As the widow of a retired Chicago Police, my goal is to ensure his legacy and love for serving others lives on through the work that I do. I do photography for the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and enjoy covering their events. This year was bittersweet because I am moving into the 2nd year of his death, and the wound is still there with much healing, but I know he would want me to move forward and be the change I wish to see in the world. When I received the request to photograph the event, it took a couple of days for me to process and think about what my response would be. I decided to do it for him and for me. For him because he would be out taking photography and supporting his colleagues, but for me because I needed to be in the presence of his colleagues and feel a certain sense of safety that's been missing since his death.
The event was great and was well worth my time. I got to see some of his friends AND support a great cause that he was so passionate about. Check out the pictures and let me know if you see anyone you recognize! Catch me on twitter to continue the conversation @dawgelene
As I approach the 2-year anniversary of hubby's death, I live in authenticity more so now than ever before. Here is what I know...Missing the man's headship is REAL; missing the praying over and for me is REAL; missing that stern voice when I am "out of control and too busy to catch up with myself" is REAL; missing the daily guidance and direction for our marriage/relationship and ensuring that it (and me) aligned with the word of God is REAL; missing the willingness and very joy of submission is REAL.
I also know that....the determination to press forward is REAL; the drive to keep living is REAL; the commitment to knowing that marriage can last until death parts you is REAL; the desire to live, love and laugh authentically in a relationship again is REAL...most of all, the desire to be authentic and serve others is REAL!
"Lord help each person reading this post understand what it truly means to be AUTHENTIC and REAL. Bless their hearts, minds, businesses, relationships, words, thoughts and actions, so that they may walk in true AUTHENTICITY in love, and in life"- Amen #Authentic #REAL #BeBlessed