This weekend Mr.C & I…
spent an extended holiday with our friends and family back in Illinois.
Although we had a good time celebrating and seeing everyone, it was also much less merry + bright this year.
On December 17th we lost a loved one – my mother’s fiancée. It was sudden, shocking; completely unexpected. Together for five years, they had found their stride and had much to look forward to. Sadly, the world had other plans.
A favorite quote of Paul’s reads ― “Life is bookmarked by two dates, birth and death; you choose neither. Stop fooling yourself. Now is the time to live.”
So, mingling our grief with gratitude, we continued with holiday traditions while vacillating between states of remembrance + sorrow and the chaos that comes with losing someone and settling an estate.
Determined to not let the blues completely get the best of us, we…
basked in a beautiful sunset on our drive from MN to IL
stayed up until 3 am playing games and catching up with old friends
had lunch and opened stockings at my grandma’s with my family
had dinner and opened gifts with Ryan’s family
took a snowy trip back home to MN
Hope you all had a wonderful holiday and were able to spend some quality time with friends & family!
Also, I really cannot say thank you enough for all the love + support that has been sent our way during this difficult time.
“Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.” ― Janice Maeditere
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