A Mother’s Day Tragedy and a Birth-Death Day Celebration

Annah Elizabeth Family, Gavin, Loss, Grief, and Healing, Parenting Leave a Comment

Dear Neighbor, Twenty-eight years ago, a miracle happened when a child was born. When you think about everything that must occur prior to any birth, the precise nature of so many scientific details, every delivery is miraculous. When I began writing this post, I realized that twenty-eight years ago, at the exact same hour, I was timing and logging contractions …

Ask Annah: How Can I Possibly Love Another as Much as I did My First?

Annah Elizabeth Ask Annah, Family, Loss, Grief, and Healing, Parenting Leave a Comment

Dearest Neighbor, A question of the ages, spoken by nearly every human that ever walked this earth. Though the query has been asked in countless ways, they all boil down to one ultimate question: “How do we quantify love?” “How can I possibly love another as much as I did my first?” Parents ponder this when thinking about or expecting …

Ask Annah: How Do You Inspire Your Children to Do Their Chores?

Annah Elizabeth Ask Annah, Family, Parenting Leave a Comment

“Encourage and support your kids because children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.” ~ Lady Bird Johnson, Former First Lady Like yours, our family always had something happening. School and school functions to meet those academic, social, and physical facet needs. Recreational sports and leisure activities to nurture those physical, social, spiritual, and emotional needs. …

Ask Annah: Why Do Friendships Change After a Significant Loss?

Annah Elizabeth Ask Annah, Family, Loss, Grief, and Healing, Relationships Leave a Comment

“Friendships are discovered rather than made.” ~ Harriett Beecher Stowe Dear Journeyer, “Why do friendships change after a significant loss?” is a question and conversation I hear regularly from people of all ages and across all loss forms. If you have discovered that your relationships with friends or family feel strange or estranged since a Significant Life Loss Event entered …

Ask Annah: Why I Stayed Married after My Husband’s Two Affairs

Annah Elizabeth Ask Annah, Family, Loss, Grief, and Healing, Relationships Leave a Comment

Dear Journeyer, Many people enter a state of disbelief when they learn that I am still married to the man who had two affairs following our wedding vows. And while some just can’t seem to wrap their brains around it, others have appeared flustered or fustrated, while one person wrote a scathing comment that basically described me as the reason …

The Reason Grief Feels Eternal

Annah Elizabeth Family, Loss, Grief, and Healing, Mental Health, Parenting 4 Comments

Even though it’s been twenty-seven years since my firstborn’s arrival into this world, I remember how eternal those weeks following his birth were. Like many moms do, I swayed in the rocker at the foot of the crib we’d so lovingly adorned the nursery with. I twisted the dial on the bed chamber’s musical mobile and awaited its soothing melodies. I …

Homemade Happiness

Annah Elizabeth Family, Happy Happens ™, Spirituality Leave a Comment

Happy Sunday, Journeyer!! There are three times in the last seven years that I have missed a Happy Happens column. Seven years, Journeyer! The motto has always been “Just like the proverbial shit happens, happy happens.™” This column has been an exercise in making me notice, appreciate, and honor those fleeting moments that collectively are my happiness, even in the …

The 5 by 5 Formula, a 5 Facets Happiness Rule

Annah Elizabeth Family, Happy Happens ™, Mental Health Leave a Comment

“The 5 x 5 Rule: If it’s not gonna matter in 5 years, don’t spend more than 5 minutes being upset by it.” ~ Author Unknown Happy Sunday, Journeyer! I’m having a hard time trying to tell you how my week went… Seldom am I at a loss for words and after numerous starts and re-starts, nothing feels right… But …

A Passenger’s Slice of Life

Annah Elizabeth Family, Happy Happens ™, Loss, Grief, and Healing Leave a Comment

“When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow.” —Shauna Niequest Happy Sunday, Journeyer! As I reflected on this week’s events, all I could think of was that each moment that fed my happy was like a little slice of Life Pie. And then tonight Warren, Big Guy, his gal friend, …