TELL ME ABOUT MY DADDY….

TELL ME ABOUT MY DADDY…. “Mommy, tell me about my Daddy please.” She looked at me with her big blue eyes, and she didn’t falter. It was the evening of her eleventh birthday, and the first time in eight years she had ever asked me to sit down and tell her about her Father. We talk about him often; he …

PICKING OUR BATTLES

Nearly three years ago I married my now husband Keith and added two amazing kids to my life. Keith, of course, added two kids to his life as well and we became a blended family of six. It’s complicated, as any mixed situation can be, with widowhood and divorce, but we opted to make the most of it and combine …

MARRYING A WIDOW

MARRYING A WIDOW This post was written in 2014 by Keith, Michelle’s fiance just a few weeks before their marriage. In a few days, I will be marrying my beautiful fiancee, Michelle. She will become my wife, but I am not so sure I will be the only man she thinks about for the rest of her life. In fact, …

WIDOWHOOD: THE GLASS HOUSE OF GRIEF

WIDOWHOOD: THE GLASS HOUSE OF GRIEF Welcome to widowhood. I’m giving you fair warning this journey will be perhaps the crappiest you ever endure. This journey is difficult regardless of your kind of loss. It may have come as a shock; it may have been expected, regardless of your circumstances, it is beyond painful. No words do the pain any …

STOP COMPARING DEATH AND DIVORCE

STOP COMPARING DEATH AND DIVORCE Please just stop. A few weeks after my late husband passed away was my first preview into the competitive world of, whats worse, death or divorce? and it made me infuriated. Here I was, a newly grieving widow, dealing with the end of life stuff, shock, two tiny children and tons of grief and someone …

WHEN YOU’RE OKAY

WHEN YOU’RE OKAY The past few days I spent in my old town, just a few doors down from the house we lived in when he died. This was also the house we brought our babies home to after their birth and the house he loved and adored. I sold that house about a year after his passing, it seemed …

14 WAYS TO GET LUCKY IN LIFE

14 WAYS TO GET LUCKY IN LIFE Occasionally I write a blog that makes people mad. I guess this blog might anger some and stir up strange feelings in others. That’s okay. I’m not always going to say what you want to hear but maybe, just perhaps, I am saying something you NEED to hear. I share a lot on …

MICHELLE’S HUFFINGTON POST ARTICLES

MICHELLE’S HUFFINGTON POST ARTICLES Michelle is a regular contributor for the Huffington Post. Below is a list of all her articles you will find published @HuffPost. How Fitness Helped Me Grieve and Start My Life Over Again http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michelle-e-steinke/one-fit-widow-_b_5514790.html Brown-Eyed Boy http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michelle-e-steinke/browneyed-boy_b_5563661.html I May Be Remarried, But I’m Still A Widow http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michelle-e-steinke/dear-widow-police-i-wont-_b_8234798.html The Case For Love After Loss http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michelle-e-steinke/the-case-for-love-after-loss_b_8317884.html The Man …

BROKEN MOMENTS

BROKEN MOMENTS Welcome to one of the days of the year where many feel the duality of life’s happiest and hardest moments in the deepest of ways. Mother’s Day is celebrated as a day to value mom’s around the world and honor all that they are, but for many men and women, it is a double edge sword of broken …

IMPERFECTLY PERFECT – A MOTHER’S DAY LETTER

IMPERFECTLY PERFECT – A MOTHER’S DAY LETTER I originally wrote this as a “guest blog” piece for https://www.thedaddyletters.com and it is shared on that website as well. You can follow The Daddy Letters on Facebook and Instagram at https://www.facebook.com/TheDaddyLetters/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&fref=nf Lach has created a beautiful blog and place to share his letters for his young children. Here is my contribution for Mother’s Day, 2017. …