A Year Unraveled

a year unraveled, grey sunset

Typically, things here on W&R stay pretty light. I started this site as a creative outlet and because I was inspired to inspire. But the past couple of months have been some of the most difficult of my life and to not share with you no longer feels right. Yesterday was my birthday. But instead of a celebration, it was truly one of the saddest days of my life. 

Over the last two months we lost two very special people. Both larger than life. And both children. In two months time I have had to explain to my children twice that a close friend, a best friend was gone. The first was shocking, unexpected. The aftermath devastating. The second slow, tragic, painful. 

So yesterday we said goodbye to one of the bravest little boys I have ever known. A little boy whose heart was bigger than anyone I know and who was larger than life all the way to the bitter end. He fought so hard to beat his disease, and his family and doctors did absolutely everything they could. Watching my best friend fight for her son was both gut-wrenching and awe-inspiring. 

These mothers are my heros. I’m not sure how I am lucky enough to call them both close friends. Its been through their grace and strength that we will move forward. 

Professionally, last year was extremely successful. But personally, its unraveled. Nothing can prepare you for parenthood and this has taken that to a whole new level. We are forever grateful for the support of our family and friends. And I’m also grateful to you. For reading, for inspiring me, for being there for me. I’ll be back with more of what will hopefully be inspiring content later this week. This blog has kept me going some days. An escape of sorts. 

At the services today, we were asked to live like these boys did. With joy, with energy, with heart. To live with love in our hearts. That is how they will live on.

photo by my mom


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