July 2020 Reads

With so much going on this month, it proved more difficult to not only to find time to read but to focus as well.

That being said, I think I tended to be more appreciative of books that helped me escape the crappy month of July than I would otherwise. Don’t get me wrong, I loved reading the hard topic, non-fiction books, but I think I really just needed to escape this month.

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson *** (I’m really excited to finally talk about this one in our Ashes’ Tea Room Book Club.)

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum ***

White Rage by Carol Anderson ***

Fly Away by Kristin Hannah ***

Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent ***

for Joe

Today would have been Joe, my stepdad’s birthday. It feels surreal that it’s now been a month since he passed away.

Tonight a few friends and family plan to gather for food and drinks to celebrate him. But it’s not the same. Obviously. He should be with us tonight. And sometimes when that wave of sadness hits it can be overwhelming.

Please keep my momma in your prayers. Last week we celebrated their anniversary without him and tonight we celebrate his birthday without him and it having only been a month since he left us, I can’t even imagine what it’s like for her.

But on a happier note, here are some great memories we’ve gotten to share these last 2 decades together…..

Boat Day

This past weekend we went to Fort Matanzas by our friend’s boat. And it was seriously amazing!

Perfect weather, my husband, dogs and friends. I feel so eternally grateful to live in Florida (and also for the escape since our ac died).

Want to learn more about the fort? (https://www.nps.gov/foma/index.htm)

I love that the pups have become boat dogs. They love it and the water (just as long as their feet can reach the bottom and there aren’t any waves)!

The hallway

I can’t even begin to count the times I’ve walked down this hallway over the last several years.

But this photo is from the last time.

I sat in the chair, gazing down this hallway knowing it was significant. Knowing that it would never again take me to see you.

Walking down this corridor always meant you were sick or having health issues. It meant worry and sometimes fear. But it also meant I got to visit you.

No more hallway also means no more you. And that’s a tough pill to swallow.

But in a way I am grateful. You now are in a better place in which there is no more sickness. No more pain. Only love. And dancing. And happiness.

Saying goodbye to this hallway that day, I also felt like I was saying my final goodbye to you. And for the time being I suppose that’s true. But it’s not forever.

See you on the other side sweet dad. Love you forever Joe.

❤ kel

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