Update: Past Month & We’re Moving

Update: Past Month & We’re Moving

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white off the shoulder top with ruffle trim white skinny jeans angela lanter hello gorgeous

white off the shoulder top with ruffle trim white skinny jeans angela lanter hello gorgeous

white off the shoulder top with ruffle trim white skinny jeans angela lanter hello gorgeous

white off the shoulder top with ruffle trim white skinny jeans angela lanter hello gorgeous

white off the shoulder top with ruffle trim white skinny jeans angela lanter hello gorgeous

white off the shoulder top with ruffle trim white skinny jeans angela lanter hello gorgeous

white off the shoulder top with ruffle trim white skinny jeans angela lanter hello gorgeous

This post is a recap of the past +1 month of our lives and the adventure (we’re moving!) we are now embarking on.  If you’re interested, pour yourself a cup of coffee, tea, or glass of wine (pick your poison).  Sit back and settle in, because this is gonna be a long winded one!

The last month has been a whirlwind.  There’s been highs and man, have there been lows.  Like low, lows.  If you’ve kept up with me on social media, then you know a lot of what has occurred.  But I’m going to tell you again all in one place.

My mom was out visiting Matt and I in LA and Friday, June 17th, she got a call that my Mawmaw had fallen.  We got her on an emergency flight back home to Ohio and finished up our packing, we were scheduled to fly out the next morning on a super early flight to vacation for 10 days in Florida.  In the middle of the night, my uncle called and said we needed to get back home.  So we cancelled our Florida flight and were on a plane to Ohio within about 2 hours of talking to my mom after she landed.  By the time we arrived in Ohio on Saturday afternoon, Mawmaw was already being transferred to Hospice.  I won’t go into every detail as to what transpired, but she had several complications that added up to too much for her body to handle.  She was in Hospice for a solid seven days before she passed.  It was a long, heartbreaking and exhausting week.

Many of you have been with me here on Hello Gorgeous since the early days of my blogging and you know how close Mawmaw, my mom and I are.  I spent almost every evening after school and every weekend at Mawmaw’s house.  I even had a bedroom there.  She lived with us until I was 6 years old.  The weight of losing her has to be something akin to what losing a parent feels like.  She taught me so much in my life that I can truly say I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it hadn’t been for her constant presence and love.  I’m so glad to have been able to be there the last week of her life, because she was with me through every step of mine.

To add stress on top of stress, Matt & I had a horrible experience with our vacation plans.  We had booked our vacation house in Florida less than 72 hours before we were scheduled to arrive.  The morning we were scheduled to check in, we called and explained the situation, never thinking this would be an issue since we had just booked the house.  Man, were we wrong.  Not only would they not refund a single penny from the vacation rental that we had already paid in full, but they wouldn’t allow us to just shift the stay to a later time so that we could be with our family.  We tried every avenue to get them to work with us in any capacity, to no avail.  The owner turned out to be a completely heartless individual who chose to take advantage of our situation.  We lost all of our money.

After the funeral services were complete in Ohio, we chose to head down to Florida anyways to try to salvage a vacation.  We desperately needed some relaxation.  The trip was wonderful and much needed.  I plan on putting together a post about where we stayed, what we ate, all those fun 30A facts in one place.

We arrived back home to LA on July 7th and immediately had to start packing.  We are moving to Vancouver.  Yes, I said move.  Matt’s new television show, Timeless, films in Vancouver, so we are moving while the show films.  Remember my 5 Truths About Being Married to an Actor blog post?  I wasn’t kidding about the moving part.  This is our third move in so many years of marriage.  This one is our first international relocation.

We got on the road to Vancouver last Wednesday and made the drive up here.  We’re not settled at all.  We can’t get into our new home until August, so we’re staying at a temporary location in the meantime and only brought up a few items for now.  I’m pretty much over living out of a suitcase at this point…  But who wouldn’t be?

We live an extremely blessed life.  I got to have my Mawmaw for 89 years on this planet.  These are the positives that I have to remind myself sometimes.  I have very sad days because the realization hits that she’s no longer only a phone call away.  I’m also moving to a brand new city and the only person I know is Matt.  And, we’re just plain ole busy.  All of those things combined, along with other daily stresses, can feel so heavy at times.  The season that I’m in is just that though, a season.

