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Grief at Christmas
I’m struggling this Christmas. I want to make it magical for my kids–because my Christmases growing up were magical–but those memories make me sad. I can’t help but think back on Christmas Eves snuggled next to my mom and little … Continue reading
30 years ago today
30 years ago today my brother was born. I should be celebrating with you today, Riley. You didn’t live long enough to turn 30. I know that birthdays are irrelevant to you now, but I hope you know how we … Continue reading
Every time I hear this song I think of my brother. “I see you dressed in white, all of your wrongs made right.”
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Happy New Year
We wore our pajamas and watched last year’s ball drop on YouTube. We watched the third Harry Potter movie… And toasted with sparkle “spear” as Jacob calls it. Jackson learned to toast and loved it! A new year… I can’t … Continue reading
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Faith after the death of my brother
This is going to be a tough post to write. My faith has high and low moments these days. At times, I am confident it’s the only thing getting me through, and then I stumble upon this. I’m working on … Continue reading
How are you doing?
It has been five months, 21 days and about 13 hours since I received the worst phone call of my life. What everyone wants to know is how I am doing. What everyone wants to hear is that I am … Continue reading
We celebrated Riley’s life with the things he loved best: family, friends, chipotle, Chevelles, and Chuck E Cheese (okay, he didn’t love chuck E Cheese BEST, at least not as an adult). It was a hard day, but we were … Continue reading
Eulogy for my Brother
Death is so final. We hear this often, but I don’t know if we can understand, truly, what it means until it happens. It is the end of so much here on earth. Ritual, familiarity, sensory experiences, and traditions, can … Continue reading
Keep us in your prayers
June is a big month for the award family. It’s everyone’s birthday…mine, my dad, my cousin, grandma, mom, and brother. It is also Josh’s dad’s birthday and some family friends. It’s also Father’s Day and many years have held graduations. … Continue reading
Tonight I sat on the top of a hill and stared out at the vast expanse below me. I saw county buses, rooftops, fields, and streets. I watched dark, stormy clouds roll in and lay thick and hazy over the … Continue reading