Happiness has a bounty

When did it become so unsafe to leave your home? When you chose happiness! That's it. Above your mistakes, regrets, failures, put downs, shut downs, let downs, secrets, private moments, split second decisions- when you choose your life and you muffled your pain with the fabric of your smile- you silenced your fears and agreed with your past. Dealt with your truths, flaunted your flaws, fell in love with your hardships. Chronologically organized your issues and dealt with them accordingly....more

One Less Worry

If you could permanently get rid of one worry, what would it be?The possibility of self harm or suicide, committed by my only child.My answer is simple, although the problem and its solution, not so much. My son lives with mental illness. And this worry is a constant one....more

Random, with a side of controversial

Religion. Politics. Suicide. Feminism. Funeral plans. Ferguson....more

The Sadness Behind Suicide

(Photo Compliment of Sue Schwabauer Hoeksema)...more

Saturday Select and Why I'm All Blair Witch-y

Happy Saturday, dear reader. As you're reading this post, you're probably in your jammies.. sipping a hot cup of coffee and if you're REALLY lucky - you're doing all this before your kids get up and you have to kick it into high gear and drag them all over God's green earth.  But not me. I'm not really here right now. You'll never believe where I am right now. No. Go ahead and guess. Give up? I'm camping with Cassie and her Girl Scout troop. Like.....more

Dancing in the Light During the Seasons When Darkness Abounds

Confession: My greatest fear is that I will lose my life to suicide....more
Hey, Addye, hang in there. You're doing great. One month.more

My Husband's Suicide

(Piece originally written in 2004; updated in 2006 &  2014. Since I am new to this whole “blogging” thing, I wanted to give my new readers some more background as to who I am, where I have been, and where I am going.  It’s been a journey.  As it continues, I hope you enjoy taking it with me at www.mamalawmadingdong.com.)...more

The Semicolon Project; The Sentence Is Your Life

A few months ago, a dear friend of mine posted on Facebook with a link to something called “The Semicolon Project.” I’d never heard of it before and was curious what it was all about. Have you heard of it?It turns out, the Semicolon Project is a nonprofit organization that provides support to people and communities suffering with any kind of mental health issues. Specifically, those who may be contemplating suicide....more

Love People As Much As You Can

Yesterday a friend of mine told me that one of her friend’s wrote a suicidal status on Facebook. It stated her “last words” and had information on how she wanted to be buried. I was mortified when I read it and couldn’t even begin to imagine the amount of pain that led her to that point....more

A voice for #suicideprevention

I learned from my very aware friends at Write Tribe that today is World Suicide Prevention Day. With the tragic death of Robin Williams still achingly fresh in our minds, the observation of such a day seems rather timely, doesn't it? ...more