Monday, January 16, 2012

life is an unscripted adventure sometimes

I spent my Thursday traveling. I had notice Monday evening that my grandmother had passed away suddenly. When we found out we started making travel arrangements and almost drove as a family. I kept having this uneasy feeling about driving during the winter, especially since we go through a section of mountains... So I booked a flight and went alone.

It turned out to be the best decision. Wouldn't you know it? After making plans, the midwest got hit with it's FIRST winter storm of the season - AS I TRAVELED. I had cancellations, reroutes, and then a drive through snow covered roads with my youngest sister. It was so bad at one point that we pulled off at a rest stop and waited for plows to go through to clear the road, and then started back on our journey. This was AFTER the plows went:

It was definitely an adventure. But I could tell that it meant a lot to my parents and my family in general that I had made the effort to get there. It was a lot - but it was worth it! When my sister and I finally arrived at our parent's house - the wind chill was -2 degrees. That was quite the temperature change for this girl coming from the south FL metro area! The high was supposed to be 82 the day I left...

It was good to be able to be there and help take care of my parents. That's really what it's about. Being there for the people that are dealing with the grief and the loss. Things had been so crazy for our parents that they still had all of their Christmas decorations up - it had been my mother's intention to pull everything down the day that they got the news. Instead they jumped in the car and made the trip to start taking care of things. After all was settled and the funeral was done, my brother and I were able to take care of packing away all of the decorations, hauling out the fresh tree, pulling down indoor and outdoor lights, cleaning out the fridge for them - everything.

I was at least able to enjoy the view on the way back to Chicago on Sunday:

I have SO much catching up to do that I could sit all day to write blog posts! I'll be posting every day this week and most likely twice today. There's lots going on for my little business and the scrapbooking industry right now! I can't wait to share some of the sneak peeks I've seen of new product releases for scrapbooking and exciting new adventures for my business! New blog/site plans have been put on the backburner just until I can catch up on everything from my absence! I'm so happy that I've heard from some of you already as far as guesting - it's going to be such an AMAZING adventure. The few people that I've shared my full vision with are just as excited as I am - so I know I'm on to something!

Happy Monday!!!


Mandy said...

Leah, I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm glad you had safe travels that storm was bad. Can't wait to see your news and all the happenings you share. Hugs

mollydianeh said...

Dear Leah,
I was sorry to hear about your Grandmother. I am amazed at the monumental effort you made to get back home where your folks are. I am SURE that it made a world of difference to them. I'm sure your Mom and Dad were speachless to see all of the hard work you and your siblings did on cleaning up the Christmas decorations and even the 'frig! It's a big job; picking up (and packing up)all the odds and ends when someone in your family passes on! You're a great daughter, sister, Mom and wife! (I've enjoyed your blog for quite some time now...sorry, I don't think I've ever "introduced myself")

Tania Shaw said...

I'm sorry to hear about your Grandmother. I'm glad you were able to travel safely, despite the weather being against you. Take care and I'm excited to see all you have planned!

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