Our summer has been a roller coaster. I don’t even know where to begin because so much has happened and it’s been so long since I’ve blogged. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen the highs and lows of this season for my family.

In mid-April my dad was diagnosed with AML (acute myeloid leukemia). AML is a very aggressive type of leukemia and he was told without treatment he’d have two weeks. He immediately started treatment the next day, but sadly fifty four days later he passed away.

I could write an entire post on this as it consumes my mind quite frequently, but I won’t. (Click here to read a post about my dad I wrote a couple of years ago)We have coveted your prayers and have felt them in the darkest days.

There have plenty of those days as we have went through the grieving process. Gosh, it’s rough.

It’s been especially hard because my dad had never been sick, with the exception of kidney stones. It’s a nightmare and I wish I could wake up. As much as I have to be thankful for, I still feel empty.

I’m most thankful for my family. Oh, what would I do without them?! I’m so, so, grateful to have such a close knit family. I can’t imagine going through something this hard without them.

And God. Let’s not forget about Him. Ella and Lillie have been even more of a blessing than before because they keep us moving forward. Isn’t it funny how children can help you even when they don’t know that they are?

We’ve had plenty of days doing nothing spectacular except spending time with each other and I’ve savored those moments so much more than before knowing how short life can really be.

We also made a trip up to New England to visit family and went to Cape Cod. It was so nice to just getaway and not have any sort of obligations or schedule. I really need to do that more often.

I took a break from parties to focus on spending as much time with family as possible. This party was the last party I did and I hope to share more with you soon!

There was plenty of time spent with friends at the pool. Ella really got the hang of swimming this year and she even jumped off the diving board!

…..and then school started. First grade! So far it is going well. I feel like Ella is six going on fourteen at times with the conversations we have (and disagreements, too!) and independence she has gained. It’s like she really grew up over the summer, which is bittersweet really.