Paying It Forward

Today is the last day of school before winter break for all three of us girls, and goodness we are READY.  Life has a funny way of bringing you highs & lows all at once, this week we got some really exciting and wonderful news about a job offer for my husband and then just a few hours later, learned that we needed to put our yellow lab to sleep.  I got our dog, Bogger, for my husband as a Christmas present about a year before we were even engaged, and ironically here we are fourteen years later, losing him a week before Christmas and trying it explain it to our two little girls who absolutely adore him and have never known a life without him.  It’s been heartbreaking, to say the least, but we know that he lived the happiest life and is in a much better place.

Yesterday morning, I was completely struggling after saying goodbye to him and watching the girls give him hugs for the last time.  I dropped Waverly off to school and before heading to school myself, made my morning Starbucks run (bad habit!).  There was a huge line, and once I finally made it to the front, the sweet lady who helps me each morning let me know that the car in front of me had treated me, she handed me coffee and told me to have a wonderful day.  And it seriously brought me to tears.  Of all the cars, and all the mornings, fate just worked out that it was me getting the sweetest gesture at exactly the time I needed it most.  The person in that car didn’t know anything about my day or how I was feeling, and will never know, but that small act of kindness meant the world to me.

So today, I plan to pay it forward in my own way.  And I challenge you to do the same.  Life sure has it’s hard moments, but it has really beautiful ones, too.  Finally, sharing some pictures of our little ladies, their outfits are by Jojo Maman Bebe and I adore them so much.  Such sweet, classic & timeless looks — you can find their website here.  



  1. December 20, 2017 / 8:49 pm

    This story lifted me up and I am so very sorry for your loss. Our pups are our family. Wishing you a peaceful holiday!

  2. December 20, 2017 / 10:19 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your pup. You have so many beautiful pictures of the girls with him.
    This made me so teary. They truly are such a big part of your heart and your family <3

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