In the past week:
I’ve had a busy week at work, wrapping everything up for the year. There is no pressure like the pressure one puts on oneself when trying to disconnect for a whole 17 days. In order for the disconnect to happen, lots more things need to be wrapped up than initially come to mind.
Thankfully, I was able to get to a really good ending point for the year & the first three days of no work email have been less painful than I thought they would be.
Yep, you read that right – I turned off my work email on my phone – so the goal is to not check it until Monday, Jan. 9th when I return to the office. I’ll let you know how that goes.
After receiving a facial by my friend, Julie & a mani/pedi with my mom & sister, I feel ready to board the plane to Hawaii. Oh yeah, I just have to pack. Yet here I sit, blogging on my iPad w/my sweet new wireless keyboard (thanks Dad & Terri!)
On Friday Cory & I went on our 4th Annual Bonefish & Christmas light date night. The dinner & conversation were better than ever. Instead of our usual booth, we sat big-city booth style at a little two topper, half being a long booth shared by many parties & the other half chairs. It was a nice change up.
I made it through Christmas Eve & Day with my sweet, crazy, chaotic, lovable family. It was quite possibly one of the best Christmases yet.
So I plan to polish off the glass of Christmas wine (thanks Erica!) that I just poured myself, pick up my husband from work & let the packing begin!
My nephew, Brodie had his first Christmas Program this week and it happened to fall on his 4th birthday. : ) Can I just say that 4 is fun??!!?? He is such a sweet, silly baby (whose not really a baby any more). Here we are goofing around after the program:
So she was put on life support. Cory & I went to visit on Wednesday for 1/2 an hour or so. She was completely unconcious, so it was mostly to support my stepdad, who was VERY close to her.
But it went downhill from there. We tried to gradually reduce her the life support & she crashed. By Saturday morning the decision was made to take her off of life support. She died around 10:15 a.m.
We had a memorial for her at my parents’ church & had her cremated (she didn’t trust the mortician to apply her makeup the way she liked it done – no open casket funeral allowed). She’s being buried today in Portis, KS where she was raised.
Looking back at the week, this is what I’ve realized:
1. Life is crazy. Especially for a working girl. But FIRST THINGS FIRST. In my book, family is first. I am SO THANKFUL that I took the time to spend time with her on her final days of life, and be there to comfort & grieve with my family. It was a hard week for me to walk away from work, with all of the events happening that I had been planning for months, but I am truly glad I found a way to work it out.
2. Once I had made the tough decisions: canceling lunch plans with a friend that I hadn’t seen in months, exiting an event & having to ask my team to fill in for me, skipping bootcamp (well, that one wasn’t so tough) – I just had to LET IT GO. Initially I struggled with the guilt of cancelled committments & wished that I could be in two places at once, but the only thing I could do was let it go. Luckily, I have very supportive & understanding people in my life.
3. Jeanette’s death was unexpected. But she was almost 81 years old & her health was slowly deteriorating. But when she past, there were less tears than there were smiles. Less sobs than laughter. She was an amazing woman and she believed in Jesus. She is now in heaven, a better place. It felt so right to be joyful for her. Her life was full of love, family, friends, passion, mess, laughter, joy, beauty – it was blessed.
Thank you for all of the wisdom & life lessons you have passed on to us, Nana. I’m sure you are looking down from heaven right now – lipstick & all. : )
As you know, I love holidays and Thanksgiving is no exception. Although I try to be thankful every single day, this is a time during which we especially focus on all of the blessings in our lives. It’s a time to spend with family. It’s a time to eat lots of yummy food. It’s a time to embrace the craziness. It’s a time to slow down.
Here is how I spent my Five Day Thanksgiving Weekend this year:
I took the day before Thanksgiving off to spend some time with my sweet husband. Our work schedules are almost opposite, so we never get 24 hours together unless one of us changes our schedule. This can be hard, but I tell myself that it won’t be forever.
Cory has been getting into the hobby of hunting over the last couple of years, thanks to my step-father – an avid hunter. Our family has a cabin in Sedan, KS that Cory wanted to take me to there since I had not been for 15 years or so. Finally, in the giving spirit of the season, I obliged.
This is me, shooting a gun. And don’t worry, no animals were hurt in the making of this blog, I was just aiming at a log in the water. Oh, the things we do for love. A plus: I got to sport the cute cowboy boots Cory bought me this past summer.
And we’re so excited for the one that’s on the way!
I thought it would be neat to add a special ornament each year of our marriage. This is our second Christmas together as a married couple, so I thought that this is what I would do for our first year ornament: shred & stuff our wedding invitation.