Death of a Family Member

I missed the event I was planning on attending this last Thursday because we were at the visitation of a beloved family member who passed away this last Sunday due to Covid. To tell you Covid is scary is just yelling out into a loud screaming wind. These last few weeks were hell for us along with the nurses and doctors working on my 50 year old father-in-law’s case. The fear, confusion, and sadness are things that I wish no one had to experience in all of this.

This was my father-in-law, Patrick Michaels. He was unconditional love. He was an amazing grandpa, father, brother, cousin, and so many other titles that he always ended up rocking. We loved him dearly and he loved us so much that he fought for his kids and grandkids harder than many of the nurses had seen anyone fight up until his very last breath. Seeing him fight a battle that could not be won was just so devastating. I will honor him and love him forever, but wish that we could have done it while making many more memories.

I am blogging this to honor what a hero you were and always have been. You have raised some amazing children who you live on in. You have created a legacy. I don’t know how many ways you have saved your two sons and daughter spiritually, but I do know that it was enough to build them into the amazing people they are today. Just know that each of your grandkids and their kids will always have a piece of you. You will live on forever in all of our souls and even the ones after. Your love is a love that will stretch generations to come. And your heart is one we will miss the most.

An Eight Year Old Reader

My daughter is so cool. She is eight and loves many things including Legos and playing Pokémon, both table top and electronically, but she especially loves to read books. I don’t know what I am happier about, that she loves to read in generally or that her taste is absolutely fantastic. I cannot wait to see what her library looks like when she gets older. 🙂 I also cannot wait until she is old enough to read the books that I have written. I know that they will fit in perfectly with her taste. A taste that we haven’t even influenced, but that is apparently genetically in our souls. ❤

Feeling Known

Happy Day After Christmas!!! I hope yours was full of comfort in some way or another to help you feel a little better after how this year has been for everyone. I just wanted to excitedly show the book world how awesome my husband was to me this holiday. I am not the biggest fan of getting gifts because I take gifts so personally. I believe that gifts really show me who knows me well or who doesn’t. So I would rather people not get me anything than get me something that shows they don’t know me well because my excitement mainly comes from how well I am known than by what I get. I know I am the way I am because of something from my childhood, which obviously I won’t get into, but my husband made me really feel special by giving me these gifts. And I figured that if someone else is like me that they may get a kick out of the awesomeness of these gifts. He got me an owl lamp for my bedside reading since my lamp previously was not bright enough to do reading at night. He also got me a book series set that I am excited to dive into, another book, and some awesome bookmarks!! This is the world I live in and love to live in in my mind. These gifts speak to me and help make my world a little brighter and help the oddness of the real world feel like home. I am grateful for a husband who can give me that. I am grateful to feel known. I know many other fantasy readers out there or readers in general will understand. ❤

Dressing Up In Dreams

Few things make me extremely happy. Dressing up in fantasy land with my family is one of them! This was a dream come true for me. Also this was a new first and hopefully not a last! Watching these characters that could come from so many stories so full of life and inspiration was so amazing. And what made it even more than amazing was the fact that they were my blood. It was incredible to be able to finally let loose, which is what I have been trying to teach myself to do when it comes to following my heart and passions in this life. To finally be able to be myself with my family and take off the mask I wear every day was memorable and I hope will be impactful for myself when I look at these pictures. A great story will come of this someday! I promise and cannot wait to share!! Maybe one day more passionate dreams will come true and people will be walking around bringing my own characters that I share with the world to life! 🙂