- 1:40 pm Thursday, December 7th, 2017 by Staff Writer
As I’ve said before, Christmas will be different for me this year.
From my perspective, Christmas will be different for the entire world this year, because my Zacky isn’t here… But tradition does bring some form of comfort to my family and so this past weekend, off we went on our annual Christmas Tree Hunt.
We went to a new tree farm this time, and the folks were amazing! The woman who was directing customers into the parking lot recognized my voice as I was driving in, and she was so gracious! She mentioned Zack’s passing to me and said she wanted [More]
- 1:44 pm Friday, December 1st, 2017 by Staff Writer
The days pass us by. Several of us, I know, for so many different reasons are wondering how November has already come to an end.
But come to an end it has and December, with it’s seductive promises, sales, glittery lights, and enticements beckon.
Rejoice, restore, revive your spirit, and remember self-care. Don’t take a single second for granted, and never, never take yourself for granted.
Each year I try to practice restraint and a return to the basics. It’s a work in progress, but this year I feel I’ll be more successful for the simple reason that I don’t have the emotional [More]
- 3:57 pm Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 by Staff Writer
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I, of course, am having a very difficult time.
It’s not been two months since I lost my precious son; I grieve, deeply, and the fact that the holidays are upon us seem quite surreal to me.
“How?” is what I ask myself daily, before taking several deep breaths, squaring my shoulders, and leaning forward into the present. Sometimes I don’t quite make it there, but still I try.
In the present, the kids are out of school and excited, I ride my horse for exercise and lungs full of fresh fall air, the dogs prance and bark and beg [More]
- 4:31 pm Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 by Staff Writer
I don’t get out much these days. I find being on the farm a solid foundation to my tumultuous emotions and fragile heart, but last week was an exception.
I had committed, months back, to going to NYC in order to meet a man I had something in common with, and to do a podcast interview with him.
The man was Steven Twining, the tenth generation leader of a favorite sponsor, Twining’s Tea. I found him to be the exact opposite of what you might think a jacket wearing, tea sipping, Britt would be (whatever that is)… He was kind and charming [More]
- 11:22 am Friday, November 10th, 2017 by Staff Writer
This note was sent to me by the choir teacher at our local high school, Mr Allen. He was so influential in my daughter Shay’s life and obviously had a huge impact on Zachariah as well. I asked if I could share this as I celebrate all the things I’m thankful for:
“I’ve struggled to put my thoughts into words. Zach was one of the most unique kids I’ve ever known. He was strangely confident yet needing assurance all the time. He came to me as a creative and excited kid with some limited skills but a ton of energy and [More]
- 1:29 pm Friday, November 3rd, 2017 by Staff Writer
Can it be November already? I’ve been in such a fog, it does not seem possible that so much time has passed me by.
Never have I seen the farm so vivid with color. Every tree, bush, and blade of grass seem to be in some sort of autumnal beauty contest, all vying for my attention. “Look at ME!” “Notice Me” they scream, pulling me begrudgingly from my sober thoughts.
In truth, I’ve resented it. How can the sun shine, the ducks quack, and world be so beautiful when my son is no longer in it? Does it not feel my pain? [More]
- 12:54 pm Friday, November 3rd, 2017 by Staff Writer
Your continued prayers, and warm, caring messages sustain me. I am taking life breath by breath, moment by moment, and day by day. I know that Zack is in the arms of Our Saviour, but my arms ache to hold him.
A friend shared this with me; I don’t know the author but it has circulated on many social media platforms. I suspect it to be true, though I’m still floating amidst the wreckage.
“I’ve lost friends, best friends, acquaintances, co-workers, grandparents, mom, relatives, teachers, mentors, students, neighbors, and a host of other folks. I have no children, and I can’t imagine [More]
- 1:16 pm Thursday, October 19th, 2017 by Staff Writer
Thank you, my dear friends, for embracing me during this time.
I’ve felt your thoughts, prayers, and the outpouring of love so strongly for me and my family as we grieve for our Zacky.
Your generosity, kindness, and patience are so very, very, appreciated!
Zack’s dad, Doug Ortega, put together a beautiful video of our precious boy. You may view it HERE.
Normal Day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart.
Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let [More]
- 2:23 pm Friday, October 6th, 2017 by Staff Writer
Fall arrived officially a few weeks back, but for me it does not arrive authentically until October is upon us!
Even though temps may still be high in many areas of the country, I bet most of you are sensing change. The subtle smell and crispness in the morning, the earlier sunsets, and in many areas the leaves are certainly starting to color.
I love the changing of the seasons and the hope and promise that each cycle brings!
I wish that I could revel in it more this year without the distractions of the devastation that storms and the tortured human spirit [More]
- 11:59 am Thursday, September 28th, 2017 by Staff Writer
It’s been a jarring few months for America and though I always say my show, my platform, is not about politics or rhetoric, I too felt myself being caught up in the swollen rushing river of frustration.
Have you found yourself feeling a lot of angst lately?
Let’s hit the reset button friends. Let’s take a deep breath and love someone.
“Love Someone,” it’s not just a sappy jingle for the show, it’s my mantra and mission in life; something I believe in heart and soul.
When you’re feeling overwhelmed by things out of your control, the easiest, most humble thing you can do [More]