Location: MICHIGAN, United States

Thank you for stopping by. It's my hope you find glimpses of my Savior interwoven thru my writings. I am the wife to one husband for over 25 years, a blessed mama to a dozen children, yes each born from me ~ two of which see Jesus face to face & ten at home, all of us yearning to see Jesus someday. We have been home educating for over 18 years with . . . well, another 15 years to go (the youngest is 3, the oldest 23!) I have walked through rejection, to continually learning I am CALLED, LOVED and forever KEPT by God - never, ever to be rejected by Jesus! (Jude 1:1) I've walked through deep sorrow to find that joy does come again, though the night may be long; I've witnessed God orchestrating miracles with my children still beyond my comprehension, & I am seeing new love forming as we begin a new road of older children finding life mates. My life has and is a journey, from the deepest, almost rock bottom pit, to stumbling through my faith and looking towards the ultimate climax of everlasting life in heaven. Will you be joining me here and there? ~ Loni

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Rough days - article to share . . .

Both Norm & I have had some rough days. Songs, the children, little things trigger the emotions. It's hard to go into a lot of details, but we appreciate the many notes we have received. A friend shared this article with me, and just wanted to post it here - maybe it will help some understand others that go through this deep pain we have. Though it is not from a Christian perspective, and does not share the hope we do have to see our children again in heaven, it speaks well for us. Thank you for your continued prayers.

What Is Normal?
Written by Clara Hinton Jan 27, 2003

Following a loss, well-meaning friends and family members have often said, “I wish that he/she would act normal again. It’s been so long since we’ve had any fun together. I can’t wait until the old person returns.” Unfortunately, what most people don’t understand is that life will never, ever again be the same for the parents who have lost a child. The fact is that the parents often realize early on, “I forget how to feel normal! I don’t even know what normal is anymore!”

When a child dies, no matter what the surrounding circumstances, life as was once known, is turned upside down for a while. Nothing makes much sense. The things that kept life so busy before the death of the child don’t matter anymore. Who cares if the laundry is clean? Who worries about keeping the garage neat? Why bother to think about buying groceries? Food has lost its taste, and there is no energy to cook a meal. For a long time following the death of a child, life seems void and meaningless. Friends and family members find this part of grief particularly disturbing. Others are ready to move forward in life, taking on the mundane routines of living once again. For the parent, though, life will never be viewed quite the same again.

Normal takes on a new meaning to parents who have had a child die. Things such a fine china, fancy furniture, and collectible knick-knacks don’t mean anything. It is of no interest to discuss the make and model of the car you are driving. What matters is finding some way to help you get through this time of acceptance and healing.

There is no set of rules for normal living following the loss of a child. Some people would prefer there to be a book of rules. It would make life a lot easier for everyone to have special grief guidelines to follow. Instead, we must learn to accept as normal whatever anyone chooses as his/her way of working through the particular grief of the day. We must each remember that grief is individual, and grief will touch every person just a little bit differently.

Tears. Anger. Frustration. Excessive talking. No talking. Working longer hours. All are normal ways to work through the tremendously difficult emotional swings of child loss. A parent will often think that he/she will never again resume normal living. In a sense, that is correct. Life will never again be the same because losing a child changes the way a parent views life. Grief never leaves. It becomes more gentle, but it never completely goes away.

All of this is not to say that life will never be joyful again. Joy will return, but probably in different ways than you experienced joy before the death of your child. Priorities in life will change. Small things will carry great meaning. A flower will take on the look of a miracle. The blue sky will give a feeling of renewed hope and inspiration. Somewhere deep down inside you will know that your new “normal” is a more simplistic, more abundant way of viewing life.

If you are feeling like you have forgotten what normal is since your child died, you are not alone. Every parent who has experienced child loss goes through a time of questioning. Following the questioning, though, is a renewed sense of self and a new perspective of life. Grief never leaves, and you’ll never feel like your old normal self again. But, you will feel hope and joy as you continue on in your journey of healing from the deep, life-changing grief of child loss.


Blogger Luke's Mom said...


God continues to bring your family to mind to pray each and every day and during a lot of nights.

The article you shared on your blog hits home with me. There are days that feel so normal and than others that I just want to scream or cry out and ask God to change the circumstances in our home. I just wish that my life could be different than it is, the if only's hit real hard some days! I can not even begin to understand your pain and I'm not trying to make it seem that we are walking the same road because I know we aren't. I just know that God has put you and your family so deeply on my heart and I won't stop praying for you all until He allows the burden to go away.

Love in Christ,
Sue Searles

3/03/2005 2:32 AM  
Blogger Teena said...

Dear Loni, I am so sorry for your rough days. I am still praying for all of you. Our children have been real sick ... fever, coughs and some nights of very little sleep... I have been praying for you and your family. I am so thrilled about Melody! I hope the article was helpful... I want to help so much but do not know how other then to pray. I am so thankful the Lord allowed us to be friends before... as you helped me deal with Polly's death and my friend who lost her baby. I am here for you anytime....

much love & prayers,
mom to 1/2 dozen

3/03/2005 8:42 PM  

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