand is often the most awkward thing to deal … Continue reading Let Me Know if You Need Anything- Part 1
Yesterday, my church started a 24-hour prayer marathon. The idea is that people sign up to pray for 1 hour at the church creating a constant stream of prayers offered over the course of the 24 hours. To prepare for this event, prayer cards were submitted listing people or things that needed prayer. We've had … Continue reading My Sweet Hour of Prayer
When I lost my sister, I was only 22. That is barely an adult in many measures of the term. I had just graduated from college and had been working less than 1 month as a real, full-time employee. This was the first major loss I had experienced. Chris and I had been dating about … Continue reading It’s Ok to Ask for Help
I think the use of social media has caused us to say things sometimes without following through with our word or maybe not truly meaning what we say. Have you ever wondered if all the hundreds of people who reply to a post on Facebook with "I'll pray for you" really follow through? I'm betting … Continue reading I’ll Pray For You
I went to the doctor recently and on the way out, he said "Call me if you're not better by Thursday." I am blessed with a truly good and caring Doctor but even as good as he is, he cannot fix everything. Wouldn't it be nice if there was a cocktail shot you could take … Continue reading How Are You Doing?
You may have noticed the cover image on my blog is a field of cherry trees. The reason I chose this image was based on an article I found a few years ago about the significance of the cherry tree in Japanese culture. "The significance of the cherry blossom tree in Japanese culture goes back … Continue reading Life is Like a Cherry Tree
I know how you feel... Let's erase those words from our go to answers for someone dealing with grief. While it's our natural answer to show compassion, most of the time, we really don't know how someone feels. Don't tell your own story in a way that you try to justify why you know how … Continue reading I Know How You Feel…
Many parents use the term "potty" when talking to young children. In fact, some people say it so much that it is easy to forget there are other names for this important room. A word of advice, never, ever ask where the "potty" is while attending a funeral visitation. At my dad's visitation, I had … Continue reading Where is the Body?