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August 03, 2015



I spent time with my daughters over the weekend, and two of them have these planners. They talked endlessly about stickers, washi tape, and yadda yadda. Hey, if it keeps them organized, who am I to think they are nutty.

I cannot remember much after my mom passed away in May. If this will help you heal, I'm glad you found it. This is the time to give in to your need to mend and press on. Take all the time you need; it really helps.

Laura Valdez

After my Mom passed away in 2010, I was so very lost. She was my best friend and I saw her or talked to her every day. Saying I miss her is an understatement. But I've learned that I had to grieve in my own way and take my time in doing the things I did before, like sewing binding down with her. We would sit and sew binding on my quilts, her at one end and me at the other and meet in the middle. The first time I had to bind on my own again, yeah, the quilt was soaked. So take your time to get back to "normal" (whatever that is), even if no one else understands. Prayers for all of you.

Chris H

I don't know how you have coped. I have only one sister and she is not well right now. I don't know what I'll do when the time comes.


Oh Nicole, I'm so so sorry for your loss. Can't imagine what it would do to me if I would loss my brother I know a part of me would die, too.
I hope your new organizer helps you a bit to deal with it it's a really cute one. 1000 Hugs:-)


And so now your "new normal" begins. I am so sorry for your loss. I made 100's of hourglass blocks when I was grieving the loss of my husband. It's been almost 8 years, and so far, I've got 2 pillow tops stitched together. One day they will become a quilt. Be kind and gentle to yourself, there is no "right" way to grieve or any given timeline. Just let it wash over you when it hits, then pick up and carry on. And yes, time softens the hurt, but there will always be a little space in your heart for her!


I hate that numbing feeling so am happy to hear you at least have some something that seems like it would be helpful to you. I've been eyeing different planners and that one looks like a good one. As always love how you show everything, you're such an awesome blogger....hugs :)


I'm so sorry to hear of your loss Nicole. I hope you continue to find little distractions to put small smiles into your life until you become adjusted to your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


A life organizer seems like the perfect Rx for the week you find yourself adjusting in. The bonus it actually makes you smile... who wouldn't when you see those cute little embellishments!
Whenever I have found it hard to put one foot in front of the other... I have relied on lists so I can mark things off. Baby steps to move forward knowing your sister loves you so much.


When my mother died, it was honestly a huge relief. She had Alzheimer's and was miserable. I was sort of shocked when I went into a several months long funk afterward. Death of a loved one can take it out of us on many levels. I'm sorry for your loss and hope you make it through this time as smoothly as possible.


That planner looks great, and just what you need, great idea! Something else you may enjoy are Adult coloring books. Maybe you and Eva can color together, her in her books and you in yours. Being a quilter I think you'll love the designs that are out there. Here's a link.

I'm thinking of you and your family every day.

Mary Kastner

Eva will help you I am sure. they can make you smile just watching their play and innocence. keep life simple for yourself for a while. I just keeping thinking about you and it makes me so sad. My sissies are such an important part of me. Take care of yourself Nicole.



If it helps you get through the numbness then it must be a good thing! The planner is cute & allows you some mindless entertainment to pass this difficult time. I've been thinking of you & hoping you're being gentle with yourself. Everyone is different & how you heal is unique to you.


I am so sorry to hear that your sister passed away. You'll always have the memories of times when you laughed and cried with her and the rest of your family. Memories to cherish forever. Celebrate her life. That's what she would have wanted. Take care.


I am so saddened to read of your loss. I too hope your memories will give you the strength the heal. I hope the new tool helps in some small way. Having a plan always seems to make things better.

Barbara Anne

Big hugs as you put one foot in front of the other and manage to move forward thru these early days of grief. That's what it takes to work thru the utter sadness of loss (along with a box of Kleenex). This new planner looks like helpful fun and a good place to start and what a pretty package.

Be good to you, my friend.

More hugs


Sending a big hug your way, Nicole.

I am a list maker, too and I love pretty things. Combining a necessity with style, why not?!?

Miss Jean

I'm glad you found something new and interesting to do. When I lost my nephew things were different, but life became a new normal. Give yourself time. Hugs to all.

Mary Curran-Downey

You have given me so much joy through your's one of the things that is helping me to heal after my loss. So I hope the planner - and the love of those you know and those you only know through this online connection - will be a bit of help.
Take care and know that so many, many people are holding you close, even from great distances.

Mary in San Diego


I just lost a brother, very unexpectedly. We have his memorial service this Friday. And strangely enough, I, too, have just gotten a new planner! Just this week! I went with Plum Paper and am enjoying figuring out the best way to use it. It is a nice diversion.


Nicole, I'm so, so sorry about losing your sister. I cannot even imagine the sorrow. I was away, and behind on blog reading, so just read the sad, sad news. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Just take one day at a time . . . and some days, one minute at a time. Hugs!

Robin Chapa

There are a lot of videos on youtube of different things erin condren fans do with their planners. If you really want to go wild, check out theresetgirl or theplannersociety on instagram. Even if all you do is enjoy the eye-candy, they do marvelous things. What a great idea to help you get through your days. Anything erin is definitely a pick-me-up. You're still in my prayers.....


I wish you all the best in moving forward and finding some kind of solitude with your new organizer. I am so sorry to hear of your sister's passing.


Your new planner looks like a nice hobby and distraction. Totally understand your need for a sewing break . When death comes to a loved one our feet seem to be thrown out from under us. Know I continue to pray for you and your family.

Patty Fowl

Thinking about you this week. My Dad passed away 9 years ago yesterday and I remember it as if it just happened. When days and weeks had passed afterwards, I remember that friends stop asking how you are. I recall thinking that I still wanted to talk about losing him and how hard it was, how that veil of grief comes over you without warning because somehow talking about him made me feel as if it never happened.
I know your life won't be back to normal because there will be a new normal going forward but I do hope you get comfort from knowing many care about and are concerned for you.
Take good care of yourself... remember to eat even when you don't feel like it and take your rest when you can. Hugs to you and your family!

Carol Beasley

We miss you.

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