From My Grieving Mama Heart to Yours, Please Give Your Children These 7 Gifts This Christmas

In: Grief, Loss
Mom and daughter Christmas lights

I was enjoying getting lost in the large store, books piled high on every shelf. It seemed it didn’t have an end as I navigated my way through the vast categories of books. As I sat perusing my fingers through some pages, I felt someone staring at me. I peered over the top of the book, spotting a pair of eyes outlined with royal blue accompanied by an adorable little smile. Dressed in black pants and a striped shirt, I noticed he had drawn a mask over his eyes with a blue sharpie. No doubt he had to trace it...

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10 Things Not to Give A Crap About This Christmas

In: Humor, Journal, Living
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 The Elf on the Shelf. The wrapping. The decorating. The holiday parties. Does it all have to be done perfectly to have a great Christmas? Nope. Not this year! Parents, let’s all take a big holiday chill pill ASAP, and vow to make the season one we actually enjoy, not dread. Here are some holiday things you can now give yourself permission to just not give a crap about.  1. The perfect family Christmas photo. Listen, we know what you look like. Your kids are adorable. Your family is gorgeous. If forced photography stresses you all out, then just forget it. Take...

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Getting Through the Holidays as a Motherless Daughter

In: Cancer, Grief
Family gathered around a truck with a Christmas tree, color phogo

Before my mother died but when she was very sick, I was dropping my son off at daycare. When we arrived, there was another little boy who had just been dropped off by his mom. He couldn’t have been more than three years old. And he was wailing. “I want my mom!!!!! I want my mom to come back!!!!” He was completely and totally inconsolable. His tears weren’t the feigned kind put on for a show, protesting the drop-off, the kind that dry up 10 seconds after you walk out the door. No, this child was genuinely distressed. He wanted...

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