Monday, March 15, 2010

I'm back!

First, I want to thank everyone for all the sweet comments and support during the past week. It really means a lot to me. Hugs to you all! I have the most fabulous bloggy friends in the world. :)

It was a sad but special trip.

My grandmother's funeral was simple, tasteful, and beautiful.

After the burial, my whole family got together at my aunt's house for food and memories. Despite the circumstances, it was nice to have my entire family together. I got to catch up with all my cousins and admire how cute their kids have gotten in the past year.

Here are some photos of me and a few of my cousins:








The granddaughters also got a chance to take home a few pieces of Grandma's favorite jewelry. It was mostly costume jewelry, but there were a lot of really adorable necklaces, rings, and bracelets to choose from.



I took home four necklaces, which can be seen in this horrible photo. Haha.



I am excited to wear these necklaces because it will be like carrying a piece of my grandmother with me wherever I go.

Now that I am back home, I am hoping that after such a tragedy, life will toss a few happy experiences my way...

It's going to take me a while to get back into the swing of things, so I apologize if you don't hear from me right away. By the end of this week, I should be back into my usual routine.

I hope you are all having a fantastic week. xoxo

47 comments:

Melanie's Randomness said...

Well sweetie I'm glad to hear that all your family got to be there and re-connect. Oh wear those pieces with pride and joy. You'll always have her with you then. *hugs* to you! Great pictures of you and your cousins. Unfortunately & unexpectedly tragedy sometimes brings family closer together. The world works in funny ways. I hope your week hun has some sunshine shinning through it, I really do!

Imogen said...

Hi Jennifer. I am pleased your back safely and that things went well. I totally understand what you mean about those sorts of events and it sounds meaningful that you were able to spend some time with your family and reconnect. I love the jewellery that you receieved, there are some truly beautiful pieces there. I think the value of the pieces will be in what you they remind you of as you said. This is one of the things that I want for myself too with my nana that died last year. I know that in time I will receieve an items of hers but right now, almost a year on, we have still on sorted out her belongings and they remain set up in her room in our house. I guess that makes it seem like she is still hear in a small way. For my birthday today, my boyfriend bought me a locket which I can store her picture in and I hope that will have a similar effect. Anyway, the point is that I feel like I understand and having your grandmother's jewellery will be part of your memories and you will constantly be reminded of her. I think it is really beautiful that you have that. I hope this week will be better for you.

Nikosmommy said...

Glad you're back! Give yourself sometime to get back into the swing of things...

Josie said...

Very glad you're back -- I very much hope that you're taking the time you need to recover and are taking good care of yourself.
I also have a few pieces of my grandmother's jewelry... Rarely wear it, but it's nice to have, right?
Thinking about you,
xxoo Josie
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Treacle said...

Take your time to do what you need to do lovely. I'm happy you made it safely. :-)

Vintage Vixen said...

Welcome back! I'm so glad you gave your grandmother a dignified send off and had a good time with your family.
How nice to share out her jewellery so every woman in the family has a little memento of the lovely lady.
Vix
xxx

Inspiration in Italy said...

It looks like a great time of re-connecting with everyone although for a sad occasion. 2 years ago my grandmother died and I cried my eyes out begging my husband to fly with me to the funeral because I was afraid. What began as a sad and frightening experience became a wonderful and beautiful time of reconnecting with the past, family that I have not seen in so long, and celebration of my grandmother's life. Sometimes tragedies remind us of the important things in life and somehow give us purpose, although it is so terrible to go through. I'm so glad you had this time and you look absolutely beautiful in these photos!! Your smile is radiant Jennifer.

Oh and regarding your comment on my page, I would be more than flattered if you copy my look! I am seriously flattered that you like it!!! :) Feel free...and post photos because I would love to see what variations you come up with! :) Have a great day my friend.
xxxx
Rachel

Leah said...

You have a very beautiful family... and those necklaces are heirloom pieces now. Take care of them.

Have a great day! xoxo

Sherin said...

I'm glad you're feeling better. You definitely deserve some High's in life, so hopefully something great will be coming your way.

My gran gave me a bracelet a few years ago, so I know how it feels to have something special like that.

Nina said...

So glad you had a good time despite the occasion you went home for. How lovely to be able to have those personal items to remember her by. Keep smiling, Jen!

Barry said...

Hey sweetie, sometimes it takes an unfortunate experience like this to put things in perspective. I hope this week goes well for you. Take whatever time you need, you know we're not going anywhere!

Always thinking of you.
xoxo

janettaylor said...

What a cute doggy! haha!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Glad you're back and had a good time with family. Take whatever time you need and wear those necklaces proudly!

Tights Lover said...

Welcome back! I hope things can begin to get better for you after your loss.

I'm sure you'll treasure the necklaces as a lasting memory...

MalibuMara said...

those necklaces are wonderful!
im glad you're back :)

Jaime said...

It's so nice to have some of your grandma's jewelry. After my grandma passed away 9 years ago, I got some of her costume jewelry and a diamond solitaire necklace. It's all so special to me! :)

JUST ME said...

Give yourself some time to chill and eat good food and just generally rest.

