Harsh Realities

May 14, 2023

Social Media on Mother’s Day

Today you’ll scroll social media, as you often do, wasting time and lost in distraction. It will be much different than the days before because today is Mother’s Day. Your screen will be filled with mother-daughter hugs, teas and breakfasts, gifts and cards, and things that are simply not possible for you— a daughter with a mother in heaven.  You’ll scroll and see smiles and…

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April 11, 2023

Manicures & Missing Her

I’m getting my nails painted a shade of lavender that my mom would love. Purple was her favorite color. I’m spending the day getting ready for an event and trip that signifies a huge milestone in my life. I’m still in shock at how my dreams are unfolding and coming true. It makes me miss her with an intensity that cannot be ignored. I feel…

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March 27, 2023

Happy Birthday Travis

His death has always felt so incredibly unfair. He was taken at the peak of the ‘glory days’, where the naivety of youth still clouded our judgment, and where our only priorities were fun and freedom.  He was my first friend, though in reality he was always more like a brother. All of my childhood memories include him– from birthday parties to holidays, from sleepovers…

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She’s Lost More Than One

They say death comes in threes and for her it’s true. She sits, paralyzed by another death, another loss, another incomprehensible piece of her story erased before she was ready and before she even had time to comprehend the ones before.  She wonders how to continue stepping foot into each new day with all of the heartache of the grief and all of the fear…

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The Call: A Tradition of Love

It’s 10am and I hear my husband’s phone ring. Before he picks up, I already know who is on the other end. His father calls often, but today, on this day, he never forgets.  It’s not my husband’s birthday.  It’s not a holiday.  It’s a day that has marked longing and ache for the past 15 years— the day his mother died.  Every year on…

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Chelsea Ohlemiller

Chelsea Ohlemiller

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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