Anne Peterson

Connecting you with feelings you've lost.

Happy Birthday, Peggy

Peggy and her cake

  You left us in 1982. But even though a loved one dies, you don’t stop thinking about them. In fact, you think about them even more. But this isn’t going to be about your death. I’ve already written about that here and even here. No, this is a letter about what I admire about you. Follow […]

Three Words I Hate


    “You look tired,” I said to the young woman scanning my groceries. I’m not one to just spit out the question, “How are you?” Maybe because I know people just say what you want to hear. “Oh, I am tired,” she responded a little surprised. “I haven’t slept in days.” “Why not?” I […]

Happy Birthday Olivia

Olivia's cake-square

    Can I breathe now? Yesterday was my granddaughter’s first birthday, Olivia Jane. The image above is the beautiful cake Heather made for her daughter. Celebrating is always fun. Especially when it involves your family members. But yesterday was especially significant because we were told our granddaughter would most likely die before birth. “Trisomy […]

My Prayer for 2016

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Well we did it. We said goodbye to 2015. Some of us toasted the new year with a glass of bubbly. Others knew it would come whether it was welcomed or not so they slipped into bed as the clock ticked it in. And now we face another year. A clean slate with no mistakes […]

He’s Close to the Broken-Hearted


No one likes pain. But it is a necessary part of life. And loss is one of the most excruciating pains. But we can have this confidence which helps us when we experience pain. When our hearts are broken, we can know God cares. It may not feel as if he cares. After all, couldn’t […]

How I Became a Published Author

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  I am a published author. I couldn’t always say that. Although I had published 25 articles with Christianity Today and Today’s Christian Women, and I had 42 published Bible studies as well, I couldn’t say the words: “I have published a book,” a dream that was important to me. So what did I do […]

I Miss my Sister.

me and Peggy

  I miss my sister. She was supposed to be sharing life with me. The antics of our kids, now our grandkids. Instead, I see pictures of her grandkids and know how much they would have loved her. “You need to get on with your life,” I’ve been told. I have gone on with my […]

Sometimes When I’m Hurting

Sometimes when I'm hurting, God...

Listen To Your Heart

cover for Sonny Follows His heart

  I remember when I was a people pleaser. Okay, I am still a people pleaser to a degree, but I remember when I was worse. Much, much worse. When you come from a dysfunctional family you adopt ways to survive and unfortunately those ways of coping don’t work in the real world. If your […]

Go Ahead. Jump.


I am participating in the Writing Contest: How Writing has Positively Influenced my Life, hosted by Positive Writer. I still remember shaking. I was sixteen in gym class and we were told to line up at the deep end. We were to jump in. Me, who had never been in deep water. 

And I did […]