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Friday, April 16, 2010

The importance of the heart

Why is it so important to have pictures? Well, it's all a matter of the heart.

My dear sweet Grandmother is getting older. Just this last week she had to have cement injected into her bone to help support a bone that had a hairline fracture. Her mind is going, and she's been in assisted living for some time. My wonderful aunts have been so good to help care for her when they can. In fact, one of my aunts goes to visit with her every Wednesday and then blogs about it (if you are crafty, check out her blog, she is uber talented--hi Aunt ML!). I am so grateful that she does this, because they live in another state and I don't get to see her much anymore.

Several years ago the love of her life, my Grand-Daddy, passed away. I was with him in the hospital, and got to spend some time just adoring him within the last few hours of his life. These two have meant such a great deal to me, and I've absolutely treasured them in my heart always. There are so many memories I have of the two of them. Of their house. The smell, the words, the food, the love they shared, and showed to us. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to get to spend time with them almost yearly while I was growing up. I am grateful for the times I've spent with them as an adult, and that most of my own children have been able to meet my grandmother.

Very luckily my grandparents purchased a camera as a gift to themselves very early on, and they captured some wonderful times in their lives. I love pouring over the photos and finding the similarities in my own family. The same nose here, the same teeth. The same wry smile, and twinkle in the eye. The photo below is one that they did not take, it was taken by a street vendor. But it is one that captures the love they had, even after five kids! I love the way my grandmother just looks at my grandfather, smiling at what he's saying. It reminds me so much of the love they still shared after years and years. I am grateful for the example they showed to me in what a marriage can look like.

Thanks ML for graciously taking the time to post the images each week. It means so much to look at them.

Don't forget to book your own BELOVED SESSION! Remember each other.


Mandi said...

That picture is priceless. I feel the same way as you--as my grandparents have gotten older, gotten sick, and all but one have passed away, these old gems are sooo important to the whole family.

Kelli Bramble said...

Aw, I love that!!

the purple sprout said...

So sweet...all of my grandparents have passed on now. And this is exactly why photographs are so important. Can't wait to do a beloved session. I am thinking later this fall. ;)