Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter 2011

We had a lovely Easter weekend at our home with family. We also went to the cemetery and left an Easter lily at Graham's grave site.  We used this poem by Helen Steiner Rice as part of our reading before Easter dinner.
Here are a few pictures.  


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

On My Knees

We bought this angel statue for Graham's birthday last month.  I was thinking about putting it in our yard, but decided to use it indoors instead.  Shortly thereafter, my husband and I bought the fountain and placed it with the statue, then added the plants and the candle.  It somehow evolved into this indoor grotto.  We love the feeling of serenity this area gives.  The water is soothing to hear.  We draw comfort from this little spiritual oasis of love.
Brought to my knees,
With agonizing need,
When the world without,
Turned to darkness and doubt,

No place to hide,
 I went inside,
Desperate for my pain to ease,
And for faith in which to believe.

I prayed to God,
I cried so hard,
Why is my child dead?
It should be me instead.

With God’s love and Heavenly help,
Move me beyond thoughts of self,
To see the greater picture and plan,
So I might come to understand.

Let me feel your Divine love,
With all comfort from above,
To replace my anguish and grief,
With the peace that I seek.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Internet Talk Radio Show Interview

I was Carolyn Bookout's guest today on her Internet radio show, "Focus Factor." It will play again Thursday night (links below) at 10 Eastern time. The show will also be archived for replay on Contact Talk Radio. I've been listening to various shows on Contact Talk Radio for the past three years, and found them very helpful and informative.

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on Saturday at 10am PDT (1pm EDT) and Thursday at 7pm PDT (10pm EDT) to hear Claire Ann Stevenson discuss her book "A Mother's Tears".  Find out how the loss of a cherished son brought her on a path through grief to hope. Visit her blog at
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Friday, April 15, 2011

Clip from an interview about a show that I was on

Kay VanHoesen, founder of Here Women Talk radio, was interviewed on a television station in her area. She mentioned one of the shows on her site. It was the "Rivers of Faith"show that I was on with Donna Tyson. Here is a clip of her interview.

Here Women Talk founder Kay Van Hoesen talks about "Rivers of Faith" hosted by Donna Tyson (airs every Tuesday, 11am-12pm EST) at (this video is part of a January 2011 interview with a local TV program)
Length: ‎1:33

Sunday, April 10, 2011

A Mother's Tears-More book news

I was honored to find out a few days ago that my book, A Mother's Tears, will be available for sale in the bookstores at two national conferences this summer - The Compassionate Friends, and Bereaved Parents of the USA. I will be attending the Bereaved Parents conference and signing my books while there. Both venues offer hope and healing to grieving hearts. I hope to see many of you there!  Here are links for conference information: 

Monday, April 4, 2011

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

     This is a great picture of Graham (and George Mason) taken in Washington, D.C.  Graham and his dad had a great father/son day walking all over and seeing the sights.  It's a wonderful memory for my husband.  We miss Graham so very much, and cherish the time we had together.  Forever our son...

My son’s death leaves such a hole,
I feel so lost without my role,
As his mother and his friend,
Will my heartache ever end?

One step forward, two steps back,
Will I ever get back on track?
Help me to find my stride,
With divine love and comfort guide.

Pick me up when I fall,
I want to stand straight and tall,
I know you don’t want me on the ground,
With tears of anguish the only sound.

Give me strength to carry on,
These days seem far too long,
I hope in victory we will meet,
Not in agony and defeat.