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I am a mother of three, sharing my journey of hope and survival following the loss of our son...

  • Empty Next?

    B's Drawer Story

      I lie awake, listening carefully to the sound of a still home, minutes slipping by as I consider the unfolding future…   On one hand, this is nothing like I expected; on the other, it’s exactly as I thought it would be.       Less rooms to keep clean…   Fewer clothes to wash…   No dishes piled up in the sink…   A fundamental strategy shift at the grocery store… Our nest is finally empty&hell...

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  • For a Newfound Friend...

    'Surviving' bracelets

      To My Newfound Friend,       Let me start by offering an apology for taking so long to respond…I only just received your gift.   You see, I don’t bother checking the post office box unless I have a package of bracelets to mail.   In four years, I can count on one hand the number of times there has been a legitimate letter waiting; the box is always full of advertisements or random missives addressed to the prior occupant.  ...

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  • Next phase...

      The sound of silence…how you crave it when they’re little and in need of a moment’s peace…   Eventually the backdrop of noise becomes your expectation of normal; any lack of chatter and clatter a sure sign they’re up to something, the likes of which probably isn’t good… Days yield to months and years, pulling you forward until one morning you wake up and they’re gone; far sooner than you may reckon, quiet envelopes you once...

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  • Need Tires???

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  • Friends and Foes

      “…See we need a law that makes being stupid illegal.”       Baby girl called me this afternoon; she wasn’t feeling well physically or mentally.   In addition to having a stomach virus, some caustic commentary about the proposed legislation bearing her brother’s name pierced her heart.       She wanted to see if we were aware of it and if so, how we felt about it.       ...

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  • PSA, Part 2

        The alarm clock went off awfully early Tuesday morning; although I longed to burrow beneath the warm covers for a few hours more, I forced myself up and shuffled into the bathroom to get dressed.         I had work to do.         There was a classroom of students expecting me, several counties away…       It’s just another surprising aspect of this journey I’m on&he...

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  • Bigger Plan

      From the very day we lost Brian, I firmly believed there was something more…something bigger, a grand, infinite plan so large and intricately designed it was far beyond my limited vision, imagination and comprehension.   I knew then, as I know now, that Brian completed his work in this world and that in doing so, he opened a door for me to commence with mine…   About this time five years ago, I wrestled with an idea born during the many sleep-deprived ...

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  • Hope for a Day

      After an especially hectic and challenging week, I felt really discouraged. The presentation I scheduled five months ago cancelled and while the reason was valid, it was just another disappointment atop of many… Road-weary and worn down, I needed a boost, some small sign to lift my tired soul… I shuffled through the latest stack of student surveys and at the bottom, I found an unmarked envelope I’d forgotten about. Inside, there were letters writ...

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  • Life Perspective

        When the absolute worst thing you never imagined happening to you has, your perspective on life is never the same…       I have experienced more dark moments during the last two thousand sixty-seven days than I care to consciously consider.   No matter how deeply I despaired at times, I promised myself I would not become that person, the one who responded to someone else’s distress by saying “At least no one died.” &...

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  • Just another PSA...

      I never really know where this winding road will lead…   In the quest to make a significant difference in our war against distracted driving, I’ve found myself doing things I never, ever contemplated.   The mission continually evolves and to keep it moving forward, so do I…       On Wednesday I had the opportunity to create a brief public service announcement (PSA) / television commercial about the danger of driving distrac...

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