A Long Story

"Grief is a long story." These words were in my devotional the other day. I'm reading through "Good Enough" by Kate Bowler and Jessica Richie, appreciating their realistic take on life and lack of fluff. This five words stopped me short as I sat in the truth of them - grief really is a long... Continue Reading →

Standing Tall

I don't know if this should be considered a mid-life crisis or not, but I marked my 45th birthday with a tattoo. Now, this isn't my first tattoo, so I don't really think it falls into a category of things that should cause my children to wonder about my ability to make good decisions. Reality... Continue Reading →

More Than Reasonably Confident

One of the things that I have learned during my first year of working in a church is that Christmas comes earlier in the church than anywhere else. Well, maybe not before Costco, but pretty much everywhere else. I'm guessing that's partly because of having to plan ahead for special Christmas services, but also because... Continue Reading →

Never?

While I am by no means an expert, I have spent a decent amount of time studying grief. Through my years at the pregnancy care centre, grief was a topic often discussed as we journeyed with women through the emotions of a host of losses. Denial is one of the stages of grief, a natural... Continue Reading →

Blessed are those who weep…

The other day, a dear friend asked, "What would you have told your mom today?" Such a simple question, but it was so meaningful. I knew exactly what I would have told Mom that day and I knew exactly how she would have responded. Simple, everyday conversations - nothing earth changing, just normal stuff between... Continue Reading →

Ten Years.

August 2, 2011. Ten years ago. That morning I called my mom and said, "Mom, it's over. I can't do this anymore - it's time to leave." We packed up a few things - Mom came and helped and the kids and I slept at my parents' house that night. It was the first day... Continue Reading →

Loss Made Visible

Here in Alberta, things are looking a little different than they have been of late. On July 1, we entered into Stage 3 of the province's re-opening plan from the COVID-19 pandemic, which means essentially no health restrictions. Albertans can gather in their homes or in their yards, as many people as you feel comfortable... Continue Reading →

A New Normal?

It's Friday again. For many, Friday brings a sigh of relief. It's the end of the work and school week, the beginning of the weekend. Time to relax, to be at home with family, to spend time with friends. Fridays are the beginning of something great. Fridays have changed for me. They are now the... Continue Reading →

Reframing Weakness

Spent some time at the lake house this past weekend. Was able to sit here on the north side of the house where I sat so many times and had coffee with Mom. It was her who told me, "get some chairs and your coffee - we can sit on the deck over here, this... Continue Reading →

Feelings are not facts…

Part of my job at the Pregnancy Care Centre for many years was talking about grief. Whether it was working with a client through her journey of pregnancy loss or training volunteers to do the same, I’m likely more familiar with the grieving process than many. You’ve likely heard about the five stages of grief... Continue Reading →

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