Hi, I’m Daphne. I’m a blessed mother of five (four and an angel) and wife to my hardworking husband. After a long career in law enforcement and after losing my daughter, I’m proud to say that now I work from home writing, blogging, and running a non-profit in memory of my daughter.
Five years ago, we lost our firstborn child, 5-year-old daughter Lydia, in a car accident. Since then, my husband Jake and I, found our strength in connecting with others who are on this unknown journey of grief. We have had the opportunity to meet some amazing people, who like us, want the world to remember their loved one and who have given their talents while dedicating their new lives to helping others who are walking this heartbreaking path.
As a bereaved parent myself, I know firsthand how important it is to keep your child’s memory alive and to honor their life. Over two years ago, God led us to bring joy to children, in memory of our daughter, which has been a blessing and given us a new purpose in life.
It has come to my attention, the many great organizations, books, blogs, authors, websites, businesses, memorials, and more that have been created in memory of loved ones. Some of these are well-known, some known very little, but nonetheless, all are of utmost importance. Most never would have come to existence if it weren’t for God and the loss of their loved ones.
After coming to terms with our loss and using the healing power of time to our advantage, the clouds have parted and the sun is able to shine again. Everyone, whether a bereaved parent, sibling, or spouse, son, daughter, or friend, wants their loved one to be remembered. Tired of the dark side of loss, this blog was created to bring attention to the sweeter side of grief, by recognizing the blessings that have come from losing loved ones. So many incredible things have happened and have been created because of God and our loved ones.
Throughout my journey of grief, I have kept a journal. Now after years have passed, I can clearly see how God has shaped my life and brought me where I am today. The signs have been plentiful and God has spoken to me, wanting me to share the incredible wonders he has worked in my life. From painfully closing doors, to relationships with people intended to guide my path, leaps of faith to opportunities, there is so much to share that I’m sure that those who have doubted Him, will doubt no longer. As a result, I have been diligently working on my memoir and will share bits and pieces here as we go.
It’s time to celebrate life and live with purpose while inspiring others and walking together in this journey. Walk with us as we highlight ways in which God has transformed lives, from the dark side of grief to the sweeter side. Won’t you join us?
In addition, please visit our Grief Diaries Village to find inspirational stories from others who have been there. This is an incredible movement of broken hearts sharing personal struggles and experiences on many types of grief. Have a story or message to share, wanting to ignite hope in others? Join the village!!