Talking to Jesus Review & Giveaway

Giveaway & Review – Talking to Jesus

A Fresh Perspective on Prayer This post may contain affiliate links.  Please read my Disclosure for more information.  A copy of Talking to Jesus was provided to me for my honest review by the BlogAbout Blogger Network. Talking to Jesus is a lovely book written by Jeannie Blackmer.  It gave me a fresh perspective on how I look at prayer.  It also gave me new insight and ideas to add to my prayer life.  Thank you, Jeannie! I Read More

Simple Joy Window Block

Simple Joy – Window Block

Seek Simple Joys In this life, we need to take time out to see and truly relish in the simple joys.  I will post many simple joys as I encounter them in my life.  Please share the things that bring you simple joy!  The first simple joy I am sharing with you is what I lovingly refer to as our window block. The Window Block During a recent toy clean-up time before Joy goes to bed, I Read More

The Very Beginning

The Very Beginning, A Very Good Place to Start

The Very Beginning, A Very Good Place to Start *This post may contain affiliate links.  Please read my Disclosure for more information.* Julie Andrews says it best in The Sound of Music when she says “Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start…”.  So, on that note, I am starting at the very beginning of our life together as man and wife.  It has been quite a wild ride since we have been Read More

A Faith Shaped Hole

A Faith-Shaped Hole in My Heart

Faith-Shaped Hole This post may contain affiliate links.  Please read my Disclosure for more information. I will always have a Faith-Shaped hole in my heart.  For those of you who have lost a child(ren), you know what I mean.  For those of you who haven’t, please allow me to explain. Earlier this evening, my husband, our daughter Joy, and I were hanging out in the bedroom watching a Christmas movie.  We talked about Faith and how she Read More

A Faith-Shaped Hole

Missing Faith

As we draw near to Joy’s first birthday, I have been thinking about and missing Faith.  I cannot help but miss her and think of what she may be like today.  She would be 2 years and 3 months old now.  I know she is a wonderful big sister and she would be a great one here if she were here.   We moved in June to IL to be close to my family with a lot of Read More

A Faith-Shaped Hole

Capture Your Grief – Day 4 – Dark + Light

Today’s Capture Your Grief topic is Dark + Light.  This topic makes perfect sense to me.  I have gone through so many emotions and feelings in the time since Faith died.  Of course, during the immediate time after she passed, my life seemed only Dark.  I did not want to continue living.  Looking back, I suppose this is a natural initial response.  After some time, I began to see the Light that has come from Faith’s brief Read More

A Faith-Shaped Hole

Capture Your Grief 2015 – Day 1 – Sunrise

 As I begin my Capture Your Grief journey for this year, I am reflecting on life.  But not just any life, the life of our daughter, Faith.  While her life was brief, it has had one of the most profound impacts on my life. So many people have had a great impact on me and have contributed to the person I am today.  Faith is one of those people, perhaps one of the most important… I did Read More

A Faith-Shaped Hole

Missing Faith

We are still on our trip. I don’t know too much to say today except that I miss Faith very much.  I miss her more at certain times than at others. I guess that’s “normal”. Every time I see a baby (or young girl), when I pass a shop with baby items, when I see others playing with their child/children…I miss Faith.  I do have a relationship with her, although it’s not the “traditional” mother-daughter relationship. I Read More

A Faith-Shaped Hole

Capture Your Grief – Day 14 – Dark/Light

Dark/Light is today’s Capture Your Grief prompt; focusing on the dark and light of grief.  So, I will discuss a little bit of both the dark and light sides of my grief.   In the first days after we lost Faith, I experienced some of the darkest days I have ever known.  I honestly didn’t care about being alive.  No, let me correct myself, I did not want to live.  I would have given anything to have Faith live. Read More

A Faith-Shaped Hole

Capture Your Grief – Day 4 – Now

Today’s Capture Your Grief prompt is Now.  When I think about how to describe myself now, I don’t really know where to start… I think I am much more of a realist than I used to be, but I don’t think that is a bad thing.  I look at life through a totally different lense, that is for sure. I have a new love and respect for my husband than I ever had before.  It is very strange for Read More