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December 1, 2023

Handle With Care

He holds my hand as I listen to the priest conduct my mother’s funeral services. His love and empathy are evident. I’m scared that soon I’ll be too difficult to love– too broken, too hurt, too grief-stricken and shattered. I’m worried that this new version of me, the one without a mother, will be so different than before he won’t recognize me, or worse, that…

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November 27, 2023

For You, When You Miss Me During the Holidays (Grandmother Edition)

For You, When You Miss Me During the Holidays… You miss me fiercely. I can see it from where I am. It’s such a bittersweet honor to be missed with an intensity like the one you hold. It shows that I loved you well, but also that you’re hurting. I see the space you’ve reserved for me– a chair left in my honor. A small…

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November 23, 2023

For You, When You Miss Me During the Holidays (Dad Version)

For You, When You Miss Me During the Holidays… You miss me fiercely. I can see it from where I am. It’s such a bittersweet honor to be missed with an intensity like the one you hold. It shows that I loved you well, but also that you’re hurting. I see the space you’ve reserved for me– a chair left in my honor. A small…

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November 17, 2023

I Prayed for This

I prayed for this, all of it. The life I so beautifully have. The adoring husband. The beautiful and healthy children. The supportive family and the unwavering friendships. The house that’s decorated so joyfully with the photos of everyone we love. I prayed for it all.  And naively, I thought my mother would always be a part of it. That she’d be here to see…

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Grateful for You, His Grandmother in Heaven

He hands me a paper he’s crafted during his school day. His kindergarten artwork is always the sweetest. He directs me to look at it and guess what it is. He’s filled the page with colorful drawings, each one intentional– you can tell with just a glance.  As I am staring in awe at his work, like I typically do, he tells me the assignment…

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Chelsea

Chelsea

A 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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