One of my dearest friends lost her husband to cancer last year, and her sweet son Cade lost his Daddy. So did his two older children. And his parents lost their son, and the fire department he worked for lost an amazing asset, and everyone who knew him lost a friend.
But I can tell you right now, if a year after his death, Mickey looked down and saw Annie curled up crying her days away, he’d reach through the clouds and smack her on the back of the head. Because that is NOT how he would want his sweetheart and his children to be living their lives.
And so, just like they’ve done every year since Cade was born, Annie brought her boy out to me for family pictures around Back to School time. And while we wanted to make sure Mickey’s memory was honored, because he will NEVER not be a part of them, we also wanted to make sure these pictures show who they are right now. They are happy. They are loved. They are together. They are strong. And to me, they are seriously some of the most wonderful people in the world.
OH that big ole grin just kills me… I love that kid! And his Mama! 🙂 Here’s to another year of making amazing memories together.