Taking A Break To Save Grace

I have recently had to make the hard decision to take a break from the blog. It is not a decision I come by lightly. The blog has been a true source of creativity, passion and connection for me and I have loved every second of it. However, in late September my constant companion Gracie Lou was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Doctors told us that we needed to make an immediate decision about whether to take our chances with brain surgery or let Gracie go. Josh and I decided to give Gracie a shot at survival and opted for the brain surgery. Now, several months after the surgery and radiation treatments, we are spending a majority of our time tending to Gracie’s post op needs. It has been time consuming, worrisome and often heartbreaking but I am determined to give Gracie everything I’ve got to help her heal. She has been an incredible source of comfort, companionship, loyalty, love and joy for me from the moment I adopted her and I know in my soul I owe her as much as I can give in return. So, something else must give if I am to make Gracie a priority in an already busy, kid filled life. Since I can’t really table the whole mothering thing, it is the blog that must take a back seat. Every day brings with it minor but important improvements in Gracie’s behavior and health and I am hopeful that by the new year she will be back to her old self and I will be back to sharing all my Heavenly Days inspiration with you! Thank you for your continued support, your good wishes and your loyalty. May this holiday season bring you an abundance of peace, joy, love and laughter. See you in 2018!

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  • Mon

    recovery soon !!! They are a great person .. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !! blessing and health
    Kiss from Argentina

    December 1, 2017 at 12:10 pm Reply
  • Lauren

    Poor Grace! How lucky is she to have such a devoted mum?

    Wishing her a speedy recovery, and you and yours a Merry Christmas.

    December 1, 2017 at 12:41 pm Reply
  • Monica

    Aw Katie, don’t worry about us we’ll be here when you can come back for the blog. I hope everything goes well for Gracie and that she’ll get back to her normal sweet self
    Happy Holidays to you guys and sending tons of good vibes for you all

    December 1, 2017 at 12:44 pm Reply
  • Melanie

    It’s so heartbreaking when our pets suffer! We just adopted our second dog (an older chihuahua) and it’s such a honor to be able to love and care for him. I will be praying for a Christmas miracle for your family.

    December 1, 2017 at 1:29 pm Reply
  • Syuzanna

    Dearest Katherine,

    Thank you for sharing yet another personal piece of your life! I wouldn’t expect less from you in this situation! I wish fast recovery and healthy happy years to your puppy ( I call all dogs puppy)! I have no doubt that your healing love is doing its magic and soon you will be able to harvest the fruit!
    I have a Yorki/ Pomeranian myself and would do the same for him! They are more than dogs, they become best friends, they comfort without words and feel our pain and happiness!
    May the holiday joy keep your spirits high!

    December 1, 2017 at 2:06 pm Reply
  • Lynda Chamblin

    My heart is just breaking for you! My prayers are with you & totally understand what your going through! Take care of yourself & will miss you but look forward to the new year❣️ Again all my love & prayers to you Katie♥️♥️♥️♥️

    December 1, 2017 at 4:09 pm Reply
  • Christine Bello

    Love your articles and I am so sorry about your Grace, but it sounds like you are giving her a great second chance. YL Frankincense Essential oil is safe for dogs and this would be an amazing oil to have her on along with her other meds. Frankincense his high in Sesquiterpenes which have the ability to break the blood/brain barrier and clean damaged cells and shrink. If you have any questions please email csbello@msn.com Praying for a totally recover for Grace!

    December 1, 2017 at 4:38 pm Reply
  • Traci Gendron

    My heart breaks for Gracie. We can certainly wait for the blog to start up. I will keep you all in my prayers. That Gracie does well, you get a nice break, and time with your family.

    December 1, 2017 at 6:33 pm Reply
  • Erin Ortiz

    This story breaks my heart. Sending love and prayers for Gracie’s recovery. XOXO

    December 1, 2017 at 6:40 pm Reply
  • Erin

    This breaks my heart – sending all of my positive thoughts to Gracie and your family. <3

    December 1, 2017 at 6:45 pm Reply
  • Tricia

    Prayers for your beautiful Gracie to heal quickly and completely ♡
    Will miss your blog but truly understand!
    Hope your Christmas and New year will be filled with many blessings!
    Until then thank you soo much ♡

    December 1, 2017 at 7:36 pm Reply
  • Danielle G.


    We lost our family dog to cancer 12 years ago. Surgery was not an option for him. I wish Gracie Lou a speedy recovery. Animals become such a huge part of our lives and I feel that they give us so much in return for what little we give them. My thoughts go out to you are your family.

    December 1, 2017 at 8:03 pm Reply
  • Raven

    Poor baby sending all of my positive thoughts to Gracie and your family.

