So life happened.
And man o man it happened hard.
I was floating right along happy as a clam and BAM. Things got jumbled. Things got chaotic. Things got stressful. Things got sad.
But I survived.
It all started with a Jury Duty summons. Yep, I got summoned just like the rest of the United States' citizens have the potential to be. I thought... No biggie. I'll sit for 3 days tops and read my kindle until I get cut and I can go back to work.
Nope..the Jury Duty Gods had WAYYY different plans for me.
I was picked to serve as a juror on a criminal case that lasted....
wait for it...
wait for it...
Yep, that's right. I was a juror all day everyday for 4 entire weeks. I lost a month of my life. I was living out of a suitcase at my parents house for an entire month so I could be close to the courthouse. I didn't see my friends, I couldn't go to work, I hardly exercised, I cried alot, I drank alot of wine, I floundered...
It was awful. I would NEVER wish a month long jury trial upon my worst enemy.
People keep saying "You're so lucky you missed work. Its like you had a 4 week vacation!" or "At least it was interesting!!"
And to these people I say... "watch out for my backhand...it's coming at your face."
Just kidding. But for real it was none of those things and it was so stressful, emotionally hard, physically and mentally draining.
We ended up putting 2 men away for life without parole and that is something that continues to weigh heavy on my heart. They 100% deserved what they got but it was still emotionally and morally so hard for me to be a deciding factor on someone else's entire life.
So that happened. The case ended on a Thursday night at 10:30pm after 12 hours of jury deliberation in a teeny tiny room.
I saw the light at the end of the tunnel and I exhaustingly stepped out.
Below are my new jury home slices... I spent an incredible amount of time with them all.
Life went back to normal.
As normal as having to make up a month's worth of work could be.
And then 4 days later...
My Grandma passed away.
BAM. Life hit again!
So we had to scramble to rent a car and drive all the way to Illinois to be with family and celebrate the life of one of the world's most amazing women.
It was a sad, stressful, but at the same time wonderful trip.
It was so hard saying goodbye to my Grandma. But it was hard watching her suffer through her 2 year battle with cancer and watch my family suffer through it too.
And we finally knew she was at peace and was in a better place.
So we mourned her, shared stories about her, laughed, loved, leaned on eachother and cried alot.
I know she looked down on us laughing about how ridiculous we still were.
My family is an odd ball group and it was so good seeing everyone.
Photo recap of the trip...
It was nice seeing both sides of my family. Thank GOD for such a supportive family and friends. We are SOOO blessed.
Cutest little God Daughter ever...
After the funeral we came home and all put on one of Grandma's sweatshirts to wear for the night. That woman LOVED her sweatshirts.
Philip & Matthew
God Daughter & God Mommy photo again
All the grandkids with Grandpa after the funeral.
So it was all in all a good trip.
We went up there for a sad reason but left feeling blessed and loved.
We will FOREVER miss my Grandma and life will never be the same without her. But I know she wants us to continue the craziness that is life and to continue loving eachother so much.
We found out my baby brother needed to have hip surgery the morning after we drove back from Chicago. He had surgery to repair a torn labrum and to reshape his hip bone.
It was a surgery that ultimately and abruptly ended his career at Auburn.
It's been emotional and I know he'll forever miss playing for the Auburn Tigers. We'll miss watching him play.
Fingers crossed that we'll be able to watch him play again next season with the "big boys".
So since then life has returned to normal. Thank good sweet baby Jesus. I was about to explode!!
Through it all I have finally felt a calming sense of peace. Life never throws you something you can't handle.
But life sure laughed as he tested us this past month and a half.
These little issues in my life seem trival compared to the bigger issues in the world. During this past month and a half I've really struggled. But its put everything into perspective. If these are my biggest problems and headaches than I feel lucky.
And if anything its all brought me closer to my family, God, myself, and my support systems.
So AMEN to that.
And AMEN to you all if you've kept up with this entire post and actually read my little "sob story".
My next post will be a happier one I promise. It involves dogs dressed in costumes.
That will ALWAYS brings a smile.
Smell ya later friends.