These photos were taken by our friends and favorite photographers, Lee and Cindy Reeves back in December.
They were meant to be included in our Christmas cards sent to friends and family all over the globe.
A few days after this photo session occurred our lives were forever changed. When we looked at the images weeks later it was as if we no longer recognized the people in these pictures.
Pain continued to come in waves. Sometimes from unexpected sources.
Our girl gave up her carefree college life and joyous holiday plans to temporarily move back home with mom and dad.
She took care of the house, her brother and of course a favorite furry friend.
Our boy continued to believe… in Santa, goodness and hugs.
This fella never left our sides. A well placed paw and whimper told us that he too felt our pain.
Truthfully, it was his antics that made us first smile again.
These two did not allow us to run away under the covers.
Or continue to question why those we thought would be there, weren’t.
Instead they encouraged us to be fierce in fighting for what is truly important.
To keep a happy and loving heart.
To be grateful for the smallest of kindnesses that sometimes came from virtual strangers who made it seem that our lives weren’t completely upside down.
There are and still will be days of gray when the “Why’s?” creep in.
But we have realized what is truly important.
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE.
Happy Valentine’s Day from the Gunn’s.