Good morning, Trench Sisters!
Our April series, Through It All, has concluded, and we are moving forward with our May series, Motherhood: A Love So Deep. We have collaborated with Nathalie Himmelrich, the founder of Grieving Parents Support Network and May We All Heal, to dedicate this month to grieving parents and the children they have lost—a beautiful way to bring light and love as we look ahead to Mother's Day and International Bereavement Day.
For grieving parents, May We All Heal is hosting a month-long creative healing eventthat starts today.
Jen and Britni will be introducing our new series and talking about child loss in a Facebook Live event tomorrow night, May 2, at 8 p.m. CDT, followed by another Facebook Live event on Sunday, May 14, at 8 p.m. CDT. Join us on the Stories from the Trenches Facebook page.
NEEDS & OPPORTUNITIES
During the month of June, we would like to shift our focus to men and let their voice be heard as Father's Day approaches. Would your husband be interested in sharing about the trenches he has gone through as a father and/or husband? Did you overcome a hard relationship with your own father? Do you have grieving men in your life who would share their stories? Get started on the Submit a Story page.
Founder, Stories from the Trenches
Tim and I got the opportunity this past weekend to meet Jeremy Courtney, the founder of Preemptive Love Coalition. He spoke at our church about his mission: loving first and leaning into fear (boy, did we walk away convicted). Preemptive Love Coalition members are some of the first responders to the crisis in the Middle East. They help provide shelter, medical supplies, food, and water, and they have even helped refugees start soap-making businesses to help provide for their families. Check out Preemptive Love Coalition at www.preemptivelove.org.
Only One Choice
At twenty-three, I gave birth to my first child, born in the middle of summer. Typically, women are ecstatic when they give birth, especially to their firstborn. I was not. Due to my situation, I did not leave the hospital with my baby. In fact, the moment the hospital staff told me I would not be taking my son home was the moment I fell into a deep, dark place. It would take me years to get out of it.