If you missed it on social media over the past week, my sweet cat Otis passed away on the 4th of July, very unexpectedly. It was incredibly difficult to accept that it happened and say goodbye. Each day that goes by, the pain of the loss is replaced by the good memories and an even deeper love and appreciation for his brother, Milo. Milo has never been one to snuggle, but he's been sleeping right next to me every night, even so much as being the little spoon sometimes ;) 

My sister so thoughtfully flew me down to Raleigh for the weekend, to spend some time with them and have a much-needed distraction. The getaway came at the perfect time - I was able to have more time pass from the day he passed and it was so good to have a couple days of "normal" life again.
 My brother-in-law virtually kicked us out the door on Sunday night to go to something fun, just Kate and me. We pulled ourselves together (which felt odd because I rarely do my makeup, hair, or wear anything other than athletic clothes when I'm there) and headed downtown in search of dessert and/or drinks. We walked around a little bit and wound up at Bittersweet, the cutest desserts and drinks bar. If you live in the area of ever visit Raleigh, we both recommend it! It's the perfect spot for a date night or girls night out.  
It's nice to get back into a normal routine, now that I'm home. I have a lot of work to catch up on, but I'm thankful for the flexibility of my job that allowed me to take the time that I needed last week to deal with what happened. 

I don't feel like I'll ever be able to say thank you enough to all of you who have sent condolences, well wishes, shared personal stories of loss and hope, and everything else. You all surrounded us with so much love that it was overwhelming. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Your kindness and love has been incredible and I will never forget it. The world can be so dark (especially with all the headlines lately), but you guys reminded me that there is hope and light, even in the midst of pain.