It's been a tough week at the Dickinsons. Our sweet Tater passed away last Thursday, and we've been missing her terribly. For such a small little creature, she was a huge part of hearts and lives. I've been lucky to have all my pets live long, happy years, so losing her at such at young age has sent me reeling. I didn't realize how much of my day was spent caring for her the past few months, and now I'm left with a lot of time to somehow fill.
It's never easy to grieve the loss of a pet, and I know from experience that with time, the pain will ease and we'll be able to talk and remember her with smiles, not tears. Yesterday I decided to load up the kids and head to Elitches, in an attempt to boost our spirits and distract from the sadness with some good old fashioned roller coasters and rides. It was a good day and for a few hours, we were able to forget some of our sadness....and man, that felt good.
I've avoided the blog since I haven't felt like I could compose a post that wasn't a total downer (and I'm not sure this one isn't either, but I'll try to end on a more positive note!) I know that no one wants to come here and be sad. But this blog is a reflection of my life and heart, and to be authentic, I have to include both the ups and downs. Thanks for being patient and understanding.
I'll end by sharing a page that's almost five years old, but it's one of my favorites and I return to it often. I have the journaling on repeat in my brain lately - and it helps remind me of what matters most.
Thanks to everyone who sent messages via Twitter and Instagram this week - I have felt your virtual hugs and am thankful. And thanks for stopping by today, too!