New Year – Updates

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Hey, everyone. I just wanted to write up a quick post to update you all on what’s been going on in my life.

On January 1st, my beloved papaw passed away suddenly. He was the best grandfather I could have ever asked for and my family is heartbroken that he’s gone. The world shines just a little less bright now that he’s not in it, but I take comfort in knowing he’s with Jesus. Needless to say, my parents and my husband packed up that night and took off the next morning. My husband and I stayed for about a week, where we had his memorial. Several years ago, I sang “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” at their church’s revival and ever since then, Papaw had said he wanted me to sing that song at his funeral…so, I did. It was easily one of the hardest things I’ve done, but I made it through and I hope I made him proud.

Anyway, it’s been an incredibly rough start to the new year. I’m behind on some reviews and had to back out of a beta read that I knew I just wasn’t in the headspace to work on, so If I’m supposed to be reading and reviewing for you, all I ask is that you grace me with a little bit of patience. I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things, but I’m devastated. My papaw was one of the best men I’d ever known and I miss him terribly. I wish I’d had more time with him. I know I need to contact a few people personally, but to be honest I just haven’t had the heart to yet. I’ll be doing my best to get ahold of any of you that I need to in the next week or so, but I wanted to make sure I wrote up a blog post to fill everyone in on what’s going on. I’m not sure who all will see it, but it’s here nonetheless.

Please keep my family in your thoughts and prayers as we go through this. Our hearts are heavy and our lives a little less enriched without Papaw in them. <3

With love,

Risa

 

Me and Papaw at my high school open house in 2009


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