I have been on a journey since losing Lily to finally get back to my pre-JodiAnn weight and to intentionally start evaluating my health and the areas that need to improve. At 1 week post-delivery, I was about 25 pounds overweight. This was not weight I had gained growing my sweet Lily, this was the extra 5-10 lbs. I had gained each year since delivering Jubilee. You see, I have never really had an issue with weight. I never watched what I ate and naturally had a body that stayed fairly ... Read More about How losing 25 lbs did not make me “feel” better!
Having a baby born premature or sick is an extremely scary time for a family. This post is for the support people who are needed to rally around a family after a baby has been put into the NICU. How to Help a Friend whose Baby is in the NICU? Have you ever visited a friend in the hospital after she had her baby? It is so much fun to go to the gift shop, pick up a cute stuffed animal and head up to the Mother Baby floor to visit and snuggle with a newborn! But, what if your friend had ... Read More about How to Support a NICU Mother’s Journey
Beginning the journey with Essential Oils was an impulse that I acted on back in May before finding out we were pregnant with Lily. Then 1st-trimester exhaustion set in and that little starter kit of oils was put under the sink and forgotten. Once we lost Lily and I began to explore the healing process that I felt the Lord was calling me to, I knew essential oils would be a part of my journey to healing from grief. Let me start out by saying, I am not a natural kind of person...but, I am ... Read More about How I am Using Essential Oils for my Grief Symptoms
Mary's third child, a daughter, Moriah Keeper was diagnosed with a diaphragmatic hernia and only lived 20 minutes outside the womb. This is her story of hope on how each of her children changed her and her husband Sean's lives. Mary's Story of Hope Ian Our son Ian changed our lives. Sean and I had prepared for his birth by taking a six-week labor and delivery class, eating lots of salads, singing to him in the womb, making our birth plan and using our exercise ball… but nothing ... Read More about Mary’s Story of Hope after the Loss of Moriah
One of the kindest acts we can do for others, whether they are in a season of celebration or grief is to take time to nourish them with the gift of food. This post gives tips and recipe ideas to help you cook for others. Tips and Recipes: Meals for Grieving or Celebrating Families We have been blessed with the gift of food from friends multiple times in our lives...when we lost my brother, 20+ years ago, I was amazed at the amount of food that arrived each day at our home. ... Read More about Cooking for Others: In Sympathy and Celebration