In the past two weeks, my family has suffered two great losses. First we lost my grandfather who was an amazing man of strength, courage, dignity, love, compassion, hard work, dedication, and many more wonderful adjectives. We have been lucky enough to live right down the street and spend quite a bit of time with him this year as he worked through many illnesses. My kids called him “G-gpa” (short for Great-Grandpa) and we all miss him so much. Coming from a family of photographers, we were able to pour through boxes and books and then lots of digital files to find many pictures to share memories of his life. This is why I do this. We all need these pictures. We need these memories. I am so honored and thankful that we have these images of these important people to hold on to when we cannot hold them anymore.
My grandpa was a huge part of my daily life and I am so blessed and thankful to have had all of that time with him. I heard his stories, got his advice, was scolded a few times, and laughed with him often. I miss him. I miss him so much.
Not two weeks later, we lost my husband’s mom. A wonderful lady who raised the man I love most in this world. She leaves behind a family who loved her. She was kind and generous, she loved her children and family fiercely. She loved the outdoors and cherished her gorgeous Colorado mountain views. The last time I had my camera out when we visited her was in 2012 and this is one of my absolute favorite images. She was enduring Alzheimer’s and dementia, but we would get these short glimpses of her from time to time. I’m just glad I had the camera ready for this one.
Our family is sad for our losses. We selfishly want our parents and grandparents to live forever, never leave us. We have great comfort knowing that both my grandfather and mother-in-law were confident in their salvation and eternity. We know that they are happy and healthy now. Our sadness isn’t for them, but it is for us because we miss them. We are sad about the big life landmarks they will miss.
Again, I beg you… TAKE the pictures. The pictures aren’t for you. They are for your kids and your grandkids and your great-grandkids who will want to know and understand your legacy. For now, I’m going to keep looking for more images of wonderful times with both of these amazing people. I treasure each and every one.