Family + Halloween + weekend plans!

I took a half-day off from work yesterday to go spend time with my family. I went in in the morning and got everything accomplished for the day, which felt very productive. I am so thankful to have such a supportive team behind me. My Mom needed a few things from the store for my Grandma, so when I left school, I ran by the store to grab some cleaning supplies and some food, then headed to my Grandma’s house. I brought my lunch with me.
Look who else I got to hang out with! My Grandma was pretty worn out when I got to her house, so she took a long nap. While she napped, I hung out with my mom, sister, and Eleanor. We watched some very educational videos about the ABCs. I feel much smarter now. ; )
My Grandma’s hospice nurse stopped by to check on her yesterday. My Grandma started telling her how much she loved all of us and that she hoped we all knew how proud she was of us, and that she hoped we all had amazing lives. It was almost like she forgot we were there for a second. My Mom and I jumped in and immediately told her that we have the best lives, and have been so lucky to have her. That made her really happy. Then she told me that she would be watching over me from Heaven, so I made sure that she knew that would be a full-time job. That made her laugh. And me cry. My Grandma keeps saying that she cannot wait to see her own Mom again; she says she misses her so much. I think that’s what makes death a TINY bit easier, knowing that we will all see each other again. Easy isn’t the word I would use to describe any of this, but it’s all I can come up with right now. Lots of crying, lots of hugs, lots of love. 
I left my Grandma’s around 3 PM and headed home to get caught up on the chaos that feels like my house right now. I cleaned, did laundry, and got in a little bit of a work out. Jake and I had Sloppy Joe’s for dinner, and he made his into tacos. So I guess now Sloppy Joe tacos are a thing and let me tell you, they are pretty dang good. We also had zucchini and yellow squash.
Jake and I threw on some Dallas Cowboys jerseys to pass out candy to trick-or-treaters last night. I enjoyed a pumpkin beer while we did that. It was so nice to be home and relaxing, but I definitely was missing my family. I know it’s important to do things that we normally do, but it’s still hard to be away from everyone.
Two tired football players.
Please come see us Saturday! We will be set-up at Great Escape Beer Works from 12-4 with all kinds of baked goodies. All of the proceeds will go to purchasing feminine hygiene products to put in the restrooms at our local trails. 
I have packet pick-up today for my race next weekend, I am doing the 25K trail run at Dogwood. I am really looking forward to it, since I haven’t raced trail in a LONG time. I was supposed to do the 50k, but with my foot/ankle injury, I’m just so thankful to be running right now. After packet pick-up, I am getting groceries for the week, then it is home to bake for our bake sale tomorrow. I’m not sure if I will get by to see my Grandma today, but I will be by there on Saturday and Sunday for sure. On Sunday, there is a big marathon and half-marathon here in town, so Jake and I will watch the race at his Dad’s house. The Bass Pro marathon was my very first marathon (I did it last year – HERE), so I am excited to get to spectate this year. I need to run another marathon…my second one in OKC did not go as planned (HERE)…maybe that’ll be a goal in 2020. 
Happy Friday, friends!


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  1. Becky

    I’m so sorry to hear about what you and your family are going through. What a blessing to be able to have this time with your family to care for your Grandma and one another. My grandma passed 2 years ago and I still think about her all the time. Something that has been helpful to me is to plant outside, or have a potted plant inside, in memory of your grandma. It is something that renews each year just like our renewal in Christ and it makes me remember if His love and comfort of family He gives us.
    It appears to me (just a long time reader) that your Grandma is leaving a wonderful legacy. What a blessing to the world. Take care, Becky

    • papersandpavement

      Hi, Becky – I am so sorry to hear about your own Grandma – hugs! My Grandma actually gave me all of her plants, which means SO much to me. I love the comparison to Christ – I will remember that! Hugs.

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