Friday Favorites: Thankful

It’s been a hard week.

Probably the toughest of my life.

My Dad passed away on Monday night.


I am sitting on the couch on Thanksgiving afternoon, there is football on the TV and a turkey in the oven, and it just doesn’t seem real that we are also picking out pictures for his memorial service on Saturday and writing his obituary.

While I cannot put into words all the thoughts and feelings I am having, I can reflect on all the things I am thankful for. . . obviously, there are so many more than I am able to list on this post, but here are a few things. . .

My family.


Yesterday, my Mom and sisters spent the whole day together planning things for Dad’s memorial service  on Saturday and while it wasn’t fun, at the end of the day, I told them that I had really enjoyed our time together. And that is what family is all about. . .

My husband. He’s pretty much taken over the house, taking care of Luke and Abby and continuing to work on house projects in between driving up to the cities to be with me and my family.



When I told him that Grandpa Tom had gone to heaven, he said “That sounds nice, I’d like to do that someday too.” And I said “me too. . .me too.”

Coffee. Always #necessary


BODYPUMP and my peeps at the YMCA. I taught this morning and it was nice having a little bit of normal this week.


Abby. And puppy snuggles.


This blog. And the bazillion pictures that I take because of it. And your support and nice words.

My Dad.


I know that he is in heaven now, but he will always be with me. When I make surprise plates for Luke or read “Bedtime for Francis” to him. When I’m running and trying to figure out my latest “life crisis.” Whenever I eat candy corn, lorrna doones, or doughnuts. And always.

Hug your loved ones close today.

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23 Responses to Friday Favorites: Thankful

  1. Becky @ Olives n Wine

    Ive thought of you more often than not over the past few days, Katie. It’s always hard (at least for me) to know what to say during these times, and while I never met your dad, I have one story to share. Whenever I need to stop and walk during a run I’ll think of you (and him!) from our run in Texas. Was it DWAs? Designated walking areas – This always puts a smile on my face when I am needing motivation to continue running 🙂

  2. Amy

    I am very sorry for your loss and I know it’s not going to be the same for you and your family 🙁 take care and your dad is with you! We have had 9 yrs without my dad, time helps but he is still with me:)

  3. Annie

    IM sorry for your loss!
    Thinking of you!

  4. I’m so, so sorry for your loss, Katie. Thinking of you and your family. Take care of yourself ❤️
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  5. I’m so sorry for the loss of your father. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts during this difficult time.
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  6. So, so, so sorry, Katie 🙁 I’ll be thinking of you and your family!
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  7. Jen @nutcaseinpoint

    So sorry for your loss! Thoughts are with you and your fam!

  8. I’m so sorry, Katie. I know your family has been so much and it makes me so sad to know you’re going through this right now. Thinking of you this weekend as you say goodbye to someone who seemed like a really great man.
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  9. Edye

    I am so sorry for your loss Katie! Sending you prayers this holiday season!

  10. So sorry for your loss, Katie! <3
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  11. Katie I am so sorry for your loss – I lost my mom 8 years ago so I know how you are feeling. I wish there was something I could say to take away your pain but being with family and remembering all the good memories is the best thing you can do. Your dad will always be with you in your heart <3
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  12. I’m so sorry for your loss Katie. xoxo

  13. Krista T

    I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. Cherish the wonderful memories you have! Now you have your very own guardian angel. Peace and prayers for you and your family.

  14. I am so sorry for your loss! That’s so difficult, I’m glad you have family and friends and pups in your life to help with the grieving.
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  15. Megan Little

    I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing things you are thankful for in the middle of what might feel like a big mess. Praying for you and your family as you process all that has happened and you try to find your new normal.

  16. Katie, I am so so sorry for your loss. Your post was beautiful and hopefully writing it was helpful. Expressing gratitude is never the wrong choice. I’ll be thinking of you. recently posted..LessonsMy Profile

  17. I am so sorry to hear about your loss Katie. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time
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  18. I’m so sorry for your loss Katie. Praying for you and your family.
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  19. I’m sending a big hug your way and I’m so sorry for your loss!
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  20. Leiza

    I am really sorry for your loss. God will help you!

  21. Tamara

    Hugs, Katie dear. I’m so sorry. <3

  22. I’ve been meaning to come write a comment–I’ve been thinking of you so much! I’m so sorry to hear about your dad’s death. That must be so hard <3 I'm praying for you & your family! xo
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