Where Have I Been?

Good morning friends! Well it would seem I just fell off the blogosphere last week. I managed to get the Ageless Style post done, but that was it.

Last Saturday morning we were sitting around talking about our day when the phone rang, and it was Kent’s mom. His father had suffered a heart attack or stroke (in was unsure at the time) and been taken to the hospital. When the event occurred he lost consciousness and they worked on him an hour to get his heart working. Kent’s parents are in their late 80’s, so we knew this day was coming but it was still shocking. I immediately booked us flights to Oklahoma and we got there late Saturday night. Rather than going into all the details, I’ll just tell you that he was put on life support. We were finally able to make the decision to have that removed and he passed away quickly after that on Tuesday. Needless to say we had a super busy and emotional 8 days. We returned home last night.

Kent’s mom was completely dependent upon his dad, in every single way. She didn’t even know where the trash went. Thankfully they had relocated to a retirement community two years ago where she will have a wonderful support system and their church will also be another great resource.

We are so lucky that some of our dearest friends live in the same town and go to church with his parents. They were so sweet and without hesitation opened their home to us without blinking an eye and it was our home base for 8 days. This is a family with 4 kids of their own and a nephew living with them for part of the summer. All of the kids are great musicians and there is always music in the house. It is so fun!

Our kids drove out for the funeral, and I did take this picture of the newlyweds but didn’t get any of Katie. #momfail

Heidi and Jason have a pool in their backyard and while Kent was getting some things taken care of for his mom on Saturday I was all too happy to spend a little time in the sun floating on a giant shell raft. #takeonefortheteam

Heidi and Jason also own a farm in a town about 25 minutes from their house. They have a baby calf that lost its mama and they’ve been bottle feeding for 6 weeks. We went out to see it the last night we were there. She was a little skittish so Heidi started her feeding and then I very slowly moved in so I could. #firsttimeforeverything #doesthismakemeafarmer

On our way back from the farm we stopped at a place called “Pops” on Route 66. They sell all kinds of soda, from regular to crazy nasty stuff.

Friends are a blessing in all stages of life, but having friendships that last though decades is truly a gift. This is a family we had our kids with and did play groups, birthday parties and all the fun things and now we are there to support each other in the not so fun times, but it sure makes it a lot easier when you’re surrounded by people you love.

Now it’s time for me to get back to real life. I’ve been home 3 days in the last 2 1/2 weeks being book-ended between a wedding and a funeral. I need to do all the things starting with laundry and groceries.

Have a great week!!!





  1. Living on Cloud Nine
    June 11, 2018 / 9:01 am

    My heart has been with you since I heard. You are blessed by those great friends and precious family. Gotta admit, nice to have that giant clamshell floatie and a little de-stressing time. Love and hugs to you all! xo

  2. Stephanie
    June 11, 2018 / 9:16 am

    Such a beautiful family. I like all of your pics.I also didn’t get enough time in the last weekend. So, my house is full of laundry and other works.
    -Stephanie @ https://smiletutor.sg/

  3. Kim Taylor
    June 11, 2018 / 10:26 am

    So sorry for your loss, Lisa. Its so hard as our parents age, to see them go thru these stages of loss and grief. Sending you many prayers.

  4. Stacey Keeling
    June 11, 2018 / 11:46 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss! It’s hard no matter what. We lost my father in law in November and are still working through it.

    Now I will say you were in my stomping grounds! We lived in Edmond for 23 years and just moved back to Texas 6 years ago. We were born and raised here so coming home was always a given but we have a soft loving spot for Oklahoma.

    • June 13, 2018 / 3:01 pm

      Thank you Stacey. That’s wild that you lived in Edmond. It’s such a nice town. Our friends just love it there. We soothed ourselves with 3 trips to Braums and the scales are now showing it. YUCK?

