Loving Someone with a Mental Illness

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The Best Thing to Do When Life Is Difficult

Life is challenging, unpredictable and quite honestly painful at times. When life is difficult, we need to know what is the best thing to do.

Do you ever find yourself squeezing your eyes shut wondering if they might just pop out? Or clenching your hands so tight it leaves indentations on your palms? All the while – wishing, wishing, wishing – things were another way? When life is difficult, we need to know what is the best thing to do. Life is challenging, unpredictable and quite honestly painful at times. Knowing what we will do first when the pain feels like it will devour us whole,...

First Day of School for the Mom of a Child with a Mental Illness

As I sit in my comfortable chair outside listening to the bird’s chirp, I think to myself: life today is not bad. It feels smooth, easy and comfortable. Relishing in the fact that today, school is starting, and it is no longer a part of my world. I consciously decide to ignore those old feelings of what it used to be like struggling to get a child to school. I say to myself, “not this year;” it is my turn...

Did God Choose The Wrong Mom?

Do you ever wonder if God chose the wrong mom for your children? Have you had that aching feeling inside that just maybe someone else could do a better job? I have to confess, many times during my journey of being a parent I have let those feelings and thoughts permeate my mind. I had wondered why on earth God would designate me when failure seemed to be written all over my parenting style. After all, this was the one...

Growing in Awareness

Today I am so excited to welcome a special guest to Embracing the Unexpected. Please meet Catherine P. Downing. She has a beautiful way of encouraging others to see God in the midst of caring for a loved one with mental illness.  Maree Dee May is Mental Health Awareness Month, though for one out of five families, so are the other 11 months. We are one of those families....