Maybe I teased y’all with an update post, but really it’s just therapeutic for me sometimes to sit down and put my thoughts and my heart in writing.  It helps to sit back and see everything that is going on in my life with the words on my screen.  I just wanted to fill in the gaping holes of my absence here so you understood where I’ve been and what’s been going on in my life.  I don’t tend to talk super personal here very often, but I appreciate the chance to be open and a bit vulnerable.

One last thing that I would like to share…  I don’t know anyone in my life who loves to dance more than Mawmaw.  If you took her to a wedding, you knew she’d be the last one to leave the dance floor.  She didn’t need music to dance, but if there was music?  Watch out!  She’d cut a rug anywhere, any time.  We played this song at her service and it brought our family such peace.  If you have recently lost a loved one, perhaps this song will give you a tiny bit of comfort in your time of grief.  The overwhelming sense of peace that I do feel is because I know where Mawmaw is now.  She’s dancing in the sky.  She’s in the arms of Jesus.


I felt like this look would be appropriate for the context.  The sun flare and all white makes me think of heaven.  If Mawmaw saw these photos she’d say one of two things: “You need to cut that hair.”  Or she’d pat my face and say, “You purty thing, you.”  Either one would’ve made me smile.

What I’m Wearing:

Glamorous Smock Top With Frill Hem (almost sold out!); identical top here and love this top  //  Hudson White Jeans  //  Kooba Priscilla Tote  //  EGO Lace-Up Heels  //  Stud Earrings  //  Kate Spade Crystal Hinge Bracelet  //  Baublebar Link Bracelet  //  Baublebar Snow Leopard Bracelet (40% OFF)

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31 comments
  • Rachel July 21, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    Wow, so heartfelt and relatable. I recently lost (as in her heart, her soul, what made her…her) my grandma to ALZ, she’s still with us, but not. She was such a special person in my life and I often think of how she’d give me advice or a loving hug in certain situations, if she had the ability to comprehend them. Very different from your situation but also somewhat similar. I’m sorry for your loss, truly. Now you have an angel watching over you. Xoxo

  • Emily July 21, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    I am so sorry again for your loss. My husband lost his father last year and death is so, so incredibly hard. But what a comfort in knowing that because we know Jesus we will spend eternity in heaven with them! Your Mawmaw sounds like a beautiful woman inside and out and I’m sure she’d be so proud of you as you make this transition to Vancouver. My husband and I also relocated to a place we did not know anyone, and it was not easy but thankfully we got connected with a good church and made amazing friends that we’re so grateful for. I pray that it will be the same for you, too, and that it will be a sweet time for your marriage. Wishing you all the best!!

  • Julianne July 21, 2016 at 5:51 PM

    This was a fantastic post. Moving to a new place with no one around that you know is going to be hard, but you have such a good spirit and a kind soul you will make friends quickly. Also, Vancouver is BEAUTIFUL! Congrats!

    Also, thank you for giving us a glimpse into your life.. It looks so perfect from Instagram and posts, and its nice to be reminded that everyone goes through hard times. You and your husband are a wonderful couple for standing by each other and making sure you make moves together! Here’s to you! Love your blog!

  • Savannah July 21, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    praying for you and your family! I know how dear a grandparent can be! I just recently found our my grandpa has stage 4 cancer and can’t even begin to imagine what life without him in it would look like, but like you said we have to be thankful and blessed with the amount of years and memories given and i will definitely be taking advantage of what time i have left with him or if God heals him i am holding on to that too! Thanks for being such a down to earth celeb couple i have met many celebs and seen the not so pretty sides of whats out their in hollywood and glad to see people being who they are and authentic. Good luck with all the new adventures. Vancouver is beautiful ! Take care!

  • AG July 21, 2016 at 6:00 PM

    Thanks for sharing. Gosh, this reminds me so much of my own loss of my Grammie- 9 years ago this month..the way you explained your relationship was so similar to mine with my Gram. Truly for me like the loss of a parent as well. So much of my childhood was myself, my mom and Gram. The feeling of loss can still be overwhelming at times but I take comfort in how very blessed I was to be able to spend so much time with her and have such wonderful memories. I’m so very sorry for your loss, Angela. Thinking of you and your family and wishing you all the best in your new move/adventure.

