Grief Makes One Hour Ten FREE Word Art {Love My DIY Home}

How Long Should Grief Last?

It’s been 243 days. That’s 5829 hours… exactly 349,768 minutes. How long should grief last? Should I be moving on by now? Is the past in the past? For those of you who will be experiencing grief in the future, or those of you in the throes of grief let me encourage you. Don’t put it off. Don’t avoid it. … Read more

Non-funeral Pepper Party {Love My DIY Home}

The Pepper Party – A {DIY} Non-Traditional Funeral

The Pepper Party – a Funeral Alternative  Pepper Party: pep·per /ˈpepər/ par·ty /ˈpärdē/ n. 1. a. A ceremony or group of ceremonies held in honor of Pepper, a mom, grams, and meemaw. A non-funeral in celebration of life for the benefit of those left behind.   Be a rebel with a cause – do things your way, do it yourself … Read more

Caring for an Elderly Parent {Love My DIY Home}

12 Ways to Support a Failing Parent + Free Psalm 91 Word Art

It's Coming – Get Prepared {scroll to the end for the free Psalm 91 Word Art}  Most will experience one or more parent's decline in health, whether it be mental, physical or both. You can't be 100% prepared, but perhaps my 12 tips borne from personal experience can help make your journey easier.   When it comes your turn, I … Read more

Life After Loss – Is Closure Possible?

Is Closure Possible? Is Closure Necessary? When you're charged with carrying out someone's wishes, sometimes you need to throw tradition out the window. My last DIY for my mom was to throw a Pepper Party and lay her to rest in a way contrary to tradition. (See links to this series below if you're a newbie here – it would … Read more

5 Ways to Survive a Loss – With No Regrets

Now What? How do we survive a loss with no regrets?     The days sitting at the hospital and hospice house are past.   The preparations to lay my mother to rest are done.   We've had our friend and family get-togethers. My last child has left to go back home.   We're back to work and life goes … Read more

MIL Apartment Reveal {Love My DIY Home}

Mother-in-law Apartment Reveal

Today was graduation day for my mom. She stepped through the gates of heaven at 12:23 this morning. God is good. Can I say that again? God is good. His grace is sufficient. I thought it fitting that on this day, on this my DIY blog, that I share with you the before and after pictures of her apartment. This … Read more

No Christmas Home Tour Here

  This Christmas season is different for our family this year. We are a family in crisis. There will be no chestnuts roasting on our open fire this year. Normally I would be writing a post about our Christmas Home Tour complete with staged pictures of my home in the middle of Christmas celebration. (Last year's Christmas Home Tour) It’s … Read more

Dresser Turned TV Stand

 It is a new day. I woke at 4:45 this morning and couldn't turn my brain off. As always my mom pops in my mind and since the stress of her dire condition is ever present, I couldn't get back to sleep.   At least it wasn't like yesterday.   I woke at 2am and didn't go back to sleep … Read more

The Ultimate DIY – Saying Goodbye to Your Mom

While I sit here in the hospital with my mom, I thought I'd share a really great project with you that my daughter, April, did recently – a dresser turned tv stand.   But then I decided to just have a chat with you. To encourage you. To let you know what's up and that it's all good.   I'll … Read more