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My First Motherless Mother's Day

Posted 05-11-2015 at 08:58 AM by Just A Girl
I know that this year is a year of firsts; the first Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays and Mother's Day. This Mother's Day was surprisingly bitter for me. I was sad but more than sad, I was angry. Really. Angry. I was a lil weepy but I was really mad. I laid in bed last night tossing and turning. I couldn't get my mind to shut off. All I keep thinking about is that it's not fair, she's gone too soon. I should still have my Mom.
My sister's grandfather-in-law is 87 years old. He...
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My Faith

Posted 05-05-2015 at 03:40 PM by Just A Girl
I’ve often been a fierce defender of faith in our ever so glorious newsroom. My religious background really has nothing to do with my faith, as I’m able to distinguish that one does not have to be religious to be faithful.

A little background….My entire extended family is Catholic. I went to Catholic school as a youngin and continued to practice in that religion until shortly after my parents got divorced. I participated in everything there but was never “confirmed”. One of...
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And so it starts...

Posted 01-26-2015 at 08:48 AM by Just A Girl
I am ridiculously sad. The past several weeks have really been pretty sad, with moments of feeling normal. When the room is quiet and there is no one else around, that's when I feel it. When I'm not busy cleaning or cooking or working or busy with some other monotonous thing, I am sad. Yesterday at church, the mother of a very dear friend of mine put her hands on my shoulders and looked into my eyes and asked "how are you?" and I completely burst into tears. I'm sad.
Getting...
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Struggling With Depression

Posted 12-12-2014 at 12:44 PM by Just A Girl
Many of you know that my Bubba had a nervous breakdown in early spring of this year. We were able to tackle it early and get him the mental health care that he needed. After a short time, he was discharged from intensive care and moved to an outpatient basis.
Since then, he's had hills and valleys, as would be expected. Some days are so great that he says he feels happy in his heart, other days are so low that he feels worthless and like a failure.
I have talked to people myself...
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Changing Priorities....

Posted 12-02-2014 at 05:31 PM by Just A Girl
Since my Mom's death, I've been through the various stages of grief, sometimes all in the course of a day. It all happened so suddenly. I was told on Friday that her kidneys were beginning to fail and she passed away the following Thursday. I barely had time to process anything and it was the end. I'm a blessed woman with beautiful friends and family that have been so supportive and thoughtful during this difficult time. I'm grateful for the bond developed with my sister. That is truly a silver...
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