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Love Is Love – Blending a Family Through The Eyes of a Teenager

The blog below was written by our thirteen-year-old bonus daughter Haven. It has not been changed or edited by her parents in any way. I sure hope it helps some of you understand the mindset of a kid in a blended family. Our family has many dimensions, Haven and Kane have lived through divorce, while

Living Without Those You Can’t Live Without

You are living without the person you can’t possibly have lost. The loneliness can't be captured in any word, phrase or song. It’s palpable, breathtaking and seemingly void of all reality. It’s cold, cruel and takes your heart to a level of pain you didn’t even realize existed before death laid its cold hand on

By |2020-02-14T13:12:26-05:00February 12th, 2019|1fw blog, grief, Uncategorized|3 Comments

Embrace the Past and Forge the Future

We stand on the doorstep of a New Year full of fresh opportunity and exciting adventures. The door is wide open and full of bright light. We stop for a moment and embrace the warmth and sunshine that fills us with new life. There is so much hope and promise as we head into a

By |2019-12-30T23:59:18-05:00December 30th, 2018|1fw blog, Health, Uncategorized|0 Comments

How His Proposal Felt – Loving After Loss

December 22…. Five years ago tonight, by a quiet fireplace he looked deep into my eyes and asked me to be his wife. He was well aware of my journey thus far, my pain, my heartache, my young children, his children, my PTSD, the walls I'd built around my heart and my willingness, to this

Building Resiliency in Kids After Loss

The single hardest thing for me to accept on that fateful night after being told of his plane crash, where the many thoughts and fears that surrounded the lives of our small children. How would they survive without him?How would they ever be whole and happy again?How badly would they hurt for the rest of

By |2018-12-21T17:57:37-05:00December 21st, 2018|grief, Parenting After Loss, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Chocolate Chia & Berry Breakfast Pudding

This is so tasty and as easy as it comes. I prep it the night before and throw all the ingredients together and mix well (I blend in my Vitamix). Enjoy!!! Ingredients 1 cup of Almond, Coconut, or Cashew Milk 2 TBSP of Chia Seeds 1 tsp Vanilla or Almond Extract 2 tsp Coconut Sugar

By |2019-03-19T15:00:18-04:00December 21st, 2018|1fw blog, Health, Recipes, Uncategorized, Whole Foods|0 Comments

Surviving The Holidays: 12 Tips For The Grieving

My late husband passed away in early October 2009, and within two weeks I dealt with my daughter’s third birthday. Six weeks after that was our first Thanksgiving without Mitch, and a month later, Christmas. Wow, talk about being hit with an emotional sledgehammer. The holidays are hard on people even without the added pain

By |2019-12-06T19:49:38-05:00December 20th, 2018|1fw blog, grief, Uncategorized|10 Comments

Yummy Raw Veggie Salad

My raw dinner... For 2018, I've been eating more veggies and more raw food to better my health. ❤️ Tonight's raw dinner was so yummy I thought I'd share with all of you! Simple, full fiber (so very filling), and extremely delicious. Ingredients (all raw) Spiralized Zucchini Broccoli Cucumber Tomato ? Asparagus Pine Nuts  Sunflower seeds Chopped almonds  DressingAvocado Olive oilMinced garlic Salt and Pepper

By |2018-12-20T21:45:49-05:00December 20th, 2018|1fw blog, Health, Recipes, Whole Foods|4 Comments

The Man That Came After

You were not in the plan. My story did not write the way I penned it. I penned happily ever after. I composed the fairytale ending with the same man I married at 27 in a seaside chapel on the Big Island of Hawaii. I penned one man, one love, and one life. My pen