Good Grief

Holy Spirit, You are Welcome Here

Holy Spirit, You are Welcome Here

Many people have been telling us since the kids and I opened Mike's Memorial Celebration with this song that when they hear it played on the radio, a playlist, or a social media music outlet, that they think of us. If I had five bucks for every time I've heard, "You...

In My Letting Go

In My Letting Go

This song is my answer to the world of people who say things like, "I hope this gives you closure," "It's time to let go," or "I'm praying that you can move on." I know that people mean well, but I have said over and over, "Please understand that I am not seeking...

Though You Slay Me

Though You Slay Me

This. Song. Writers Shane and Shane had no idea that this song would wrap itself around the hurting heart of my twelve-year-old son just days after the loss of his dad. But envelop, it did. Like. A. Warm. Blanket. Jeffrey Michael began singing this on constant repeat...

For This Reason I Kneel (I Surrender)

For This Reason I Kneel (I Surrender)

In yesterday's post, I shared how the discipline of "finding your happy heart [joy in spite of unwanted circumstance] and teachable spirit [willing surrender]" solidified a response to tragedy in our children that has helped them begin their navigation through the...

Smile Away the Tears

Smile Away the Tears

There are a myriad of things I could say about this song, and about this young man, my Championson. Mike and I knew this kid was special on the day he was born. He entered the world and caught the attention of the labor and delivery team. In the background we heard...

Hold Me Together

Hold Me Together

Grief is excruciating; yes, even for me. I know that if you haven’t walked this path alongside our family up close or kept up with the good and the bad social media posts, I might appear to have handled our losses with ease. No. “Ease” is not a thing with grief....

Too Much Happiness

Too Much Happiness

Today is my birthday. Birthdays with having Michael Shroyer in my life were nothing short of too... much... "happy!" Truly! From his meticulously planned, extravagant mall scavenger hunts to the year of the 33-everythings. From the time-challenged, elaborate reality...

3 Little Minutes

3 Little Minutes

A week or two before Michael went into the hospital, I had received an advertisement of an upcoming songwriter weekend, to be led by one of my favorite songwriters, Jonatha Brooke. It was to be held in Nashville, and its closer proximity caught my attention! I had...