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Teachings Tuesday: Hold Them Close

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I was having trouble figuring out what this week’s lesson would be. Then I saw a post on my Instagram feed with a photo of a family with the #redballoonsforryan hashtag. I searched it. Read everyone’s response to what happened but didn’t quite get the story. Certain words stood out. “Accident,” “I’m sorry,” and “heavy heart.”

I went to Dan and Jacqui’s Instagram feed. They hadn’t posted since Friday. I’d probably do the same.

On Dan’s feed I noticed he’s a 49ers fan like Jeff. I smiled.

As I looked around the house I started to cry. Pieces of Sebastian’s toys are everywhere. His laundry basket filled with last week’s clothing items. Moments ago all I wanted was to clean up. Now, I’m thankful for the mess.

Cherish the moments.
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Hold those you love close.
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Take as many photos as you’d like.
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Because one day you won’t be able to. 

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Rest easy, Ryan. 

Former B2B editor and marketing manager turned Family & Lifestyle blogger. Fatima is passionate about life and being social. When she isn't running around with her husband, three kids, and two pups, Fatima helps other bloggers and local businesses with their online marketing strategy. If you have any questions or would like to connect, feel free to reach out via email:

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