Let’s start with a fun fact. This is the church (and school) that my mother attended as a child. Parts of it remain completely unchanged since my mom was a child which makes it a little like stepping into a time capsule. These are the kinds of things that I love. Must be the history lover in me.
It is also the church where my grandma’s funeral was held on Tuesday. It was one of the nicest funerals I’ve ever attended, and I have been to more than my fair share. The eulogies that my mom, aunt and uncle gave were beautiful, filled with great memories and love. At the end of my uncle’s eulogy he played a recording of my grandma singing with her band as a young woman. It was easily the coolest thing I’ve ever experienced at a funeral. To hear her beautiful voice as we were gathered together to celebrate her life was simply awesome. I was also so moved by the way that my family and the priest addressed her history of mental illness. She was a victim of postpartum depression at a time when no one understood it, which meant none of the therapies we have for new moms today were available to her. They did such a wonderful job of talking about what a struggle it was for her, but more importantly what an incredible survivor she was through it all. Her story, and my grandparents marriage, is such an inspiration to me and I was so happy to hear them celebrate that.
It is never easy to lose a loved one, but at the end of the day you can’t ask for a better ending than this. A chance to say goodbye to all of the people you love and a beautiful funeral filled with good memories and love after you’ve gone. It was a beautiful ending to a beautiful life.
If anyone sees my creativity, could you please send it back to me? It seems to have disappeared on me as it is known to do from time to time. Until it reappears I’ll just keep squeaking out a few scrappy items here and there. You can’t force it, no matter how hard you try. This is a lesson I seem to forget quickly…My 12 of 12 layout for April.And a couple Smash Book pages.I included one of my favorite quotes from a book I just read on this one. I need to remember to do that more often.
Just a few totally random pictures to share today.My ridiculously adorable niece Stella is taking lessons at the barn. I can’t even tell you how much fun it is to watch her learn to ride Cupcake.We have a new baby at the barn and she is adorable!Told you it was going to be random. Hope y’all are having an excellent weekend!
The 12th of April turned out to be a great day to take 12 pictures. We started the day in Duluth, waking up to this beautiful view. Love when we get upgraded to a room with a view of Superior.My super husband took me to Michaels to pick up some yarn so I could start a new crochet project on the drive home. He rocks.Had to grab some Cold Stone on our way out of town.Our navigator.We stopped at Jay Cooke state park on our drive home to do a little hiking.So beautiful there. It never fails to take my breath away.This was a very good week in the life of Maggie.And then we were home sweet home, which is looking greener and greener every day.I decided to include a picture of my grandmother in my 12 pictures as she passed away on the 12th. I chose a picture of her with my grandfather because they had an incredible love story, spanning over 50 years of marriage and overcoming insurmountable odds. Their marriage is an inspiration to me and this picture seemed like the perfect photo to capture that.
Our zoo visit wasn’t our only adventure while in Duluth last week. We packed all kinds of fun into our free half day! That’s right, we know how to maximize the fun, it’s just how we roll.We took Maggie for a nice long walk along the Lake Superior beach.This beach just never gets old to me. It may not be quite as warm and wonderful as the ocean but it’s as close as I can get without boarding a plane. And it is pretty darn beautiful if I do say so myself. Maggie’s a pretty big fan as well.There are just so many wonderful things to explore!And curious tracks to follow.But my favorite part is my walking partner 😉 We’ve been exploring this beach together for 11 years now and it never loses it’s magic.After the beach we headed to our favorite little restaurant in Duluth, Va Bene. Absolutely delicious food with an amazing view. Safe to say we made up for any calories we burned off while walking the zoo and beach, and then some. And last, but certainly not least, some ice cream. And that my friends is how you turn a little free time on a work trip into a great day 🙂