Happy Birthday Charlotte!

In another lifetime, today would be full of balloons, cake, and presents for our first born, but instead we are remembering our first moments with the sweetest, most content baby I've ever met. I remember the nerves, tears, smiles, and all of the decisions we had ahead of ourselves, but at 2:35pm on December 12, 2012, we all said thanks that we were all together, at least for a short time. Happy 3rd Birthday Charlotte! ...more

Noonday Adoption Fundraiser + GIVEAWAY!

image from MERCY iNK Confession: I love the look of jewelry, but hardly wear it myself.I don't know if it's my lifestyle (hello sweats!) or my lack of confidence wearing it, but jewelry just sits on my dresser, unworn & unloved. That is, until I was introduced to Noonday Collection. Since September, I have added several new pieces to my collection and now find myself reaching for these pieces whenever I get dressed & feeling more self-assured, as well ....more

Loving Through Loss: Day 31

Last day of Write 31 Days and this series on Loving Through Loss.I DID IT! Thank you to all who have followed along, shared this with others, & cheered me on.A couple years ago, I never thought I'd be sharing these thoughts out loud, but now, after 30+ days of writing, I feel more peace than I did before, which makes this series worth it, even if it took a lot of time & feelings to get through it.Thanks to the generosity of Lily Jade, I am giving away one of their beautiful bags (winner's choice!) to a mom who has lost a child, either during pregnancy or after, on my Instagram page. Loving on others is a big thing for me, so this is just a small way to say, "your loss is important!" ...more

Loving Through Loss: Day 30

BLOG SHARES photo from At Home With Natalie You might remember I mentioned Natalie earlier this week when I highlighted her children's book "Mommy Has An Angel", but today I wanted to share her blog with those who need encouragement after losing a loved one. Natalie lost her best friend several years ago to domestic violence and now speaks out on this topic in hopes that it may save someone else's life. Like others I have highlighted, I appreciate Natalie's honest approach to the topic ....more

Loving Through Loss: Day 29

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT photo taken by Sam Grable It's clear that everyone processes loss differently. For some, they may suppress their feelings to stay strong for others, while someone else may just need to share all their feelings all the time. But one thing I want everyone to know --- don't over worry about bringing it up! ...more

Loving Through Loss: Day 28

RESOURCES This week, I wanted to share a few books that have helped me process through our loss, besides the other resources I've already highlighted this month. Beautiful Battlefields by Bo Stern // Shortly after saying goodbye to Charlotte, a friend mailed me the devotional to this book (thanks Karlee!) and then I found myself purchasing the book almost immediately thereafter because I loved the way Bo approached the hard question, "Where is God in the midst of this?" and found comfort in her answers. I Will Carry You by Angie Smith // This is another book that was given to me and one I couldn't put down ....more

Loving Through Loss: Day 27

GRACE photo taken by Sam Grable Let me preface by saying I am a Christian, if that wasn't already obvious. And as I've told many people, I don't think I would have made it through without my faith, but one thing I had to learn to have grace for was people telling me that our loss was "God's plan". Yes, I believe God has a plan for all of us, but as I've said many times this month, trying to fix or justify loss is almost impossible, especially when someone is in the thick of it ....more

Loving Through Loss: Day 26

TANGIBLE SUPPORT photo taken by Sam Grable As Write 31 Days is winding down (last week!), I thought why not go as simple as I can with this week's tangible support tip - listen!Stay with me... I know listening isn't everyone's forte, but I don't feel like this takes a lot out of someone and ends up meaning so much to the one doing the talking. We've all been there --- when we are in need of sharing our thoughts with someone and usually end up walking away feeling better after we do so ....more

Loving Through Loss: Day 25

SCRIPTURE photo taken by Sam Grable For I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels won’t, and all the powers of hell itself cannot keep God’s love away ....more

Loving Through Loss: Day 24

ENCOURAGEMENT photo taken by Sam Grable Time. When it comes to grieving, this looks different for everyone. Some people seem to bounce back after a loss and others are still struggling years later ....more