One of them I want to tell you about today... and it's awesome. AWESOME.
It is not, however, for the faint of heart.
It is written by Sheye Rosemeyer, a mom and professional photographer living in Australia. She was living her life, taking tons of amazing pictures of her children and tragedy struck their family: their three year old daughter, Ava, died. She went inside the family car in the summer and overheated and passed away from the effects of the heat.
The blog entries that follow this horrible accident are heart breaking.
I found Sheye's website through a series of about five links and the last one linked to her. I at first marvelled at her photography and then realized she was writing about one of her children being gone. I stayed up for another hour reading her blog and just cried. Nothing, nothing, nothing I have ever read is like this.
Sheye does a beautiful job of sharing her joy about Ava's life and her longing for Ava. It is a glimpse inside what it is like to lose a child and live with it everyday. It is a celebration of Ava's life and the love she brought to her family. It is filled with gorgeous pictures and memories of Ava.
Most of all, it makes you want to hug your own babies and never let them go.
I admire Sheye for sharing this gaping hole in her heart. I admire her spare, elegant writing. I admire her enormous talent for taking pictures that are both dream-like and terrifically real at the same time. (Who else could make a picture of their two year old going potty for the first time look so good?) I admire her ability to go on living for her other children after facing unspeakable loss and grief.
Reading her blog makes me desperately want to reach inside my computer and hug her and sit with her and hold her hand.
If you are ready for a life-changing moment, go to: http://www.sheyerosemeyer.blogspot.com/
If this is not for you, just say a prayer for Sheye and her family and go hug and love your children.
Hug and love and kiss them in honor of Ava.