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8 years ago… 

Posted by on Jul 23, 2017 in Anxiety/Depression, God and Faith, Grief, Heaven Anniversaries, Hope, My Journey | 0 comments

I’ve been navigating the deep waters of grief for 8 years now. July 21, 2009. A day that will forever be imprinted on my heart, it changed the course of my life forever. The day when my beautiful 3 year old son died in a tragic accident + my world was shattered. We were left with a casket to pick, funeral plan and a future to walk out without our...

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Meet the Bowman’s (A family that YOU helped just by purchasing a t-shirt from The Will to Choose)

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in God and Faith, Grief, Uncategorized | 0 comments

   A few months into our second pregnancy in December 2014, I miscarried the baby. It was a heartbreaking shock and I don’t think I’ll ever forget the emptiness I felt leaving that hospital with an empty womb and empty arms. It was deeply sad and very hard. We heeded the doctor’s recommendation and waited a month before trying again. Again I got...

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Confession… 

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in God and Faith, Grief, Hope, My Journey, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Something I’m sure that most people don’t think twice about is the sight of their precious sleeping baby/child, all peaceful and innocent. Snuggled in and relaxed. Rosy cheeked and beautiful.  After Will died that once-sacred sight absolutely terrified me. It brought a swell of emotions, flashbacks and a heart-racing panic. I never wanted...

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The story behind the Hope Garlands

Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 in God and Faith, Grief, Hope, Uncategorized | 0 comments

“When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours” Romans 1:12 The night before Bo’s funeral, my amazing and sweet and talented friend Millie brought me the most wonderful gift. She had crocheted a heart garland in Bo’s heterotaxy colors, blue and yellow. At the time, I was lost...

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5 practical ways to help a grieving family 

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in Grief, Hope, Uncategorized | 0 comments

5 Practical ways to help a family suffering through loss.. (Loss of a child from my experience) *i know my Vandalia community was just hit with a devastating teen death* 1) PRAYER. (first and foremost…) I cannot stress this one enough.. I could literally (((feel)))) the prayers after Will passed.  2) FOOOOOOD. (Start a neighborhood or community or...

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