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Liz Mannegren
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Over the past few years, the month of July has been grown and shaped by grief and tears, birthdays, celebrations of life, and anniversaries of loss. With four July babies (and only one of them here with us) this month has become more beautiful in its fullness. We mourn and we remember, but most of all, we celebrate the children that we are so privileged to call ours.

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One year ago, we got a positive pregnancy test. I never dreamed that we'd be here, twelve months later, still waiting. This one's for all my dear friends who are waiting on answers of their own.

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Grief doesn't always look like our definition of "attractive," but there is beauty here amidst the brokenness. Grieving mama, you're beautiful, jagged edges and all!

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After our third miscarriage, the doctors advised us not to get pregnant again until we complete further testing. It's been so difficult to be patient, particularly when I see my Facebook news feed filling with pregnancy announcements, gender reveals, and black and white ultrasound photos. There are days when going to church and seeing a room full of round bellies feels particularly painful for a grieving heart. So to all my pregnant friends who have caught me tearing up at the sight of them, please know, it's not you, it's me.

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I wish this story didn’t belong to me but it does. It belongs to me, and it belongs to you. It belongs to your co-worker, and to that woman patiently waiting at the bus stop, to your childhood grade three teacher, and to your best friend. It belongs to all of us. So let's talk about it.

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"We don’t always get to keep our rainbow babies. I’ve lost two. But just as the sun reflects and refracts against water droplets in the sky, the Son’s glory is reflected through life’s storms."

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1 in 4 women experience pregnancy loss. It affects us all. This is the farewell story of my third loss.

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Instead of Christmas cards, we send out an annual Christmas video. It's way more work but also, way more fun! Take a look at what Christmas looks like in Sweden! +Sweden

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Don't forget the Walls! Here are six fun ways to decorate your WALLS for Christmas!

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One of my very talent blogger friends, Stefanie Tong, has just published her memoir: Chasing Light. A story of finding hope through the loss of miscarriage. This was a really good read both for those looking to understand loss better, and for those currently going through loss. I encourage you to take a look at her book (or at the very least, go check out her blog!)
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