Archive - August 2019

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When Your Child’s First Pet Dies
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Because She Was

When Your Child’s First Pet Dies

There are many life changing things about including a pet in your family. Some say we’re nuts on account of our herd. However’  when you have kids who vibrate on a higher (kinder) level, pets make a marked difference to their quality of life. Yes, it makes more work in a “g off the couch and walk these ding dongs and change that litter and fill that food bow…” sort of way. However, I wouldn’t want to live life without an animal (or four) by my side or under the covers…even though they should really be in their crate. The only true downside to pets, aside from mild annoyances like the occasional whining to go out for a pee at 5am, or fur on your favourite black yoga pants, is the ultimate downside which is of course the death of your best fur friend.  That’s the tough part, the thing that almost makes me never want to love an animal again. Unless you’re in your eighties, pets don’t live as long as we do. We become attached and they become fur family. Watching them go really hurts. If you’re a pet person, you understand this completely.  Some losses are harder than[…]

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Because She Was

When I first met Shelley Brouwer on Instagram I felt her warmth instantly. She was genuinely interested in my daughter and happily cheered on each of Avery’s little victories. At the time I had no idea what Shelley had been through. Then one day she messaged me to say she had written a book about life with her daughter. She asked if she could send me a copy of Because She Was. I was hesitant to read it at first—through Shelley’s beautiful Instagram posts and blog, I’d already discovered the ending. I brought the book with me on a road trip and read it from cover to cover in a few short hours. I couldn’t put it down. As my husband drove and the kids were busy with tech and snacks in the backseat, I read and cried intermittently along with the windshield wipers. At one point my husband said cautiously, “Lis, I don’t know if you should be reading this…” He was worried because of the tears. And yes, parts of the story are heartbreaking, but I was completely drawn in. Shelley’s beautifully written story weaves forward and back in time, outlining the history of her family’s remarkable life. And though[…]

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