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: Your Doctor Called You Lucky After Your Son Died?

Annah Elizabeth Ask Annah, Loss, Grief, and Healing, Mental Health 2 Comments

“Your doctor called you lucky after your son died?” You asked? He sure did, Neighbor…and here’s what I later gleened from that experience… …………… “You’re lucky we were able to do a bikini cut,” my obstetrician said to me during my six-week checkup. Lucky? I sat across from this man who had come to know my body—well, certain parts like …

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?

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“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. …

Hallmark, Happiness, and Healing through The Holidays

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

Dear Journeyer, This morning I come to you from my living room sofa, one of those recliner combinations we recently purchased for Warren, a guy who loves nothing more than propping his feet at the end of a long, labor-filled day, and relaxing in front of a good show. Built in 1903, our home has one of those central living …

Energy Reset

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Happy Sunday, Journeyer! Right now I am a puddle of nothingness and everything-ness, so this post is likely to be quick and to the point. You see, I spent a few delicious hours pampering myself earlier today. Yep. You just gotta do it now and again. I’ve been hearing RAVE reviews about a new local spa and wellness center called …

Best Parenting Advice Ever: You’re Going to Kiss Ass

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Happy Sunday, Journeyer! Looks like I’ve still got it in me. That knack for mixing metaphors in humorous ways. Not too long ago I actually mentioned to Warren that I hadn’t had any Annah-isms in a while. That notion went out the window when Big Guy handed me the open calendar I sent with him when he went away to …

Wrapping Up and Resetting

Annah Elizabeth Happy Happens ™, Loss, Grief, and Healing, Mental Health 2 Comments

Happy Sunday, Journeyer! As I typed those words, I thought about how some of us might not consider Sunday a happy day. As I do when I have thoughts like that, I asked myself why? The first thing that came to my mind was a co-worker’s reply to my greeting last Monday. “Good morning, did you have a nice weekend?” …

Mother’s Day Alone and a Divine Appointment

Annah Elizabeth Happy Happens ™, Loss, Grief, and Healing, Parenting 2 Comments

Good morning, Journeyer, And for all of you who are mothers–be it in your head, in your heart, or in your home–happy Mother’s Day. I’ve been having a hard time this past week and yesterday was a mixed bag of emotions. On the one side, Beauty’s college graduation filled me with an abundance of Mama Pride and an unbridled joy …

Full Spring Ahead

Annah Elizabeth Happy Happens ™, Mental Health, Parenting 2 Comments

Happy Sunday, Journeyer, I’ve been in a funk all day long, gorging myself on brownie bites topped with over-sized dollops of Jiffy peanut butter. Does it get any better than comfort food? Daylight savings time always messes with me because that whole getting up an hour earlier is bad for my psyche. As is all the crap that continues at …