Monday Mourning Widow Series #5: 6 Online Resources for Widows

As a widow, it’s impossible to not feel alone. I know that I’m not. I have plenty of supportive family and friends. But I can never completely shake that empty, lonely feeling in my chest. Obviously the main cause of feeling so incredibly alone is the fact that I lost my husband. My other half. My partner in crime. My best friend. The terms of endearment could go on and on. But it’s also because there is nobody that completely gets it. My family and friends have been great through all of this, but they just can’t completely relate or … Continue reading

Monday Mourning Widow Series #4 – “Butterfly Fly Away”

For this week’s Monday Mourning Widow Series post, I have a story to share that happened a few weeks ago. I originally shared it on my personal Facebook page in a much more crude form, but I cleaned it up and decided to post it here! A few weeks ago, something incredibly beautiful and almost unbelievable happened to the kids and me.  It was Thursday, August 7, which happened to be the the day after the “1-year mark” since Chaz’s death. Thursday is one my days off from work, so I am home with the kids. And even though the day before had … Continue reading

Good Quote, Bad Quote – Monday Mourning Widow Series

In the days, weeks, and months after my husband, Chaz, died, I would spend my lonely evenings browsing Pinterest. I would search for and read an endless amount of poems and quotes about grief and loss. And I would cry my eyes out the entire time. It was almost therapeutic for me. Disclosure: For your convenience, this post contains affiliate links. I suddenly found that I could so easily relate to these heartbreaking words. It seemed as if each one illustrated exactly what I was feeling. They opened me up, and allowed the grief and sadness to come pouring out. While I … Continue reading

5+ Ideas to Help a Widow – Monday Mourning Widow Series

Well, it’s now been over 1 year since my husband, Chaz, passed away. Like I mentioned in my One Year of Loss post, I just can not find the right words to describe how I feel about that. Despite that, I have been doing a lot of reflecting on the past year. In the weeks immediately following his passing, people would ask “How can I help?” or “What do you need?” But at the time, those questions seemed impossible to answer. There wasn’t a single person that could give me what I needed, because what I needed was my husband … Continue reading

Monday Mourning Widow Series #1: Bad Days

In my post about One Year of Loss, I mentioned that I was going to begin a series specifically about widowhood. Well, ta-da! Here it is! 🙂 Posts for this series will go up each Monday. This was so I could be super creative and use my alliteration skills… Hence, it’s called the Monday Mourning Widow Series! (Yeah, I said “hence.” Fancy, huh?) What I am about to share for the first post of the series, was actually written about 2.5 weeks ago. I’ve had it in draft status because I wasn’t sure if I wanted to share it. But … Continue reading


One Year of Loss, but I’m Just Not Ready…

I just wanted to take a few moments to explain where my heart and my head are this week. On Wednesday, August 6, 2014, it will be 1 year since my husband, Chaz, passed away. I’ve seen it referred to as a “deathiversary.” But I do NOT like that word. I’ve just been calling it “the 1-year mark.” Obviously, the past few weeks have been extremely difficult. And as this impending week began, my emotions have been running haywire. As I mentioned in my post The Truth About Young Widowhood, I want to be open and honest about life as … Continue reading

31 Acts of Kindness – Part 5 – 60 Supporting Acts!

If you’ve been following along in this series, you are aware that I am doing 31 Acts of Kindness in memory of my husband, Chaz, for his 31st birthday.  I did this in order to get through the emotionally difficult weeks around his birthday.  And it really did ease some of the pain! I described all 31 acts in Parts 1 through 4 of this series, which you can read by clicking the links below: Part 1 – The First 5 Part 2 – The Next 12 Part 3 – 5 More! Part 4 – The Final 9 You’re probably … Continue reading

31 Acts of Kindness – Part 4 – The Final 9

I have FINALLY completed all 31 Acts of Kindness in memory of Chaz for his 31st birthday! And I feel so good about it! I found this quote from Booker T. Washington that totally fits with what I have been doing over the past few weeks. What he said is so true!  Performing these acts of kindness definitely raised my spirits during an incredibly difficult time.  It gave me something to focus on and work towards.  And it has really inspired me to continue on this journey of kindness. Well, if you missed the first 3 posts of my 31 … Continue reading

31 Acts of Kindness – Part 3 – 5 More!

As I described in my first post in this 31 Acts of Kindness series, I am coping with Chaz’s 31st birthday by CREATING happiness.  My goal was to complete all 31 acts in just 1 week, but it is taking me a little longer than that… I think I am now into my 2nd week of working on this. But I’m OK with that because I am still working on accomplishing all 31!! 🙂 You can check out what I’ve done so far in the following posts: Part 1 – The First 5 Part 2 – The Next 12 And … Continue reading

Confession: I’m Not the Mom You Think I Am

Confession: I'm Not the Mom You Think I Am - We all have our imperfections, and this is mine. -

*Post contains affiliate links. Click here for full disclaimer. When people give me compliments about being a “good mom,” I casually try to brush it off. Because in my head, I’m thinking “If they only knew…” I’m a yeller. And I was a cheerleader back in high school, so I can get some pretty good volume in my voice… I’m writing this, and I’m still not 100% sure I’ll share it. I feel like there are A LOT of people out there who would look down on my behavior. I’ve read those articles. I know what people think. I know … Continue reading