My name is Terri. I consider this blog my journal for personal reflection; it’s a safe space for me to write, emote, and deal with the things I deal with in my life. I started blogging in December 2011 after my son, Reece, was diagnosed with a rare bone marrow disorder. You can read the posts of that blog on www.likeoliveshoots.wordpress.com. After Reece passed way in July 2012, I felt that I needed to continue to write if for nothing else, to keep a routine and preserve my sanity. In April 2014, my husband passed away unexpectedly. Again, my life and surviving kids’ lives were turned upside down. Life as we knew it was over and now, we were (and still are) headed into uncharted territory again. This blog is a continuation of previous blog writings, but the purpose no longer involves Reece’s journey through his life with illness. My writing here is purely about what I have experienced and continue to experience in the strange twists and turns life has taken me through. Additionally, and even more importantly, I am a believer in God and Jesus Christ. I am nothing without the Lord and I am not going to hide it. These are the things I passionately write about.
Why do I write such personal feelings online? I have found it to be a therapeutic, helpful, and healthy way to cope with the difficult things my family and I have experienced over these last few years. I have also found much comfort, connection, and encouragement in reading things from others who have gone through similar life difficulties. I hope that others might find my writing helpful, in some capacity, as it relates to their own lives.
I am not perfect. I am not a life coach, pastor, supermom, or expert on anything. I’m a regular woman walking through life. I have no desire to give advice to people through my writing. My goals for the blog are twofold: I hope to find healing by continuing to write and I hope to encourage others by the content of my posts. I write because it is what I feel led to do. Please respect that this blog is not about starting arguments about various topics or for opening my life up to public opinion. It’s also not about telling others what they should do with their lives. This is an extension of my home, and I respectfully ask that you treat it as such. I hope that when you read my writing, you feel like you are sitting across from me and talking with me face to face. That’s how I feel when I am blogging. I feel like I know people who read this blog, even if I have never met them. And you know what, I do pray over the readers of this blog. So, consider yourself covered in prayer, whether you are comfortable with it or not.