When I first started doing these Life Lately posts, life was utterly chaotic, and they served as a really good way for me to slow down and sort of re-group on the week. I never imagined though, that I’d sit down to write one of these posts and the only thing that would come to mind would be- life has simply been hard, lately.

A very significant member of my family passed away last week. It’s the kind of event where when it first happens, blogging makes no sense at all. I went back and forth on whether or not I would say anything on CC. The blog is such a big part of my life, but somehow sharing this event here didn’t seem appropriate. But then as the days went by blogging seemed like more of a lifeline, something that would push me to stay creative and actually help keep my spirits up. I love hearing from you guys and knowing how much you get from CC, but selfishly I think I’m the one that benefits the most! Being able to cook, create, and share my life with you in this way is such a privilege.

As hard as this week has been it’s made me so incredibly thankful for the people I do still have in my life. Throw in lots of good food cooked by my mom and things aren’t half bad. Here are a few things online that have also made me smile:

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! xx

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  1. Leslie

    Sorry to hear your week has been so hard. I hope you’re finding as much comfort as possible in the little beautiful details!

  2. So sorry to hear this, Clara. I love that you seemed to be plugging away this week with a brave outward smile, even though I’m sure that was truly hard. xo

  3. So sorry for your loss, dear. Thinking of you~

  4. Hey Clara - I’m so sorry to hear about your loss and have been thinking of you! I’m glad your spending time with your family and please let me know if you need anything. Take care!

  5. Oh dear…I’m sorry to hear about your loss. I wish your family & you strength in this time! *hugs*

  6. oh no! so sorry to hear… Glad I could at least do something that made you smile during your difficult week. Take care & treat yourself to some yummy food… xoxo

  7. Rachel

    Hi Clara. I exchanged emails with your mom (and she is such a wonderful cook, oh those pies), and she gave me this link. Have been thinking a lot about all of you and the fun times we shared. Take care, Rachel

  8. Clara

    Thanks everyone for your sweet words and well wishes! xx

  9. Susan Wilson

    Dear Clara, I was touched with the weightiness of your post today. I am just beginning to discover the beauty of a red lipstick that doesn’t turn orange on me, or a warm cinnamon-pecan-raisin bun that is just begging to be eaten, or an outfit that I feel complete when wearing. When death, loneliness, grief, pain, and sorrow come into our lives, it is a reminder to be thankful for the beauty that God does send in the midst of the trouble. I am praying for you today. Susan

    • Clara

      Thank you, Susan. So appreciate your note. xx

  10. so sorry for your loss ….sending you my fave quote for comfort at this tough time !

    Those we love don’t go away,
    They walk beside us every day,
    Unseen, unheard, but always near,
    Still loved, still missed and very dear.

  11. Hi Clara, I am so sorry for your loss. I am a faithful follower of your blog. Your blog inpiration has gotten me through some tough times and I’m sure it will do the same thing for you. Sending you love this weekend xo



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