Harsh Realities

February 21, 2020

Three Years Ago: The News that Forever Changed Us

Three years ago on this very day my mother showed up unannounced. I knew it meant something significant. I knew it wasn’t good. It was days away from Valentine’s Day, but I knew her delivery was going to be more thorns than roses. I’m not sure if she actually said the words, but I knew her cancer had returned. I could tell by the sorrow…

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February 20, 2020


I left the allergists office with tears and results that were less than what I was hoping for. Our one-year-old hadn’t outgrown his anaphylactic allergies.  As I let the emotion spill down my face my husband leans in and says, “What is it? What’s making you upset?” “All of it. I wish things were different. I was praying he’d outgrow it. I just don’t want…

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February 18, 2020

The Day I Became an Adult

It wasn’t the day I got my driver’s license. It wasn’t the day I got married or had children. None of those things made me feel like an adult. Truth is, I did a lot of adulting before I ever actually felt like one. That all changed the day my mother died. That day I became an adult. The kind of adult that doesn’t have…

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February 14, 2020

Love Me Like A Song

For me, it was a Brad Paisley song. For my husband, it was the lyrics of John Legend. Both of us, out there searching to be loved like our favorite love song. Hoping to be wanted, admired, and adored like the poetic melodies of our favorite radio tunes.  It’s always been easy for me to become carried away and mesmerized by a song. From the…

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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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