family

My family outside my Dad's recent church - Melfa United Methodist - in Virginia. We loved attending church as a family.
The holidays can be a time of joy as we all gather around our family table and reunite with loved ones. It can also be a time of incredible sadness for those who maybe had a rough year or lost someone special. For me, the joy and sadness seem very tightly intertwined. I love seeing my mom and sister. Enjoying my family and theirs. I love seeing the excitement on the faces of my children. I love...
The holidays are a time to enjoy family - they can be less about stuff.
The holidays are right around the corner, and I must admit I’ve already started picking up a few Christmas gifts for my daughter. But when it comes to me, please, don’t get me anything. Christmas has always been my favorite holiday. I love the festive elegance of my family’s Christmas Eve celebration and hanging out in PJs at my in-laws’ on Christmas Day. Some of my fondest childhood memories are...
Great memories of a loving Godmother.
This is the greatest risk that any of us will take. To be seen as we truly are. - Fairy Godmother (Cinderella, movie) I recently learned of the passing of my Aunt Judee. My father’s sister, she was also my Godmother, and a second mother to me when I was a young girl. I spent countless hours with her over summers, sometimes stretching into days. She moved several times during my childhood, which I...
My son, Alex, walks the farm fields that I enjoyed as a child.
Following the sudden death of my Dad, it’s been a whirlwind of emotions. Incredible sadness, mixed with anxiety, concern for my children, concern for my mom, fear, lackluster attitude, no energy, and this feeling that maybe I should just disappear into the wilderness and never return. I’ve always battled with my emotions – I just have so many of them! And, I’ve always struggled with staying in one...
Rolling hills, sunset, and tractors will always remind me of my Dad.
It has taken me a long time to decide whether I actually wanted to talk about this on the blog. However, many people have told me that while grief and grieving are often personal journeys, there is also a sense of camaraderie felt by those who have known grief… so here goes. G is for Grief In February, my dad died. It was sudden. Unexpected. He was on vacation in Panama with my mom – a place they...
Talking to your family about your wishes is important.
I recently had lunch with a colleague who works within Beebe’s Palliative Care department. We were discussing palliative care and end of life planning and she said, “I refer to it as Advanced Illness Planning.” This really struck me. We spend so much of our life “planning” for big events. We plan for college, we plan for a wedding, we plan for a having a baby… But, do we plan for death? There are...
Kids walk to school with backpacks.
As a mom with two small children, August means preparing for “back to school.” This means back-to-school shopping, determining after-school care for both kids, finalizing extra-curricular activities, trying to get everyone back on a schedule of going to bed early and waking up early…. All while trying to squeeze in a couple more weeks of fun and cross a few more things off the summer bucket list...
rachel family
You’ve likely heard the saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” While that may be cliché, as with most clichés, its roots ring true. As we age, we often get stuck in our routine. We go to the same restaurants, visit the same friends, and take the same vacations. There’s nothing like an active, imaginative grandchild to throw a wrench into your routine! And, by interacting with young...
Family fall walk
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all the things we are thankful for, but also a time to make positive changes in our life. As the leaves begin to fall and weather turns cooler, many of us will become consumed with the all of the hustle and bustle that goes along with the holiday season. Thanksgiving seems to get squeezed between Halloween decorations and Christmas carols. As of November 1,...
Tanya Hernandez
"I believe that being positive and keeping a smile on your face will help push you through the bad. At the age of 35, I received the devastating news that I now had breast cancer. I continued to move forward with my life, even after nine long months, and kept a strong, positive attitude in my life as well as at work. As a bank teller I try to keep a smile on my face because I don’t like to bring...