First, thank you to everyone who has sent me condolences and well wishes during this difficult time for my family. It really means a lot to us for your support. Today was the funeral of my Gaga. Tough day, but I think the viewing yesterday was even tougher. I will post more about some fun details (pretty cool that I can use the word fun on a day like today yeah?) in upcoming posts. But in the meantime, let me tell you a little about my evening.


After a day like today it was a perfect time for a run. I’m not sure on the run –boy so I want a Garmin watch! — but I ran for 45 minutes and felt awesome! My legs were pumping and I felt good physically and mentally. I arrived at home and dinner was almost ready –timing was perfect! I enjoyed salad, corn, peaches/strawberries, and turkey bacon with my husband, mom, and sister Ellen.

Boyyy was that corn good!!

Still in the workout get up at dinner!

Then my mom and sister sampled some chocolate wine. I am not a wine (or any alcohol for that matter) drinker so I played photographer and got the whole sequence on camera!

My mom definitely wasn’t a fan and Ellen just thought it was so-so. Have you tried chocolate wine — what did you think??

Next, I got in touch with some more domestic skills — mending.

Husband had been missing a button on his pants and it was always hilarious when he would try to wear these! My mom had thread and needle already out since she was mending my younger brother’s shorts too!


And now, I am leaving you with a poem my 12 year old cousin Avery wrote, entitled My July 16th.

Let us now heave a shuddering sigh,

for one who lived and now did die.

‘Twas the last day e’er saw the sun,

And happiness now we bitterly shun.

You left us in what could be called haste,

But now you see heaven face to face.

you’re with out Father in His glory above,

But we’ll always remember you for

Each other we did love.


Have you ever written a poem for something? Ever try chocolate wine? Who does the mending in your family?


  1. 1

    I’m so sorry – it’s so hard losing loved ones. But it’s always great to have close family and friends around.

  2. 2

    What a touching poem! I’m so sorry for your loss, but it’s wonderful that you have such a strong support system.

  3. 3

    Gosh, I am in tears. 12? So impressive.

    But chocolate wine? As a self-proclaimed wine-o I don’t think I’d care for it, either!

  4. 4

    Wow. That’s a touching poem. I’m so sorry for your loss, but it looks like you have a great support system around you.

    I want a Garmin, too. I just haven’t bit the bullet and purchased one!

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