It has been a couple of weeks since I’ve blogged as life has been pretty hectic so far in 2014. I never shared something with you guys last year that was going on in my life. My Dad was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in September of 2013. He started having symptoms of being sick in August. He had a cough and lost his voice and his energy levels were low, so he thought he might just have some type of cold. After going to the doctor, they found a tumor in his chest. Long story short, he started chemotherapy in October and he has been fighting this cancer battle for over 4 months. He lost the battle just over 2 weeks ago. It’s been a very emotional month so far, but I have ultimately been doing well. My husband has been amazing and the support of family, friends and the entire community has been unbelievable. I have to say that it really doesn’t feel real yet. Call it a dream, nightmare, or reality that hasn’t settled in yet; but it just feels like he’s out of town for a bit… I know there will be good days and bad days in my future, but I do know that my Dad lived a full and present life. I am so proud of him and miss him everyday already.
Dad on his pontoon boat
Me and Dad
The flowers at his funeral were incredible
My brothers and I in front of his casket at his funeral
Dad passed at 11:30pm on Sunday, January 12th and that whole week following was a whirlwind. We grieved and planned his funeral all at the same time. We set the funeral for Friday afternoon with a celebration of life to follow that evening. It was a long day, but we all made it though.
The Friday before my Dad passed was moving day for Matt and I. We had our PODS delivered and movers set to help bring everything into our new house. It all went smoothly and we got things set up the best that we could. The weekend was bittersweet as we had been waiting for moving day forever, but yet my Dad was sick and not doing very well at home.
After the funeral, my cousin (best friend/sister/college roomie) stayed with us for a whole week. She was so unbelievably helpful. I don’t know what I would have done with out her here. I probably would have crumbled. Matt had to go back to work and I know I would have been left at home by myself with Brody and probably had multiple breakdowns. Instead, her and my Mom kept me busy all week long by cooking, cleaning, unpacking and organizing the new house. It was so much fun to have them here that I really didn’t want them to leave.
Brody with my cousin, Alex
Snuggles before Alex had to head back to NYC
We got a lot accomplished on the house in just one week. I am glad to have the house as a distraction over the next couple of months. Although we are already out of boxes, I know it will take awhile to get completely organized and get the house decorated the way we want it. I promise to share more photos along the way. If you follow me on instagram (@annieamalone) you’ve seen the photos I shared below.
Our Master Bedroom
I hope to resume blogging on a regular basis again. It’s such a nice outlet for me and writing truly is therapeutic. Thanks for listening and please keep my family in your thoughts and prayers.