Grandpa on my wedding day June 29, 2013.
October 12, 2017 this sweet soul left this earth. I’m not sure how to put into words how I feel. Heart broken with a mix of relief is the best way. He’s no longing fighting. He doesn’t have anymore doctors appointments. No more surgery… He can finally just be.
Grandpa has lived with us (my mom, sister, and I) since I was about 5 years old. Since I was 18 he’s been fighting cancer. But he put up one hell of fight. My whole childhood he was there. Every Friday night he was at the football games “watching me cheer” but I know he was really watching the game.
My heart aches knowing my future child will never know the love this man had for his family. I’m hopeful I can share his life and stories with them so they know the man he was. How very much he would have loved them.
Where ever he is I hope he’s watching over us. I also hope he knows and still feels our love for him.
Grandpa, I know its only been two weeks but I miss you dearly. I know you are finally at peace and I hope you get to spend your days golfing. I will live everyday trying to be the best person I can be while also always being kind to everyone I meet.
I was up early this morning and try to capture the quiet morning fog with a real camera. Typically I only post pictures taken with my iPhone. Our real camera scares me only because I don’t know how to use it properly.
Well I want to change that. So here’s to more (probably not great) photo’s being taken with a real camera. And to hoping I can learn how to edit them as well.
I recently took part of a great program called Cara Box Exchange. This is a fantastic way to get to know other woman whether or not you blog. Kaitlyn over at Wifessionals started this in hopes that we would reach out to each other and encourage each other. This exchange and future exchanges has been changed up a bit. Instead of only having two weeks to get to know your partners we now have two months. Its a refreshing change and you really get to know them and learn more about their daily life.
For this exchange I was paired with two amazing gals, Megan and Nilda. I sent Megan a box and Nilda sent me a box. It was great being paired with both these gals because we’re all newlyweds and experiencing the same transitions. I also enjoyed getting to know both of them because they are both so determined. Megan is a grad student/blogger and Nilda is a teacher/blogger. I am 100% confident you will become immediately attached to both gals and their blogs as soon as you start reading.
For this exchange the theme was Falling For Fall. As I have written here many of times ((here & here)) fall is my season. I live for the fall and winter. Growing up in the PNW ((pacific northwest)) the changing leafs has become my favorite thing to experience every year. Nilda nailed me to a T with my box.
1. That amazing scarf! Scarfs are my necklaces all fall/winter long. I’m already planning to wear it next week on Thanksgiving.
2. Navy tights with green polka-dots. Enough said! ((I have a great outfit planned for them and may try to post it on the blog…))
3. Gold nail polish. Why yes I have already painted my nails using this new color. I love a fresh manicure.
4. Hot chocolate brownies. As soon as L is done with dinner these are being made and no I am not sharing.
5. The cutest fall cookie mix in a mason jar. Since the brownies will be consuming my life I think these will be made and consumed Saturday. We’ll see if I can actually wait that long.
Well folks, there you have it, my box. Every time I participate I reminded how amazing people are to each other. It makes me want to try harder at being a great person towards others. I also want to encourage others while they are down. So if you are needing that extra bounce in your step please join the exchange. You will not be disappointed. Also, please stop by and say hello to my partners. Inspirational ladies.
The super cute message Nilda put on the outside of my box.
Favorite spot of my back yard.
There is this spot in my yard. Its the farthest from the house and shop making it the quietest spot. During the fall when the leaves are changing this is how it looks ((above)). It is the best place to drive by every morning. Coming home in the evening it is the first spot I see.
The last few days I’ve been home sick ((just a cold but I don’t want to spread germs)). While home I’ve gotten to watch that spot slowly change. The season has only just begun but I’m fully prepared.
I thrive in this season. I was meant to live in the PNW. I’ve been waiting all summer for the nights to get cooler and the days to get just a bit shorter. I’m not a fan of the pumpkin spice anything but I’ll take a hot chocolate on a brisk walk. Bundled up in sweaters and scarfs.
I know this season brought the colder weather that brought the cold but there is more to this time of year. I feel people become genuinely kinder. There tends to be more cheer in the air. For the next three months we will be preparing to give. I know this is a young thought and people aren’t better just because the season but this time of year does do something for the soul.
We are also preparing for our clean slates. This time of year also welcomes a looming New Year. Remembering back on the year and thinking of ways to not just better ourselves but better those around us.
So cheers to you Fall. As soon as this cold passes I’ll meet you at the pumpkin patch with a hot chocolate.