On radio silence + the new normal

As you can tell, I cut my #summersnaps a little short this year. Partly because I just wasn’t loving the format of small photo dumps every day on the blog {cluttered!} and partly because of the new puppy craziness. Mostly though, it was due to our ailing cat, Samson.

In case you haven’t seen my Instagram posts, we found out a few weeks ago that our big pile of love, Samson, had pretty terrible kidney failure. The vet gave him no more than a month to live, but was even surprised that he wasn’t in a coma when his blood tests were taken – his levels were that bad.

My heart lately had been swelling in size due to love for our new sweet pup, and simultaneously was shattered into a million & one pieces with the news of his.

On August 7, we had to say goodbye to the sweetest, goofiest, and most loyal & loving cat that has ever existed.

Those weeks between the news of his kidney failure and the day he left this world {but never our hearts} were a blur of heartache and so many tears. He was not the same cat at the end of his life, and he made it abundantly clear that he was in pain and was suffering immensely – which was so hard to watch. We were lucky to have a very caring vet who mourned alongside us, and found a beautiful pet cemetery where we could bury Samson. We were also so lucky to have loving people surround us during the rough few days after he left us. There’s nothing like loss to show you who’s in your corner.

His absence will be felt strongly for a long while, which is a testament to how much he loved us in the year we had with him. He was the best cuddle bud. I’m so glad we got to know him and love him.

Do me a favor and search “Samson” on this blog, and you will see some wonderful glimpses at his life with us. And so much love.

So life moves on, and we’re figuring out our new normal, crazy pup & all. I was having a hard time for a while putting into words what Samson meant to us and how deeply we are still feeling this loss.

Add a wild work schedule, sickness, & some travel on top of all of that, and this space has been awfully neglected. You should have seen the plans I had for this month’s blog posts!

But tending to my sensitive heart & slightly shattered soul must always come first.

I’m back now, with plans & lists as always. I’m very glad to have a supportive partner in all of this, and to still have a cuddly cat who always wants to lick my face. Keep your eye on this space for some good content and possible changes soon!

#summersnaps day seventeen – a man & his dog

I came home from work tonight & Ben took Moose out for a little potty training and playing – and this was what I saw when I peeked outside!

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Just a man & his dog. Seeing these two together makes my heart swell with love and happiness.

Also, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – somehow we got the cutest dog in the entire world. Sheesh.

#summersnaps day sixteen – sleepy pup

Today was our first full day with the newest member of the family, our pup Moose! Potty training is definitely not as simple as those YouTube videos make it sound… and he hates being alone for just one second – but we’re getting there!

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#summersnaps day fifteen – PUPPY DAY

Well, today has been QUITE the eventful day! Introducing our new puppy…

Day fifteen

french bulldog puppy

Meet Moose!

His full name is Pamplemousse, which means grapefruit in French – pretty fitting for such a round lil pup, don’t ya think?

We just picked him up today & he is the best little bean ever. He’s a French Bulldog & is almost 12 weeks old. He’s cuddly and playful and oh so sweet. Wish us luck for our first few days of puppy parenthood! This is all SO new to me!

#summersnaps day fourteen – Prime Day mini haul!

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My husband got me a Kindle Paperwhite during the crazy sales of Prime Day! Although nothing could replace beautiful, physical paperbacks, it’s nice to have something that fits so perfectly in any bag. I’m so excited to get more reading done with this beauty!

{If you’re curious, I got that laptop sticker at Malaprops Bookstore in Asheville, NC! It’s one of the best indie bookstores I’ve ever been to. Here’s a similar sticker on Amazon! heads up: affiliate link}