The Story of a Mother

A fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen “Young woman embracing a thorn bush”Kay Rasmus Nielsen (March 12, 1886 – June 21, 1957)Denmark A mother sat by her little child; she was very sad, for she feared it would die. It was quite pale, and its little eyes were closed, and sometimes it drew a heavy deep…… Continue reading The Story of a Mother

From a Secret Place

I am very pleased and thankful that a revised version of my blog post “Four” (originally published October 3, 2016) has been included in the June 2021 “Gardens” issue of ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal. It is our first summer without him, an astonishingly beautiful day, and a Sunday, which makes it worse. I step…… Continue reading From a Secret Place

Cherish the Moment

Mothers, you will never regret time spent with your children. Don’t forget to cherish the moment. “Think ahead to a time When your little boy’s a man And you’d give anything Just to hold him again.” -Ron Hamilton Cherish the Moment CD Words and music by Ron Hamilton, Arr. by Shelly Hamilton Thank you, Lord…… Continue reading Cherish the Moment

Child Loss: Why We Are Uncomfortable

When someone is widowed in old age or loses an elderly parent, perhaps after a long decline in health, we can easily understand that there is tremendous grief and sadness felt by loved ones left behind. We can identify with what they are going through, to a certain extent, because the loss follows the usual…… Continue reading Child Loss: Why We Are Uncomfortable

Rejoice in the Lord

On Mother’s Day Evening 2013, Jonathan Campbell Hamilton, son of Ron and Shelly Hamilton, was taken to Heaven at the age of thirty-four after a long struggle with mental illness. I have heard Mr. Hamilton sing Rejoice in the Lord countless times over many years but never knew until recently about the loss of his…… Continue reading Rejoice in the Lord

Memorial Day

Though my Father served in the United States Air Force, I do not come from a particularly military family. Our son, Hans, did not serve in the military.  But, as a volunteer firefighter/medic, he was given firefighter’s honors at his memorial service.  To be honest, I was floored.  I did not expect such an honor.…… Continue reading Memorial Day

Revised Post: Thoughts on Psalm 55

“The plug had been pulled.  And as the pain drained out the bottom of my soul, a holy hush took its place, filling me from the top and then running over, quenching my hot tears in an instant.  This peace was cleaner than contentment and softer than happiness.  I was in the arms of my…… Continue reading Revised Post: Thoughts on Psalm 55

Re-Post: Empty Stalls, Empty Beds

“I do not know what the Lord has planned for us.  I rest in the fact that He is God and He knows what He is doing.  I began this journey without knowing all the twists and turns it may involve.  But my Captain knows all.  I do not need to fret or peer over…… Continue reading Re-Post: Empty Stalls, Empty Beds

Revised Post: Desires of a Mother’s Heart

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.   1 John 5:14-15 Every prayer I have ever uttered…… Continue reading Revised Post: Desires of a Mother’s Heart

Revised Post: Compelled

Original post published October 10, 2016 It is over seven months now since Hans left us for Heaven, yet I still get these illogical, unrealistic, untrue thoughts/longings/compulsions to find him.  For instance: It’s such a beautiful breezy day; it’s hot and the birds are singing.  I stand in the yard looking around and I think:…… Continue reading Revised Post: Compelled

Revised Post: The Facts

“This heavy sorrow is what I feel.  It is not a reflection of what I, as a Christian, believe.  I know where our son is and  I believe what God has told me about our eternal home.  Why then do I sorrow? It is because each crashing wave of grief is my flesh crying out…… Continue reading Revised Post: The Facts

Revised Post: Four

Click here to read the entire post. “It’s not just Hans I miss.  It is all of them together as happy children on a Sunday afternoon.  Sometimes I so want to turn back the clock to one of those precious days.  Or to turn it forward to when we will all be together again. But…… Continue reading Revised Post: Four

Memorial Day

Though my Father served in the United States Air Force, I do not come from a particularly military family. Our son, Hans, did not serve in the military, but, as a volunteer firefighter/medic, he was given firefighter’s honors at his memorial service.  To be honest, I was floored.  I did not expect such an honor.…… Continue reading Memorial Day