“Everything was good!” was a line my grandpa would always say. It came following any meal we shared together, which was a lot of meals. It came at the end of the night when we departed after a get-together while he was driving away with my grandma. They would roll down the window, say “Thanks again! Bye,” “Love you,” and “Everything was good!” Every. Single. Time. He always wanted to be sure everyone knew the meal or the day in general was good. It was his way of saying he enjoyed it, he had fun, and of course the meal tasted delicious (because I don’t know about you, but meals with family & friends are some of our biggest ways of enjoying time together!).
I started this blog long ago. Probably about a year or so ago. I kept coming back to it – too nervous to really dive into a more personal style of blogging. It was named Everything Was Good from the start. It just seemed like a name representative of looking at things positively and finding the good in everything.
Unfortunately, in January we lost both of my grandparents, our Mumzie & Gramps, my mom’s Mom & Dad. It was sudden and completely unexpected. They were one of the largest parts of our lives, two of our greatest influences, and our favorite people. They lived their lives to the fullest. They had happy lives and loved every single day. They were always out and about, happy to have errands to run and tasks to complete. They found joy in the littlest things. They cherished loved ones and were incredibly kind and generous to everyone they met. They made an impact on more people than I can even wrap my brain around. They truly were some of this world’s greatest gifts.
(James and I chose to get married on my grandparents’ anniversary. Our wedding day was their 61st anniversary. This is an image from that day, taken by Austin Gros. A forever favorite image of mine.)
So the name of this blog is to honor them. It’s to stand as a testament to who they were. To remind us all to find the good and the joy in a life full of ups and downs. It’s to represent the love they showed everyone they met and to remind us all to do the same. They are weaved into our lives forever and it is my hope to be able to weave some of their impact and love into yours as well.