We had these photos taken in Fall and I'm just now ordering prints... sheesh! I have so enjoyed looking through them again, and I'm reminded how overwhelmed I was by this picture when I first saw it... The day of our photos, it was sunny all day long, not a cloud in the sky... yay, for our outdoor pics! But then about an hour before Jenny came over, clouds had managed to take over every inch of that bright blue sky. We still managed to get so many great shots, but I wanted some to be taken on the couch in the family room in front of the huge window. We stood in front of the fireplace while we discussed whether or not the light would work on the couch, now that it was cloudy. Jenny started snapping some shots, as she checked the light and we went with it. We moved on to the next room, deciding we'd wait to see if the sun came out again and we'd go back to the couch. Well, it never did, and I was kind of bummed. But then we got the CD of pics from Jenny and when I came to this one, chills came over my body... it all made sense! On the mantle sits our favorite canvas of Ollie, one that my friends had printed to display at his memorial service... and his ashes ❤️ And both are in the picture! Of course we'd get our traditional shot holding one of our Ollie pics, but I hadn't even thought to get any in front of the mantle. The whole family, all 5 of us ❤️ Yet another moment of grace in my post-Ollie life ❤️ There are no coincidences. Love ALWAYS wins ❤️
On January 3, 2013, my 1 yr old son, Ollie, passed away. That's where my life "before Ollie" ends and my grief journey begins... My new normal, my path toward healing, my life "after Ollie". I'm a grieving mother who believes in hope. This is my story.