Mel’s Friday Blog Roundup

Featured in Mel’s Friday Blog Roundup:

628th Friday Blog Roundup (January 6, 2017) — Perspective at Seven (December 30, 2016)
Mel’s words about my post: Lastly, Bereaved and Blessed has a moving post about her daughter processing information about her sibling that died before she was born.  It begins, “I overheard Abby tell her friend (who was over for their first playdate, at our home) that she wanted to talk about her sister in Heaven.”  She recounts the conversation between the two girls and the conversation she had with her afterward.  Go over and read the whole thing.

591st Friday Blog Roundup (April 15, 2016) — 9 Years in 9 Words (April 10, 2016)
Mel’s words about my post: Bereaved and Blessed reveals the 9 words that she has used to define her year during each of her 9 years of blogging. I love the idea of setting one ahead of time, though I’m terrible at (1) figuring out my word and (2) sticking to it, but even more, I love the idea of looking back and summing up the year. Go wish her congratulations on almost a decade of blogging AND see the word that defines her 9th year.

534th Friday Blog Roundup (February 27, 2015) — 45 Seconds (February 23, 2015)
Mel’s words about my post: Bereaved and Blessed touches on Graham Moore’s acceptance speech at the Oscars (which goes hand-in-hand with Earth & Ink’s post above) and then asks an important question. If you had 45 seconds on a widely watched television program and could reach many people at once, what would you say?

495th Friday Blog Roundup (May 23, 2014) — What Does It Mean to be Mentally Ill? (May 13, 2014)
Mel’s words about my post: Lastly, Bereaved and Blessed writes frankly about mental illness. I love this post, walking you through the questions you may have about her diagnosis while admitting she shared a lot of these questions too. It is a must-read post for… everyone. Everyone who has been diagnosed or who knows someone diagnosed or who just wants to better understand what life is like with mental illness.

491st Friday Blog Roundup (April 25, 2014) — What Do You See? (April 24, 2014)
Mel’s words about my post: Bereaved and Blessed writes about the only picture she has of her whole family on the day that her daughter was born and died. She has always had mixed feelings about this photo, especially the way she looks in it. But a friend tells her how she sees the photograph, changing the lens through which the author views herself, holding her little girl.

445th Friday Blog Roundup (May 31, 2013) — Sisters (May 30, 2013)
Mel’s words about my post: Bereaved and Blessed has a photo that is worth 1000 words.

402nd Friday Blog Roundup (July 20, 2012) — When You Get Little (July 14, 2012)
Mel’s words about my post: Bereaved and Blessed has a post on something her daughter says. It’s such a moment of sweetness, but it also ends with a thought-provoking question, one that scared me shitless when I thought about the ending to Max Tivoli. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts over there.

337th Friday Blog Roundup (April 22, 2011)  Perfect Moment Monday: “I’m that Someone.”  (April 18, 2011)
Mel’s words about my post: A moving post about taking the statistical bullet and pairs it with a story about her father that will make you rethink the whole start of the post where she explains that she is that someone in the sentence, “it has to happen to someone.”  It is about re-examining suffering from two different angles.

277th Friday Blog Roundup (February 26, 2010)  Omega and Alpha (February 24, 2010)
Mel’s words about my post: A post about being finished with having children. Once they receive news about the chance of having another child with the same medical conditions as Molly, they make a soft decision to end family building, but she states: “That said, it is one thing to come to that decision on our own and felt very different to me last week when I was under the impression that someone else, the Pediatric Geneticist, was discouraging us from going down that road again.”  I love the end of the post, bringing together the concept of the alpha and the omega.  It’s just a gorgeous read.

154th Friday Blog Roundup (September 4, 2009) —  “We Carry On…” (August 29, 2009)
Mel’s words about my post: A post about the memorial service for Senator Kennedy. It is a beautiful post that contains a quotation written by Senator Kennedy and sent to the families of those who lost a family member on the anniversary of 9/11 (he sent a letter each year). And it’s the quote that entwines itself so deeply in not only Kathy’s situation and following that light right now, but they are beautiful words for anyone who has been through a loss.