Thursday, July 17, 2014

A New Normal

I find it amazing how tough life can be as we get older.

Last week, a close friend of ours lost her brother unexpectedly, a feeling I am all too familiar with. And it is hard to find comfort when such sadness happens to a family so sweet. I deeply wish them the best. He was a great guy and will always be remembered as such but it is never something to get over or deal with. It is one of those moments that creates a new normal in which we live our lives. And the new normal is never as good as the old one. All we can do is love those we still have and try not to let our hurt or pain effect our ability to love and enjoy all we still have...

This past week we also spent a lot of time with close friends who we haven't seen as much as post-Gunner and some friends in from out of town with their super handsome 1 and half year old. It is so great seeing them and also seeing what Gunner will act like in a year. It also is a sad reminder when good friends live away how much you wish everyone lived together and we could see each other all the time. Growing old and raising kids should be done with all the people you love. Doing it without them is just not as special or as much fun. Lucky for us, we do have a lot of close friends still in town and even one with a baby, Maddox, that Gunner can grow up and have a good bro-mance with as well as some wonderful older kids of friends of ours as Gunner gets a little bigger, he can be the little brat trying to keep up. So while we are extremely lucky and better off than most, we do still miss those that live far away who we wish to see on a regular basis, especially those with some of the cutest kids who we would just love Gunner to grow up and have a close relationship with... his cousin Carter in Oregon, his cousins in DC Mia Amy Henry and Andrew, his cousin Drew in Louisville, the Wessel kids Hunter and Grayson...all super adorable...

But that's not how life works. There is only so much we can control and for those things we can't control, we have just have to figure out how to live with what the universe decides to dish out around us. That is always easier said than done...

Choices...



Lounging in the pool with his bro Maddox and Uncle Cullan...

And maybe one too many adult beverages...

  

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