A Note to the Recently Bereaved

A Note to the Recently Bereaved

A Note to the Recently Bereaved Dear Friend, I want you to know that the way you are feeling today – alone, lost and sad beyond measure, I have also felt, and still feel many times. However, I also want you to know that this awful all-consuming grief may lessen...

New Normal

New Normal 2019 May-June Ten years ago, three months after our daughter Amanda died, Bob’s cousin and wife lost their son Eric. I was driving home from Melbourne when Bob called me. He was devastated. Hard to believe that a cousin he grew up with was now starting this...

Where Does the Time Go?

Where Does the Time Go? 2019 Jan-Feb Holidays are over and 2019 is here. I hate to repeat myself, but where does the time go? Last year was a great year for me. I put into perspective so many things that had gotten askew over the past years. I’m excited about 2019 —...

The Gift of Purpose

The Gift of Purpose 2018 Nov-Dec Our daughter Amanda was always very positive about her future … and what I mean is that she knew what was happening to her, and where she was going. Very rarely did she cry and complain about her situation. She knew she was dying, and...

Love is Bigger Than Us All

Love Is Bigger Than Us All 2018 Jul-Aug Do you ever have moments where suddenly something you have pondered over and over suddenly becomes very clear? An Aha moment. I had one the other day as I was riding back from Melbourne to Harmony. More in a minute. Us “old...
Welcome My Beautiful Gardenias

Welcome My Beautiful Gardenias

Welcome My Beautiful Gardenias 2018 May-June When my Gardenia bushes start to bloom I know summer is not far away. It’s been a little cool, so they are a little slow—but they are beautiful. I have them everywhere in the house, and the smell is delightful. However, my...
You Have a Purpose

You Have a Purpose

You Have a Purpose…We All Do 2018 March-April The hardest month of the year for me has just passed! Whew, so happy it is over. I guess we are “lucky” to have both Mandy’s Anniversary and Birthday in one month… I’m here, and happy about it, ready to face...
Thankful For The Little While

Thankful For The Little While

Thankful For The Little While 2018 Jan-Feb I want to thank Alan Pedersen for something he has taught me. I believe I was already there, however, he opened my eyes. He taught me it is no longer about how our sweet Amanda died, it is about how she lived. Sometimes I...