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Entries in joy (18)


The Gift of Joy in the Midst of Grief

Grief changes. It lessens. The edges soften. Sorrow makes an occasional appearance, but it doesn’t threaten to take me under. There are moments where tears spring forth, and it’s okay when they do, but it’s not so often anymore. It’s only been six months since our daughter took her life. It feels like it's been longer ... and somehow it feels more recent at the same time.

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Let Kindness Rule

The silver SUV was heading the opposite direction as I drove to the post office, when suddenly the driver did a U-turn right in front of me. I honked. And I griped to no one as I mentally went through a list of better choices the guy could have made so that I didn’t have to hit my brakes suddenly. He turned down a side street and I drove on. I quickly forgot about the incident.

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Over the past month, since my mom passed away, I’ve been deep cleaning our home room by room. Last night, while working in my mom’s room, it occurred to me that there are a lot of boxes in life.

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A Life Well Lived - Suzanne Culver

December 29, 2015, my sweet mama passed away. Suzanne Culver was a spunky, beautiful lady and we are going to miss her more than words can say. She died peacefully in her sleep at home, which is exactly as she wanted it.

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My Heart

Several friends tried to tell me. I thought I understood what they were saying. Oh my heart! I had no idea how deeply I would be affected. On Saturday, August 29, 2015, our daughter gave birth to our first grandchild ... a beautiful, perfect baby boy named Hartford West Citro. Oh my heart! Little Hart has changed it forever.

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