26/30: From a distance. Here’s more from Exquisite Photography. (:
I keep coming back to Jennie Perillo’s blog, quietly watching her life and cheering her on from a distance since I found her blog a couple of weeks ago. I know I only started following her story after the death of her husband, but seeing her wedding photos for the first time made me tear up like I’ve known them for a long time. I don’t think she’s ever posted their wedding photos on her blog until now.
I lost my Dad too five years ago, and I remember finding refuge in the pages of my blog and writing about my grief as my way to cope. Although the loss of a husband and a father may be two very different things, I do know how it’s like to be a daughter, seeing her mother rise above her grief and be strong for the sake of her children.
It’s my Dad’s birthday today. He’s supposed to turn 62 years old. It feels like a long time since he passed away, but relieving his memories still brings tears to my eyes, making me long to see him and hear his laughter again.
There’s really no easy way to cope with losing someone you love over death. They say getting over your grief gets easier each day, and while there may be some truth to that, there would still be that empty seat no matter how far you’ve come.
It’s easy to take things for granted in a marriage, especially when the number of ordinary days you spend with your spouse begins to trump the extraordinary ones. But Jennie’s story is a real, honest-to-goodness reminder for the rest of us to treasure every moment with our loved ones and appreciate each day’s big and small things.
Be kind to the ones you do life with, Bobbie Houston said. God gave us one short life to live and we never know when it’s going to end, we might as well live a life we won’t regret.