Through The Lens Thursday is a one-year photography project, where every week, my project partner, Greta of GFunkified and I, will post a picture (or pictures) we have taken based on a prompt. Our hope is that together, we can teach and learn from each other, stay accountable to our goal of improving our skills, and hopefully, be taking some gorgeous photographs.
This week’s prompt is ‘Love’. This week’s Through The Lens Thursday is a little different. There are many ways to interpret the ‘love’ prompt – it’s so easy, it’s hard.
What can I tell you about my interpretation of love?
It’s a book. A book that no one wants to write, but everyone needs to read. A book that was born out of a mother’s grief, who found hope and light in what is an impossible, unimaginable situation. A book that was written by my friend, Anna Whiston-Donaldson. A book that called on me to help Anna get this book, her story, and her words out to as many people as possible.
I have a review of Rare Bird lined up next month. Today, I want to tell you a little about the person behind the book. I wish I’d met Anna under different circumstances, and not the one that resulted in this beautiful book – the loss of Anna’s son, 12-year old Jack, nearly 3 years ago. I joined the blogging community in an outpouring of grief for her. I started reading old posts, then followed new ones, and the ones about Jack, always hit hard. I got to know Anna better on a personal level over the past year, and have watched her grow as a author, speaker, mother.
I am immensely proud of her. September is going to be a whirlwind of a month for Anna, as Rare Bird launches on September 9. Jack’s crapiversary is on September 8. I hope that with the love and support of her family, friends and readers, Anna will get through this time with her signature grace.
And I hope that you, my friends, will also shore up for Anna, by pre-ordering her gorgeously written book, Rare Bird: A Memoir of Loss and Love on Amazon. You will not regret it. You will be gripped by her story, strength, courage, and find comfort in knowing that this is not just a story of great loss, it is one of great love.
Thank you, friends. And thank you, Anna, for letting us into your world. I love you.
Watch the book trailer too.
It would be great if you could like Anna’s Facebook page – let’s show her some LOVE!
(What do you think of this ‘love’ photo? This is a photography exercise, so any critique is appreciated and welcomed!)
Next week’s prompt: Lemon
For the full list of prompts, check out my Through The Lens Thursday page. If you’d like to join Greta and I, but not necessarily blog your picture, join our Flickr group, where we upload our photos, and give comments, or helpful critique on each other’s photographs.
I haven’t written much about my twin pregnancy here, but I did confess to a few fears at Everyday Family – would love for you to hop over for a read! Thank you.