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BEFORE THE NEXT STAGE

BEFORE THE NEXT STAGE It seems like yesterday that the doctor placed you in my arms and I fell in love. You were, and still are incredible. So tiny So innocent So perfect within your newness I didn't know that less than three years from that moment, I would have to look in your sweet

By |2018-11-07T20:24:44-05:00January 25th, 2018|1fw blog, grief, Parenting After Loss, Uncategorized|0 Comments

18 CRITICAL THINGS TO GIVE UP IN 2018

18 CRITICAL THINGS TO GIVE UP IN 2018 It's the end of another year and time for those time-honored New Year resolutions. We do it every year. We promise to drop weight, get healthy, fix our lives in one way or another and we swear to begin in one fell swoop in just one day.

By |2018-11-26T23:18:06-05:00December 31st, 2017|1fw blog, Health, Uncategorized|0 Comments

TELL ME ABOUT MY DADDY….

TELL ME ABOUT MY DADDY.... "Mommy, tell me about my Daddy please." She looked at me with her big blue eyes, and she didn't falter. It was the evening of her eleventh birthday, and the first time in eight years she had ever asked me to sit down and tell her about her Father. We

By |2018-11-07T20:32:20-05:00October 25th, 2017|1fw blog, grief, Parenting After Loss, remarriage, Uncategorized|3 Comments

PICKING OUR BATTLES

Nearly three years ago I married my now husband Keith and added two amazing kids to my life. Keith, of course, added two kids to his life as well and we became a blended family of six. It's complicated, as any mixed situation can be, with widowhood and divorce, but we opted to make the

By |2018-11-18T14:59:16-05:00June 9th, 2017|1fw blog, Parenting After Loss, remarriage|0 Comments

MARRYING A WIDOW

MARRYING A WIDOW This post was written in 2014 by Keith, Michelle's fiance just a few weeks before their marriage. In a few days, I will be marrying my beautiful fiancee, Michelle. She will become my wife, but I am not so sure I will be the only man she thinks about for the rest

By |2018-11-18T15:10:31-05:00June 7th, 2017|1fw blog, remarriage|2 Comments

WIDOWHOOD: THE GLASS HO– USE OF GRIEF

WIDOWHOOD: THE GLASS HO-- USE OF GRIEF Welcome to widowhood. I’m giving you fair warning this journey will be perhaps the crappiest you ever endure. This journey is difficult regardless of your kind of loss. It may have come as a shock; it may have been expected, regardless of your circumstances, it is beyond painful.

By |2018-11-18T15:08:25-05:00June 7th, 2017|1fw blog, grief|2 Comments

STOP COMPARING DEATH AND DIVORCE

STOP COMPARING DEATH AND DIVORCE Please just stop. A few weeks after my late husband passed away was my first preview into the competitive world of, whats worse, death or divorce? and it made me infuriated. Here I was, a newly grieving widow, dealing with the end of life stuff, shock, two tiny children and

By |2018-11-18T15:05:48-05:00June 7th, 2017|1fw blog, grief, remarriage|0 Comments

WHEN YOU’RE OKAY

WHEN YOU'RE OKAY The past few days I spent in my old town, just a few doors down from the house we lived in when he died. This was also the house we brought our babies home to after their birth and the house he loved and adored. I sold that house about a year

By |2018-11-18T15:03:21-05:00June 7th, 2017|1fw blog, grief, remarriage|0 Comments

14 WAYS TO GET LUCKY IN LIFE

14 WAYS TO GET LUCKY IN LIFE Occasionally I write a blog that makes people mad. I guess this blog might anger some and stir up strange feelings in others. That's okay. I'm not always going to say what you want to hear but maybe, just perhaps, I am saying something you NEED to hear.

By |2018-11-18T15:11:53-05:00May 27th, 2017|1fw blog, Health|0 Comments

MICHELLE’S HUFFINGTON POST ARTICLES

MICHELLE'S HUFFINGTON POST ARTICLES Michelle is a regular contributor for the Huffington Post. Below is a list of all her articles you will find published @HuffPost. How Fitness Helped Me Grieve and Start My Life Over Again http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michelle-e-steinke/one-fit-widow-_b_5514790.html Brown-Eyed Boy http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michelle-e-steinke/browneyed-boy_b_5563661.html I May Be Remarried, But I'm Still A Widow http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michelle-e-steinke/dear-widow-police-i-wont-_b_8234798.html The Case For Love

By |2018-11-18T15:16:16-05:00May 18th, 2017|1fw blog|0 Comments