Weekly Newsletter

Good morning, Trench Dwellers!

Spring Break has come to an end, and I am back to the daily chaos. While I was away, we had a wonderful guest, Robin Helget, from My Rise Story. She shared such beautiful, brave stories that I hope you read. You can find both stories on our blog, and be sure to check our Robin's jewelry line on Etsy.

STORIES & FORUMS

This week, we start our next series, Through It All, with Barb and Katie. At the age of seventeen, Katie became pregnant and made the ultimate heart-wrenching decision to give her daughter up for adoption. Katie and her mother, Barb, share the journey through the decision that changed their lives.

NEEDS & OPPORTUNITIES

Have you visited our new volunteer page? Get more information about joining the SFTT team: www.storiesfromthetrenches.org/volunteer.

We also want to offer a sneak peak at upcoming themes and series, so you can see where your brave trench story fits. See what's coming up and share your story: www.storiesfromthetrenches.org/stories.

Jen G.
Founder, Stories from the Trenches
www.storiesfromthetrenches.org



Jen's Journal

The week before we left for spring break, Tim was told at work that he would be traveling overseas again. This time, he will be gone during Eli's birthday. The four of us have never been apart during this anniversary. In fact, we go out of way to be together to remember and celebrate Eli. The news of Tim's traveling hit all of us hard, so I'm grateful that we had this past week of time together.

I'm not sure what the girls and I will do, so I'm praying for a big idea that won't make us feel like we have two people missing on such an important day. How do you celebrate the life of someone you lost?


Recent Stories and Resources

Additional Resources: Abuse & PTSD

This week, we heard two stories from Robin Helget of myrisestory.com—stories of her journey through the trenches of abuse, PTSD, anxiety, and depression. We hope these additional resources offer strength and encouragement to those who are also in these trenches, no matter how far along you are. Please feel free to leave additional suggestions in the comments!

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Trusting Pain, Trusting Love

Avoidance. Something I know down to my very core. The art of running.

Ah, running. I have a love/hate relationship with that, too. I run to feel a release. I run to avoid the emotions that get caught up in my daily mundane tasks of the 9-to-5 job. I run to feel a physical pain that, no matter how terribly it hurts, is often less than my emotional pain. It somehow covers up the darkening of my soul and the solidification of my heart to where my insides end up looking like a black hole. Maybe I've always been a runner, figuratively.

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Finding Myself Amidst the Clutter

Two o'clock in the morning. My mind pops awake, and the thoughts of what I should have done and what I could do better (the thoughts I avoid during the day and push to the side) come barreling in at full force like a bull coming out of its cage. The thoughts spin in a cycle, as if they are on a merry-go-round going around and around, only to wave at me as they are going past, never taking the time to stop and get off so I could have a moment of rest.

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