Harsh Realities

May 29, 2020

“What if They Don’t Come Along?”

After my mother passed away, I was forever changed. I looked the same, but inside I was transformed by pain, grief, and heartbreak. I became a woman that my friends couldn’t relate to. I hurt in ways they couldn’t comprehend. I was transforming in ways no one could have predicted. Grief does that. It shatters hearts and lives and causes them to be rebuilt. As…

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May 22, 2020

A Birth. An Influence. A Legacy.

I remember the day the doctor placed my first child, a daughter, in my arms. Suddenly I was a mother.  My entire life I’d wanted to be a mother, and there it was, happening.  It wasn’t what I expected. It was a complex mixture of emotions and feelings. In my head there would only be joy, and bliss, and love. In reality, there were all…

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Saying Goodbye to Kindergarten

Instead of kindergarten graduation, we have Zoom calls. Instead of hugging his friends goodbye, he waves. Instead of face-to-face adventure, fun, and memories, they have technology. This is certainly not the kindergarten year I envisioned. It’s not the kindergarten year he’s imagined and dreamed of. It’s painful and emotional. It’s uncertainty mixed with hope.It’s grief mixed with gratitude.It’s a reality that feels surreal. It’s feelings…

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May 20, 2020

The Lessons of an Unprecedented Year

I watch as my daughter participates in her last Zoom call of the year. Her teachers made a special presentation for her entire third grade class. In two days the school year will be over. It will be the end of an extremely unique and emotional year.  I’m watching and crying. Bawling to be exact. Tears that are complicated. They are created by brutal truths…

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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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