Ireland Bound

I felt I should explain the photo that I posted to my Instagram and Facebook accounts the other day (shown below). In October, I will be traveling to Dublin, Ireland and some surrounding areas to honor a dream Lauren and I had to travel there for our…

Turning 30

Today marks the second “big day” that has happened since Lauren’s death. I’m not going to lie, bittersweet doesn’t quite cover it. It’s mostly bitter. The majority of me just wants to pretend that days like today aren’t happening if I can’t experience them with…

Interactions (A Companion Piece To Expectations)

When someone you know is in the throws of grief, that person needs to maintain contact with the outside world. I’m not talking about forced contact. Simply showing effort goes a long way. But here’s the harsh reality of showing effort: you may have to be okay…

Wait and Hope

“He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness… Live, then and be happy beloved children of my heart and never forget that until the day when God shall deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is…

Tell Her You Love Her

Look at us there. Ready to take on the world. There’s a song by Greg Laswell called “How the Day Sounds” that I have been listening to a lot recently. In it, there is a line towards the beginning where he sings, “Just like that, it’s…

Expectations (A Break In the Inspiration)

I’ve been posting a lot of what I hope are inspirational writings here as of late and I intend on continuing to do so, but this post will be somewhat different. It’s not intended to be a downer, but it will feel dissimilar. I want…

Difference Maker

Good grief, do I love this band. Lauren and I saw them live three times while she was still physically with us. One time she was severely pregnant with Liam Boy and we were literally right in the front. It was quite the experience. I…

Become Who You Already Are

I struggle with anxiety. I realized a while back that one of the main causes (if not the main cause) is my tendency to mentally exist in alternate realities. These alternate realities can either be good or bad, but both cause anxiety. Undesirable alternate realities are easy…

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Is Regret Selfish?

Above almost anything else, regret gets paired with grieving a loved one. Throughout the years of human history, we have done a good job of convincing ourselves that regret is a natural part of the grief process and perhaps it is, but is it healthy?…