Life and Death

I have been away the past two weeks in Hawaii on Molochai, at the leper colony where Saint Damien lived and ministered. I have been overwhelmed--so much beauty, and so much sadness, and death. I came home to find out of a death of an old acquaintance,and am planning a service for young girl who lived on the streets. The following quote fits where I am: "The very moment God sees us fullyconvinced of our nothingness, He reaches out His hand to us." - Therese de Lisieux -...more

Celebrating A Grandma (But Not Mine?)

Last night, my husband lost his maternal grandmother Viola Dopps. Her death was expected; although came too soon. Once it was revealed to her last week that cancer was taking her life, she made the decision to let go and let God. As we get ready to celebrate her life, I couldn't help but stand back and be a witness to her accomplishments. I've only known Vi for 9 years, but have grown to admire her greatly. ...more
Grandma Vi looks like she was the true heart to the family. I am very sorry for your loss and ...more

A Thank You Note, on the Death of Your Daughter.

My chiropractor and his wife had a baby girl last week.  She lived for 7 1/2 hours, and then died.  Hubby and I spent the last week not knowing this.  We only knew that she had been born and that there were complications, and that it was not good.   I got to my appointment today and found out the rest....more

Notes From The Grave

In the movie “My Life”, Michael Keaton starts a video journal for his unborn child when he learns he had a terminal illness....more
 @victorias_view That's my plan, too :)more

ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE: Focusing on the good

"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." ~William Arthur WardIt doesn't take much for me to rise above; a little encouragement, a little grace, a strong hug.It doesn't take much for me to get knocked down either; running myself ragged, negative interactions, unforeseen mishaps.  When I'm in this place, I need to meditate on the good.  Thankfully, I don't need to look far into my past, or present, to find something to be grateful for....more

Do you know how to pray?

On February 14, my fiance and I took my daughter out for a Valentine's dessert. We were at our favorite restaurant, having a great time, when I repeated a joke that my late grandfather used to make... about my stomach dunlapping over my belt. You've heard the one? Well, I insensitively forgot that it is still too soon to make jokes and laugh at my grandfather's silliness in front of my daughter. He passed away in September 2010, and she's still pretty torn up about it....more

Strong Soul

Strong Soul Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragement, and impossibilities:  It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak. ~Thomas Carlyle...more

Her Name Was Pudd'in

Her Name was Pudd'in No amount of time can erase the memory of a good cat, and no amount of masking tape can ever totally remove his fur from your couch.  ~Leo F. Buscaglia...more

Conversations With My Boy about Death

It's been nine weeks since we lost Frankie, and for the last seven weeks, here his ashes have resided, with his little box saying Fannie, not Frankie....more

"At Peace" — Part 16 in the Series "My Right Eye: A Blogger's Journey Through Cancer"

At Peace And so the waiting. The pathologist was on vacation; it would be two weeks before I'd get the report on my eye. In the meantime, I was still going back and forth to the Clinic for post-operative appointments—both for my eye and for my thyroid surgery....more