Harsh Realities

February 11, 2020

Grief: A Bear Hunt

Have you ever noticed that once you experience grief, it finds you in the most unexpected situations? You notice it in things and places that it once failed to exist. It interweaves its existence into the nooks and crannies of your daily adventures.  One evening, while cuddled up with my children, we read a familiar story, “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.” A book we’ve…

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February 10, 2020

The Mess He Made

I can still remember the sound of the box hitting the wall. I can still feel the occupants spilling out, onto me, onto the floor, onto the walls. I should have seen it coming, except I didn’t. Back then reality was clouded by the endless attempts of walking on eggshells. That’s the truth and destruction of living with an addict. I stood there, broken. Confused…

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February 9, 2020

Sleepovers & Growing Up

She walks off with her overnight bag rolling behind her. She looks bigger as she walks further and further away from me. Her friends are dancing and cheering in the window. She’s well-loved. She’s my sweet baby girl. Although, the baby is less and less and the big-kid persona seems to keep finding her. She’s walking into the fun and excitement of her first sleepover. …

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February 7, 2020

A Visit to the Cemetery

It’s a beautiful day. The sun is shining with such intensity that I find myself squinting. Every time I venture to my mother’s grave, the sun shines so brightly it’s nearly blinding. Call it coincidence, or call it a sign from the heavens, either way the sunshine and warmth are comforting.  I sit there on the hard concrete, the black roadtop that borders my mother’s…

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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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