Monday, March 16, 2009

Savoring Monday: In Honor of Nikki Rose

I am so exhausted I can barely see straight to type this, so I'll keep it brief. Here are my savory moments for today.

1. First day of grad school. Yup, I'm taking my first class toward a Master of Arts in Christian Education. I'm super excited, because I've wanted to do this for a long time. The class: Old Testament Survey. I have an awesome prof, and I'm looking forward to the rest of the class...even writing the papers!

2. My Honey is home! We picked him up from the airport at 2:00 this afternoon. Oh, is it good to have him back!

3. My precious children. Tonight I was honored to photograph the funeral of Nikki, our friends Rocky and Kristi's 17-year-old daughter who was killed in a car wreck last week. Their extended family lives in California, and they wanted pictures of the funeral to take back home to California with them later this week. It was an open casket viewing, and Rocky and Kristi wanted pictures of every aspect of the evening. I experienced such a broad range of emotions tonight as I snapped 380 pictures. I felt like a trespasser into people's grief, yet I shared the grief myself. The emotions were so intense that by the time I got home, I had such a bad stomachache that I could hardly stand up. Watching our sweet friends mourn for their child broke my heart again, and reawakened in me how thankful I am for my own, precious children, and how much I love them. I held them both extra long tonight.

Here is a picture I took of a rose from one of the funeral flower arrangements, in memory of Nikki Rose.


RachelRuelas said...

wow Em, what a day... I cannot imagine what it was like photographing that... :(
But just like you said, hold those babies of yours tightly and Thank the Good Lord for the time you get with them :)

The Yorks said...

Oh. my heart is just breaking and I am fighting back tears reading your thoughts and emotions of that day. I am so sorry. God is still, and will always be good.