When Life Gets Tough

I've been pretty silent on the blog over the past week. I had posts lined up, things I had planned to share but with some crappy news in the past week or so, I just didn't feel up to blogging. I still don't feel like going into all the details of everything that's been going on- but the short story is that my Grandpa has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and has not been given any positive news since. It's hitting me and my family pretty hard so all that I ask is for your prayers. My Papaw and our whole family would appreciate it so much!

Last week was miserable. I just wanted to be away from that office! It's hard when your mind is on other things and it's just tough to concentrate on much else. But all we can do is take things one day at a time. When that clock struck 5pm on Friday I couldn't have been more thrilled. Despite the chaos of the week, I'd had a dinner planned with an old college friend of mine and was really looking forward to it. She drove down from Columbus and our 3-hour dinner was just what I needed. It had been YEARS since we'd gotten together, which I'm embarrassed to admit, but it's the truth. Those few hours of catching up were glorious and we have legit plans to get together for a whole weekend again soon. Sometimes life just makes it tough to see each other, but I'm tired of making excuses and want to make a better effort to see the amazing people in my life more often. Life is just too freakin' short.
Love this girl so much!

Saturday I had another fun day planned - again, I was so thankful to have some things on the calendar to look forward to after such a draining week. A sweet friend of our family had extra tickets to the Reds game and offered up their amazing seats and parking pass for the day. We made a quick stop at my office, then pigged out at the Yardhouse and enjoyed a fun game- even though our guys lost. There's just nothing like being at the ballpark on a sunny, crisp afternoon. I hope we can get to a lot of games this season!


Sunday was the usual church and lunch but once we were home we decided it was just time to start the spring cleaning. We opened the windows and went to town on the kitchen and living area for hours upon hours. It felt awesome to scrub the baseboards, vacuum every tiny nook and cranny and also start filling up another donation box with crap we just don't need. Sometimes, staying busy is the best way to take your mind off things.

So there's my little life update. Taking things one day at a time, and just trying to remember that God is in control of it all- no matter what. Thanks in advance for your prayers and love- I feel them and appreciate them so much!

55 comments

  1. So, so sorry to hear about your Grandpa. Your family is definitely in my prayers!

    Glad to see you had a lot of things to keep your mind off of what is going on! That is definitely important in times like these!

    xoxoxo

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  2. Love you and your fam SO much!!!! Praying for you all every day. I'm so happy Bolar was able to come down and spend some time with you :) yay for the Reds game! Nothing beats a cool spring day relaxing with your man.

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  3. So sorry to hear about your grandpa. My grandma has been battling cancer a for a while now too and it's scary. I'm glad you were able to have some fun this weekend to take your mind off things.

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  4. So sorry to hear about your grandpa! Will keep you guys in my prayers for sure. I'm glad you were able to have a fun weekend. Baseball is the best! I'm saving spring cleaning for my house. I've kind of thrown the towel in on this apartment... Hope this week is better for you!

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  5. So sorry about your grandpa my dear, I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers! Hopefully this week is better.

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  6. So sorry! Will be praying!! That food looks SO good! Glad you were able to do some fun & productive things to keep you occupied!

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  7. Prayers for your grandpa and your entire family! Xo.

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  8. Thinking of you and your family and hoping your Grandpa is in as little pain as possible. It's hard for the person suffering but also hard for the family to watch. Hang in there!

    I'm glad you had some bright spots in your weekend.

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  9. I'm so sorry, Erin... thinking of you!! xo

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  10. Oh Erin! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I pray your grandpa will be as comfortable as possible also.
    I'm glad you had a "distraction" filled weekend.
    Hugs and love, my friend!

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  11. I'm so sorry sweet friend. I'll be praying for your Papaw and family!!! <3

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  12. Praying for you and your family. May you find peace and comfort during this time and be surrounded by family and friends. <3

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  13. I am so sorry to hear about your grandpa. I will be sending hugs and good vibes for you and your family!

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  14. I'm sorry to hear about your Grandpa, but I'm so glad that you were able to get out and have some fun this weekend. Your food looks delicious, I'm a little jealous.

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  15. I am so incredibly sorry to hear about your grandpa! I lost my grandfather a few years ago to cancer so I know how devastating that news can be. Praying for you and your family. Glad you were able to have a good weekend despite your crappy news. Jealous you got to go to the Reds game, we're looking pretty good this year. Hopefully it keeps up! Hope you have a good week girl!

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  16. So sorry to hear about your grandfather. Sending all the positive thoughts and love your way! Glad you were able to have some sunshine in your weekend to take the edge off :)

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  17. I'm so bummed to hear this news. Praying for peace for your family.

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  18. So sorry about your grandpa its so tough . sending you and your family lots of prayers

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  19. So sorry to hear about your grandfather. I will certainly remember your family in my prayers. Hope this week is a breath of fresh air for you!

