Harsh Realities

July 2, 2020


Welcome to my page, a place I built with love, tears, and a whole lot of vulnerability!  A place where you are welcome, every single part of you, always. Your grief is welcome here. Your joy is welcome here. Your pain and heartbreak and emptiness are all welcome too.  This is a place for community. A community of the hurt and the aching. The confused…

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June 29, 2020

“if only”

You’ve lost someone you love. They’re gone. Slipped into eternity. Slipped from this life, and absent of a future.  When grief arrived, so did the “If only’s”. If only…she was still here. If only…we had another day.  If only…cancer didn’t steal her breath and her tomorrows. If only…she could be here with us, experiencing these new moments. If only… I hugged her more. I knew…

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June 24, 2020

My Sister. My Nephew. My Mother.

I watch as my baby sister rocks and soothes her newborn baby. She cuddles him close and whispers sweet words of love and comfort. I’m mesmerized by her maturity and effortless transformation into motherhood.  She is a beautiful new mother.  She is patient. She is calm. She is radiating love and joy. I wonder if she knows how beautiful she looks. She reminds me so…

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The Ache of a Photo. The Ache of a Memory.

She had been released from the hospital. Walking around outside on a beautiful day. Suddenly I felt compelled to squeeze close to her and take a picture. We both smiled as I quickly snapped a series of photos.  This is one of those pictures The last picture I would ever take with my mother.  A picture that aches and leaves me motionless. A picture that…

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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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