  5. leaculp
    June 11, 2018 / 2:04 pm

    Oh, I’m so sorry and even though we know that day will come with our aging parents, it’s still so hard. I think you had mentioned your inlaws were in Ok. as our daughter lives outside of OKC and teaches in Edmond. Where does your mother in law live? Hoping she can settle in and adjust. It’s very hard at that age. My Dad has never gotten over my Mom’s death and it’s been almost 10 years. Hope you have a good week of settling back in and getting back to “normal.” Whatever that is………….. :o))

    • June 13, 2018 / 2:59 pm

      Thank you Lea. I totally forgot about your daughter living in Edmond. It’s really such a lovely town.

  6. Gina Haywood
    June 11, 2018 / 4:21 pm

    So sorry for your loss.

  7. Amy scott
    June 11, 2018 / 5:04 pm

    So sorry for your loss. What wonderful friends you have. Prayers for your MIL.

  8. June 11, 2018 / 7:07 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother in law. I know you must be so thankful to have such dear friends to help you out. And look at those newlyweds!

    • June 13, 2018 / 2:59 pm

      Thank you Tanya. I can’t even begin to express what a blessing our friends are to us. God has positioned them and the ones in Nashville (who funny enough, we were all a “gang” when our kids were little) to be where we need them. Loved seeing the newlyweds so soon after the wedding. An unexpected happy out of a sad time.

  9. Kellyann
    June 12, 2018 / 9:00 am

    Oh wow, I just love the Winnie the Pooh quote and the one as the end about friends. So true. Friends are such a blessing. I am so happy you took one for the team and floated in the pool, I mean, hey someone had to do it! Ok, you are totally a farmer now or are you a vet since you fed the calf with a bottle? I’ve never done that even though my sister’s in laws have a bunch of cows and a ton of calves are being born right now. I guess their mommas wouldn’t take too kindly to me trying to bottle feed them! And those flavored sodas? Ewwwwww, did anyone try them? I can’t even imagine.
    Well, glad you’re back and hopefully things will settle down for you!

    • June 13, 2018 / 2:57 pm

      We got some “normal” sodas for our friends kids, but none of the nasty stuff. That little calf was so cute. So much fun to be out there with nature. I’m missing her pool right about now. XOXO

  10. June 12, 2018 / 10:53 am

    Dearest Lisa, how very sad, Kent’s mother must be devastated. My love and thoughts go out to Kent and to you and the family. X.

  11. June 12, 2018 / 1:06 pm

    I’m just sobbing over your loss, Lisa! Last week was certainly not a good week for us. I have cried so many tears this past week for y’all and us. As a wife whose husband lost his own dad, I can tell you that Kent will need you in the next few weeks and months. The best thing you can do is be there for him, but I already know you will be! Praying for y’all!

    • June 13, 2018 / 2:56 pm

      You’re so sweet. I’m so happy Wayne’s wasn’t even worse than it was. I know it scared the tar out of you. XOXO

  12. Laura
    June 12, 2018 / 5:34 pm

    I am so very sorry to hear about all this! I’ll be thinking and praying for you and your family!

  13. Nicole F
    June 12, 2018 / 8:52 pm

    Oh my, my heart just breaks. I’m sorry for your loss. No matter how much we prepare, it is still so hard. I’m glad things have worked out to put your MIL in good helping hands. And you enjoyed some moments of joy in the midst. Sending you love and comfort friend.

  14. Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    June 13, 2018 / 2:02 pm

    So sorry to hear this! My dad is in his mid-seventies and he has been through a lot in the last 5 years… stuff that I didn’t think he’d ever pull through, but somehow he does. I always worry about that phone call… My mom is also very dependent on my dad… she doesn’t even drive on highways (not even when she was younger!). I will keep y’all in my prayers. I am sure it is so incredibly hard to lose a parent and I’m sure not being in the same state makes it hard, too. Take care!


    • June 13, 2018 / 2:55 pm

      Thank you Carrie. His dad would have been 88 next month, so he had a good long life. It’s still hard, but we are so happy he didn’t linger. XO

  15. June 20, 2018 / 5:56 am

    I just read this post, and I’m so sorry to hear of your family’s loss, Lisa. That season of life is so hard, and I’m glad you had great friends and family around to support Kent in this time. Thinking and praying for your sweet family <3

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