Finding the Real You After Loss

Recently during a conversation, a bereaved mother commented that in losing her child, she had found herself.  She had found the “real” her and she was proud.  These words spoke loudly to me, stirring up my soul, delving me into a time of self-reflection and introspect.     It made me think, maybe we don’t really… Read More

Reminder-Tomorrow Isn’t Promised

Do you ever get those subtle signs, those little hints like words that resonate within you, stirring something up deep in your soul?  I’ve learned that those are the things we should be paying attention to.  A group of my writer friends calls it the whispers, God’s whispers.  I’ve had more than a few of… Read More

Is There A Sweeter Side of Grief? How To Uncover That Elusive Silver Lining

I started my blog a few years ago and entitled it Grieving Gumdrops: The Sweeter Side of Grief.  It had been a few years after my daughter Lydia had passed away and I was at a place where I needed to recognize my blessings and focus on the positive in order to keep my own… Read More

Can Christmas Be Merry After Losing a Loved One?

As I approach my 14th Christmas without Lydia, tears are still shed and my heart remains scarred. As I approach my 14th Christmas without Lydia, tears are still shed and my heart remains scarred.  I miss her with every grain of my being, yet I look forward to experiencing the joy and wonder of the season. Read More

The Untold Secret About Making Your Teen’s Lunch: Because There’s So Much More Than Food Inside That Brown Bag

There’s so much pressure from the world these days for teens to make their own lunch which many believe will miraculously transform them into responsible, grateful human beings. Yeah, I beg to differ on that one.  What fairy tale are they living in? While I do believe it is very important to instill responsibility in… Read More