Last month my beloved grandmother (Oma) passed away. I had actually planned a trip to see her at the end of January to celebrate her 96th birthday but sadly she passed away the week before. So the birthday party my family had planned for her turned into a celebration of life. While I take great comfort in the fact that I had her in my life for all these years, it is still so hard to believe that she is no longer with us. She leaves behind a great legacy…3 children….6 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren and she was a role model for us all.
The reason for this post is not to tell you how awesome my grandmother was ….. I’d need more time and space to tell you all about her amazing qualities like how she was extremely giving, how she was incredibly kind and how she was an all around joyful person, but what I wanted to share with you today is how thankful I am that over the past few years I always made a point to grab a photo of her with my kids and one of the two of us together. One year I even video recorded the two of us talking and captured the story of how she immigrated from the Ukraine to the U.S. with my grandfather and their three young children (my dad being one of them). I can’t even tell you how grateful I am to be able to see her and hear her voice.
Anyway, I guess I wanted to gently remind you to do the same. To take photos of those you love (no matter what camera you have, how good the lighting is or if it is a last minute thought) and to make sure you include yourself in those images. I can guarantee that one day you’ll be happy you did.
After you’ve had a chance to view my photos of my beautiful grandmother, please click through our 10 on 10 blog circle by starting with the lovely photos from Kathleen.