Now to some, that may not seem like a big deal, but realize that my daughter lives in Italy (and is moving to Alaska -air force family), and I’ve seen her once at her wedding in February 2007, once at my other daughter’s wedding in August 2008, and when we went to visit them in Italy in January of 2010.
That’s only three times in the last three years.
And I’ve only seen my granddaughter once, when she was 9 months old. Now, she’s almost 16 months old and the difference in those seven months will be shocking. She’s a little girl now, not a baby. Can’t WAIT to get that little girl in my arms. (Did I mention I’m crazy about my grandkids?)
Ceci, as we call her, has never met her aunt and uncle, nor her cousins, one of whom was born a month before her. This will be a first for her, and for Kennedy and Owen.
My only other wish is that Tony, her husband, could come with them, but he’ll be in Alaska getting settled.
Our entire family has not been together since 2007, and I don’t even know if it will happen anytime soon, even though they’re now only 3000 miles away instead of 9000.
There’ll be lots of time spent creating great photographs for this once in a long while opportunity. I want Grandma’s Arms and Grandpa’s hand with Kathie and I and the two girls. We’ll be doing a family portrait (unfortunately without Tony), some Generations portraits of the three generations, Brothers and Sisters of my two girls together, and then of the two cousins together, and we’ll then add Owen into the mix and get all the cousins.
Who knows when we’ll be together again.
The fact that I’m so far separated from Hollie and her family really brings home the importance of what we do for other people, – creating beautiful, story telling Family Portraits – and why I’m so passionate about prodding families to take advantage of these opportunities when they exist in their lives. You just never know what life will bring you down the road, and what kind of separation you might experience, expected or unexpected.
We’ll be posting the portraits here as they’re created.
- And Grandpa’s Hands – Family Portraits with our Grandchildren
- Relationship and Family Portraits – The Who
- Grandma’s Arms
- Is Your Nest About To Become Emptier?
- Introducing Emily Rose Smith – Newborn, Baby and Infant pictures – Salem, Oregon