I have two best friends in this life and I couldn’t imagine my life without either one of them. Lisa and Leslie (aka Bitzy), you two have been by my side through many highs and lows… I have no greater cheerleaders than these two friends. My two BFF’s lost the most special people in their lives only two weeks apart. My heart has been so heavy knowing all too well the pain of losing such a special grandparent. Bitzy, the name I’ve called her since the day we met when we were 2 years old, called me up a few weeks back and said, “Grandma isn’t doing well…” I asked how long she had and through tears she said, “not much. only days.” This came as a surprise to everyone. She was a spitfire, and honestly, I don’t think I saw her grow old… she will always be the sweet Grandma who had me over to the house all the time as a child & treated me as one of her very own grandchildren. She was always going to be 65 in my eyes and baking up something good in the kitchen. But time does pass and we all grow older, even if we don’t see it coming. When I got the call from Bitzy, I didn’t know what to do… I didn’t want her to lose her oh-so-special Grandma. All I could ask was, “Do you want me to come and take pictures of you with her?” It’s all I could offer and I wasn’t sure if she would want them. She told me it would mean the world to her, so the next morning, I drove over to her Grandma’s house and met the family there. I just stood back and watched the love pour out over this woman. So many tears and laughs were shared over the amazing memories she created for her family. I only spent a couple of hours with them and as I packed up my things and started to say goodbye, it was then that Bitzy said through her tears to everyone in the room, “She’s gone.” I didn’t anticipate being there when she passed. In fact, I really wanted Colleen’s last hours/moments to be with her husband, children and grandchildren. But she left this world. And even though my cameras were packed away, it was at this time that I saw so much love fill that room. Love for Grandpa, love for Grandma and love for each other. It’s quite a miracle to be on the outside of things and witness such love. I mentioned after posting the image to Instagram, that I see the true & full depth of love at two times in life… birth and death. And both of these, I document through imagery… I think its why I’m so drawn to these moments… its the love. It’s love that cannot be described with any amount of words.