An Inside Look at My Family’s Soft Summer Moments

This post was inspired by Soft Summer Moments with Scotties. All opinions are my own.

This Summer has definitely been different than my family’s summers in the past. We started the season off with ideas of travel, fun, and celebration. I approached the girls with the idea of having a fun activity for them to choose every week of summer vacation. The list was full of places that they love to visit including a local Paint Your Own Pottery place, Chuck E Cheese, Dollywood, just to name a few. Here’s a couple of highlights of our Summer so far…

Zucchini from Garden

Enjoying the sometimes large fruits of our garden.

Childrens Museum

The girls had fun at a local children’s museum – Hands On! Regional Museum.


Moreaya and I have been thoroughly enjoying SnapChat filters.

Harry Potter Play

The girls have discovered the love of all things Harry Potter
and riding brooms and wearing glasses as much as possible.

Unfortunately, this Summer also brought some challenges to my family. Although I like to focus on the positive with my blog, I do want to share a little bit more about what my family has been personally dealing with over the past few weeks. A couple of Monday’s ago, my father started exhibiting abnormal behaviors. We immediately called 911 and had an ambulance take him to a nearby hospital. That split second decision contributed to the quickness of the doctors diagnosing that he had just suffered a stroke.

After a couple of days in the hospital, then a few weeks in an inpatient rehabilitation facility, we’re preparing for my father to come home this weekend. As you may remember, my parents moved in with us a little over a year ago. It’s such a bittersweet experience. Bitter because I still can’t quite believe that a stroke happened to my Dad… my strong Dad who can handle anything. Sweet because I can’t wait for him to get home and my girls start interacting with their “Papaw” again every day. They’ve missed him terribly!

Family afer Stroke

Playing Go Fish with Papaw a couple of weeks after his stroke.

We could have looked at this experience as a devastating one, but I have no doubt that that would have inhibited my Dad’s recovery. He’s doing amazing and I contribute that to his stubbornness, strong will, and positive attitude from those that love him most. He’ll be returning home without a walker or wheelchair, walking on his own. He’ll be returning home on as close to a normal diet as possible. He’ll be returning home using his right hand as well as he can!

With that said, family moments have definitely become more precious for us this Summer. So while we still have a few more weeks before school starts, we’re going to keep making those soft memories together!

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