Along the Broken Road

A Family Portrait

Ralf died just two days before our scheduled maternity photo shoot. It ended up being the day of his funeral instead of the day we were going to have our first family portraits taken.

Those that know me well can tell you how much I love pictures. I always used to make elaborate collages of my favorite snapshots as a teenager, and still have more picture frames around my house than the average person. I think it’s amazing how a camera lens can capture a moment and freeze it in time forever. Since losing Ralf, my appreciation of the art has grown even more. Our wedding photos and video are so beyond cherished.

During my last two months of pregnancy, and then once Mason was born, it broke my heart to think that we would never have the type of family pictures I’d always wanted.

I hoped to find companionship again one day, but I never imagined finding a man who could love me so deeply, despite my brokenness.

A man who would take Mason into his heart without hesitation and love him the way I know Ralf would have.

A man who could make all of our future family photos whole again.

I never truly believed we could find that man…until we did.

This is OUR family picture.

The faces and participants are different from what both Vinnie and I originally envisioned, but the bond and love captured are exactly what we’d always hoped for.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but they could never adequately describe the value of this one.

Thank you, Michelle, for doing what you do.

💙,

Maeghan

http://michelleguzman.com/blog/

12 comments

  1. Luzmary Ocampo

    Hi Maeghan,
    you don’t know me or I you, but I’ve followed your posts since day one. I commend how strong you are and how far you’ve come along. Have no doubt that Ralf is looking after you, Mason, and now Vinnie. It melts my heart how happy you look in your pictures.

    My childhood best friend just lost her husband (31 years old, diagnosed with leukemia and became brain dead within 2-3 days and was taken off of life support on the 10th day, left behind a 4 and 6 year old) and is having an extremely horrible time. I am unable to relate to her and am turning to you for help. Are there any books or support groups you recommend?

    Thank you in advance,

    Luzmary

    P.S keep chugging- “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

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  2. victoria Agramonte

    Maeghan! That is absolutely beautiful. You are so right…That photo captures the miracle of love and God’s hand in our lives.
    Many blessings to you and your beautiful family!
    with love & admiration,
    Vicki Agramonte

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  3. Zuy

    Merry Christmas! From our Family to yours. Mason, Maeghan & Vinnie. Indeed,
    A BEAUTIFUL picture & BEAUTIFUL people making memories Mason you are so blessed to have AWESOME parents

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  4. Marina

    We are truly happy and my eyes tested when I saw them on Facebook. The love is visible. Because you were both good people I believe in my heart that Ralf and Vinnies wife put you guys together. God bless you and merry XMas! Try to visualize their family picture in heaven when you get sad. And one day you will all be together again!

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  5. Arlene Nazur-Pons

    Your words always bring me to tears but yes you were fortunate enough (and so soon) to meet a man who came in to your lives and pick up where Ralf had to leave.

    A great holiday season to you all.

    *Arlene Nazur-Pons*

    On Wed, Dec 20, 2017 at 3:45 PM, Along the Broken Road wrote:

    > Maeghan Garcia posted: “Ralf died just two days before our scheduled > maternity photo shoot. It ended up being the day of his funeral instead of > the day we were going to have our first family portraits taken. Those that > know me well can tell you how much I love pictures. I alway” >

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