Life is Hard, Beautiful, and Painful

Sometimes, life is hard. Sometimes, it is beautiful. Sometimes, it is painful.

The last few weeks have been painful for my family.

A few weeks ago, my heathy, happy, full of life father in law became suddenly very ill and passed away a few days later. His illness and passing were rare, sudden, tragic and heartbreaking. Our family is grieving the loss of an incredible husband, father, brother, friend, mentor, and Yeh-Yeh (grandfather in Chinese).

My children were very close to their yeh-yeh as were my nephews. My father in law lived his life for his family but especially for his 5 grandchildren.

As my family starts to pick up the pieces and find a “new normal”, things will be a bit slow around here. I do hope to get some posts up eventually and I do have some dear blogging friends who will be sharing here over the next couple months to help me out and to provide YOU with some great information! So stay tuned.

We appreciate the thoughts, vibes, and/or prayers from all of you at this time.

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About Katie

Katie is a licensed, credentialed and certified pediatric speech-language pathologist and mom to three (5, 3 and 9 months). Her passion about educating, inspiring and empowering parents of children with all abilities led her to start her blog Playing With Words 365 where she shares information about speech and language development, therapy ideas and tips, intervention strategies and a little about her family life too. Katie has been working in the field of speech pathology for 9 years and is certified in The Hanen Centre’s It Takes Two to Talk ® and Target Word ® programs and holds a certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). In addition to blogging and being a mommy, Katie works part time in her small private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.


  1. Thoughts are with you and your family through this difficult time!!

  2. Sending you a big virtual hug!!!
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  3. I am so sorry for the loss of your father-in-law. I know how hard it was when my father-in-law passed away- I didn’t lose a Father-in-law, I lost a dad. In fact, he taught at the same school and he would always introduce me as his daughter:) Then, in two more years, we lost my mom and my husband’s mom too. All to cancer. My prayers are with you and your entire family as you navigate through the processes of grief. And please give yourself the grace to grieve when and how you need to. You’re right- life is beautiful and hard, and it is beautiful because of the people we share it with and hard because we have to let them go sometimes. What you choose to keep of him is what will determine how you grieve and live from here on out.
    I’m sorry if it sounds like I’m lecturing! It’s just that my heart goes out to you and I wish I could do something to help you through this. I wish you and your family grace, peace and comfort. My prayers will be with you.

  4. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I hope you find some peace in spending some time with your family honoring such a special man.

  5. Christine Gerber says:

    Thoughts with you and your family–may your hearts be filled with shared smile memories.

  6. Kathleen says:

    May you all find grace and joy in going through this together.

  7. So sorry for your loss and your pain at this time. I’m sure things are especially acute right now as things have had some time to sink in so I wanted to pop by and say that I am praying for you and your family.

  8. Yeah, it’s right life is like a cycle. Sometimes, it’s beautiful, hard. But Im so sorry to hear your loss.

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    • Hello Jennifer,

      You will not find that information on my blog as that is private, personal information. Perhaps you meant to say something like “Thank you so much for the information on your site. I’d like to reference your writings in a paper I am writing. May I have your last name for reference purposes?” The best way to contact me to ask permission to use personal, private information would be via email:

  10. Dominic Reigns says:

    I can understand your feelings, sad to hear what has happened. :(

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