I'm not sure exactly when or how it happened. It happened slowly, over days, weeks, and months. It also happened quickly, as though someone flipped a switch and turned on the lights in a dark room I had been sitting in. It happened as though after months of being supported by a ventilator, it was … Continue reading Breathing Again.
The day we found out Alexander's heart wasn't beating--the day we received the most devastating news of our entire lives--was a Tuesday. In many ways, my life since then has been measured in Tuesdays. For weeks, and even months, after we lost Alexander, Tuesdays were difficult. The most difficult. Every Tuesday felt like I was reliving … Continue reading This is Tuesday.
While we were still in the hospital after Alexander was born, Scott and I had several conversations about what we thought we might need moving forward. When you're in a fog of grief and shock following the loss of a baby, it's really hard to know what you might need. So, we were thankful for … Continue reading Be(ar)ing Burdens: Invitation Without Expectation.
I read a blog post recently about stupid things to say to someone who is grieving. (If you want to know what not to do or say when someone is grieving, that post is a good place to start.) While I'm so thankful that we have still been spared most of these things, I am so thankful … Continue reading Be(ar)ing Burdens: Practical Things.
A lot can change in a year. One year ago (tomorrow), on August 27, 2015, I wrote a blog post titled Be(ar)ing Burdens. It was the last blog post that I wrote before Alexander's life and death. At the time, I was in a season of life in which I was learning a lot about vulnerability … Continue reading Be(ar)ing Burdens: One Year Ago.
Throughout my life I have been incredibly blessed by friendships. In fact, back in 2015 (the last time I blogged with any sort of consistency), I wrote a series of posts about friendship. Scott and I have dear friends that live all over the country world. Even here in Dayton, we have so many friends who … Continue reading My People.
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2 NIV We are called as Christians to bear one another's burdens--to lighten the load for our friends and neighbors by walking together and sharing in the joys, sorrows, and trials of this world. Have you ever tried to … Continue reading Be(ar)ing Burdens