Harsh Realities

June 21, 2022

Wishing Your Life Away

Trying to direct 22 little bodies to the buses for dismissal is like herding cats– a skill I learned to quickly master when becoming a kindergarten teacher. It’s an exhausting job but a rewarding one. As I open the doors and step outside into a beautiful spring day, ensuring each child gets where they are intended to be, I take a deep breath and look…

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‘For Sale’– The Day Grief Showed Up as a For Sale Sign

I open the text to see a house listing— my mother‘s house. Truthfully it’s not hers anymore, we sold it shortly after she passed. In my eyes, it will always be hers, she built it and we filled it with memories for decades. Because of that it will forever be hers to me.  I’m surprised by my intense emotion. It looks like sadness but feels…

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June 17, 2022


Celebrating any holiday without a parent is challenging but Father’s Day when your father is gone, well that’s an entirely different kind of hurt, pain and longing. While my experience is with losing my mother, each year people write and ask for ideas to honor their fathers too. This is for every person who has lost their father. I hope these ideas are helpful. Here…

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June 15, 2022

Why is Heaven so Far Away?

She sits next to me and says, ”Mom, why is heaven so far away?” I take a few deep breaths stunned by her poignant question. There are times as a parent when we don’t have the words or the answers, this is one of those moments.  I remain silent, thinking about how I’ll respond to her heartfelt question— wishing I had the knowledge and the…

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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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