Alice and Tom are asleep upstairs. When she awakes in the early morning hours he takes her upstairs so I can sleep, uninterrupted, for a couple of hours. When I get up I usually find them asleep in the rocking chair.
I whisper, “are you good?”
With eyes closed, he smiles and nods yes.
My heart melts.
With some time left on my “alone time” clock here I sit, blank page in front of me.
To left of my computer I have my favorite picture of Anna and I ~ cheeks pressed closely together (our favorite photo pose). It was taken the 3 days before she went to Heaven.
I’m glad I didn’t know that was going to be our last photo together.
Photograph by Nicole Zena Photography
I was getting photos taken of Sampson and I knew I wanted some of the three of us, the way it was in the beginning ~ Mama, daughter and their big old dog.
Sampson was getting old and struggled getting in and out of the car. It was his last adventure away from the house and I knew we had to make it a good one. We brought a loaf of bread because we both knew that he would do anything for bread. Anna picked off pieces trying to get him to look in the direction of the camera. I can still hear her laughing because a loaf of bread was definitely more than enough to keep his focus.
I can still hear her laughing.
I look at our photo everyday and I can still feel her face pressed against mine. I can still hear her laughter as she danced around holding a chunk of bread. Sometimes I worry about the time that has passed since this photo was taken. I worry that one day I will no longer hear her or remember how she feels. That wave of fear knocks me off my feet and brings me to my knees.
In those moments I beg God to never allow that day to come. I beg Him to always allow her and her sister to be close and for me to remember and feel.
Today, I hear her laughter and I am grateful.