Harsh Realities

July 13, 2020

57. Gone Too Soon.

Today the headlines catch my attention and my heart. Kelly Preston, dead at the age of 57. Gone too soon. Breast cancer stole her future, and the memories still to be made with her family.  I know this loss. I know this ache. I know this number, this age.  My mother died at 57, to the same disease and fate.  57 should be the age…

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Graveside Visitor

It was a beautiful sunny day, perfect for a cemetery visit with my mother. It was empty and calm. The ideal scene for a heartfelt chat with the headstone that decorates my mother’s final resting place. The cement is hot to the touch, so I grab a chair from the car and get comfortable for the one-sided conversation.  I stare at the picture that has…

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July 7, 2020

Grief’s Visit. Grief’s Team.

I lay in bed and close my eyes. I wait. I know it will find me eventually. It always does.  The darkness. The grief. The emptiness. The heartbreak. They always come. Traveling together.  I’ve had a great day, full of fun and family and joy. But that doesn’t matter. The darkness always finds me. It doesn’t steal the joy and happiness of the day, it…

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July 3, 2020

Three Years

Three years ago today my world collapsed. Three years ago today I learned the ability to continue living with a piece of my heart shattered, exposed, and raw. Three years ago today I hugged and kissed my mother for the very last time.  Three years ago today my mother left this earth. Some days it feels like it was just yesterday that I heard her…

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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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