BROWN EYED BOY

BROWN EYED BOY My kids go to school about a mile from where my husband’s plane went down. It’s an excellent school with a fantastic reputation, but for a few moments after Addy got a spot on the waiting list I had reservations about going there simply due to proximity. The airport is a busy one with 2 flight schools …

DEAR WIDOW POLICE – I WON’T REVOKE MY CARD

DEAR WIDOW POLICE – I WON’T REVOKE MY CARD  LOVING AGAIN, CHAPTER 2, GRIEF COMPARISON, DEALING THE DAMAGE OF LOSS Nearly six years ago I was given exclusive membership to one of the world’s crappiest clubs. October 9th, 2009 – the day I went from being half of M & M, Mrs. Michelle Steinke, and the wife of Mitchel Steinke to becoming a …

I CAN’T FIX THIS

I CAN’T FIX THIS My son was 13 months when he lost his father. He holds no memories of his daddy and never asks questions or brings him up. He is a happy, well-adjusted, smart, and lovable five years old. He just also happens to be a kid who’s dad died way too young. Truth be told, I don’t worry …

SAY THEIR NAME

He was one of the most important parts of my life for more than fifteen years. We traveled, we explored, we lived and loved. He made me his wife, and I made him my husband. We welcome two beautiful kids into the world, built a house and lived our dream. He held my hand when I cried, and he kissed …

FIVE THINGS EVERY WIDOWED PARENT WISH YOU KNEW ABOUT BACK TO SCHOOL

Tomorrow I send my babies back to school….again. It’s an exciting night for homes across the country, as kids prepare for a new year and parents trust their chosen school and teachers to help guide their children for a few hours each day. Outfits are laid out by the bed; school supplies purchased, and anticipation looms for both kids and …

THE WORLD LOVES MANGO!!

MANGO LOVE!!! THE WORLD LOVES MANGO!! Did you know that MORE fresh mangos are eaten every single day around the world than any other fruit??? As an American that blows my mind. Our country sees to be obsessed with bananas and apples but are we missing out on the mango love??? My kids LOVE mango and we eat it weekly, …

SENDING THEM TO SCHOOL, AFRAID

SENDING THEM TO SCHOOL, AFRAID It is that time of the year again. The time when we send our children off to school to learn, to grow, to socialize, to develop mentally, physically, and emotionally. School is not a replacement for the personal growth happening at home, but we would be short-sided if we didn’t believe that eight hours of …

REPAIR OR REPLACE? LIFE, LOVE AND THE PURSUIT OF PERFECT FLOORS

REPAIR OR REPLACE? LIFE, LOVE AND THE PURSUIT OF PERFECT FLOORS After I married Keith, we moved to Montana from Arizona, and we built a sweet little house out on some land. We wanted a place the kids could stretch their legs, play and explore. The house was a ton of hard work, especially for my husband Keith, who did …

WORDS OF WISDOM FOR ANOTHER SCHOOL YEAR

WORDS OF WISDOM FOR ANOTHER SCHOOL YEAR Below are the words of wisdom I shared with my 6th-grade daughter and my 4th-grade son going into another new School Year. 10 THINGS I TOLD MY DAUGHTER AS SHE WENT TO MIDDLE SCHOOL. #1 – Not everyone will like you, that’s okay. Be kind, and don’t take it to heart. It’s not …

FINDING A DEEPER MEANING

01 FINDING A DEEPER MEANING – 10 THINGS BALI TAUGHT ME ABOUT LIVING LIFE WITH MORE MEANING Some places are magical because they are stunningly beautiful. Some places are magical because they are open-air museums, a snapshot into history. Some places scream culture, arts, and nightlife. Some places have the best food, live music, or endless theatre. And then there …