Harsh Realities

April 24, 2020

Prayed For

She doesn’t know it, but right now, I’m praying for her.  She’s an incredible woman. A woman that crosses my mind and heart often, and she is fighting. Fighting a disease.  Fighting side effects of the disease.  Fighting for her life.  She is strong and courageous and an inspiration to everyone she comes in contact with. She’s the kind of woman who notices people and…

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April 21, 2020

The Lessons of a First Love

It was the kind of love that was sweet and simple. It came out of nowhere and served as my introduction to love. It wouldn’t last, after all, it was a high-school love. A first-love. The love of teenagers. The kind of love that paves the way for all those to come.  I was young and complicated and somehow falling in love with a boy,…

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8 and Becoming

She’s 8, almost 9, and she’s sweet as pie. She’s sensitive and kind. She’s compassionate and full of joy. And suddenly, she’s entertained the attitude and sass of a teenager. I’m not sure how the transformation started, but it came suddenly and without warning.  Shouts and giggles of words and phrases that feel untimely and inappropriate. Spunk that is both showy and irritating. She looks…

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April 20, 2020

A Mother with a Legacy instead of a Future

They’ve started. They’re everywhere.  Mother’s Day ads.  Visual reminders of the loss of my mother. Visual reminders that I have no need for cards, and flowers, and personalized gifts.  I live with the reality of my mother’s death every single day, but these ads make the loss raw. They expose the grief of special occasions clouded by a permanent absence.   Mother’s Day is now spent…

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Chelsea Ohlemiller

Chelsea Ohlemiller

A thirty-something wife, mother and educator who has Indiana roots and a passionate spirit. Chelsea is a sappy romantic, coffee junkie, book collector, and person who wears her heart on her sleeve. She’s sarcastic, full of jokes, full of tears, and enjoys writing most when life gets messy or complicated. In 2017, Chelsea's mother passed away. Through her grief journey, she decided to take her mother’s advice and share her writing with the world. One day she gained the courage to honor her mother's wishes and write. It turned out to be one of the best decisions she's ever made.

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