The last few months have been crazy for our family. I am back on the blogging wagon for sure, but so much has happened. I know this blog is usually a silly blog with travel and food tips, but sometimes real life happens too, and I hope it’s okay to share.
Back in June, my Grandpa Mike’s health started to deteriorate pretty rapidly. We struggled with this news, and spent as much time with him as we could. My Grandpa Mike was pretty much the best grandpa anyone could ask for. He went on field trips, soccer games, school plays and recitals. He was always there for us. Fishing and hunting, napping and cuddling, there are no memories I don’t have with my Grandfather.
Despite our sadness, we had much to celebrate.
Vaughn graduated from Oregon State University with his Bachelors in Sociology. I am so proud of his hard work and this great accomplishment, and I am so glad we got to celebrate this day with our family and friends.
About Three weeks ago, things started looking pretty bleak for Grandpa. On Thursday, July 25th we went to see him for what would be the last time. I am so heartbroken but also so glad I got to kiss his face and say goodbye. We left his bedside to celebrate one of the biggest blessings in life, the marriage of my cousin Jason, to his beautiful wife Sarah. While it was hard to leave Grandpa, we knew he wanted us to be by Jason’s side as his wife joined our family.
They had a beautiful ceremony in South Lake Tahoe, and we were so lucky to spend a weekend on the lake with our family.
We were able to facetime the ceremony so Grandma and Grandpa could watch back in Oregon. After the ceremony, while we were toasting the bride and groom, my beloved Grandpa went home to God.
His funeral was easily the most difficult day I have had in my entire life. It is still hard for me to realize that I will never see his smile again in this life. My Grandpa has been one of the most influential people in my life. However, It was such a blessing to spend that day surrounded by love and family and life, and to see Grandpa honored in all of our memories, and with Military honors. Even so, I have spent the last few weeks feeling very quiet, and very small. At 24 years old, I think I am really feeling the fullness of life.
My family (with the grandparents!) at the end of my Yellowstone Summer.
Starting next week, the blog will be back on regular schedule. I have some amazing recipes on the way and a few trip tips too. I hope all my readers can forgive me for my absence, and can understand if I’m just not myself for a little while.
All my love,