Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father’s Day

Last Father’s Day was a dark one for us—Ed’s second Father’s Day turned out to be the first one he would have to live through without his precious child. For the rest of our lives, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day will be bittersweet, for one of our children will always be missing.

But last Father’s Day, I gave Ed a painting, a symbol not only of how fortunate we had been, but also of hope that we would one day be happy again.

This year, I am grateful that my husband has a child in his arms again, a beautiful son with whom he can share the vast love and wisdom in his heart and the joy of seeing the world through a child’s eyes.

Happy Father’s Day to my sweet Ed, who is doing the hardest kind of fathering there is—fathering both living and deceased children—and doing it with incredible grace and love. I wish Hudson were here to make you breakfast in bed and make chalk drawings for you on the sidewalk.  But I am so glad that Jackson is here to make you smile and let you be Daddy again.  Our children are so very lucky to have you as their father, and I am so very lucky to have you as a partner through both our darkest and brightest days. Here’s to our precious memories with our precious Hudson, and to many more adventures to come. I love you.

*Final three photos by Emily Large at  I will post more photos from our sessions with her soon.


  1. Oh, my. Your love for each other is so deep and supportive. Happy Father's Day to Ed. You are a wonderful partner to him,'s obvious.

  2. Happy Father's Day Ed....

  3. Happy Father's Day, Ed. I love the pictures.

    - Andrea Short

  4. That shot of Ed holding Jackson on the edge of the L is absolutely priceless. I hope it finds a frame soon - and preferably next to the pic of Hudson smiling at the Arboretum.

  5. Happy Father's Day's to many bright memories on Father's Day in the future :)

  6. Beautiful post. You and Ed are so fortunate to have found each other. Olivia

  7. Those are some moving pictures...all of them.


  8. Thank you both for allowing us to serve witness to your love, faith, trust and grief. We love you always and always. Candy and Daz