  • Rachel M July 21, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    Angela, I can relate on so many levels. I’m so sorry for the loss of your MawMaw. I have a Mamaw & I consider our relationship in the way way (as a bonus parent). I also lost my grandpa in February, followed by a miscarriage of our first pregnancy. Grief is powerful and exhausting! I also relate to the moving/life changes, since my husband is in medical school and we move every 1-3 years. I want to be back in Ohio so much, but life is taking us everywhere else! It is hard to stay grounded and consider positives everyday, but trying is what matters. I find writing is so beneficial (I’m a therapist in real life and I totally agree with it being therapeutic!) And having the support really helps too, and it sounds like Matt is amazing. Good luck on your new adventures and can’t wait to read/watch on here & YouTube!

  • Erin July 21, 2016 at 6:14 PM

    Im sorry for your loss and know how emotional it is losing loved ones! I pray you and Matt settle into Vancouver and meet wonderful new people who can be positive aspects in your lives! I hope all these changes dont stress you too much! Wherever God’s plans for you both leads you, it will be ok. I look forward to Matt’s new show!! Goodluck with everything and stay positive! Never lose hope and faith! Everything will turn out ok!

  • Anonymous July 21, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    you’re so strong and courageous, God will always be there for you, through all of this!! thank you for sharing that; you are a very great writer and I love all your posts!! ❤️❤️ Vancouver is blessed to have you! if you ever get lonely, we could be pen pals, I mean that! things are gonna get better 🙂

    -Kayley

  • Cathy Yoho Talley July 21, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    Angela, I love your blogs! I’ve known and loved your family my whole life, in fact I thought your Aunt Linda was my sister when I was little! This last month has been so hard on your family and I pray the our Heavenly Father continues to bless you and Matt and keeps you safe on this new adventure. God Bless ????

  • neha July 21, 2016 at 6:27 PM

    what a great post. Thank you for being you and letting us fans have a little glimpse into the few last months for you and Matt.

    I cant imagine what moving into a big city like Vancouver could be like but you have an amazing heart and soul that you will be able to make friends in no time and if nothing else, you always have Matt! 🙂

    Sorry for your loss. I pray for peace for you and your family.

    Good luck to Matt on his new show! Cant wait to watch it!! Have fun in Vancouver, i loved it!! If i was still there, I’d be your friend in a heartbeat. Your the most down to earth celeb couple ive ever known!!

    Cant wait to see all the future snaps of your adventures in Vancouver!

  • Sarah July 21, 2016 at 6:45 PM

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

    Also, welcome to Vancouver. I hope you grow to love it here!

  • Blaire July 21, 2016 at 7:04 PM

    Thanks for sharing, girl! You’ve definitely been missed. Sending you lots of good vibes, love and prayers! Oh, and welcome to Canadian living 🙂 it’s pretty great ????????

  • Nikki July 21, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    I’m so sorry for your loss Angela! When I lost my great grandma who I was very close too, my dad wouldn’t even fly me back to attend her funeral, I feel like I never really got to say goodbye, but I still think about my GiGi every day and how special she was.

    Even though it wasn’t me that it happened to, that really irritates me how you got screwed on your vacation rental. That is so sad and they sound like they aren’t great people which will come around and bite them. At least you guys had a great time still. Xoxoxo

  • Heather July 21, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    Thank you for sharing such personal detail about your life during this challenging season. You truly are an inspiration, not to mention beautiful inside and out!! I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your beloved Mawmaw. Saying “until we meet again” is one of the hardest things to do. I’m praying for you and your family during this difficult time. Just know she will always be with you every step of the way. Which leads me to wishing you and Matt the best of luck on this new adventure you’re embarking upon! I can’t wait to read your future blogs on all the wonderful things Vancouver has to offer.

  • Manon July 21, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    Hi Angela,
    I’m really sorry for your lost. It’s always difficult to loose someone really close.
    I hope the moving won’t be to difficult but in a it keeps you busy and I can take your mind of the painful thoughts.
    Good luck to both of you during this difficult time.
    Thank you for sharing this with us.
    Xoxo

  • Francesca July 21, 2016 at 9:08 PM

    Hi Angela,
    That was beautiful! I understand what it’s like being close to your grandma.
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope you both are doing okay.

