8 ways you can honor your grief while celebrating the holidays

I'll never forget my first Christmas after loss. Less than a week before that Christmas, my fallopian tube ruptured, and we lost the little baby we had already loved so much. In the midst of my loss, I went on a mini vacation with family where I was expected to shop, eat dinner out, and otherwise behave normally. I

Book review & giveaway: Loved Baby by Sarah Philpott

Here's the deal: I don't know how to do a book review without being straight-up honest. So I'm going to tell you that when I saw that the new book by Sarah Philpott (whom I adore) was a devotional . . . I was hesitant. I wanted to like it. No scratch that. I wanted to

There’s a trick-or-treater missing this Halloween

There's a a trick-or-treater missing from your doorstep this Halloween. Our family rings your bell, our kids in tow, all cute and adorable, and you say so. And just before you close the door, you catch a flicker of emotion on my face, but I cover with a smile, quickly ducking my head as I

If someone looks like they have it easier, just give it some time

My best friend is going through something crazy, horribly hard. I reflect back upon the years in which I struggled with my fertility, and she popped out two kids back to back without any struggle at all. And as much as I loved her, I questioned "why me?" "Why do some people have it so easy

 What an eclipse teaches us about death 

Today I will see a total eclipse. It is not the eclipse millions are counting down the hours to, though it is just as dramatic. It is not the eclipse that will span the heart of our country, though it will span the hearts of many. It is not the eclipse that will block out