    December 1, 2017 at 8:36 pm Reply
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    December 1, 2017 at 10:06 pm Reply
  • Cathy P

    Praying for her all good. I can do reiki from a distance if you would permit me to. ( studied as a reiki master ) I would need you to allow that.

    December 1, 2017 at 10:14 pm Reply
  • Teresa Smith

    Heartbroken for you, and so in agreement with the approach you are taking to Grace’s illness. She is so precious. Wishing you a peaceful and happy holiday. Looking forward to 2018 as well!

    December 2, 2017 at 12:02 am Reply
  • Rita Stojanovic

    I cried as I watched your video. Grace is so lucky to have you. Our pets are like family and it hurts our hearts when they become sick. I will most definitely keep her in my prayers. Stay strong and do all you can. God bless you for being you.

    December 2, 2017 at 12:16 am Reply
  • Jillian

    So sorry to hear of this, our fur babies having any suffering is so heart wrenching, prayers for your sweet girl and all of you. We will be fine out here, you are doing the right thing. Beautiful Grace.

    December 2, 2017 at 1:33 am Reply
  • Hannah

    Wish you and your family all the best. Lots of love and prayers from MO!

    December 2, 2017 at 2:09 am Reply
  • Lonnie Parmelee

    Katherine and Family hope your little fur baby heals. Should know that God has a place for all of his creatures. Will be here when you and all of your family are ready. Merry And Happy Holidays.

    December 2, 2017 at 4:09 am Reply
  • jami

    Sending you all and Gracie love and good wishes. Our love for our pets is like no other – so thankful she has you there to comfort her.

    December 2, 2017 at 3:53 pm Reply
  • Donna

    Take all the time you need. We will all be here when you get back. Prayers for Gracie and the family

    December 5, 2017 at 4:11 am Reply
  • Natalie

    We all understand and love you Katherine! Sending prayers your way. Have a merry Christmas


    December 7, 2017 at 2:43 pm Reply
  • Lorena F.

    Her sensitivity to people and animals is beautiful. I admire you!

    December 9, 2017 at 5:46 pm Reply
  • Carina

    Saving Grace! I like that.

    Someone once said that Gods grace is what fills the gap between what is possible for us and what He requires of us.

    May God grant you the strength and the wisdom to fill the gap for Gracie.

    December 11, 2017 at 7:10 am Reply
  • Lisa Simpson

    Oh my goodness, I am so very sorry to hear about your sweet little Grace. I hope and Pray that she will recover and start to show signs of improving. You definitely need this break to be with Grace. I hope you and your beautiful Family have a and Merry Christmas.

    December 18, 2017 at 12:24 am Reply
  • Danielle G.

    Hi Katherine,

    I have loved seeing your twitter posts. 🙂 I hope you and your family had a very merry Christmas. How is Grace doing? I hope that she has improved and that she is able to drink water on her own now and that her continuous pacing has stopped. Grace and your family are in my family’s thoughts and prayers. Take care and all the best in 2018.

    December 28, 2017 at 8:56 pm Reply
  • Iris Alicea

    Que hermoso es ver lo dedicada que eres con Grace. Las mascotas son un hermoso regalo. Que se recupere pronto. Dios te bendiga a ti y a tu familia. Saludos desde Puerto Rico.

    January 4, 2018 at 12:20 am Reply
  • Cassondra Brotzman

    Prayers that Gracie is getting better your video brought tears to my eyes Praying for Gracie everyday Godbless you and your family love ya

    January 9, 2018 at 7:54 am Reply
  • Jennifer Wiley

    How is Grace?? Love and Licks to her…

    January 9, 2018 at 3:11 pm Reply
  • Micki Butler

    Wishing Gracie a quick recovery! I love our dogs too, and my prayers go with you all.

    January 12, 2018 at 10:00 am Reply
  • Ivona

    Dear Katherine,
    I have started to follow your blog just a couple days ago. I love your work and I have been one of your biggest fans like forever!
    I hope that Gracie is doing better now and that she is well. I have an old cat and he is like a family member. We adore him.. So I could imagine how you feel…
    All the best for you, your family and Gracie.
    Love, Ivona

    January 16, 2018 at 9:03 am Reply
  • Mandy Whitehead

    Hi Katherine

    Beautiful and graceful Gracie is in my prayers for a full recovery. Bless you. I know how difficult it is because I have been there. Keep fighting for her as I did for my special Winston (a Yorkie), my soulmate in the animal kingdom. The most important thing is that love and contact for them. She knows you are doing all you can. Our fur children are special beings and she will let you know if she is not coping. Love and light to both of you xx

    January 16, 2018 at 11:25 pm Reply
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