Family is Forever
Nothing can change the fact that our family will always feel incomplete. We will always have a school picture that won’t change when everyone else’s does. People will always notice our large age gap between the big boys and the little boys. What we can change is how we acknowledge our gap.
For our family, our favorite way to acknowledge Clara’s place in our family is by taking our yearly family picture at the Walk, Run, Race for Their Live’s event. Although we started creating a team in Clara’s memory in 2009, we didn’t take our first family photo with her banner until 2010. It has been both healing and a way to make new, meaningful memories together. This year a professional photographer shared her talent to help all the families take a picture with their little one’s image.
With each picture, these images remind us of the good times we dedicate to making new memories with Clara. It isn’t the way I ever imagined it to be but I am thankful for the opportunity to create new traditions with the kids. The time the kids spend talking to family and friends and hearing stories of their sister make it a meaningful way to knit our family a little tighter.