Man’s plans and God’s plans.

The last few weeks have been a reminder that no matter how we think something will turn out, there are no guarantees.

On May 31st, my auntie gained her wings. She had been battling cancer and we were cautiously optimistic for her recovery… then she had a heart attack.

On one side there’s peace in knowing she didn’t suffer long, that I was able to spend time with her and have fabulous memories. But, another side is part of what makes this difficult.

Along with hoping for healing, I purposely didn’t plan any summer vacations because I had intentions of spending long weekends with her. To help care for her through treatments. To just be with her. To hope and pray that she beat this HORRIBLE disease.

But, God’s plans were different. The summer I planned was not to be.

As I (and my family) grieve, I am comforted by many things. But, the thing I want to share here is this.

Love people while they are here. I know this sounds like a cliché, but I am telling you, a main reason I am okay is because I know she knew how much I loved her.

Make time for family and friends.

Make memories! The picture above of us in Central Park will forever be one of my favorites. I had no idea it would be our last time hanging out in the park. But I knew then as I know now, a loving family is priceless and not to be taken for granted.