This past weekend, Ben and I got away for some much needed time alone in the city! I love going away with my husband. I think as a couple with or without kids, that it is important to get away and re-connect outside of the hustle and bustle of life. I personally could do with a monthly get away! Anyone with me?! It was a little harder this time because I worked quite a bit following up to our time away and my middle daughter, Savannah was sobbing when it was time to say goodbye. ( Never fun!!) A quick face time + pep talk when we arrived and she was fine for the entire weekend. In fact, she didn’t want to leave her grandad’s house at all! Anyway, Ben planned out our weekend so perfectly. He booked a lush hotel right in the heart of the city. He had reservations made for dinner Friday night at a restaurant that we cannot wait to go back and visit. The name was Frascati and the food was to die for! We spontaneously decided to go see a movie following. We took an Uber in, got to the theater all excited like 16 year olds (it was 1030 pm at night) and decided to see The Revenant. We were beyond pumped because we got killer seats in the IMAX theater! It has probably been about 10 years since the last time I have been to the IMAX. I was pretty giddy sitting in front of that HUGE screen. Ben gave me the “Calm down, now” look quite a few times!
As we sat down and began to watch the previews, Ben received a face time call, from what looked like an England number (where he is from). He declined the first call and when the second call came through he picked up. Ben left the theater to see who was trying to contact him. I stayed in by our seats and waited for him to return. Instead of him coming back to see the movie I received a texted that read “That was Ann. Granddad died. She couldn’t get a hold of dad.” I literally responded “Oh my God”. In a moment like this your heart sinks, you can’t think and everything seems to just stand still… I was frozen. Someone who I had grown to love and who was so dear to my husband, is now suddenly gone. Our weekend away suddenly looked very different from what we had expected. Instead of having mindless chatter and gallivanting aimlessly through the city, we grieved. That night, Ben was able to speak with the majority of his family to share and process what had just happened. Our conversations were centered on nostalgic memories, most that made us laugh some that made us cry. Grandparents can hold such a special place in our lives. Although we know that at some point they are going to go, unwell or not, it is never something you expect or are at ease with.
So, why do I share something so sad! It’s because when circumstances like this occur, it makes you pause and think. Your perspective gets realigned into proper focus. It makes life stand still and it causes things that are important to be magnified and for the things that aren’t to be diminished. At that moment in our time away we could only think about family. When you lose someone it makes you so utterly grateful for the breath you are breathing and you once again realize how fragile this life is. You suddenly want to fully experience and cherish each and every moment. I am grateful for times like these. They bring me back to the center of what really and truly matters. After God, family is everything to me.
On to something, a bit lighter! I have been wanting to work with Shabby Apple for quite some time now! I am so honored to be able to do a collaborative post with them as they are one of my favorite online shops at the moment. All of their designs are artfully designed with a vintage flair. There are so many options to choose from, I literally want everything they make!! This Dress is called the “Professor Jones” and is one of the many pieces in their new arrivals! I highly recommend checking out Shabby Apple!! You will be very impressed with their selection and pricing! Lucky for you, my wonderful readers, I have teamed up with Shabby Apple to give away 50.00 toward any purchase on their site. Be sure to check out my Instagram feed tomorrow for a chance to win!! Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today! Much love always,
All Images By: Sarah Schweyer Photography
Dress: Shabby Apple
Ring: Charlotte Russe