The Emotional Weather of a Pregnancy After Loss

Pregnancy after loss can be as unpredictable and chaotic as the weather. The sun can be drowned out by rain in a matter of seconds and then reappear again just as quickly. The emotions involved in pregnancy after loss can be as unpredictable as the weather, leaving a woman feeling…

A Celebration Instead of Sadness

(This post contains affiliate links, meaning I will make a small commission if you click through and make a purchase.) Last week, my husband and I had the opportunity to see a band that is close to our hearts. A band that we just happened to discover in 2015, a…

In the Midst of Loss, My Nurse Gave Me Something to Be Thankful For

Nearly three years ago, when I found out I was going to lose my baby, I wasn’t feeling thankful for anything. I had spent 17 weeks preparing my heart to bring a new baby home, and I would spend the next 3 weeks preparing my heart to say goodbye…

Bread that Sustains Hearts

It’s been a long week at our house, not necessarily a bad week, just a long one. We scheduled a four day weekend and took a roadtrip to visit family. As usual, I hadn’t found the time to get a head start on laundry and cleaning before we…

5 Things You Can Do for the Loss Mom in Your Life

When a friend or family member loses a baby, it can be difficult to know what to do or how to respond. I admit that before experiencing my own loss, I wouldn’t have known how to handle these situations either. While there are the standard ways of offering support…

A Blessing in an Unclean House

I was blessed with a visit from an old friend over the weekend. We had planned to spend some time catching up and reliving our glory days seeing a band that we had adored back in high school. I spent the days prior to her arrival reminding myself that I…

Jesus is Near

As I sat watching the local news last night, reporters informing the community of a shooting at a nearby Wal-Mart, I felt defeated. Another random shooting, another senseless act of violence, another selfish act resulting in lives being needlessly taken. I listened to parents describing their escape from the…

Joy in My Own Backyard

I was awoken early this morning by daughter, who was fully dressed from head to toe, prepared to start her day. While I was disappointed that I didn’t get to sleep in on a Sunday (and by sleep in, I mean sleep until 6:45), I wasn’t irritated…

Not that Different

When a woman becomes pregnant again after experiencing a loss, she is often told “this is a different pregnancy, a different baby,” by those around her. Those words are meant to be a source of hope for the woman who is pregnant after loss. They are meant to…

A Rainbow in the Darkness

As a rainbow baby grows and changes, it gives a loss mom the opportunity to reflect on the long journey from leaving the hospital empty handed to bringing a baby home. I think people usually expect loss moms to simply be excited to be pregnant again, without taking into consideration…