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Oh, Carmen. This is unbelievably beautiful, and so are you.


I so related to this post. My family is experiencing one of the MOST challenging years of our lives. Between 2 deaths(one my nephews suicide) and passing of my beloved godfather we are also dealing with our oldest son's addiction problems. It has been SO HARD. I carry a white beach stone with me and use it for the same purpose you used your shell. It helps.My mantra is "This too shall pass", and I really really try to look for the blessings and lessons in what we are experiencing.


What a great read, thanks for sharing.

Unfortunately, you will never, ever be a fragment- you're more like a giant clam. You make such an impact on everyone around you!


hugs, it is a slow process, but mourning is a process. Praying for you

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  • Carmen Staicer is a whirlwind of energy and execution, who never sleeps and drinks way too much coffee. She works from home as Social Media Programs Manager for SheKnows, and is the mom to six kids, most of whom play instruments, sing or dance and all of whom are much smarter than she will ever be. In other words, her house is never ever quiet or still. A concentration of asthma, food allergies, spectrum disorders and learning disabilities means that she spends an awful lot of time second guessing herself and Dr. Googling, as well as learning to cook everything the family might like to eat. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, boxing (she has her Black Belt in Muay Thai), sleeping, exploring coffee shops, photography, ballet class and cooking. She excels in being a smart mouth and has her major in sarcasm, with a dual minor in BS studies and avoiding laundry.