Harsh Realities

January 6, 2020

What I Want to Teach My Children about Church & Jesus

It was a special occasion. One where we ate cake for breakfast and washed it down with hot cocoa. We were full of sugar and needed replenished so we ventured down the road for burgers and fries. There was no way we could swing lunch and make it to church on time. With it being the first weekend of the new year, I didn’t want…

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December 30, 2019


Motherless. A term that never entered my vocabulary until after my mother passed. Suddenly people used this word to describe me and my recent loss. I hated it. Still do to this day. Something about it sparks a sensitive spot in my soul. I am not motherless. My mother just resides in a new location since her death. I am not without a mother. She…

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The Day My Grief Showed Up At The Bank

Today my grief got the best of me. The hurt came through as anger. The pain showed up as rage. After my mother died I became the kind of adult in charge of endless accounts, legal documents, and an entire estate. The kind of responsibility you wish you were never granted. Even years later I find myself working to close all of my mothers affairs,…

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December 20, 2019

Back Seat Tears

There she sat, in the back seat sobbing. I could tell the kind of tears that flowed down her cheek. It was grief. She missed her. My mother. Her grandmother. She’s only 8, but sometimes it hits her unexpectedly, just like me.  She’s only 8, but she grieves too. Sure she is resilient, as they say kids are, but she hurts too. She tucks away the pain…

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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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