You will be missed...

Happy Memorial Day to all! Thank you to all of our service members who have fought for our freedom. I can't personally thank you enough. I have made the conscience decision to share a bit more about myself through the blog. The last seven days have been extremely trying for us. My dear sweet "blueberry" {my suv} decide to act crazy while driving home from a gorgeous sunset shoot. We have been considering getting a new car but right now the wedding has been our focus. {For those of you who don't know we are getting married March 1, 2012, in Charleston, SC}. 

So last Monday's focus was to get the car fixed, unfortunately we woke up to hear that his Great Grandmother had passed away. While getting the car fixed the priority changed to making the necessary plans to travel to NY in two days. That included getting our friends to watch our sweet Lily and dropping my little kitty off at my moms.

The past 6 months have been really up and down with my kitty; Tallahassee. I had said my good byes twice before and this time I didn't think to say good bye and I gave her to my mom.  Things were looking up, she ate more food with her than she had eaten with me in the past week or so. 

We proceed to travel to NY for the funeral. Of course it was a sad time, but I was able to see into the world of where Matt grew up and meet his extended family. Once we were back to his family's home, I was able to reflect on the whole experience and realize life is extremely short and we should live everyday to it's fullest.

Up to this point in my life, it was one of the worst phone calls I had received. We thought Tallahassee just had a bad tooth a few months ago but this time they stated it was cancer. So sadly, I had to say my goodbyes from 1000 miles away. I am so thankful my mom was able to be with her. 

I remember holding her when she was first born, almost 16 years ago. When I was a child she would put me to sleep with the sound of purring while she slept next to me. She pretty much only let me love on her, if anyone loved on her too long she would go from purring super loud to growling.

Tallahassee: Her name comes from the city where my father moved at the time. Every time I missed him I would hold my kitty and she would comfort me. I remember back in High School she would stand in the hallway and meow for me to come to bed. If I was staying up late for a project she would run into the bedroom and jump on the bed, in hopes I was coming to bed. She loved me unconditional from day one. IOh geeze, Tallahassee you will be missed! I love you so much!

*Thank you for allowing me to express my true love for my kitty.

XOXO

Erika

About Erika

Erika is a published photographer who focuses primarily on newborn and family photography. She shoots natural light portraits across America while maintaining two central locations in Orlando, FL and Charleston, SC. Erika's work has been featured on television (ABC and NBC), charity billboards, national print magazines, and editorial family and wedding blogs.

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