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A Tribute…

3/21/13

Hello friends…. I know it’s been a bit quiet around here lately…there are so many things on my mind, but, sometimes life throws a few things in your path that require you to push the pause button for a bit.

 

This past week, my family lost someone very special.  My father-in-law, George A. Jump.  Husband of 57 years, father of 3, grandpa of 7, and recently a great-grandfather as well. George was a friend to many…always ready with a smile, a handshake, a hug, a way of interacting with others that just made you smile and want to hang out and chat awhile.   My husband and I met in high school, and George has been a part of my life for the past 22 years.  He’s always treated me like one of his own children….and he’s always cheered me on throughout whatever life venture I’ve taken.
One of his great joys was boating and being on the water….this was from one of our many family trips together….at peace behind the wheel.
My kids have been so lucky to have all 4 of their grandparents in their lives….we all live close, we see each other often, and they can always count on a grandparent watching a soccer game, recital, swim lesson, etc.  Family was so important to George, and he had such pride for each and every one of his children and grandchildren.  In fact, when we would visit him recently at the hospital, the nurses would greet us as if they already knew us, since George had already spoken and shared his love for his family.
Last May, George was diagnosed with liver cancer.  He was so strong, and he fought so hard through the many rounds of chemo…such joy when we were told that he was considered in remission this past November!  So much to be thankful for during Thanksgiving and Christmas of this past year….the time as a family was priceless, and we all felt it.
During November, my mother-in-law asked if I would do a shoot with just she and George as a surprise for their kids as a Christmas gift.  This idea had been on my mind and I jumped at the chance…we met one cold, sunny, November morning.  George was so tired and still struggling with the effects of the chemo, but we took this 20 minutes to capture these moments.
It’s hard for me to describe the emotions I felt during this shoot, but it was significant…..there was a tenderness that I hadn’t seen before….and we all felt the importance of this.
This past week, after a hard-fought, brave battle with congestive heart failure over the past 8 weeks, George’s heart had done all it could do….and he passed away on March 14th.  He was surrounded by so much family and so much love.
I cannot tell you how thankful I am that my mother-in-law called me back in November and put this into action.  When something like this happens, right away you start thinking about what you have captured and what pictures you have….we all started going through pictures we had of him, and those that we each had with him individually.  They are priceless.

I know that we all get busy….I know that our schedules are full…..but my reminder and message in this…..please, please make the time to capture your family.  It doesn’t always have to be a formal photo session – grab your own camera, grab your phone and stretch out your arm to take a picture of yourself and whoever is next to you – please make sure that you capture those people important in your life – AND, make sure that you include yourself in those photos. I’m guilty of not handing over my camera often enough, and I need to make sure that I include myself in those photos as well.  I’ve already informed my own parents that we will be doing a photo session this spring, whether they like it or not!
Thank you for reading this and allowing me this opportunity to remember this important man in my life…..George – your influence, and love and joy of family lives on…..you are always on our minds and in our hearts.

LEAVE US A NOTE!

  1. Melissa Kilner

    March 21st, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    LISA. I have no words, but tears stream down my cheeks. I’m so glad you wrote this.

  2. Stacy Gendreau

    March 21st, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    He is forever documented! I’m so glad you did this! I love this so much…and you! xoxo

  3. Conchita Medel

    March 21st, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Lisa, this is a beautiful. I’m so glad you were able to do this for your family. Family is so important and life is too beautiful. You have a beautiful family. XOXO

  4. Nita Bell

    March 22nd, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Nice tribute in both pictures and words.I’m sure George is smiling!

  5. Deed and Jack Mentzer

    March 26th, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    George was the biggest teddy bear there ever was. We enjoyed so many times together with George and Nita. We thought George would pull thru this, but guess our dear God had other things for him to do. Such a great person and he will certainly be missed by us all. Wonderful pictures and memories Lisa.

  6. Teresa Webber

    March 26th, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Lisa,

    You & Alysia have outdone yourselves. Both of you have written with such love of my Uncle George, he must be bursting with pride! And if “a picture is worth a thousand words” your photos, Lisa, speak volumes. I for one, am so happy you did this very special shoot. Thank you. Just as we hold George & Anita near & dear, we embrace all our Seattle cousins in warm aloha. Terry & Joe

  7. Joseph Webber

    March 26th, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Thank you for this wonderful tribute…it brought tears and memories.

  8. Pat Merrill

    March 26th, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Lisa, Thank you so much for sharing. What a tribute to a gentle person that loved as he was loved.

  9. Gary Terrell

    March 30th, 2013 at 5:52 am

    Beautiful Work Lisa,
    Capturing the essence of George and Anita’s loving spirit is what I feel here.
    Two jewels in the family crown!

  10. Kay Tindall

    March 30th, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Thank you for sharing these priceless pictures. George was a good man. He will be forever missed.

  11. Jenni Sandmeyer Photography

    April 25th, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    These are gorgeous images Lisa. Love each one of them and love the emotion captured.

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