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Hudson

Do One Good Thing For Hudson’s Eighth Birthday

I won’t lie. November sucked. The days and weeks leading up to Hudson’s birthday on December 1 are always hard, but the election and its aftermath have made this time even more full of mourning and anxiety than usual. It’s… Continue Reading →

My Daughter’s Death Changed Me, But It Did Not Make Me Superhuman

I was both humbled and proud to debut on the Brain, Child blog yesterday with a piece that was hard for me to write and share, because it says the opposite of what I think most people expect me to… Continue Reading →

Happy Seventh Birthday, Sweet Hudson

For some reason, I can’t let go of my One Good Thing blog, where my writing journey began just after Hudson died. Some part of her will always live there for me, I guess. So I’ll keep writing my letters… Continue Reading →

Hudson’s Birth Story

It might be cheating on NaBloPoMo to share old posts, but I’ve done it already and on this last day of the month, I am doing little else but preparing myself–emotionally, physically, and otherwise–to celebrate Hudson’s birthday tomorrow, and there… Continue Reading →

Always Grieving, Always Grateful

A friend of mine told me a little while ago that I am lucky in some really important ways, even though it is sometimes hard to see that. I responded that I have no trouble seeing it at all, and my hope is… Continue Reading →

Do One Good Thing for Hudson’s Seventh Birthday

For each of the past five years, I’ve written a new entry on my old blog about a week before our sweet Hudson’s birthday,  inviting anyone and everyone to join us in honoring her memory by doing One Good Thing sometime on… Continue Reading →

Perpetual State

There is a great debate among those who celebrate Christmas about when it’s appropriate to start listening to Christmas music. I myself have fallen on both sides at different points in time. Facebook reminded me last week that a year ago, I… Continue Reading →

Side By Side

My three children resemble one another so closely that I often have fun playing tricks on friends and family by posting baby photos of them with a caption of “Guess the baby!” To prove my point, here are photos taken… Continue Reading →

Life Is A Circle

The ways in which life so often circles back upon itself never cease to amaze me. My youngest daughter has been sick for the last several days with hand, foot, and mouth disease–it’s a common toddler illness that begins with a… Continue Reading →

That’ll Do, Pig.

Tonight I told a live audience of 200-ish people a story about Hudson and hospitals and brain injuries and death and God and the things that people call miracles. I think that’s about enough for today.  

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