May 4

Scenes from a Terrible Week


I always strive to keep it as authentic as humanly possible around here and will be the first to admit that this week was kind of the pits. Unfortunately, we lost my sweet grandpa last Saturday, and the grief has slowly been trickling in all week long. At 96 years of age, his death – though the next natural phase – was still pretty sudden and I think we’re all feeling it pretty fiercely. In the end, we all know that he lived a long and beautiful life, and I like to think my grandma and him are now back together which brings me solace. But you guys, he had the most incredible spirit, so to wrap my mind around the fact that he’s no longer here is pretty crushing. Up until recently, we would have to shoo him off of the roof at the cottage or he’d be up there shovelling snow or cleaning the gutters. He played a mean harmonica (complete with pretty epic dance moves). And was voted the oldest man in his curling club (which fills me with pride). He was small but mighty, and I wish each and every one of you had a chance to meet him because he had the most wonderful soul. I’ve taken it a little slow this week to help mend my heart and allow myself to feel all the feels. Here’s a little peek at what I’ve been up to.

{Above: my grandpa and I on his 90th birthday}


{the most beautiful flowers, from the sweetest friend}

sources: sideboard | candlesticks | art | frames | flowers


{sage *rudely* interrupting my mini flower photo shoot}

picture frame

{picking a custom frame for a client’s art}

sources: art | flats | jeans (still my fav ever two years later)

puppy snuggle {slow mornings}

souces: romper | mug

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  1. I am so sorry for your loss. My grandmothers also lived very long lives, yet it was kind of a shock when they died–at some point you think they’re going to live forever. My grief was assuaged by friends whose grandparents had died when they were young and they never got to know them. You have many memories of him to treasure, and maybe you’ll learn to play the harmonica in his honor.
    Sending hugs.

    • Right?! That’s the thing – I totally thought he’d live forever. If anyone was going to fly past 100 it was going to be him, so its definitely a bit of a shock. Thank you so much for the love and the wonderful thoughts <3

  2. Deb Wostmann says:

    So very sorry for your loss. What a blessing to have a grandpa who was so very special. Hugs!

  3. Judy Stout says:

    What a lovely tribute…I’m sure he loved you as much as you loved him…maybe more.

  4. Debbie says:

    I’m so very sorry for your loss, Jacquelyn. Wishing you (and yours) peace and sweet, sweet memories.

  5. Michelle says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss! I love the picture of the two of you, he is just the cutest:)

  6. Louise Chochla says:

    Grandpa is dancing with joy in heaven today because of this lovely tribute from his adoring granddaughter.

  7. Stephanie says:

    It is never easy Jacquelyn. But, both of you were so Blessed to be a part of each other’s life. May the moments and memories you shared help as you begin the healing process. What a wonderful picture to treasure.
    My deepest condolences, Jacquelyn.

  8. Peg Allegretto says:

    The photo of the two of you says it all. I’m so very sorry for your loss. Hugs. xoxo

  9. Barbara Chochla says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your tribute is beautiful. Your grandpa was a wonderful person who loved his family so much.

  10. Effie says:

    My deepest condolences to you & your family on your loss. He sounds like a wonderful man. May he RIP.
    I am glad though that you had Sage’s sweet company during this very trying week. xoxo

  11. Roxanne says:

    Hello Jacqueline,
    It’s so very hard to lose the ones we love most. Though words can’t ease your pain, hearts can share your loss.
    When you think you can’t bear it any longer, look at Sage, and that beautiful pup will with those kind eyes, will change the day! Take care.

    • It’s funny you say that – I’ve been extra thankful for Sage all week long. It’s amazing what a source of comfort dogs can quickly become. Thank you for the sweet words <3

  12. Mallory says:

    J, I’m so, so sorry for your loss. It just sucks, no matter what. Take it as easy as you need to as you come to terms with this enormous loss. I didn’t even know him, but my eyes filled with tears when I read this. My heart is with you, sweet friend.. xoxox

  13. Susan Lane says:

    What a beautiful tribute to a special soul! He would be pleased as punch reading that wherever he may be! Your a wonderful grand daughter.

  14. Barb says:

    Aww Jacqueline—I am so sorry–so remember your funny Lively Grandpa on the dance floor with you at Kathleens Wedding–couldnt believe how amazing he was:))Thinking of you and your family with love <3

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    Thanks for your post. Your grandpa was a wonderful person who loved his family so much.

  16. What a beautiful tribute to your grandpa. It sounds like you had a lovely relationship. Sending you all the hugs. X

  17. Aw. I’m so sorry to hear about your grandpa. It’s a beautiful photo, and I know you have some wonderful memories.

  18. Melissa says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your Grandpa, what a beautiful tribute. Our condolences to you and your family during this difficult time.

  19. Vanessa says:

    I lost my mother at the age of 93 in September of 2017. I am still recovering, as this will be my First year without Mom to Celebrate Mother’s Day. But she and my Dad are together again. My lost is his gain.

    • Oh Vanessa, I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ll be sure to send you some extra love on Mother’s day this year. These things are never easy, but how lucky are we to have had them in our lives for so long?

  20. Sherry says:

    Jacquelyn – I am so sorry for your loss but what a blessing that you had him for so long. Just remember that the pain in your heart will fade but the love will be there forever.

  21. Susan Schexnayder says:

    Together we divide sorrow and multiply joy. It sounds like he had a well lived life. I hope to be as special to my grandchildren as he was to you. Happy you have sweet memories to treasure in you heart. Susan

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