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Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda…

Lori and her mom.

It was just a normal Thursday….that was until I got the call “your mom is at the ER.”

By now, you most likely have heard the story.  My mom had a dissecting aortic aneurysm at only 65 years of age.  Most often, people with the severity of hers drop dead almost instantly but with God’s grace, although she was in immense pain, she was still conscious and could talk.

Due to bad weather, we had to find an Air Evac fixed wing plane to fly my Mom to Charleston.  Sadly, she passed away in Charleston literally right before they were taking her into the OR.

There were some silver linings….

·       We were able to say our “I Love You’s”

·       She wasn’t home alone and we have comfort in knowing that everything medically possible was attempted

·       The most vibrant and most expansive double rainbow I have ever seen covered my studio the day after she died.

The drive home from Charleston was riddled with tears and with the heart breaking feeling that I wouldn’t have enough images of her to even make a slide show.  How could this be?  I was truly feeling like the cobbler without shoes.  I had let my own mother down.

We made the three hour drive back to Statesboro and arrived at my Mom’s home around 2:30 a.m.  In the room where we stay when we are at her house there was a storage tote FULL of images I had taken of her over the years.

Edie Grace and I stayed up until after 4 a.m. going through the images crying, laughing and reminiscing.

Talking to my stepfather Larry Hubbard about how much all the pictures have meant to us this past week he replied, “I just wish there were so many more!”

I am sharing here a few recent images that tell the story so much better than words.  I am so thankful to have each of these.


So I come to you still heart-broken and sad reminding you to take LOTS and LOTS of images (snapshots, cell phone pictures, professional portraits, EVERYTHING) and to print what you want to preserve.  You truly can NEVER have too many pictures.

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