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I love reading other people’s blogs for so many reasons. Some blogs I love reading because they are always so positive and it serves as a reminder that life is beautiful and wonderful and that even when things seem hard, you can come out on top. Other blogs I read for fitness or nutrition reasons. And I even love blogs that just get real. Those that talk about the tough stuff. The people that experience pain and share it with others and connect with people they have never met. So for me, I try to do a little bit of both. My life is crazy and sometimes so out of control with fun I can’t help but share. And then sometimes, life throws me a curve ball that hits me right in my gut and makes me buckle to my knees.
Now that is the kind of emotion that I experienced a few weeks ago. And while I believe that even those that write blogs exposed on the internet deserve the privacy they want and deserve I feel like the only way to share this with you, in the way that I do, is to just put it out there.
Tim and I got home from Mexico and within 2 days we were sitting in his Dad’s living room getting some news that one of the most important and influential women in my life was sick. And getting sicker. We cried. A lot. And then we picked ourselves off the floor and decided to make the most out of our days with her, which we thought, at the time, was more like months.
I should also insert here that while this woman was not the Grandmother I was born with, she became mine the first time I met her which happened to be when she allowed her oldest grandson to bring his girlfriend of a few months to Florida to spend Spring Break with them. There was something about her smile that pulled me in. She hugged me like she had known me for years, cooked my favorite breakfast because she wanted to ensure that I felt welcomed (as if she hadn’t already let me into her home for an entire week) and 8 years later she inspired me to be a better woman, a stronger woman, a woman that lived and died with honor, grace, and courage.
You may not have ever met her but trust me you knew her. Close your eyes really tight think about a smile that lights up the room. A hug that makes you feel safe. Loved. Welcomed. Love that fills you so completely that if it was all you ever had you, it would always be enough. See? Told you that you knew her and no doubt that you love her.
So only a few short weeks after we got back from Mexico, we were celebrating that wonderful woman’s life surrounded by family that supports and loves one another in ways that so many families only dream of. A family that knows the meaning of support. A family that holds hands. Hugs. Dries tears after they have shared them. A family that was led by a woman who taught them everything they now live every single day. And while the celebration of her life made our hearts ache we were thankful for the time we spent with her days before she passed. We looked through photo albums, we laughed, sipped champagne, ate chocolate, held hands, and we hugged tightly. That part was easy. The letting go part only days later was hard.
I feel like I could go on and on about Ruth, our beautiful “Nema” who was the brightest light that had ever shined. And now, she can be the sun that shines on the world when they need it most. I miss her. Every single day. It makes me sad to think that I can’t hug her tomorrow. But, with my husband, we are finding peace in knowing that she is with us always now. In our hearts, in our minds, and watching over us to ensure that our lives are as filled and lived as hers was. Not having her here on earth is hard but knowing she is in a better place, a place that allows her to be with each and every one of us as long as we keep our hearts open to it, makes me feel safe. Loved. Full.
And makes me so proud to have been a part of her. And grateful that she was and always will be a part of me too.
It was such a fabulous weekend… my favorite kind actually. Filled with lots of laughs with family and friends! Our Friday night was spent just being lazy which is our favorite way to spend a Friday and then we got up early Saturday to clean the house and get some of the “to-do’s” out of the way which included little Miss. Molly getting a haircut!
Then Saturday late afternoon, we took a Laney Pee-Wee Adventure to The Great Lakes Brewing Company located in Cleveland. For some reason this was my first time at the brewery which seems just a bit odd considering it’s an establishment that teaches you about beer and is just right around the corner from us. We were celebrating my Dad’s birthday (a week late) so it was the perfect occasion to get the adults together (we did miss our little Peyton though) to just learn about beer and to enjoy each other’s company! The tour is pretty informative and since I just love manufacturing plants (it’s like Charlie and the Chocolate factory for me) I enjoyed every minute of it. It did seems I enjoyed the minutes after the tasting the most
After the tour we headed to the pub inside which was one of the coolest parts. We learned on our trip that the beer served in the pub never gets bottled or put into a keg or anything which means you are getting the freshest of the fresh beer out of that tap. They offer a variety of choices without being too overwhelming which is perfect for me because I am not beer coinsurer so I need a limited but full selection to choose from to find something I like. From the tasting I knew my favorite was The Wright Pils but because I always do what I can for charity I opted for the beer that raises money to support the research and cure of ALS. Tim also got a beer that was exclusive to the pub which is just another really cool thing about going there and having a beer on site- beer you can’t get anywhere else! Sure makes a girl feel special!
We ended our night with dinner at Shooters on the water and well my family just being my family. We sang and danced to Blurred Line on the car ride home, watched a little TV when we arrived, and then crashed.
Like I said, typical!
Top that fun off with a day out at the pool with our friends, the farmers market, and fajitas for dinner and well I would say that is a pretty good weekend =)
And Sunday night, well I think this pretty much sums up how that night went =)
Hope you had a great weekend!!
Well, I finally did it! I finally graduated from Ashland University with my MBA. It was certainly a long year a half (and heck that was short!) and while it was nice to be back in the classroom at times it feels so GOOD for it to be over! The ceremony was very nice although it was difficult to enjoy it with freezing rain hitting my face but I had my husband and parents up in the stands freezing their butts offs so I had nothing but love in my heart that day. One of the coolest things for me was to think about all of the times my parents have been there freezing their butts off for me… something about grad school graduation and thinking about how long I graduated from high school and heck even College made me so incredibly grateful for the love and support I have.
And it was just plain cool to think that Tim was standing next to me at our College graduation from Miami University as the boy who stole my heart in College and was sitting on the bleachers this time around as the man I am going to spend the rest of my life with. My does life change fast.
Here are a few pics from the day!