Every Picture Tells A Story… Grand Prize Winner {My sick day, turned Fabulous!}

Yesterday I woke up feeling very rough, two reasons I can admit, one having a kid-less night out and two, the cold I have been fighting for the past week or more had made its way from a head cold to a chest cold and it hurt 😦 This morning I got the kids fed, ready for school and on the bus and went straight back to bed until almost 1pm – unlikely for me. Its helped. Still not feeling the best but feeling better.

After making myself some tea and toast (Im a brand new Davids Tea lover as well now thanks to my mom!), I pulled out my playbook to check emails… low and behold I had one from someone I didn’t know and almost deleted it as junk mail, thank god I did not! The subject line of the email said “Every Photo Tells A Story Photo Challenge” , being sick I was not in the mood to get my brain going with creativity to get myself into the office. However I decided to open it just to glance through it….

Congratulations Pam!
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Thank you for entering our “Every Story Tells a Story Photo Contest”. It’s with great joy I announce you as the first place winner of our contest . In order to claim you prize please send a high-resolution, non-watermarked copy of your photo captioned “Sharing love to brighten mommy’s day suitable to print up to 16×20 inches at 300 DPI along with confirmation of your full name, mailing address and phone number.
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Best Regards,
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I was shocked beyond words. My dog Im sure thought I had lost it when I literally yelled out “WHAT!?” As soon as I read the words “Sharing love to brighten mommy’s day” I KNEW what it was, I knew the exact photo. The exact moment of what “Joy” meant to me and how it told a story…
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The story behind this photo is one that will always bring a tear to my eye. The day I took this photo, was the 2nd day we were in our new home, we moved on June 30th into a home that we both loved and knew we would spend many happy years here watching our kids grow. A huge part of our family was our family dog, my companion who had been around since before my husband and thus before my kids. He truly was my best friend, there for me through thick and thin. The week before we moved we stayed at my parents place and I knew he was not looking very well, he was not his typical self, even though he was an older dog. Moving day he spent the day with Paisley (our cat) at their great grama McLellan’s. I was SO happy to bring them home that night to our new home. The next day, July 1st was hubby’s birthday and also a 3 day ball tournament with the Patriots Jr C Hockey Team, we all fit in quite well and were already enjoying our new space. I will never forget the morning of July 2nd, my boy Elwood just was not his normal self, I had known for some time that his time would be coming, perhaps selfish on my part, I was never ready to say goodbye to him. However this morning it was July 2nd that I knew I was going to have to make this hard decision, I called my husband and mom while in tears, who came right away. Trying to keep myself together for the kids I managed to get Elwood out to the deck from the livingroom, I knew that I had to capture a few last photos of the kids with him.

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Even though he was almost 13 years old he always had time for these two kids, he loved them to pieces and watched over them.

And my old man in his new back yard. I truly believe he waited until we got into the house and knew we were going to be ok.

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My husband and I took our beloved dog to the vets, a familiar place for our old man Elwood and were both with him as he drifted off to sleep. When we arrived home again, my mom had thankfully began preparing the kids for why our Elwood was not coming home. Even to this day they still mention him and talk about how they miss him. Or on the off moment they remind me they might miss him but they don’t need to because they have Becker now so its ok πŸ˜‰ After my mom left and hubby went back to the ball diamonds it was just me and the kids, they told mommy they wanted me to be happy, so I said to them lets go outside and mommy would love to take your picture. We went out into our new back yard, a backyard that our old man was only able to enjoy for a day and the kids suggested where to take a picture – in the field right beside us. The horses were not out so I lifted them each over, got myself in place and this photo is what happened…

Why I love this photo is more than just because it is my kids, it is the beginning of a new chapter in our lives, having to say good bye to a very cherished and loved family dog and moving into our new home all within the same weekend, when mommy said to them that I wanted to take a photo to make mommy happy, I didnt have to say any words, give them any direction. They knew. I love it. I will cherish forever.

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You can see my entry here -> Vistek Facebook – Every Picture Tells A Story Contest

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