Today is Photo Challenge day over at Mountaingirls Musings.
This week's theme is 'light', which for this post translates to 'sunlight', and then to 'sunrise'. Creativity is part of the challenge, right?

These photos also come with a story.

On the second anniversary of M's death, I went to our favourite place in the world and I watched the sun rise.

There is something so incredibly sacred about those moments, right at the beginning of new day. Like the entire universe is holding it's breath.
Slowly the sun rises, we begin again, and the universe exhales.

As I sat waiting for the sun to come up that morning, my grief felt like a heavy weight in my chest, pinning me to the bottom of the ocean.
I realised I'd been holding my breath for too long. My world had become dark and cold and lonely - And I realised it was time to rise, to begin again, and to exhale.

I took a breath, and I began to hum. I didn't recognise the tune at first, but when it came to me I smiled.

On the second anniversary of M's death, I went to our favourite place in the world, I watched the sun rise, and I sang.

And you probably don't want to hear tomorrow's another day

Well I promise you you'll see the sun again

And you're asking me why pain's the only way to happiness

And I promise you you'll see the sun again

I promise you you'll see the sun again.


Abbey said...

This week, my wedding anniversary is also the anniversary of my son's fathers death ... I needed to read what you wrote... thank you for sharing that memory with us....x

debby said...

To your girls, the sun rises and sets in you. I glad for your strength and courage and ability to see the big picture, even when it most certainly has to be a struggle for you.

Mountaingirl said...

What a beautiful post both in words and pictures)- yes and it is a big week of changes for me too!

So huge oohs, and aahs, thanks for joining in the fun and you get my vote for the gold star of the week :-)

baby~amore' said...

hugs ... I am in awe of how you do it and your spirit of hope.

On the first anniversary of losing my sweet Charlotte we watched the sunrise - I don't quite know how it is soothing to the soul but it is.

jeanie said...

What great words and pictures.

After my daughter's father died, we got a great affinity with the night sky and feeling "him".

Megan from Imaginif said...

Oh A. My love. Mxx

Pencil Writer said...

Fabulous fotos! Soothing sentiment. Thank you for sharing. Blessings to you and your girls, God is watching over you. What faith a new sunrise inspires and confirms.

debby said...

I've been thinking of your courage today. Not sure why. It just struck me, as I grapple with my own life, that your quiet strength is really a rare thing. Just wanted you to know.

Bush Babe (of Granite Glen) said...

A beautiful (and familiar) view.
An (as yet) unfamiliar but incredibly moving sentiment...

Hugs and hoping the weight continues to lift.


PreSchool Mama said...

You never fail to move me to tears. In a good way. Incredible pictures. Just like you.

Alison said...

Oh Abby - I hope your week brought a little bit of magic, too.

Debby - Thank you for your thoughts and your kind words. Really, thank you.

Mountaingirl - I hope your week went well, too. I've decided I love ooh and aah Friday's!

Trish - Soothing is a very appropriate description. Hugs to you, your baby girl and your family.

Jeanie - The night sky is pretty spectacular. I thought about you and DD while I was star gazing last night.

Megan - Thanks. Right back at you xx

PW - Your comments always soothing. Thank you.

BB - Is that a spectacular spot or what? The song is 'See the Sun Again' by Dido.

Preschool Mama - I'm glad they're good tears! Thanks for your words :)