Weekly Newsletter

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Good morning, Trench Sisters!

I woke up AGAIN to snow but thankfully spring should be here by the end of the week. Also coming at the end of this week is SFTT's Assistant and one of my very best friends, Britni with baby Klas. I get them both for twenty-four hours and counting down the days. We won't have time for a Facebook Live together, but will be sure to take some pictures to share with you all. 




Walking Through Conflict series began last week. Missy and Jess set the tone of the series with their stories of conflict, love and hope. You can still read their stories on the website or click on the links below. 

This week Sarah returns with her own conflict story as well as a new trench sister, Deimile. I know you will relate and appreciate their words of wisdom and strength. Be sure to share and comment after you read. 


 Our new Facebook group is up and beginning to grow! However, I am not finding the time to cultivate conversations and move the group forward. Would you be interested in being an Admin for our Facebook group and helping our community connect with one another? If so, please email me at jen@storiesfromthetrenches.org. 


Join me for our next Facebook Live on Sunday, April 22nd at 8:00 P.M. Central Time. I will be chatting about our conflict series, new Facebook group and upcoming stories series. 

Much Love, 

Jen G.

Founder, Stories from the Trenches

Jen's Journal

We had a great family day planned yesterday. We surprised our girls with Cubs game tickets and a morning of fun before the game. But you know what they say about best laid plans? The weather turned against us and an hour before the doors should have opened, the game was canceled. Our hearts sank but we still made the best of it with our other Wrigley plans. Hopefully the rescheduled game brings better weather and we can finally see them play. How was your weekend? Did plans go your way? 


A Mother's Internal Battle of Ungratefulness

“We are now calling all first-class passengers and travelers with small children to board United Airways,” the flight attendant announced. I stood up and adjusted Colton’s jacket, then turned to help Lilianna with her backpack. “It’s time for you guys to go now,” I said. I grabbed each child’s hand and escorted them to the gate.

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Walking Through Conflict in Life After Loss

I walk through conflict every day. Invisible to most, the conflict is inside of me, a legacy of grief. Like a set of scales: happiness and light on one side, darkness and sadness on the other. They fluctuate constantly, dipping side to side and back again, never quite achieving balance. No matter how bright the moment, grief is always lurking, ready to pull me back down. Because no matter what, my little girl will always be missing

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