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Precious Little Time//07/27/2011

I don’t know how to say this, except to say it.
My mom has throat cancer.  Its advanced. 
She has refused chemo and radiation.  And can’t swallow well.
She now has a feeding tube.
But thats not who she is.  My mom is the strongest woman I know.
She is, like she is always been, very practical and straightforward.
No quality of life?  She’s out of here.
In her words, she has lived a good life.  She’s always been able to support herself and live in nice places.  She was married and had two children. She divorced and has done well for herself.
And lucky for me, she has lived in Maui for 10 years and helped me raise my four children.
She has been there for me when the kids were born. When I was overwhelmed with diapers, feedings and no sleep.
Now she’s letting me care for her. And I am lucky and fortunate that I can.

And the paintings? For the last few years my mom has been oil painting.  And her paintings will be shown next month in Paia at a gallery.  120 Hana Highway. Opening night is August 13.

These  photos were taken by Alisa Greig. And I will forever be grateful.  And also to Richard Photo Lab for processing them and getting them back to me in a very short time (think 2 days).

Thanks for listening and looking.  I love my mom and so does everyone who knows her.
This time I have left with her is precious and too little.

And in times like these, I remember why I love photography so.

Love,
Wendy

  1. I'm tearing. Your words, Alisa's photos…Blessings to you and your family during this time with mom ((hugs))

  2. my eyes are filled…my throat is tightened… my heart is with you and your family… such beautiful images for you and your family to remember, finding the light in such a hard time.

  3. Oh Wendy, I'm so sorry that you and your family are going through this. I'm so happy you got the chance to make some amazing photos to commemorate your amazing family and the bond you have.

  4. Just precious and perfect. xxxx

  5. Mom and I just went thru them again and these pixs are a treasure..we wish we were there with you but know you and aunt joan are always in our thoughts

  6. Your Mother, Your Family, and You Wendy are amazing and beautiful people.

  7. oh wendy… im so sorry… im sobbing to think of you losing such a beautiful mum! the images are perfect – full of love and smiles… im sure it is exactly how your mum would want to be remembered too! hug, rowe x

  8. Special beyond words – thoughts and prays for your Mum, You and your stunning family. Alisa – perfection

  9. I remember meeting your mother when we picked up our pics from the 25 th, she was a lovely woman and thank you for sharing the photo's of your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family now and in the coming days. Kathi lee

  10. Wendy, please give all my love and wishes to your Mom. She is a good friend and I will pray for her!
    Chris Colyer (Peter's brother)

  11. such an accurate and heart filled presentation… just as it is. you have produced a beautiful legacy just as your mom does. Thank you for the glimpse into Joans life and the love she lives with. You will always be a beautiful family you have saved it.

  12. Wendy,
    I so admire how you have your priorities in check. May your heart continue to be filled with peace, comfort and strength in these days of appreciating the your mom in the past, today and tomorrow. Sending love and prayers your way, only by His grace, Lucy, Hannah and Dave Parkin

  13. Oh Wendy, I am without words and my eyes are filled with tears..these images are ones you will treasure for the rest of your life. Beautiful, timeless, and perfect. Thank you for sharing this with us and my thoughts are with you and your family!

  14. Wendy: ***HUGS***

  15. Hugs to you and yours, wendy xox

  16. You are such a beautiful person…
    I will be praying for your family and your special mother.

  17. breath taking wendy!

    Your mom is so beautiful!

    May you have much peace and comfort during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers will be sent to you daily.

    XO

    Kjrsten

  18. Absolutely wonderful pictures Wendy. No shock there.
    I remember these paintings. Big hugs to you, your Mom, the kids and JD too:)

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