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Family – Where My Treasure Is – #captureyourgrief

For where your treasure is, there will your heart also be. — Luke 12:34 Times of tragedy allow true character to flourish. Times of heartache reveal family ties we may not have seen before. As I have said before, we have been truly blessed with my family’s support throughout our journey. Between parents, siblings, aunts and uncles, […]

Capture Your Grief Day 22: Words

Two nights after John Blaise was stillborn, I woke in the middle of the night with a poem in my head.  I’m talking 4 am.  And full verses.  I had been given this poem. A good friend from church and one of my writing groups read it for me at John’s memorial mass.  I read it […]

Capture Your Grief Day 18: Release

All of life is a game of Catch and Release, isn’t it? Some things are harder to catch (on to) than others: the ideal spouse, a good job, a sense of self-esteem.  For some of us, children. Or maybe faith, inner peace, or acceptance of circumstances.  Mick Jagger might add “satisfaction” to the list. Why […]

Capture Your Grief Day 16: Seasons

On December 4, 2010, the world changed.  Who noticed? My fourth son, John Blaise, was due on April 24, 2011—Easter Sunday that year.  Instead, I went into premature labor at 20 weeks, the first Friday in December to a backdrop of twinkle lights. Our little boy still had a heartbeat when we got to the […]

Capture Your Grief Day 17: Time

It has been 1,048 days since John Blaise was born still. I have survived 44 days since losing Alexander. But that is chronos. God lives in kairos. So do my tiny ones.

torch bearing quietly

I will not act out, will not
yell or curse or slam doors,
will not make a scene -- you
do not deserve such a chance
to make an example out of me
to be proven right since you
are not. Instead, I'll stand
at this street corner, raise
my hand high and clench that
light which yet remains. It
will burn brightly, quietly,
fiercely before fading as I.

Then I'll be gone but found.

©JAC 2005

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