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Molly is an Army wife, ex-helicopter pilot, and stay at home mom to four babes and a small zoo. She's an extroverted coffee addict, nervous talker, and haphazard freelance writer. Mostly though, she's a storyteller who loves messy stories, because she believes redemption always has a story to tell.

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  1. Coming to the end of this post wondering how something so heart-wrenching can also be so beautiful, but you’ve already answered my question with the exquisite truth from Lamentations. It’s all mercy, even when it feels severe in the carving process.
    Blessings to you, Molly.

  2. Molly,
    Absolutely beautiful in a bittersweet way. I do believe that thankfulness and gratitude can coexist with deep pain. We are to give thanks “IN” all things not “FOR” all things. God is in the business of redeeming and your story is a testimony to how God redeemed your ashes and replaced them with beauty – giving you a joy you might not have, had you not experienced deep loss. I also have to say that I am so indebted to you and the families of our soldiers. I believe YOU are the backbone of this great Nation of ours. You sleep alone, you parent alone, you worry alone about whether your loved one will come back. You hold down the fort and keep the home fires burning – often with great sacrifice that most of us will not truly understand. Your babies are born and they grow up while soldiers are deployed and yet you keep the faith. Thank you, thank you for ALL you do that goes unsung. Thankful for YOU this Thanksgiving….
    Thank you so much for sharing your story and testimony to God’s goodness.
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

    • Thank you for your kind words and support of my family. “God is in the business of redeeming” YES. All the yes to this. Blessings to you to, Bev, and thank you again.

  3. Wow!!! Deep. Breath. Thankful.
    Yes and amen. You have a gift for writing. You stir souls and point to Jesus! Thank you ♥️

  4. Molly,

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your service. People always say thanks to the soldier, but what about the families left behind. You do a tremendous job holding down the fort & making a safe haven for them to come home& enjoy. May God continue to bless you.

    This thought is profound : We can grieve what could have been while being grateful for what is. I guess I’ve been grieving my past-good & bad. I am thankful for what I have & where I am today. You have a great testimony to the greatness of God. Showing all that gratitude & thanksgiving can coexist with sadness & pain. God tells us to be thankful IN ALL THINGS-no necessarily for all things. I believe everything happens for a reason. God doesn’t have/make mistakes. He allows everything. I will sing a grace filled hallelujah for all the good things God has allowed in my life & all the bad ones He’s kept out.

    Blessings 🙂

  5. Love you Molly. A beautiful heartfelt blessing of thanksgiving. We can all relate in some small way.

  6. Molly,
    Heartbreaking, and beautiful, thank-you so much for sharing how you’ve allowed room in your sorrow for thanks.

    Be of good comfort
    Psalms 106.48
    Blessings to you all,
    Penny

  7. I will sing with you Molly! With my own Thanksgiving grief and losses, I will praise His Name, and I will sing of the Mercies of the Lord, forever! “Weeping may last for a night, but joys comes in the morning.”
    Bless you for sharing your Hallelujahs!

  8. My story is so very similar to yours. Military life. The loss of a child. Burying a father. All beginning in this season 8 years ago. I’ve learned to lift up a broken hallelujah too. My heart aches and heals with yours. Thanks so much for your beautiful words.

  9. I don’t always understand the “carving process” but trust a loving God and thankful for His mercy and grace.

    • Yes! Don’t get me wrong, I still struggle with the carving process on a daily basis, but I am so thankful for the mercy He gives me for the gratitude on the other side. And honestly, sometimes it takes a minute to get there. Or two years.

      • Just reading your post today. Thank you for using your God given gifts of beautiful writing to encourage me & others. And thank you for your honesty and vulnerability especially in your reply about struggling with the carving process. This is where I am right now. After decades of health & emotional struggles as a result of significant trauma early in my life, I’m trying so hard told on to thanksgiving & praise for the progress I’ve made and for His faithfulness. All the while grieving what hasn’t been & all I’ve been through. I want so much to look up and focus on Him & the blessings He has given me. But some days it’s rather hard.
        Blessings to you and your family!

  10. Thanks for reminding us we all have losses. This will be my sixth thanksgiving without my soulmate but we had 24beautiful years of marriage and 26 years together that I am very thankful for and know we will see each other again. May we all comfort one another!

  11. As a knitter and a working-on-it weaver, I absolutely love the image of our Father as the Master Weaver! I’ve always known that at least one of my guardian angels is a fiber artist, more likely two or more. (I can just imagine them deliberating, “No, it’s your turn; I went last time.” 🙂 I pray His grace and comfort for you and for all of us in our struggles here in this life on earth. May we always know and remember that His grace is most truly sufficient for anything we encounter or experience. And, thank you both for your service to this country!

  12. Thank you for your service and thank you for sharing your story. I lost my father last year and it’s still an adjustment. But I just praise Him that He is good all the time.

  13. Your powerful story, Molly, and the stories of others who’ve commented here, prove that the power of God’s strength can bring us through anything (Philippians 4:13). Wow. The shards of your brokenness are reflecting his beauty in radiant glory! Hallelujah indeed.

  14. Your words ministered to my heart deeply tonight. Thank you for sharing transparently your pain and yet your victory in being able to “praise Him in the storm”. That is where I am too. God bless and have a thankful Thanksgiving.