life simplified


Life this week has been challenging at best. As you know from this post, I just lost my grandfather (my dad's dad), and as you know from this post, we went to his funeral last Saturday (on my birthday). I truthfully didn't mind at all that it happened to be on the same day. The way that I feel about it, life is bigger than birthdays. Birthdays are great reasons to celebrate, don't get me wrong, but I'm not someone who feels that the day of my birthday should be all about me. So that was last weekend...

Then came this Monday, my grandma (mom's mom) who is ninety-one years old, and who's goal was to live to the year 2000 (we're almost 12 years past that people!), had to go to the hospital with some seriously ailments. By Monday night she was fully sedated and on a ventilator. A great friend of our family who has been a nurse for a long time, calls my grandma her mentor, and helped us through the trial that was my mom's dad's death, thought for sure my sweet Marjorie wasn't going to make it. We were at peace with that knowing that she lived an amazing and long life. Now, tonight, she is doing much better. Breathing on her own, no longer sedated, talking again. We don't know how, we just know that she is. Miracles people...seriously.

All of that on top of all the rest of life that must go on. All I could keep thinking was that I needed to work as much as I could and log as many hours as possible at the Pilates studio so that if, or when, she passed I could be there.

The real story here though is about all the things we typically surround ourselves with and all the things that we typically spend our time doing. We do so much, thinking, hoping, and even praying that it will some day make us happy. I realized in these crazy days when all you can do is take care of your basic needs and be there for the people in your life, that those things we've been given are the only "things" that can make us truly happy. I hope that the quote above gives you some perspective, as it has for me, that we really do already have everything we really need. Our families, our friends, the people we choose to have in our lives are priceless. The time we have is not guaranteed but that love and happiness that we can share with each other is. Go love on someone who loves you and needs you.

Don't forget that today is the last day to enter the GIVEAWAY! 
Maybe you can send a real "snail mail" card to your grandma. 
xoxo

15 comments:

Erin said...

Your post is touching, glad you shared. I am close with my grandmother as well and can't imagine what you are going through. I will keep you in my thoughts and do agree that miracles happen everyday.

xo,
Erin

debbiecutieface said...

I'm so sorry for what you've been going through but I love your view on it. It's so inspirational. And that quote is great, so thank you for that.

Rolled Up Pretty said...

I LOVE this post! I'm sorry about your grandpa but HAPPY about your grandma! What do you do at the Pilates studio? My mom is really into Pilates :) It's so true, so much of what we have to make us happy is right in front of us, it's just the attitudes we choose to have towards them! Easier said than done though huh!?

Leah said...

I will keep you're family in my prayers. Thanks for sharing and keeping such a great spirit. All the best.

xo L.

The Egg said...

last november was rough for my family (dad had a heart attack). i know what you are going through but love is a powerful thing!!! family is the most important part of our lives. stay strong!

xoxo the egg out west.

Jo Bao said...

Sorry to hear about your grandfather. This post is very emotional, so thanks for sharing your thoughts to us. Keep staying strong, and take care of yourself!

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Ana said...

It's been a hard time for you, huh? I'm so happy you see life with a good perspective! I'm sending my prayers to your grandma is hoping she'll be 100% soon!

xoxo, Ana

Stephanie said...

Despite all the pain you've gone through this week, this is such a beautiful post. Thank you for the reminder.

Praying that your grandma starts to feel better soon, and that you have some time to relax this weekend!

Shutterbug said...

love that quote. if you think about, it's true! people are always wanting more and never being happy with what they have.

Recently Roached said...

Good quote and great thoughts. Hope your grandmothers starts feeling better! :)

Camille said...

good quote. definitely something to remember. thanks!

cheers.

Ocean Dreams said...

What a beautiful and thoughtful post. I couldn't agree more and I just lost my Grandpa this past year. It was a good reminder to me to truly cherish life and the people that I love.

B. in the Know said...

Thank you for sharing - sorry it has been such a hard week. I love the quote you chose though, so true.
Much love,
B

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Ash Louise said...

Thanks for sharing :):)