iphriday–empty chairs

People with empty chairs where their loved ones used to sit have been on my heart over the past several days.

My mom came up last week.  At one point in our marathon coffee clatching (I LOVE it when my mom comes up), we reminisced  about my grandma.  Grandma Margaret has been gone for almost 17 years, and yet my mom still misses her.  We all still miss her–except my youngest daughter and the four tumbly, hilarious, adorable younger children of my brother’s who never got to know their great grandma.  They would have loved her.

I also had coffee with a friend of mine who’s been widowed for 7 years.  She still gets misty talking about John.   I’ve watched her work hard to make the choice to be thankful for the life she has, but every day her grief still threatens to choke out her gratitude.  She keeps fighting for joy though, and has been a great example to me.


iPhriday gives anyone who wishes the chance to share the images they’ve saved on their phones.  I’ve noticed I’m more emotionally attached to the images on my phone than to those I take with my fancy shmancy camera.  While scrolling through this week’s shots, I laughed at the funny snapchat shots,  was proud of my daughter for her performances at the band competition, and felt the tug of loss as I chose this shot.   We’d love to have you join us in sharing the meaningful, mundane, beautiful, arty, funny, frustrating, memorable shots that are stored on your phone!  Just tag your post iPhriday, or link to one of mine so I can locate you and feature you on the GD&C blog.

Here’s a list of the lovely lovely iPhridians who have joined me in the share:

iPhriday: standing out@Fitly Spoken

iPhriday: Riverside Trip@Mara Eastern

iPhriday–away from home@Deb’s World

iPhriday–shopping in style@PedalWorks

iPhriday–Contemplating Life and Eternity@Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist

iPhriday–Painted Benches@The Travel Lady In Her Shoes

The Promise@Apple Hill Cottage

iPhriday–Purple Haze@Eileen On



24 thoughts on “iphriday–empty chairs

  1. Oh how beautiful and heartfelt. I was thinking something very similar this morning and now this has brought a tear to my eye. Life is about the people, not the things – it’s hard to have such visual reminders of our losses.

  2. Beautiful .. this photo says it all. And yes, I’m with you, there are some gorgeous pics on my phone which I love. They are so instant with little thought, not like the shmancy camera. I bet your grandma was an amazing lady ..

  3. I hear you with my heart. Experience has taught me that the knowledge of where my loved ones are and my firm belief that I will see them again does not stop me from missing them. Thankfully, I do not have to grieve as one without hope (1 Thes. 4:13).

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