weekend review: holiday edition

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.

credit: Elizabeth Albers Photography

credit: Elizabeth Albers Photography

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.

“A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.” ― Garrison Keillor

“Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.” ― Janice Maeditere

“When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things – not the great occasions – give off the greatest glow of happiness.” ―Bob Hope

xo, meg

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8 thoughts on “weekend review: holiday edition

  1. I am very thankful for my amazing daughter who was by her mother’s side and came early unasked to help. My son-in-law who uncomplainingly pitched in and who is no known as the “cat whisperer”.

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