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Living Between Life and Death: A Tribute to Uncle Hal


Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do. -Brené Brown

Today I gave a message at the Eugene Mennonite Church and below here is the take away.

I would like each of you to consider if you only had 6 days left on Earth, like Uncle Hal had from the day he admitted on hospice – are you living the life you want to be living? Do those you love and cherish know how you define a good death -for an instance do you want to die at home, amongst family or friends? And, are you in pain? How are you sharing your pain with others? Please do not suffer alone.
I leave you with this…
Grief never ends…but it changes. It’s a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith…It is the price of love.



So Long Time Off

Tomorrow I enter the working world again.  I feel mostly utter excitement however I’ve been reviewing some things I will miss.

1. Waking up at 5am-ish just for the heck of it.  Excited to design the day including visits with friends, time in my yard, extra sun time with my critters, running and walking with Jeremy & Josh, paying it forward….

2. Listening to my dogs.  They love to tell me when there’s something exciting happening at the park (part of our back fence is shared with a small park).  Two of them have been playing hours on end in their kiddie pool and the other two have been sun bathing in the grass and on the deck.  Smiles on their faces, tails wagging, they’ve been the best of friends.  My very own mad dog posse.

3. Talking to my cat Sensei.  She’s a vocal one and loves to chatter back, tell me about her day, and asks me where her sister Katara has gone off to now?  She loves to help on the computer and mostly loves sleeping on the laptop in my office/craft/cat room.

4. Smelling the roses.  My roses have been gorgeous this season.  Mom got me a beautiful crystal lead vase for graduation that has been full of red and salmon colored roses since I got home from the festivities.

5. Photography.  I’ve been having fun with my photography projects, getting to take a little more time to tell a story and add a photo, or add a photo and tell a story.

6. Journaling.  This has been such a helpful tool for me in the past, and something I’ve started doing again.  I’ve been encouraged to follow Lynda Monk, who at one point invited me into a women’s writing workshop that was very beneficial.  I’ve found her journal prompts thought provoking and she encourages social workers (healers, caregivers, etc) to find ways to refuel.  Burn out has been something I strive to continue to address.

7. Focus on health.  I’ve been working out harder, eating healthier, and being more mindful of my body’s aches and pains.  While I know this will be an ongoing pursuit I’m proud to say I’ve lost 26lbs and feel healthier and happier than I’ve felt in a long time.

8. Gratitude.  I love making homemade thank you cards and tis the season to be thankful and show gratitude for all those that have supporting me along the way.  34 years old and lots of lives have touched mine.

9.  Laughter.  Laughing out loud, on the inside, and finding the funny.  Does a body good.

10. Time.  Time for cleaning out the house, donating items, sorting items, and selling items.  Time to breath, eat, and sleep.  Time to think.  And be.IMGP3969

Filling the Cup

Toni wrote me, “I just started reading a book on trying to live life as if it were going to knowingly end in 30 days.”  Our theme is filling the cup, she went on to say, “my picture is a representation of my own quest for fulfillment, my own cup; its a picture of the first chapter page.”  This past week the follow quite has really stuck with me.  “Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.” ~Lionel Hampton

Today my gratitude feels large, freeing, and is deeply connected to filling my cup.