The insane world will always be here.

daisychain said...

welcome back darling, take care of yourself x

Taj Acosta said...

I wear a ring everyday that was my grandmother's and i feel like she is always with me;) Lovely necklaces doll. xoxo

Slumber Designs said...

You have such a beuatiful family! I love seeing pictures of family members. Oh, and I love the jewelry pieces too. They'll look amazing on you, wear them with pride!

Kimberellie said...

I'm glad it all went so well and you got to connect with family. Those are lovely pieces. I especially like the long beaded necklace.

I have Saint Mary pendant from my great grandmother. It always reminds me of here!

<3 Kimberellie

Heather Taylor said...

Happy to have you back Jennifer :)

Mina said...

Nice to see you back. I'm glad you had such great times with your family, it showed in your pictures. Those necklaces are beautiful.

OceanDreams said...

Glad you are back and doing well! Those necklaces are lovely, so glad you could take some memories from your grandma. It is nice seeing family though I'm sure and hope you get settled back into normal routine. Hugs for you!

Damsels said...

glad tohear things went as well as they could in the funeral .. take your time jen, i will stil always check out your posts even if i never hear from you but its nice too of course ;)

MJ said...

I'm glad to hear you're back. It must be nice to have a simple funeral that went well: to bring your family closer together? Take as long as you need darling, we'll all be here when you get back...

Tamanna A. Shaikh said...

It's so wonderful that you get to keep a part of your grandmom with you in form of her own items. I keep a photograph of my grandfather and grandmom always along with photo of other loved ones. :) Loads of love, girl!

Sandy said...

Hey hunny! I'm so happy you're back ... I've missed you so much! There should be a little package arriving at your door in the next few days ... hopefully by the end of the week. There's a little surprise with it :)

Betty and Veronica said...

Really glad your back!! Those are great pieces that you got that carry such sentimentality. Cherish them as I'm sure you will!

xo
Mara

COCAMIA said...

I am glad your back to! Thanks for sharing such personal photos...xo

Charmalade said...

I can't believe you'd miss my dorky little blog when you already have a legion of people who support you on your own! I mean, I'm one of them, but yeah, y'know, still.

Awkward conversational skills aside, I'm glad to hear that you're back. And I personally think that it's really sweet that you would have something of your grandmother to carry around with you. The littlest things can be big, right? Take your time getting back into the swing of things, you'll just have an assload of supportive comments to read through. :)

Toast with Charmalade

Denise said...

am so sorry about your grandmother. lost my grandma a year ago and i always miss her. It's so hard to go back to her house and not think of her. She's the first one to greet me whenever i visit cos she seats in the veranda in front of her house all day. That's why it's weird now when i visit.

One blessing from this is that you get to see your relatives again. Family is always important.


Am glad you're back. Have a great day.


I am Denise Katipunera

wulanasihsetyarini said...

hi jen..
i wanna say sorry to hear about ur grandma..i'm glad now u're back..
hopefully everything went well for u..
nice necklaces anyway..

love,lemonzest
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Rachel said...

Glad to have you back! I hope the trip went well.
Love the photos of you and your family. You all look lovely! :)

OneCraftyFox said...

Glad to see you're back and in good spirits. I love how you reference your grandmothers jewelry as carrying a piece of her with you :)

HUGS!
Diana

SabinePsynopsis said...

It's a weird process organising the house of someone who's passed away, isn't it? If things go well (hopefully, but sadly not always) it should bring the family together. I have a brooch from my grandma which I cherish very much and wear often.
Good to have you back!

Hope Chella said...

Thanks for your awesome comment :) Have a great St. Pat's Day and of course PJs count xoxo

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Cafe Fashionista said...

Welcome back, my love! It's obvious that one of the traits in your family is beautiful smiles - all of you have them!

I'm so glad that you were able to take a small piece of your grandmother home with you via those beautiful necklaces. What a wonderful way to be able to remember such an important person!! :)

Missy said...

hi sweetie! i'm glad it went as well as it could x

Missy
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emilia. said...

Sweet blog. :)
Xoxo.

I am Khatu said...

awww she was so cute. I'm sorry for your loss, travel safely.

lauren lanza osias said...

i'm glad it was a special albeit heartbreaking trip home. i love you have some of her jewelry! i think that is so important to keep her spirit truly alive every time you wear it.

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Meg said...

I'm glad you were able to make the best of the situation by visiting your family. I'm glad you we able to get some items to remember your grandma by.

Audrey Allure said...

Welcome back! Great family pictures & beautiful necklaces :)

Talk Pretty To Me said...

Hi Love! I'm glad everything went well for you!! The inherited jewels are priceless and beautiful! Cute photos of you and your family too! Take your time coming back, I know how painful times like these can be, but they always get better!

xoxo
J

www.talkprettytome.blogspot.com

.:JoaNNa:. said...

glad that you had some quality time with your whole family. pretty necklaces btw!
hope you have a fabulous week as well! xoxo

Ela said...

I'm so glad you have a wonderful family to lean on. It makes those terrible trips, just a little more bearable. Now you can wear those sweet necklaces whenever you need her extra close to you :)
xoxo