Life Hurdles

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— Judy Greer

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Trench Vest – Choies (under $25 here!) || Cardigan – Forever 21 (similar) || Pumps – Gianvito Rossi ‘Python’ || Purse – Alexander McQueen ‘Heroine’ (obsessedmedium in black) || Necklace – c/o Bauble Bar || Sunglasses – Forever 21 (similar|| Lips – YSL in ‘Nude Beige’

Photos courtesy of beautiful blogger Heidi

No doubt many of you have noticed the radio silence here on Sed Bona for the last week. I promise it hasn’t been intentional — I have so much content to share but just haven’t had the time (or heart, if I’m being honest) to write it. See, for a little over the past week, Hubby and I have been down in central Illinois to be with his grandfather in his last days. It’s been a long struggle so none of this has been entirely unexpected. But I don’t think any of us expected it to happen just the way it has either.

It’s been a hard week, especially after losing my own grandfather last December and my grandmother last February.

And you’d think after losing my father at 22, I’d at least be prepared for this week. Especially since Hubby’s grandfather has lived a long and happy 91 years.

But I really haven’t been. Hubby and I had such a wonderful trip in London last month and thank goodness… for that I’ll be forever grateful because this last week has drained us in ways we never thought possible.

It really doesn’t matter how many people you’ve lost in life — losing family NEVER gets easier. Only more familiar. And certainly not familiar in a good way.

I know we will find the strength and courage to deal with his passing when it happens (most likely in the next few days). I know we will eventually recover, catch up on sleep, and return to our lives in Chicago. But right now that life feels so far away. Right now all we can do is live one day at a time, the best way we can.

You can’t choose the hurdles life throws at you, all you can do is deal with them in as responsible, as loving, and as creative of a way as possible.

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  • Sophie

    Dear Ashley,
    All my thoughts and prayers. I’ve also been in these awful situations and what’s important is the love you provide to your Grand Dad before his departure… So painful to say goodbye…
    God Bless
    Take care
    xxxx
    Sophie

  • Natali

    Totally love the way yo’ve styled this outfit! Your cardigan and bag are top notch pieces.
    I’m sorry to read about your husband’s grandfather and him leaving this world for a better place… Saying goodbye to family members, no matter how old they are or how great lives they’ve lived never gets easier… Sorry that you had to go through this many losses in such a short time and I’m wishing you all of love and strength to endure these hardships.

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  • I’m so sorry to hear about these hard days for you and your family, I’m sending all my love!!

    xo

  • Victoria

    So sorry about your family….sending you many hugs dear one.

  • You are in my thoughts sweet friend. I’m so sorry you are walking down this road again. It doesn’t get easier. Xoxo

  • I’m so sorry to hear about your loss Ashley! It doesn’t ever matter if it’s not unexpected, as you say, it doesn’t make it easier to bear. I’m so, so glad that you had that lovely time in London recently! Sending lots of hugs xoxo Ellie