Over the past couple of weeks, we have been dealing with the death of a very close friend. He and his family are our neighbors and he was both of my brothers best friend. We have always been close with the family.
I went over to help his family choose pictures before the funeral to help make enlargements and I also made collages. It was a eye-opening for me to see all they had to go through to find their favorite photos.
His mother commented, that if you knew something like this was going to happen she would be more organized. She is actually one of those that are better off than some. She is actually pretty organized. She did have color coded folder for all of her kids portraits. She had most of her photos organized into shoe boxes by date. But it was still quite a process to look through two decades of photos. But it almost took just as long to look through the pictures on her computer because she had to open so many folders to look through to find the pictures she knew were there somewhere.
I am so glad though that I offered to help, I know it eased some burden during that time. I spent probably 15 hours scanning, editing, and designing to get the final product. But it was all worth it when at the viewing was over she was sitting in a chair with all of those pictures that I had done sitting in her lap almost protecting them. She loved them and I know having them will bring her some peace.
This is when I realize the importance of both my jobs. And then I start counting my blessings. Thank you Heavenly Father for the gifts you have given me.