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Summer Home Tour 2015 | Inspired by Charm

Well, last week was quite the week. Let me explain.

On Thursday of the previous week, I hopped on a plane and headed to Florida to set sail on a Carnival Cruise to the southern Caribbean. As planned, I boarded the boat on Friday afternoon, and before I knew it, we were in the middle of the ocean.

What's the Tea with IBC | Inspired by Charm

What's the Tea with IBC | Inspired by Charm

Of course, pure bliss ensued. I popped on my bathing suit, ordered a cocktail (maybe several), and soaked up the sun. I decided to cruise alone this time and was pretty anxious about it. However, within hours of being on the ship, I met some awesome people. Worries subsided.

On Sunday, however, things quickly changed. I received word from my mom that my grandfather (Pop) had passed away. He had been struggling with a few health issues over the past few months. Just before I left he had been hospitalizedl, but seemed to have bounced back some and was moved to a local nursing home. So while we knew he was struggling, we had no idea the end would come so quickly.

Anyway, shortly after getting the news, I spoke with the folks at Carnival to arrange getting off the ship the following day at our first port of call in Aruba. They were incredible during the entire process, and I can’t thank them enough for their concern and attention. They assisted with booking my flight, arranging a cab to the airport, and getting me off the ship quickly to make said flight. I was (and still am) so grateful.

What's the Tea with IBC | Inspired by Charm

After returning home late Tuesday night, I spent the rest of the week with family, mostly at Gram’s house and at services. Pop loved to take pictures, so we went through thousands of old family photos. We only wished we had done it while he was here. He would have loved it.

What's the Tea with IBC | Inspired by Charm

Pop will be greatly missed. He was a dedicated, kind, and sweet man. If you are the praying kind, please put in a good word (or even happy thoughts) for my grandmother. She and Pop were married for 61 years. I can’t imagine what the loss must feel like.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know why you haven’t heard much from me lately.

As I mentioned previously, I intended to do a little planning, scheduling, organizing, reflection, etc. on my cruise, but that didn’t happen. So, I’m either going to attempt to do that at home or take a mini-getaway soon. Regardless of how things work out, I do have some ideas and projects in the works. I’m really excited to share these things with you soon.

Stay tuned and have a fabulous week.

Comments

  • Sharilyn at

    Oh Michael, I’m so sorry about your Pop! Thank you for sharing those pictures with us. Sending you lots of love an internet hugs. <3

  • Laura at

    So sorry to hear this tragic news. Your family will be in my prayers.

  • Cindy at

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your dear Pop. I’m sure he is celebrating in heaven. I will definitely keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
    Cheers,
    Cindy

  • Claire @ A Little Claireification at

    I’m so sorry for your family’s loss, Michael. I love the pictures you shared.
    Sending virtual hugs and prayers for you and your family. xo

  • Stephanie C. at

    So sorry to hear about your Pop, Michael. Sending happy thoughts to you and your family!!

  • Julie C at

    I’m sorry to hear about you and your family’s loss. Sending prayers to you and your family… and may it help bring strength to your grandmother as she goes through this difficult time.

  • Vanessa at

    Hi Michael,

    I am so sorry that your Pop passed away.I am the praying type, so I will send up some prayers for strength for you, your family and especially your grandma. I have recently lost my grandma-she was very special. I think that grandparents are just the best and I know you obviously adore yours. Those pics and the small moments playing games and having conversations with those you have lost will mean the most to you now. Maybe this sad event will give some of the clarity you were seeking on the cruise-or maybe not. I appreciate you sharing this! Peace to you and your family!

  • Charleen at

    I’m so sorry for your loss….your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs…

  • Sue at

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. Sending prayers to you and your family.

  • Effie at

    My deepest condolences on your loss. Your grandfather sounds like a very sweet man. May he rest in peace.

  • Cathy at

    Praying for you and your family Michael. After a while, you will be able to relive all your memories without all the pain.

