Many moons ago I took my three queen daughters to Audrey Wancket. The portrait is over my fireplace to this day.
I will be putting my house on the market and the realtor says I have to remove personal pictures. I told her not the portrait over my fireplace. That will remain until the day I leave. You see leaving is bittersweet. I lost my husband almost seven years ago at the age of 47. Our two youngest daughters were 12 & 13. Difficult ages. My husband designed and partially built our home 18 years ago. No one will ever love my home more than I. My girls are in the DC area. Two are in college and one is married and lives there. They are not planning on moving back to Illinois. So I am here in my house alone and wondering where the next phase of my life is supposed to be. I thought loss gets easier over time but someone once told me that you only remember the good things as time passes. And time does pass quickly. I remember at the sitting in 2004 Audrey saying to me that we should have a family portrait done. Oh how I wished I would have done that. I could of had your masterpiece on my wall with my husband forever remembered. Another regret. But looking up at my portrait of the girls makes me smile everyday. At their beauty and poise and now knowing they have become talented women. Their father is looking down proudly. And thank you Audrey for your incredible work that you do everyday. And for giving me my little glimpse of happiness and paradise.
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