I am convinced

… that fear and faith cannot coexist.

… that the victim mentality could easily be my downfall. I am not a victim, I have been blessed beyond measure

… that embracing life for what it is is not a one time event.

… that you make the choice to LIVE everyday to it’s fullest – every day, sometimes more than once a day. Sometimes more than that.

… that there are some people who will never be okay with who you’ve become over time, but also that your heart doesn’t need to lose love over it. The people who love you for who you are are the ones that matter in the end.

… that memories are like sweet raindrops from heaven. When they fall, the tears come so easily, but somehow they are still so refreshing.

… that the world would be a better place if only chocolate grew on trees. #Willawonka

… that our son was designed by God with a special dose of happiness because he was always meant to be our rainbow baby. I’ll admit that’s a bitter pill to swallow because it also means that Jenna was somehow always meant to die, but there’s just no other way to describe it. He is exactly what we need.

… that spontaneity in life is a must. It keeps life interesting :)

… that Heaven manifests itself in the smallest and sometimes ridiculous ways – when you least expect it. The other day I was pulling into our driveway from the grocery store. I had tons of things to pull out of the car, a super tired kid in the carseat ready to jump out and there it was! A hummingbird! I have never… never… seen a hummingbird in our sad looking shrubs in the front yard. I was paralyzed and wonderstruck (thank you Taylor Swift for that word, it’s awesome).

… that the beach could be my home if only I had the moooola.

… that time is my enemy. In one short month my son will be two. When did he become this toddler that is anxious to form real words, play in the mud and chase birds? It happened right under my nose. I am pretty sure I am going to cry on his birthday.

… that Still Standing is going to be amazing. We have gained so much outside support on this thing and I seriously can’t wait to see the magazine go live.

update: linking with Rachel + Jeannett

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  1. 1
    Debby Pucci says:

    Amen! A post filled with hope and the love of God.

  2. 2
    Beth says:

    Oh yes. Love this, Fran. Beautiful.
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    Heather says:

    Absolutely beautifully written!!!!! PRECIOUS!!

  4. 4
    Trisha says:

    So beautiful. Thanks for those gentle reminders!
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    Deanna says:

    couldn’t have said it better!

  6. 6
    Tesha says:

    I am blessed to have read this today…felling sad and overwhelmed with grief. Thanks for sharing.

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    Morgan says:

    Thank you for this beautiful post. I struggle with allowing myself to feel okay and embracing this life without my son here. I actually just wrote about it and then came and read this. I have to admit that I struggle with the victim mentality as well. This post is what I needed.
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  8. 8

    Beautiful post!!
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    Jill Wilhelm says:

    That is such a beautiful post! Gave me goosies….my little girl was born early and was very little. She will be 2 in a couple of months and I have no idea how she went from 2 pounds to a little chucky babbler either! Your little guy is a blessing :-)
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  10. 10

    Fran, Great job, girl! I’m linking this post on my blog on 4/10. xo
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    Zhanna says:

    I discovered your site through Moms of Faith and so glad I did. What a great post. Yes, fear and faith can not coexist. This was actually my battle after I had my first daughter. And it was a hard road to get through in order to learn and embrace the truth of Phillipians 4:7, that no matter what happens, God will give us peace that surpasses all understanding.
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    Deni says:

    What a beautiful post! So honest and true, so glad Lori sent me here! :)

  13. 13
    Claire says:

    Beautiful post! I am very excited for Still Standing to go live!
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    Stephanie says:

    Oh Fran, Yes. You always put into words the emotions that I think so many of us feel but cannot express. I wish that ‘those who will never be okay with who you’ve become over time’ will see how fruitless their time is being spent. Such a beautiful heart (yours) could never be anything but what it was always meant to be. Love you girl, and I am so proud of what your doing with SS and to be a part of it! I wish I could give more and be the visionary that you are so clearly becoming!
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    Heather says:

    Never been to your blog before… but this is exactly how I feel about my rainbow boy “… that our son was designed by God with a special dose of happiness because he was always meant to be our rainbow baby. I’ll admit that’s a bitter pill to swallow because it also means that Jenna was somehow always meant to die, but there’s just no other way to describe it. He is exactly what we need.”

    Glad to read this tonight. Thanks!

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    Christi says:

    Hi Fran! I’m stopping by from InstaFriday at Life Rearranged. I was drawn in by your photos, but I think there was some divine hand in that. I’ve been reading your story. My brother and his wife lost their firstborn child (a girl named Maggie) almost one year ago. They had a miscarriage two months later, and in June they are expecting another girl. They are struggling mightily to give their grief over to God and embrace the joy of this expected baby, but every day is just that – a mighty struggle. I feel so inadequate to comfort them or even try to understand what their last year has been like. But after reading just a little bit of your blog I know that you have been where they are, and you have wisdom and peace that only experience can bring. All that to say, I can’t wait to recommend your blog to them. I know it will be a blessing to them. And I am excited to follow along myself. Thank you so much for sharing your faith and your heart here. And, nice to meet you!

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      Franchesca Franchesca says:

      Hi Christi, my heart goes out to your brother and his wife and you are simply amazing for wanting to just be there for them. Sending big love and prayers to your family through this time. I would love for you to share my blog, any way I can help please just let me know.

      Thank you so much.

      xoxo fran

  17. 17

    I enjoyed my visit here today. “Rainbow baby”…I will have to share that with one of my friends. Thank you for your words.
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    Jess says:

    I absolutely love this post, thank you!

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