Saying Goodbye to Cora

  1. Genna says:

    This is beautiful, Tessie. I hope my Henry feels like we are creating a safe space for him as he grows up. Thank you for sharing your heart.

    • Diana Hodges says:

      This is such a beautiful post!! Thank you for sharing. This is such a perfect way to look at motherhood. I really appreciate you sharing this. 💖

  2. Mickey Gross says:

    Tessie I am so proud of you! You are a great mother, this is such a treasure that other mothers can and will learn from. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Kathleen Lindseth says:

    Beautifully written and expressed, Tessie. So much love to you and Cora💗

  4. Cynde says:

    Tessie such a emotional piece you have written. It touched my heart . The ups and downs of motherhood are truly the highs and lows of life. Thank you for sharing your story and your love of family.

  5. Clea says:

    What a beautiful post Tessie. It has brought tears to my eyes

  6. Kiona Subramanian says:

    Oh my goodness dear Tessie. What an amazing woman you are and what an amazing woman you have raised. Love you to the moon and back.

  7. Nancy Peet says:

    Such a beautiful post. Thank you for being genuine. May we all have a safe place in our homes. It would make the world so much nicer.

  8. Lori Evans says:

    Thank you for sharing your journey & Cora’s journey. Thank you for sharing how you navigate with love as your guide. So many families are going through varying transitions with their children. While you & Cora don’t need to explain any thing- Having the example of whole hearted people who have gone through similar situations & do it honestly with lots of love is invaluable. Thanks for sharing! Cora looks so happy. I’m so glad she has come through that dark period & is thriving. It is a tribute to your love & care. Sending lots of love to you & your family.

  9. Nikkita says:

    Feeling all the mama and human feels with this one, Tessie. I want to be that safe space for my kids too. Yours and Cora’s stories are a gift. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Dearest Tessie. You have given the biggest gift to Cora. Unconditional love and a soft place to fall. She will soar on the air you’ve blown under her wings. I love you both so much. I am one proud mama and grandma And I think this post is a perfect fit for the Joyful Home Society.

  11. Shawn says:

    Cora is one lucky girl to have you as her mom. Your love and support, now and going forward, will be imperative! I am so glad she is finding her true happiness. Her next adventure in NYC sounds so exciting! Love you, Tessie! If you ever need anything, don’t hesitate to reach out.

  12. Liz Brown says:

    What a lovely story Tessie! I love the goal of making a safe space for your kids. Some days I feel like I make a lot of parenting fails, but being a safe space is something built over years that can’t be erased by little flubbs. Thank you Cora and Tessie for sharing this with us!

  13. Lisa says:

    Tessie! You are such an amazing bright light and Cora is too! I’m tearing up a bit.

    Thank you for sharing your story. Sending you both love and light.

  14. Alisha says:

    Tessie this is so touching and made me cry. ♥️ Thank you for sharing your heart with us in this post. It was beautiful to read.

  15. Trisha says:

    Tessie, so beautiful. Thank you for sharing this. Hope to be like you someday ❤️

  16. Beckee says:

    You are right! Goodbyes are hard!! Cora is so blessed to have you as her mom! I adore you and look up to you in so many ways!

  17. Lis Gleed says:

    Becoming our wholeselves & being true to who we are is a life long journey. Love & safety being the cornerstones – to sustain ourselves. Love 💜

  18. Eliza says:

    Thanks for sharing Tessie. It’s hard to think about all of the ups and downs and goodbyes in motherhood but I love reading your thoughts.

  19. Sharon Dauz says:

    Beautiful mama and daughter. Thank you for sharing your personal journey, and I am so glad that life is so much better. Sending love and hugs to you both. . ❤️

  20. Ashley says:

    Tessie. Thank you so much for all of this wisdom about motherhood. I will carry your words with me while I raise my two daughters. They really hit home and provide such beautiful perspective on goodbyes. Your Cora is so lucky, and so are you. Xoxo

  21. Marina says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this, I am going through a difficult time with my 17 years old daughter, and reading your story helped me to take a proactive action of writing my thoughts, it did help me to feel better. I hope I can create a safe place at home for my daughters as you are doing. Love from Spain.

  22. Lizzie says:

    This beautiful, heartfelt, open and honest. Cora (and all of your children) are fortunate to have you and your husband. You’ve done the parenting job well. Congratulations to all of you.

  23. Linda Q Tajirian says:

    Tessie, thank you for sharing this beautiful part of your life. I am a mother and a grandmother who has always given my children a comfortable place to land when they needed it. It’s all about the love!

  24. Vickie Geary says:

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful lives stories! The world needs more love for EVERYONE. Hugs. vic

  25. Tessie, thank you for sharing your beautiful “why” for creating a joyful home. I am so moved by your vulnerability, and I resonate deeply with home as a safe space. It makes the work of designing a home so meaningful.

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