Tuesday, September 01, 2009

you are never alone

fortunately and unfortunately stacy and i were able to take some pictures of our dear friend gina and her family and friends for her husbands funeral last week. it was such a struggle for me to capture these images of the last time they will see their husband, father, son and brother. although stacy and i are know that we can be with our family and friends again once we part this earth , it is still almost impossible to imagine life without jeremy.

as i was editing some of the images, i came across this picture of gina and immediately saw her in a different light. we can sometimes in the throws of an unimaginable situation feel completely alone and abandoned. i am not even pretending to understand what gina is going through. when i see this picture i can almost feel her emotions and expressions of having those loved ones around you and those closest to us and yet we feel completely alone.
i am grateful to know that we are never alone. even when we feel like there is no way forward, no way out or no peace... where that lump in our throat never goes away or the tears just seem to stop because there is nothing left. we are never alone! i am so grateful to have captured this image. gina, you are not alone and never will be alone. i see all of the family and friends surrounding gina in this picture, i can't help but think that there are thousands surrounding us on the other side that are unseen lifting us up and carrying us through our trials. how else can a mother of four and one on the way move forward from this unexplainable situation.

we love you more than you know gina. you are in our thoughts, prayers, discussions and we are thinking of you more than we think of ourselves. you are never alone.

love you... Jeff


Addie Gaylord said...

i loved this!!! we all need to know this, it is how we make it through "those" times. and though it seems like we aren't going to pull through somehow we do right? that must be the time when there is only that one set of footprints in the sand instead of two.
gina bless you and your little ones, so many are praying for you.

Robin said...

I was so glad to see that you guys had your camera with you that day. I know it wasn't fun taking those photo's, but I know the family will appreciate them for many years to come. You guys are awesome. I'm so glad Gina has such dear friends as you guys. We all love her and want so badly to help her. Please let us know if you know of things that we can do to help in any way.

Shelly Hanson said...

I tear up every time I read a post about Gina or talk to Stacy about it. My heart breaks for her.

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Ali said...

Wow. Talk about a powerful post. I am crying all over again, thanks a lot! If you have any pictures of the scout line with Jacob, I would love one. Jacob was really touched by that experience and remembers Brother Holt as his first Scoutmaster when he turned 11, his first campout, etc.,. It was a really touching service. If you have a pic of that and are willing to share, just e-mail it to me at lepsik73@yahoo.com

Thanks so much!