    I hope your move goes smooth!

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

    xoxoxoxo

  • Carrie Bradshaw Lied July 21, 2016 at 9:20 PM

    BIG hugs to you pretty girl. I lost my niece a month ago and there are no words to heal a broken heart, but know that so many of us are lifting you up in prayer and as someone told me recently – look for the signs from her. She’ll let you know she’s dancin’, with you in every step.

    And I think Canada sounds like a wonderful adventure! Excited for you guys to settle in and explore together. Love you XO

  • Jen July 21, 2016 at 9:30 PM

    I am so very sorry for your loss! I lost my grammie in 2003 and find myself still tearing up when I remember the good times, like if she passed recently.
    I just saw the preview for Timeless, congrats on that. New adventures can be awesome! I hope you enjoy your new journey. Check out The Butchart Gardens on Victoria Island in Canada; it is BEAUTIFUL!

  • Kalli Loyd July 21, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    I am so sorry for your loss Angela. Reading this just brought tears to my eyes. Losing loved ones is never easy, but knowing that they are dancing with our Heavenly Father certainly helps. I also always feel better once I write down my feelings. There is just something about a pen & paper (or my fingers & a keyboard). I will keep you & the rest of your family in my prayers.
    Moving is always an adventure. My husband & I moved about 7 months ago & it seems we still dont have everything in place yet. It is hard when life gets so crazy & hectic. Just remember God places us where we are in our lives for a reason. He never gives us more than we can handle, even though it seems like it a lot of the time.

    Matthew 5:4  “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

  • Clo July 21, 2016 at 10:25 PM

    I cannot wait to read your Canadian adventures!! ????

  • Kayla July 22, 2016 at 1:16 AM

    I opened this post to check out those wicked shoes and I finished it feeling pretty humbled. I’m sorry to read/hear of your mawmaw’s passing, bad news never has good timing. May she rest in peace.

    I’d be naïve to think there aren’t bad people in the world but I’m so disturbed to hear of someone who would take advantage of a situation such as yours and use it for money. It’s disgusting. I’m glad your vacation turned around and I can’t wait to read about 30A!

    Moving is a lonely, but I do hope you’ll love living in beautiful BC! Van is such a great city, I can’t help but feel you’ll make some pretty cool Canadian friends. I hope you take some time away from the city and drive through the Rockies. Nothing compares to our little mountain towns! The Okanogan valley is beautiful and you’ll probably never eat better cherries!!

    Welcome to Canada, eh 😉

    Good vibes all around! Thanks for sharing your life with us!

  • Anonymous July 22, 2016 at 1:39 AM

    Beautiful post Angela, I’m so sorry once again about your grandmother and the carry on you had with the first vacation, what a vicious person taking all your money. Vancouver, I have an ex that moved there from Minneapolis about 8 years ago, we had a long distance relationship for 2 years before I met the ex husband. I met him through being a cheerleader for an american football team.

    Anyway, I hope you get into your new home very soon, August not too far away and are able to get your belongings to the new place.

    Stay positive honey and all the best for Matt with Timeless, look forward to seeing it in the UK eventually.

    Having a bit of a hard time here with my boyfriend’s estranged wife with the divorce, severe harrassment with messages etc every day and I can’t emphasise enough to him to see a lawyer immediately to end the contact. Why do men not listen at times!! 🙂

    Lots of Love
    Arlene xxx

  • maxime July 22, 2016 at 2:20 AM

    Hi Angela,

    I’m sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace. Your story is very similair to mine. My grandma practicly rased me. I lost her 3 years ago and it still hurts that I couldn’t say goodbye. She felt down and past the next day. She was kept a sleep the whole time so she wouldn’t suffer any pain.

    Try to remember the good times you’ve had with her. At the end you will remember those times.
    Give yourself the time to proces it. Time heals.

    Anyway enjoy your time in vancouver. Good things will come!

    I want to give you a big hug!