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  20. I am so sorry your hear about your grandpa. I will be praying for him and your family! My uncle had a tough battle with cancer, and I totally understand how emotionally and physically draining it can be. If you ever need someone to talk to about it, I am here! <3

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  21. I'm so sorry to hear about your grandfather. Life really is far too short. My thoughts are with you and your family! xx

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  22. Sorry to hear about your grandpa. I will be keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Glad you were able to find some happy moments at the end of a stressful week.

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  23. I'll absolutely be praying for you, sweet friend. Ever since my mom was diagnosed, cancer has been my worst nightmare. It just seems to be mentioned everywhere when you're so sensitive to it. It's unreal how someone else's diagnosis can affect YOU! I remember for months after my mom's diagnosis, I would just sit at my work computer and zone out or cry or both. I'll be thinking of you, him, and your entire family and I'm always here if you need to talk!

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  24. Sending you some internet hugs <3 A close friend of my mom's is back in the hospital because of complications with his cancer and man, it just sucks.

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  25. I'm so sorry, Erin. Ive heard that news with my family members and it is the absolute worst. F*$# cancer!
    Prayers for your grandpa and your family. Hugs too.

    How far are you from Louisville? I would love to maybe meet up one weekend for lunch or dinner or something!?!?!?

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  26. Sending prayers your way for you and your whole family.

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  27. First of all, I'm sorry to hear about your grandpa. You're in my thoughts.

    Secondly, I want that food...all of it...it looks delicious! :)

    Mandie ~ http://badbrewpack.blogspot.com/

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  28. Sorry to hear about your grandpa. Sending positive thoughts and vibes your way!

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  29. Oh, Erin, I'm so sorry to hear about your grandpa. You and your family are in my prayers.

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  30. Praying for your family, so so sorry to hear about your grandpa. I'll be thinking of you.

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  31. So sorry to hear about your grandpa. :(

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  32. So sorry to hear about your Grandpa, it's always hard to hear news like that. Many prayers to you and your family.

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  33. I'm so sorry to hear about your grandpa. Sending you prayers and hugs! XO

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  34. I'm so sorry to hear about your grandpa! :( I'll definitely be praying for you and your family. I'm glad you were able to have some fun this weekend and I hope your birthday week is awesome! :)

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  35. Oh I am so sorry! Your family is in my prayers. I'm glad you've been keeping busy, it definitely helps.

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  36. I will be praying for your family and your grandpa! I'm glad you were able to have a nice weekend!

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  37. Hang in there, lady. So sorry to hear your family's news but glad you had a good weekend - how amazing was that weather for a baseball game?!

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  38. So sorry to hear about your Grandfather. I lost my grandmother to cancer almost 3 years ago. My prayers are with you and your family.

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  39. Holy Moly they are generous with their fries! Glad you found some happiness out of a not so happy weekend.

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  40. Send prayers and hugs and love and all good, happy thoughts!

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  41. I'm so so sorry about your grandfather. Sending prayers your way.

    I hope to get to a lot of ballgames this year too!

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  42. Prayers for your grandpa and family. :)

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  43. My prayers are with you guys! I am so sorry, I have been fortunate to not lose a grandparents yet, but I have seen their health decline and I get sad just thinking about them being gone. I am glad you were able to do some things with friends and family this week! I hope things get better!

    Xo
    Candace
    Lovely Little Rants

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  44. I am so sorry to read about your grandpa's diagnosis. What a hard time for your family. I am glad you were able to counteract all of the crummy news with a fun weekend with friends and loved ones. My prayers are with your family.

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  45. My thoughts and prayers are with your family! There is never a good time in life to hear something like that and I can only imagine how hard it is to just resume your day to day duties when your heart is breaking. Sounds like you have an amazingly supportive family. HUGS XO

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  46. Oh, Erin--I'm so sorry to hear about your grandfather. I hope you'll get some good news and that in the meantime your family will be able to spend time enjoying each other's company. Sending you good vibes.

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  47. So sorry to hear about your grandpa, Erin. Praying for your him, you and your family, and his doctors. Keeping busy helps, and I know your man is right there supporting you!! Sending hugs from Tennessee, sweet friend.

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  48. Oh Erin, I'm so sorry to hear about your grandfather's diagnosis! Sending you prayers and hugs! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  49. Praying for you friend, for strength to endure this time because I know it's not easy. Rest in the fact that God is sovereign :)

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  50. Praying for your Grandpa and all of your family during this difficult time! May God give him healing and all of you peace!!! -Jess

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  51. Erin, I'm so sorry about your grandpa! I am praying for you & your family! HUGS.

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  52. I'm really delayed in my blog reading (obviously) but I wanted to say I'm so sorry to hear this news about your Grandpa. I'll pray for healing and strength for him and your family! <3

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  53. So sorry to hear about your Grandpa. I'm going through something similar right now. And it's never easy. Sending you my prayers.

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  54. When life gets hard it's difficult to want to do anything fun, but I am glad you were able to squeeze in some good times to help you get through the hard! Love you girl!

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