I almost didn’t write this post. With the death of my sweet nephew Judah, I wasn’t sure that I wanted to blog throughout the grieving process. But I’ve realized that I do. Grief is a part of life that I think we too often avoid or dance around addressing because it is hard, messy, and painful. However, I believe it is time to write about our family’s journey in it. Today I am sharing our favorite resources this month with an emphasis on grieving resources.
*My apologies! The Norseman let me know that the last article was missing the link. It has been added!*
//Hope Mommies ministry – I learned about this from Elizabeth, our recent Rejoicing in Motherhood guest. I reached out to her for input on how to support to my sister after Judah passed, and this is one of the things she suggested. This looks like a beautiful, encouraging Christian community. I’m eager to learn more about them.
//MealTrain – a website that lets you quickly set up a meal train for a family going through a hard time such as a death.
//This gorgeous quilt pattern. Prima needs a twin-sized quilt for her bed. This is one of two patterns I am considering for it. It is absolutely gorgeous. I can see it in lavender, sage, and silver – or blush, deep pink and gold!
//Strawberry Chocolate Chip Quick Bread – we made this for breakfast after finding a great deal on strawberries this month. It is so, so good! It lasted a whole day and a half at our house. Incredibly easy and inexpensive to throw together.
//The toddler question by Milkweed Montessori – this article is a great reminder that fussy or difficult young children often are trying to ask for something from us. I’ve been noticing a big shift in Prima recently. She is paying very close attention to routines and order. She wants things put away exactly where they belong. If it’s time to get up, she wants her diaper changed, her clothes put on, and her hair combed before breakfast, just like it always is. She also wants to move – a lot! If we spend a day driving around, she is very active and fussy once we get home. She needs to move! I’ll write more about my observations in a post next week.
//Grief & Grace: Losing a Child and Learning from God – post by Elizabeth about her miscarriage last year. This post helped me immensely when my dad died unexpectedly this past October. I’m re-reading it now that Judah has passed away.
//Living with Every Heartbeat Surrendered – a podcast episode from God-Centered Mom that encouraged me recently. I’ve been worrying lately – what if I die? What if God asks me to give up Brian, or Prima, or Secundus next? What if my mom or stepdad is next? Or the Norseman’s grandparents or parents? This story, and episode, really helped me to gain a better perspective over these “what if’s” – if it comes, it is from God, and though we would never ask for suffering, He is more than able to bring us through it. So I still might lose more people dear to me this year. But God’s grace will be sufficient when the time comes and I need not fear it. (2 Corinthians 9:8)
// Beyond Awareness: 15 Ways to Love Each Other Well Through “Trying,” Infertility, and Loss – I’m popping in this morning to add this last article. “It is my sincere hope that this simple list will help women bridge the awkward and painful gap carved by this unique pain, protect against bitterness, and aid each other in clinging to grace as the Lord gives and takes away.” – Abbey, Gentle Leading