My Grief Journey in One Word: Gratitude

My friends, after I lost Halia, I had to do so much soul searching. One of the first things that laid heavy on my heart was thinking about my own death... How did I want those closest to me to grieve? Would I want Nick, my husband, to bury himself in work or be curled … Continue reading My Grief Journey in One Word: Gratitude

Grief is Not a Bad Word

Grief. What a strange word. Before I lost Halia, this word had very little context to me. I thought I understood it... but frankly I had no earthly idea what true grief meant. Before our loss, I would sympathetically sit with those who lost but it did not touch me. I would hug them and … Continue reading Grief is Not a Bad Word

New Year: Values

*This post contains affiliate links.  If you decide to purchase one of these products off Amazon from the links below, I will receive a portion of the proceeds, although you will not pay more.* https://giphy.com/gifs/guy-cheetah-ejm8tkFonl8o8 HAPPY BELATED NEW YEAR!!!! That's my New Year's Dance! As I have gotten older, I have found that my favorite … Continue reading New Year: Values

My Grief Journey: Taking My Grief “Box” Off the Shelf

Why are some days more difficult? To answer my question, I don't know. Why has the last few days been so hard? No idea. What has changed? Honestly, nothing that I can see... but I can feel it. I can feel that I am struggling to breathe at moments because I miss my daughter so. … Continue reading My Grief Journey: Taking My Grief “Box” Off the Shelf

New Mission for a New Year!

Living with Gratitude Empowering through Knowledge Inspiring to Fellowship Let those words sink in... Guys, I have thought so long and hard about Technically Denise and here is the honest answer... I need a new mission statement! I am not someone who is afraid to change when life throws me a curveball... and that is … Continue reading New Mission for a New Year!

Using Your Love Language to Support Others After Loss

*This post contains affiliate links.  If you decide to purchase one of these products off Amazon from the links below, I will receive a portion of the proceeds, although you will not pay more.* First off, I am so sorry that you are here needing to read this post. Loss is devastating and rocks you … Continue reading Using Your Love Language to Support Others After Loss

To My Daughter: Happy Birthday in Heaven

Thank you, TruCreate LLC, for capturing these beautiful photos. Halia, my sweet girl, Happy Birthday! Where has this year gone? I cannot even begin to believe that only one year ago the hardest day of my life occurred: the day I got to hold you in my arms and say good-bye. How much you are … Continue reading To My Daughter: Happy Birthday in Heaven

Rainbow Series: Pregnancy, Not what I thought it would be

Friends, I have honestly been avoiding sharing most of my rainbow experience. Why? I am not completely sure... probably because the feelings are all muddled and mostly irrational. There is shame: I feel at times like I somehow caused the loss of Halia (this is bogus, by the way). There is guilt: I just lost … Continue reading Rainbow Series: Pregnancy, Not what I thought it would be