Tara Holmes Williams

About Tara Holmes Williams

Tara Holmes Williams currently lives in Norfolk, Virginia with her husband Christopher, their rainbow boy Homer, and their sweet and gentle Goldador (Golden Retriever/Labrador Retriever mix), Lucy. After losing their first son and IVF miracle, Rowan Christopher, 8 days shy of his Christmas 2012 due date, the couple had an unsuccessful FET and IVF during the course of the following year. But Tara and Christopher chose hope over despair and launched a very successful GoFundMe campaign for one last try at IVF. At 43 years old, she gave birth to their rainbow baby, Homer, on October 26, 2014 .To contact or to learn more about Tara, visit either of her blogs: Hope is Our Anchor or Inklings. She can also be reached by email at: hopeisouranchor@yahoo.com.

A Peaceful Christmas

 Although this year was Homer's 2nd Christmas, it was the first during which he was old enough to actively participate in festivities (he was a mere 2 months old the first go-round). For a few weeks leading up to Christmas, I was the star of a juggling act. Finding the right rhythm of excitement for Homer's sake [...]

By |2016-10-13T17:10:57+00:00January 14th, 2016|Parenting After Loss|0 Comments

I cannot believe it…Homer is ONE!

I feel like I've held my breath for every milestone, and Homer's first birthday was no exception. On October 26, 2015 at 10:27 am, we celebrated exactly one year with our beautiful, perfect rainbow boy! It was the most joyous occassion I could have imagined, subtly interlaced with gut-wrenching moments of utter sadness. I watched [...]

By |2016-10-13T17:12:15+00:00October 30th, 2015|The First Year|0 Comments

Sometimes, it just wrecks me…

 Just when it seems that life is moving forward smoothly, and my days are filled with the wonder and joy of my dear rainbow, something out of left field comes careening in and wrecks me. About a week ago, my little guy was standing at the end of our sofa, drooling and being his cute [...]

By |2016-10-13T17:13:33+00:00September 8th, 2015|The First Year|2 Comments

As The World Turns

 I mentioned in an earlier post that we blinked, and our Homer was six months old. Today, the passage of time is even more acute as I consider where we've been and where we are headed. Our baby will be 9 months old in a couple of weeks... that's 3/4 of a year. Not long after [...]

By |2016-10-13T17:14:36+00:00July 14th, 2015|Uncategorized|1 Comment

A Few Realities of Loss

 Homer and I are visiting home for awhile, or as we are calling it: Summer Camp at Nana and Papa's. My parents live within 2 miles of Rowan's quiet place--a wonderful, yet heart-wrenching convenience. It's a stretch, as you can see in the photo, to lift him up to Ro's nameplate, but it is important to [...]

By |2016-10-13T17:15:42+00:00June 9th, 2015|The First Year|2 Comments

Honoring Our First Son on Homer’s Special Day

photo by Tori Gaugler Photography; tribute by Aunt Linda's Embroidery A painful truth for me after Rowan died was that he would not be baptized; blessed, yes, but not baptized. It was among the numerous heartaches for me. When Homer was born--living and breathing--I wanted him baptized immediately. However, my reasoning skills took [...]

By |2016-10-13T17:16:09+00:00May 13th, 2015|The First Year|2 Comments

All I Did Was Blink…

 This Sunday, my Little Boo turns six months young. How can this be? Wasn't it just last week that we were awaiting his arrival? Wasn't it just yesterday that he was born? And now he's precociously scooting around the lower level of the house--it's almost a crawl. He eats 3 meals a day. He reaches [...]

By |2016-10-13T17:16:35+00:00April 24th, 2015|The First Year|0 Comments

Dear Loving Mama… You Are Love

Dear Loving Mama, Your journey began with love. Your love of another that lead to the creation of new life. Your love grew every moment of every day you carried new life in your womb. Your grief intensified because of the depth of your love; they continue to this day--both the grief and the love. Hope arrives [...]