Family is the backbone of life.
No matter if the family you count on for support and care consists of blood relatives, a group of friends or even just co-workers that you care about and that care about you; family is what makes our world spin and gives us meaning.
Being a grandfather now, I get to enjoy the multi-level view of just how important family is. I didn’t always value family so much. As teenager, family was the last thing that I cared about. I feel badly about that now, and the familial bridges that no longer exist have created a void in my life. I am so thankful for my wife for throwing the symbolic cold water in my face to bring my head out of that dark cloud of those days of the past.
It is such a joy to now see how wonderful our kids are and how they are kind and giving, and changing the world for the better. We now have two grandkids to love and watch grow into amazing humans. Smiles and laughter, learning and growing, hugs and kisses, and tears and crying continue to remind me that the loved ones in my life make my life what it is.
It's fun to look back at photos from last week, last year or last decade to remember how things have changed; how the kids and grandkids have grown.
Thank goodness for digital cameras and online services like Google Photos to automatically back up the photos I take on my phone, so they don’t get lost or damaged and I can easily recall them at a moment’s notice.
If you are in the Sioux Falls, SD metro area, I would love to help you create photographic memories by capturing today so you can reminisce tomorrow.
Let’s get together for a family photo shoot!
Justin Ehrman is a husband, father, author and singer/songwriter.