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Homesick for a Place I’ve Never Been

As a mama of a special needs warrior, I’ve talked about grief many times.  I read a quote the other day and it stuck with me–not because it’s applicable to us, but because the opposite is…..

Grief is intense homesickness, without ever being able to go home.

For us, grief is an intense homesickness for a place I’ve never been.

It’s peering in the windows of a place and wishing I could take a step into it.

It’s reading all the books about this amazing place and know I will never get to go there.

It’s hearing all of our friends and family talk about it and know that we won’t get to have those same stories to share.

It’s seeing this place portrayed on TV, movies, and in the pages of magazines and knowing that our life does not look anything like that.


It’s watching our little girl try her hardest to navigate that world knowing that she doesn’t have equal footing.

It’s living vicariously through others and having to balance being equally happy for them and acknowledge our loss.

It’s knowing that my heart is struggling with where to call home, because all it wants is to be able to rest comfortably where I lay my head.

It’s being homesick for the carefree, spontaneous, and adventurous person I used to be before I stepped into the role of a special needs mom.

It’s having a map to this beautiful place and then life sidelining us.  Placing us on a completely different path with no guide, no map, and no warning.

It’s knowing that grief and joy can live in the same house.  Sharing space comfortably.

It’s loving both places.  Missing both places.  Cherishing and appreciating both places.  Committing to one but longing for the other.

It’s truly never feeling like you belong in either place.


Read more about our grief journey here….


Hi everyone! Thanks so much for stopping by! My name is Jaime! Wife to my better half, James, who is my moon and all of my stars. We are parents to our little warrior princess, Callie Grace. We started this blog to share our journey as we navigate through our crazy beautiful life. Callie is a lower limb amputee and I am a Type One Diabetic. We are hoping to change the face of beauty one step at a time! We hope by sharing our story, you leave with a little bit more inspiration and hope! Thank you so much for stopping by and joining our tribe!

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Hi Y'all! I’m Jaime, a proud working mama, author, girl boss and wifey to an ultra-adorable husband. I am a huge book nerd, I drink coffee like my life depends on it, and run on dry shampoo and Amazon Prime. Leopard print is my favorite color. I am a story teller at heart and this blog is a virtual scrapbook of our crazy beautiful life. I'm a Type One Diabetic and our little warrior princess Callie is a lower limb amputee. By sharing how we’ve chosen to flourish in the garden we’ve been planted in, we hope you can take some small nuggets of hope, inspiration, and laughter. We are so grateful that you’ve found us—welcome to the fam. We embrace our perfectly imperfect lives and don’t let the doctor’s appointments, spreadsheets, speaking engagements, 10th birthday parties to plan, housework or date nights overwhelm us. Those things are just the beautiful reminders of all the blessings in our lives. Read More



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