A little humor goes a long way this holiday season! #amiright? From the very beginning of my married life, I have always created handmade holiday cards, and sent out a healthy batch; and also looked forward to those I received in return. Since losing our son Cory, the last couple of years, the holidays have been a struggle – and sending a family photo without all faces accounted for has been something I haven’t had the strength to do.
Still, I believe that family photos are so important, and I have always been good about setting aside a time to make an effort and have someone that knew what they were doing take pics. I just never knew how hard it was, when someone was missing. Despite the sadness, and gigantic loss – I have still felt that it was critically important that I hang onto the family that I do have here, and celebrate what we do have and share – never forgetting; never not feeling Cory’s place.
This last weekend, I rallied, and signed our family up for a session with one of my friends who does mini-sessions at a nearby tree farm. The morning of our planned time, I realized that Quincy would not be able to join us because of her commitments with her competition dance team. I had pre-paid the session, and I could have absolutely melted down (i kinda felt like crying)…. I decided to just go and have photos taken of the littles (Capri and Connor are 11 and 10 respectively now, but I still call them “the littles), and also maybe some shots of just Eric and I. I knew that I would have to make other arrangements when Quincy could join us. Last minute, I had the idea of grabbing the Letterboards and doing something kinda silly!
My new Letterboard phrase kits made it really quick to change it up. I figured that I could easily come up with something for Quincy to hold, and shoot it at another time!
Eric is literally on the daily countdown for the snow to come to start getting back up on his skis! And I need the CONSTANT reminder to try and be BOTH “holly” and “jolly”. It’s not always easy.
In the end… we got some really fun and beautiful photos of our “family”. We weren’t all there – Colton (our oldest son) will celebrate his second (and last) Christmas in Japan where he is serving a full-time mission for the LDS church. Quincy’s increasingly busy schedule has yet to accommodate another date and time… but I LOVE this fun, different take on the traditional family Christmas photo! Nothing says that everyone has to be standing perfectly posed, and smiling angelically for it to be a memorable and special family photo.
This is your official holiday reminder to LOVE what you have.
It might not be exactly how you envisioned it. It might not seem “just right”. But there are stories, lessons and LOVE no matter where you are.
Tell the stories. Remember the NOW! Be present… focus more on what you have and making the most of it!
This holiday season, may you allow the magic of the season to penetrate your daily life just a little sooner, and stay a little longer! My love and best wishes to each and every one of you!
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