Thanksgiving In the Shadow of Loss

Thanksgiving thoughts... Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on giving thanks. For some people that may be an easy task, for others the reasons for giving thanks may be more difficult. Often, when you lose someone you love in any way, the holidays shift from a time of joy to a time when the missing becomes unbearable. As Thanksgiving approached this year with its focus on family coming together, the heaviness of loss began to overcome me, but I pushed myself to focus on what I'm thankful for. I realized that even in the wake of such devastating loss, I still have much to be grateful for. I'm thankful for my wonderful husband Steve and my boys John and Matt who give me a reason to get up each d

Perfectly Imperfect Children

Even as a child, my hopes and dreams for my future always centered on being a mother. Life didn’t disappoint and I was blessed with 3 beautiful boys. From the minute I found out I was pregnant with my first child I was totally and completely bound up in motherhood. I loved being pregnant and feeling my body grow and change with the precious life growing inside. I can remember the first whisper of movement and imaging who my child would be. When my first son was born and placed in my arms I cannot even begin to describe the feeling that overcame me. For the first time, I truly knew what it was to love someone totally, completely and with every fiber of my being. There was nothing I wouldn’t d

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