From Sand to Gemstones

Refining Life's Ragged Edges


July 2016

Lifting Up

Last year on this day I did a 30 day blog. It was the day after celebrating the one year mark of losing my baby. I have decided to do it biannually. Once in July and once in February. My... Continue Reading →

This Day In July

Two years. For 12 years I have struggled with infertility. Because of infertility this is what I know: It is a silent struggle It is not an inconvenience, it is an actual disease It is too taboo for others to... Continue Reading →

The Best and Truest Version

I have had enough loss in the last three years then I ever care to have again. With these losses I have learned one thing: life is so very frail. I have been on a quest to better myself. To... Continue Reading →

Parenting 101

By the end of the summer I will have perfected the art of parenting. Ok, I am more full of myself than I need to be right now. I don't think anyone has ever perfected that craft - even parents... Continue Reading →

Becoming A Warrior

Hike: Warrior Point Sauvie Island - Portland, OR Duration: 7 miles roundtrip Lately I've had this health fix. For years now I've always been concious of what I put in my body but lately it's been kicked up. Sometimes a... Continue Reading →

I’m Thankful For…

Today was a nightmare. Like Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Child's Play nightmare. Like It, Jeepers Creepers, Michael Meyers nightmare. Literally. Everything that could go wrong went wrong. I got chewed out for a vendor not being paid.... Continue Reading →

Storm Warning

Earlier this month I talked about the struggles of fighting my depression. This month seems to be exceedingly harder than most. While I have a job I mostly love, my husband is getting healthier and stronger, my faith is looking... Continue Reading →


I once read that women use rose colored glasses and men use blue colored glasses. The different lens shade signifies that men and women see, hear, understand, think and do things differently. This isn't a sexist thing. Each sex is... Continue Reading →

Turning the Light On

A friend told me the other day that it had to be something big for me to leave work. When I "called out" yesterday I thought back on her "you forget I know you" comment and realized it is something big.... Continue Reading →

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