  • Lisa at

    I am so sorry or your loss, Michael. You and your family are in my thoughts and I will keep your grandmother in my prayers.

  • Gwen at

    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your Pop! I still miss my grandfather. They are such special people, are they not?

    Sending prayers and happy thoughts to your entire family.

    <3

    Gwen

  • Eileen at

    I don’t know you personally, but in some ways feel like I do, through your blog and posts. I am so sorry for the tremendous loss. You, your grandmom, and all your family are in my prayers. I guess Pop didn’t want you to get too organized right now!

  • Elle at

    Michael, I pray that God will give you and your family comfort, peace, and strength during these difficult days.

  • Carol Ann at

    So sorry for the loss of your grandfather. Someone once told me that regardless of how long you have your grandparents and parents it is never enough. You and your family are in my prayers.

  • Terrie at

    I am very sorry for your loss. It’s nice that Carnival was so helpful with your flight home. Those are great photos of your Pop!

  • Nancy 'Whites at

    Thinking of you Michael/family at this sad time at the death of your wonderful grandfather. My prayers are for all your family members; especially for their comfort in the times of sorrow. May God Bless each of your family members and you in your grief. When there is love, any life is too short.

  • Nancy at

    My prayers and sympathy to you and your family. Treasure your wonderful memories of a fine man.

  • Heather C at

    Sorry for your loss, and really feeling sorry for your grandmother – 61 years. You have such great memories and he was loved, what a wonderful life.

  • Linda B at

    So sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Nicole Kasprzyk at

    I am so sorry for the loss of your Pop. Sending prayers, warm thoughts and hugs to you and your family.

  • Sheila at

    So sad for you and your family especially your grandmother. I, too, cannot imagine after 61 beloved years to suddenly walk alone. Kudos to Carnival for all their care and concern to help you in your time of need! I know you will stay in touch with your grandmother even more so than usual over the next months as she moves forth without your dear Pop. As you mourn this precious loss, focus upon what a gift you have in your life in having a caring, loving family that bands together for strength and comfort during difficult times.

  • Summer at

    So so sorry to hear that Michael! I lost to grandparents at the same time last summer so I know what you are going through! Hang in there and cherish the long life he had! Hope you get some relaxing in soon!

  • Jenn at

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • Arli M at

    Wishing you, and all your family, peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  • Susan at

    My thoughts are with you and your family. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • LaurieRae at

    sending big hugs and prayers to you and grandmother

  • Tracey at

    Michael, I am so sorry for your loss. Sending positive thoughts and peace to you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Allie | BakingAMoment at

    Michael- I’m so sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Take your time and don’t push yourself. We will still be here. Hugs to you!

  • Debbie at

    Give yourself all the time you need. I am sorry for your loss. Take care. <3

  • Mary Lu at

    So sorry for the loss of your grandfather. Cherish all of your good memories. Thanks for sharing your pics.

  • Daphne at

    Michael, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Praying for you and your family.

  • Margaret at

    So very sorry for your loss. He seems to have been an inspiration to you. Prayers for you and your family.

  • Diane@InMyOwnStyle at

    Hi Michael – so sorry to hear about your grandfather. From the photos he looks like he was a warm and fun loving guy. Thinking about you. XO

  • Amy Anderson at

    I am so sorry for your loss! Thinking of you 🙁

  • Haley at

    I’m so sorry about your Pop. What a treasure to have so many photos and memories to look through. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Mona at

    I am so sorry for your loss. I am the praying kind and I will send up prayers for your whole family, especially your grandmother.
    Peace be with you.

  • Terri at

    I am very sorry for you and your families loss. I will keep you and yours in my thoughts. The photos are wonderful.

  • Holly Davies at

    So sorry about your sweet Pop! Grandparents are so special, and you’re very lucky to have had such great ones, and many memories to comfort you. God bless!

  • Lori at

    So sorry for your loss. Take care.

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