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Life After Loss Keeping My Family Together

Life After Loss Keeping My Family Together

I had a little bit of a difficult decision to make after I learned that my late husband was not able to have children anymore many years ago. I never married before I met him and I was hoping someday to have my own family. But, life never goes in the directions you planned. After some serious thinking, I decided to still marry my true love.

Life After Loss Keeping My Family Together

I went from being single to suddenly jumping into a wife and a step-mother role. My step-daughter, Ashley, had already graduated from her college and my step-son was between his second and third year of college when my late husband and I got married. I was quite scared and I didn’t know what to do when I was around them since I am only 10 years older than my step-daughter. Later I figured out, the only thing that I could do, was just simply be me.

Life After Loss Keeping My Family Together

Ashley has been super nice to me since day one. My man was in America and I was in China, but we saw each other everyday online for hours. At that time, my English was quite painful and my man was teaching me some new words occasionally. At that time my favorite phrase was “kick your ass” and I said it to him all the time when he was goofing around. I didn’t know it was not a proper phrase to say because my man never told me. He thought it was very cute when I said that. The first day I e-met Ashley many years ago I said that to my man. Ashley was laughing so hard and I had no clue what was so funny. 😉

Life After Loss Keeping My Family Together

After I moved to America, we lived in a 100 year old house that was in quite bad condition. We didn’t have much furniture or decorations. We were pretty poor at that time, so Ashley took me yard sale shopping all the time since I didn’t know how to drive. I used my limited English to bargain and slowly built up a quite nice home. Now when I think back, I must have embarrassed Ashley all the time because my poor English and my hard bargaining. 😉

Life After Loss Keeping My Family Together

I wish I had more time to spend with my step-son Bobby before he married. In the early days, he was in college and we only saw each other a few times per year. We drove to his college every year for his birthday in February. It was not easy to visit often since it was almost a whole day drive during the snowy season in Michigan to get there. He has been always quite distant with me, but I believe the only way it will work is to just be there for him. Because I was there for every important moment of his life since I’ve come here, he slowly accepted me.

Life After Loss Keeping My Family Together

Difficult times like losing a loved one can tear apart a family. Luckily for us, it brought us even closer than before. Last Saturday I felt so happy! We had a family gathering and we all had a great time. My step-daughter, my daughter-in-law, and I worked together and we cooked a very yummy dinner. My future son-in-law was trimming the overgrown bushes in my yard, my step-son was helping in the garage, my two granddogs were running around, and my two adorable grand-daughters were just being cute and happy. Since my late husband passed away 7 month ago, this is the first time that we all relaxed and enjoyed each others company. During dinner I was telling my man in my head “Thank you so much for giving me a family!”

Life After Loss Keeping My Family Together

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Life After Loss Get Up, Dress Up, and Never Give Up

Life After Loss Get Up, Dress Up, and Never Give Up

Today is the 7 month mark of my late husbands passing. I can’t say it is getting easier, but certainly I am getting used to it. I know most of my days are kinda normal, but some days will not be so pretty. Those ups and downs are my new normal now. I want the people who care about me to understand that it is ok if I am down for a while, because it is a part of this process. I always can find a way to bounce back, and after each bounce back I will be even stronger.

Life After Loss Get Up Dress Up and Never Give Up

“Get Up, Dress Up, and Never Give Up” has been my motivation for a long time. It has been helping me hold myself together for many years.

Life After Loss Get Up Dress Up and Never Give Up

Oddly, this summer break has been the most relaxing one for me. I set up a daily routine even before my break started and followed through everyday. That means I have an alarm everyday, even though I don’t need to go to work. I cook myself breakfast, lunch and dinner. I go to the gym 4 or 5 times a week. Even in the most difficult days, I still follow this routine. I believe, as long as I still can get up, I will have the chance and ability to make it a better day.

Life After Loss Get Up Dress Up and Never Give Up

Dressing up for me is a no-brainer. It has been my own special way for years to fight back with all the difficulties in my life. It is kinda like my fight song, to show all my troubles that I am still here, still loving and taking care of myself. Most importantly, I am unbeatable. Bravery for me doesn’t mean a person who never cries or has never gotten beaten up by life. It means no matter how many times and how badly beaten up they were, they can still stand up, even taller than before.

Life After Loss Get Up Dress Up and Never Give Up

My man knew me better than I knew myself. Before he passed away, he said I will be fine because I have always been a fighter and I always rise again after tough times. But, he did ask me to continue enjoying my life without him. He wanted me to remember that I am worth it. YES! I am totally worth it. Everybody is worth it and should make this only lifetime the best as we can! So I am not going to complain and say “why me?” I am not going to wait on others to rescue me. I deserve a happy life and I am going to get it. I am not going to give up on enjoying my life and chasing my dreams because I am a poor widow.

Life After Loss Get Up Dress Up and Never Give Up

You can read all Life After Loss series here and Living with Cancer series here.

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Thank you for reading, and if you like what you read, please comment below or share it with your friends. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook and Twitter for new post updates, and follow me on Instagram for all the amazing fashion, beauty and life style products that I will share with you. Of course, don’t forget to check out my Instagram stories daily to get to know me better as a person. Finally, don’t forget to follow me on YouTube for my fashion, beauty and life style videos. Have a great day and see you soon!

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http://colorandgrace.com occasionally receives vendor/ brand sponsorships for mentioning their products and services.

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