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2 months ago

Letters To My Papa

Six years ago, November 24th meant nothing to me. I was home for the holiday, and went shopping with my Mama. Same as every year. I had no way of knowing we were living out the end of our family's innocence. I had no idea that a mere 24 hours later life would change forever.

That's the thing about life-altering moments. You never know when one is lurking just around the corner. No one fires a warning shot. There's no ghost from the future with insight on what madness lies ahead. Life simply carries on in the moment-to-moment mundanity.

Until it doesn't.

Until one instant engraves a definitive before-and-after line into our lives. We don't get to choose these moments. We can't schedule them. They happen to us. The tornado plucks us from the familiar, violently tosses us about, and sets us down well outside of our comfort zones -- forever changed.

So while it can be daunting and at times exhausting, I encourage you to live your life as though that tornado will whip around the corner at any moment. Take inventory each day. If tomorrow everything changed, what did you take for granted today? If you'd miss it tomorrow, be sure to appreciate it today. Gratefulness is a beautiful state of mind -- one you'll never regret.

Cultivate gratitude for your life as it is, because it won't ask permission before it rocks your world.
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Six years ago, November 24th meant nothing to me. I was home for the holiday, and went shopping with my Mama. Same as every year. I had no way of knowing we were living out the end of our familys innocence. I had no idea that a mere 24 hours later life would change forever.

Thats the thing about life-altering moments. You never know when one is lurking just around the corner. No one fires a warning shot. Theres no ghost from the future with insight on what madness lies ahead. Life simply carries on in the moment-to-moment mundanity.

Until it doesnt.

Until one instant engraves a definitive before-and-after line into our lives. We dont get to choose these moments. We cant schedule them. They happen to us. The tornado plucks us from the familiar, violently tosses us about, and sets us down well outside of our comfort zones -- forever changed.

So while it can be daunting and at times exhausting, I encourage you to live your life as though that tornado will whip around the corner at any moment. Take inventory each day. If tomorrow everything changed, what did you take for granted today? If youd miss it tomorrow, be sure to appreciate it today. Gratefulness is a beautiful state of mind -- one youll never regret.

Cultivate gratitude for your life as it is, because it wont ask permission before it rocks your world.

 

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Love your thoughts Ashley. I take nothing for granted & never will. Noel will always be missed & remembered with a smile. Love to you your family!

My heart is beating so fast reading this. Seems like yesterday. 😭❤️😲

You are a beautiful writer. I still need to buy this book from you. Hopefully soon!

Emily and I were visiting you that day!!!!

3 months ago

Letters To My Papa

😭 Well, this opened up the tear ducts first thing this morning. 😭

WSYX ABC 6
Get the tissues ready! A Utah bride whose 5 brothers substituted for their father in the traditional daddy-daughter dance after he passed unexpectedly. His voice was edited into Michael Bolton song, "Fathers and Daughters." bit.ly/2CtLfBt
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I saw that yesterday. Sobbed. It always breaks my heart that if and when Mish gets married, she won’t have this. Unfortunately no brothers either 😭

Oh my word...tissues for sure!!