A Letter to our Daughter…

This journal entry was from June 17th 2015. I like sharing my journal entries (in full or in part) from time to time after they have had time to sit on my heart for a while. Sharing journal entries too soon can feel like pulling a scab off of a wound too soon, exposing something…

Guided Meditation for Coping with Loss and Healing

Originally posted on Evelyn Burttram:
I will admit, I have been through more in my (relatively young) life so far. After losing our first and only child in 2015, my and my husband’s life changed forever. I could not go back to “the way things were” because that person was forever changed. My life will now…

Keepsake Memory Blankets for Bereaved Mothers

This year I am raising money to make baby blankets that will be donated to Rachel’s Gift to be given to families who have experienced the loss of an infant. This indescribable loss is something no family should ever have to experience.

Find Peace with a Haiku Walk

I have been doing a lot more reading lately and had almost forgotten how good it feels. The influx of new information and stories are such a healing thing for your soul, especially when you are facing stress or feel like you have been stuck in a rut. I have been reading all kinds of things…

The Scent of the Roses

Let Fate do her worst, there are relics of joy, Bright dreams of the past, which she cannot destroy; Which come in the night-time of sorrow and care, And bring back the features which joy used to wear. Long, long be my heart with such memories filled! Like the vase in which roses have once…

A Different Perspective

I talked to single mother today. I had spoken with her before, as she frequently works out in the gym at the student activities center at the University where I work. She had come by my office the first time to ask how she could get into better shape now that her son was born. After working with…

Looking back 2015: The Year of Ryann

2015 started off so great. We invited lots friends and family over to bring in the New Year with a bang. It was our first time having a lot of people over to stay since buying our first house and I was taken back to Christmases when I was a little girl at my grandmother’s house with all…

Guest Blog: To the One Who Can’t Buy the Baby’s First Chirsmtas Outfit

When I first read this blog post, I was in tears almost immedeately. This post is from a beautifully written blog called Waiting for Baby Bird. The author, Elisha and her husband have been married for 8 years and yearn for their own children; however due toPolycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), they are “challenged” in the fertility department. …

When Holiday Traditions no longer bring Comfort.

I decided to try and bake some things for Christmas this year. Last night I made a sub-par banana blueberry bread (I think the baking powder was old which shows how often I bake) and tonight I will be trying my hand at an apple pie that I already know will be nowhere close to…

Healing is Messy but so is Life.

My whole life I avoided conflict like the plague. I learned early on that even if something wasn’t my fault, I could take responsibility and apologize and everyone could move forward without fighting. I learned to brush things under the rug and move forward, even if I had been the one that got hurt. I…

Gifts for a Grieving Mother

Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy, celebration and love but for families that have lost a child, joy can be hard to find. Pregnancy and infant loss doesn’t tend to get the same level of attention as issues like breast cancer and heart disease but considering that every year in the US alone there are over…

Why Grief isn’t Always Enough

Grief encompasses our internal thoughts and feelings- the unspeakable things that haunt us on those bad days, the heaviness in our chests and the foggy and unfocused images that crowd our minds and even the sleepless nights when we stay away wondering “what if?” – but grief alone is not the path to healing.