The Widow Life

Valentine’s Day for Widows

Valentine’s Day is one of those emotional landmines every widow must navigate. If your grief is fresh, it’s a heart-wrenching reminder of what you’ve lost. Later, when the initial shock and grief wears off, it can still leave you feeling wistful and empty. Even at my stage of life – nearly four years into widowhood…

Sometimes You’ve Got to Have Frozen Pizza for Dinner

We had frozen pizza for dinner last night. It wasn’t that I couldn’t have cooked something better. My work was done by 5:30pm, and we didn’t have anywhere to be in the evening. I wasn’t particularly tired, and the kids weren’t being all that bad. Yet, I wasn’t feeling it. It’s too bad because I…

Meeting Our Kids Where They Are

Tom and I used to have this thing we called “front porching” – as in, want to go front porching tonight? Those were pretty wild and crazy times in our marriage, I tell ya. At least a couple times a week, when the Michigan weather allowed, we would grab a drink and head out to,…

My 5 Favorite Books from 2016

If you didn’t already know it, I totally dig GoodReads. I love that it lets me track all the books I want to read (1,655 right now!) and challenges me to set an annual goal. Then, at the end of each year, they give you this nifty little wrap-up about what you read during the…

My 5 Favorite Posts on The Mighty Widow for 2016

Last week, I shared the five most popular posts on the blog, as decided by reader views. Today, I’d like to share the posts that meant the most to me personally. These entries, by and large, had more to do with helping me work through my grief than providing shareable content for readers. These are…

5 Most Popular Posts from The Mighty Widow in 2016

We may be a week into 2017, but I’m still reevaluating my 2016. It was my first year seriously writing on this blog, and it’s been fun to look back and see what articles resonated most with you. In case you’re curious what fellow readers are into, here are the five most popular posts on…

This Year, It’s All About ME, ME, ME!!

I’ve seen the memes. I know we all felt as though we were limping to the finish line of 2016, but I’ve gotta say: I’m really feeling it this year…er, last year. In recent years, I have rounded out December feeling depressed, overwhelmed, enraged and even slightly manic. This year, I’m just tired. Dog tired….