We don't realize how important the images we collect with and of loved ones are until it's too late. I'm sure we can all think of someone who we wish we had more time, memories, and pictures.
This sweet family are dear to my hearts. Christine and I met several years ago when we were both teachers and freshly engaged. We taught alongside one another, planned weddings together, and then even had babies together. Little Finn is just a few days younger than L. When she asked if I could squeeze them in for a family session and cake smash, I was thrilled. They wanted to include their first child, their great dane, Moe.
I remember when they got Moe. He was such a gangly puppy. He was sweet and loving and funny. Christine and Brett were addicted. Moe went everywhere with them. He went to dog parks, the beach, walks, restaurants, second Sunday on King...you name it. He was as a social butterfly just more clumsy.
At their session, I noticed him having some trouble getting up and down. Christine shared with me that although he was only a few years old, he had a disorder common in Dane's called Wobbler's Syndrome. She told me that each day with him they treasured because they didn't know how long they would have him.
This week I got the most heartbreaking news. Moe had a procedure and had an adverse reaction during recovery. This sweet family had to say good-bye to their lovable giant.
If you've been reading here awhile, you know that we recently said good-bye to our own sweet boy. When we had our family pictures, Cooper looked so bad that Chuck didn't want him in the pictures. I said nothing, but I wish I had spoken up. I wish that we had more images as a full family. Although I hurt so bad for them, I am grateful that they have this images to look back on and remember what a handsome, loving, sweet boy they had. Their first son.
You will be missed, Moe. xoxo