    Much love from Holland
    Xoxo Maxime

  • Karli July 22, 2016 at 2:40 AM

    Hi Angela,
    I just wanted to say a short thank you to you – this post made me smile again!
    I also lost my granny (in Germany we use the term Omi or Oma). And I never would have thought that her passing would hit me like it did. Sure, I was close with my Oma but I never realized what a big influence and part of my life she was! She had cancer and lost her fight…
    It was so hard for our Family to watch her suffer.
    The one thing that got me going the past weeks After the findest was the fact, that she is so much better off now. She is singing gospels in the presence of Jesus and more important for me: she is not in pain anymore!
    So thank you for putting my thought into words!
    And this song is amazing, by the way!
    PS: I am really sorry for my english. Like I said: I am from Germany 🙂

  • Lisa July 22, 2016 at 5:17 AM

    Hi Angela,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I am sure your grandma is in a better place now.
    Corinthians 15:52-57

    Moving is always tough and I can totally relate to your mixed emotions. Being a military spouse I move all the time and it’s challenging to find new friends and make a new location feel like home. I am sure you will like Vancouver and with Matt there it will feel like home right away ????.

    Love your look. It has something whimsical to it. The EGO lace-up heels are gorgeous ????. Gotta grab me a pair.

    Lots of love from Japan. XO
    -Lisa

  • Kate July 22, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    First of all, these photos DO remind me of heaven. You look gorgeous! And second of all I’m soooo sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine how much pain you’re going through. I know the Lord will look after you in this time of need. Also, I wish the best for yours and Matt’s move. Hopefully all the stress dies down and you’re able to relax. Us blog readers are always here for you Angela!
    -kate
    Katekoutures.blogspot.com

  • Courtney July 22, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    I am so sorry for your families’ loss. Thank you for being so open with us. I watch your snapchats and laugh along with you! Vancouver is a great city and you are very close to Seattle as well which is a cool place for fashion, photography and FOOD! When you and Matt get a break from your crazy schedules I recommended a weekend get away to Seattle. Keeping you and yours in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Jillian Burroughs July 22, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    Dearest Angela,

    I am so so sorry for your maw maw’s loss. Prayers for healing and God’s love to you and your family during this difficult time.
    She is however dancing with the Lord and someday you will be reunited with her as well.

    On another note, I am so excited for your move to Vamcouver!! ???? It’s hard knowing you won’t know anyone, but so glad you have Matt to help make the move a bit smoother and more exciting!

    P.S. Thank you for posting N sale must haves I will have to check them out today to grab some steals ???? So excited to be following you along with all of your other gorgeous lady followers on this new adventure. Of course my husband and I will be supporting Matt as well and tune in this fall to watch Timeless.

    God bless and much love from little county land, NY

    Jilly Burroughs

  • Candace July 22, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    Hi Angela!
    Your outfit is so angel-like, like you said. it looks perfect! 🙂 I couldn’t imagine what it’s like being as busy as you are, all of the travel and business and then having to handle personal matters. I love that you got to enjoy all of the time you did with your grandma 🙂 I never got close to mine before she passed, but I do get to enjoy a close relationship with my mom and I love her so much!
    Moving can be tough. My husband and I have moved a few times and I know we plan on moving again, which we’re not ready for quite yet…But you know what, life is great even with all the craziness! 😉 Thanks be to God for His comfort and strength in our times of weariness <3
    I will definitely be praying for Gods peace, comfort and strength for you on this journey!

    xoxo

  • Tabitha July 24, 2016 at 5:03 PM

    So, close to my home- Washington!! Drive down to Seattle 🙂

  • Laura Hampton July 26, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    I’m so sorry to here of your loss, lovely. It’s devastating losing someone so close. I lost my Mum in December 2014 and even now I sometimes have to remind myself that she’s gone. Someone once told me that you never truly accept that they’re gone, you just learn to live without their presence in your life and it’s true. My Mum was my best friend and I find it hard sometimes without her by my side, but it gets easier and I hope you feel the weight of grief lift off your shoulders soon.

    OMG, I would love to be moving to Vancouver (mainly to stalk to set of Supernatural) but it looks like such a beautiful place! I hope you both settle soon and get your wardrobe back, ha!

    Sending hugs, Laura x
    http://pale-girl-reviews.blogspot.com

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