What We’ve Been Up To…
Life these past few weeks have moved both fast and slow. It’s clear that we’re still trying to figure out what life after cancer looks like and you know what, I think that’s totally okay! We toggle back and forth between being overly joyed and overly anxious… and some days feel very hot and cold. One moment we are watching a sunset mesmerized, by God’s beauty and the fact that we GET to see another day, and the next we are frantically calling doctors to make sure “this new symptom” is normal as the chemicals continue to work their way out of Ryan’s body. We have Ryan’s final scan next week to which we’ve been counting down the days… this scan will hopefully and prayerfully say what all of the doctors are saying, that Ryan’s officially in the clear. So as we’ve just been waiting over the past eight weeks we’ve been trying to find our new normal. A better than before, more grateful than ever, normal.
It’s a weird and very wonderful place to be in. I was telling a few girlfriends last week how liberating it is to really know how precious, sweet, and fragile life is. To have an entire new outlook on everything. And to be unapologetically yourself because life is too short to be anyone but who God made you to be. It’s a place I hope I get to stay in. I love it here, even though it can get very weird at times… it’s also very, very, sweet.
As we continue to find our footing, and reset our goals and dreams, I’m sure we’ll find our new normal. But until then, I’m good with us being a bit of a measured happy mess. 😉
A Few iPhone Snapshots of Life Recently!
Road Trip Essentials
We are leaving this morning for a little mountain getaway and there really isn’t anything in life I enjoy more than packing up road trip essentials! Growing up, we road-tripped often and it was the only time we were allowed to eat what we called “fun food”. And even though I’m not stocking the car with sugary treats and Candy Land, I still get a kick out of making sure we have tons of snacks, audio books, and mini food and water bowls for Dolly. I loath packing, but road trip packing is so fun!
P.S. You guys were cracking me up over on stories on Monday night! Thank you for all of your road trip snack suggestions!
Dolly The Disaster
I love this dog more than is probably normal, but guys, she is a total disaster. I’ve never seen a happier dog which makes her extremely hard to train. She doesn’t do anything out of malice or spite, just pure joy! Even when she’s getting disciplined she sits there quietly wagging her tail, just so happy that you are talking to her, she could care less the tone of voice you are using. In this photo she is covered in dirt and pollen from a recent walk (it was a little wet outside too).
I mean it’s precious. But I’m at a loss, send HELP.
After an entire year of a very “crispy” backyard we’ve started to bring life back and I couldn’t be any more thrilled! I cannot tell you what a difference flowers make. There is something just so happy about them.
I love nothing more than tending to them each and every morning. Our back yard is my happy place.
P.S. Remember when it used to look THIS good?! It’s going to happen again.
Since launching the #AshleyBrookeBookClub I’ve really enjoyed connecting with you guys on something that is just for fun. Even though it’s technically work for me and there are a lot of logistics behind the scenes (new mini website coming soon!) it’s been something I’ve fallen in love with.
Also, I kind of love the excuse of being able to write off my book obsession as a business expense 😉
I’ve been doing the BBG work out program for over 29 weeks now and love it! The workouts are almost unbelievably hard, but somehow I make it through each week. And now Ryan has started doing it with me, and it’s been a blast! He has been feeling so good and is back to 3 mile runs and daily work outs which is such a blessing.
We don’t have a fancy in home gym or anything! We just line up our yoga mats and all of our equipment and make it happen. It’s been so fun! We crank up the music, set our circuit timers and go!