It's been quite a while since I got serious about making photographs. So I finally pulled out the dSLR, charged its battery, found an SD card and set out to do just that today. There were some nice rose bushes at Stringfield, a local park that I biked past several times. I was not quite ready to go the Portland Rose Garden as I have done in the past to make photos honoring Ashley's presence in my life. Here's what I ended up with.
International Rose Test Garden, Portland OR. © 2012 Nick Drew.
Thanks to Paul and Debbie for inviting us to attend the annual Angel of Hope event at Riverview Cemetery. It was very helpful for me to hear what other parents have gone through after losing a child and validated many of the feelings I have had in the during 3 & 1/2 years. The Angel of Hope is based on Richard Paul Evans' national bestseller, "The Christmas Box." Annually, on the second Sunday in December, a candle lighting vigil is held at the Angel of Hope sites around the world at 7:00 p.m. local time. This commemorates and honors the memory of all children who have died.
Thanks to Ashley's friends and school counselor who remembered her on the one year anniversary of her passing. They honored her by planting a rose bush in the memory garden at Oregon City High School. Several of her friends shared stories about Ashley and poems for her. Afterwards her life was celebrated in a way that she would have enjoyed: conversing with her friends around a fountain of chocolate!
Thanks to each of you - you are very special to Ashley, an inspiration to her. I hope you understand how much your thoughtfulness meant to us. Thank you!