The high cliffs, rocky foothills, and desert plants make for a beautiful, yet treacherous landscape for the families living in the Northern Amhara region of Ethiopia. Our long days in a caravan of SUVs during our last trip to Ethiopia made me truly understand the...
As a former kindergarten teacher with a passion for early literacy, watching someone learn how to read is something I cherish. Seeing that light bulb go on in a child’s mind as they finally connect something, watching their eagerness to learn and watching them...
When you lose someone you love dearly, what remains, is their memories. Sometimes I find that in moments throughout the day, I will almost zone out when something triggers a memory of Charlie. Watching Ellie play on the swing set outside, I think of the weekend...
I am a teacher, wife, and a bereaved mother of 3. My writing journey began when our son Charlie died, shortly after his 5th birthday. It has been my outlet to process grief and continue to share Charlie’s life, beyond his death.
But along the way, it has become so much more… a space to share stories of my heroes- families, communities, and people who’s struggles far exceed my own.
While I will grieve for a lifetime, I will also live… with laughter, hope and a whole lot of love. Thank you for letting me share my story, Charlie’s story and Our stories.
It seems like the world has stopped running for Ahmaud Arbery – but we have not. Ahmaud has been on my mind ever since a friend first shared the story of the young man murdered while jogging with me several weeks ago. He’s rarely left my mind since. Ahmaud Arbery was a 25-year-old black man […]
I have been an emotional mess this last week. I can’t necessarily pinpoint why. Maybe it has just been a while since I’ve had a good cry. Maybe I have just had terrible PMS. Or maybe it’s because I’m just overwhelmed. Michael would likely say “Holy PMS, Batgirl!” But my guess it is the combination […]
These are unusual times for all of us. Whether you’re a person, business, or nonprofit, everyone is struggling to find their footing in this new normal. The uncertainty of it all is daunting, and many are taking a financial hit. This is true for nonprofits throughout the world, who have had to cancel upcoming fundraising […]