This blog means so much to me now. I feel it’s appropriate to share it again. There are so many experiencing loss right now. Be encouraged as you read.

Life, Love and Other Topics: My Commentary

One of my close friends lost her grandmother earlier this week. They were very close and created many wonderful memories together. Coincidentally, this past weekend another friend released her first book where she shared her journey after losing her 3 year old son in a terrible nursery school accident 23 years ago. The theme that played in my mind after hearing and observing these two situations back-to-back was that of grieving.

If you’ve read my book “It’s My Life and I Live Here: One Woman’s Story” you know that I know grief only TOO well. Last night I felt prompted to post some thoughts on social media on grief and allowing others to grieve. I’ve decided to share them here as well.

When we are close to someone who lost a loved one, our first instinct is to bombard them with phone calls, text messages, Facebook comments, Twitter…

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The Memories…..

This weekend will be forever treasured in my heart. I am thankful for family members and friends who traveled from near and far to celebrate the life of my heart, Mother Nelson. I will never forget her care & concern, her stern conversations with me when I was out of line, or her light, cheerful laughter.

Grandma, we (my dad, my sisters, nieces, nephew & son) will always love you. You left an indelible mark on this world. Your legacy will always live on in the lives that you changed forever.

Here’s a photo of us singing “Precious Memories”.


Transitions, continued….


I wasn’t ready, but it happened anyway.
My heart, my pillar, my Grandma left us early this morning. I went over to see her and she looked peaceful.

She just turned 89 almost 3 weeks ago, then her body couldn’t fight her illness any more. She declined rapidly, but still communicated with us up until the day before. We hated to see her in pain, and helpless. She was always fiercely independent & did life her way.

She loved. She served. She laughed. She taught. Her personality lit up every room she entered. Her love for youth was unmistakeable. She impacted many generations and her ripple effect will touch many lives for years to come. She is now reunited with her daughter, my mother. I wish I could see their faces!!!!

Please keep our family in prayer.
This is a very difficult time for all of us.

Thank you.

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