No one else in my family was clamoring for this to happen; but hey, they'll thank me someday, right? ;-)
The date for my mother's move was set for August 28; and happily, Emily Sacra, who has blessed us numerous times in the past with spectacular photographs (for example, here, here, here, and here...and also here...and I could go on, but I'll stop now), ;-) was able to fit us into her schedule on August 25. Whew. We made it. :)
I know it's not the easiest thing in the world to photograph a group of nine people, five of whom are young, inclined to wander off to explore the setting rather than staying nearby, and prone to make funny faces when they shouldn't. Or maybe I should say "four of whom" because Josiah is maturing out of that stage. :) Moriah, in particular, was clingy to me that evening and was certainly not interested in taking a picture apart from me. I had taken a marigold along with me, thinking that I might need to use it at some point by giving it to Moriah and then asking her to go show it to her grandma. As you'll see, we did have to use that tactic; but rather than lingering with my mom to admire the flower together (and give Emily time to take some photos of the two of them), Moriah gave it to Grandma, then skedaddled away just about as fast as she could. Oh girlie!
With taking these pictures during such an emotional week, I wasn't at all sure that I would be able to hold myself together and not get teary-eyed at some point; but Emily did a fantastic job of keeping the mood light and cheerful and positive, so as it turned out, it wasn't nearly as difficult as I had feared. A successful photographer's skill set goes way beyond shutter speed and aperture. ;-)
At any rate, here are the photos I liked the very best from the shoot. (And there are a lot of them, because I have a lot of favorites!!) :)
my Aunt Joyce and given to me for my 38th birthday earlier this year, and the "Be brave" bracelet given to me by my kind and understanding (because her own mother had Alzheimer's) friend Wendy.
the quilt my mother pieced for Jeff and I and gave to us the night before our wedding (I had NO IDEA she knew how to do that; it was a TOTAL surprise). But what's more, my parents' position in the background, looking out over us, reminds me what an amazing source of strength and support they've been to us through the years. They've launched me, then stood back and watched me fly--and not only me, but also the next generation coming along. Wow.
My heart was singing and rejoicing. No matter what the future holds, these moments were captured, and this phase of our life was recorded.
Believe it or not, it truly helped me be ready for the next one.
(Overflowing thanks to Emily Sacra for sharing her talent with us!!)