Loss,Me and Mine

A Year of Family Portraits

Portrait - May

Portrait - May

Our first Me and Mine photo – May 2015

Last May, on the first weekend when Roger was well enough to come home from the hospice, we had some family photographs taken by a friend. I wanted to make sure we had some pictures of the four of us that we could look back on, and see there were moments of happiness when life was so tough, remember what we looked like as a full family.

The photos show us sitting on the sofa at home – smiling, laughing and just being us. There is no denying that Roger looks unwell, but compared to the family photos we took in the coming months he looks radiant.

These photographs gave me the idea to join in with a photography project called Me and Mine. The idea behind this is to take a photograph of your family on the last day of every month, as a prompt really to make sure you remember to capture not just what’s in front of you but what your family looked like at that time.

Well I’ve been doing this for a year now, so I thought I’d group them together in a post to show our year as a family. A family of four, to a family of three after Roger passed away last July.

I’ve linked the post for each photo underneath each one, so if you’d like to have a read about what we were up to on any given month then you can.

Some of them are photos I love, some break my heart, particularly the June one where Rog was in so much pain but determined to be in the photo, and July’s, which was taken six days before he died.

All of them are us, how we were, on a day every month in the past year.

x Julia

Me and Mine

June 2015

Flo's birthday

July 2015

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August 2015

Formby Me and Mine

September 2015

Family portrait October

October 2015

Me and Mine November

November 2015

Family outing to Erdigg

December 2015

Jules, Sam and Flo Feb 2015 http://rainbeaubelle.com

January 2016

Me and Mine Feb http://rainbeaubelle.com

February 2016

Me and Mine March http://rainbeaubelle.com

March 2016

Me and Mine April

April 2016

Jules, Sam and Flo

May 2016

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16 Comments

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    Suz
    June 25, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Beautiful memories and such special photographs. I realised when it was too late that we only have three photographs of our perfect little family of four. Big hugs xx
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    Samantha
    June 25, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Beautiful Photos! Memory’s mean so much.
    I need to make sure I take photos of us all together, My partner has just been diagnosed aged 44, and between us we have 4 children ranging from 2-18. We may have a good outcome still, (everything is crossed) However I have never been so terrified in my life X

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    Will Batchelor
    June 25, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Beautiful pics and so poignant. Didn’t get chance to speak to you in the office yesterday – wanted to wish you luck for the move. If you’re still there in a fortnight, I’ll do it then! Sending all best wishes to you and those gorgeous kids x

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      Rainbeaubelle
      June 29, 2016 at 7:21 am

      Thanks Will – yes I will definitely still be around in a few weeks’ time, see you then! Hopefully the newsroom will be less sombre than post-referendum day! x

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    Kim Carberry
    June 25, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Beautiful photos and memories….
    Sending love and hugs x

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    Mackenzie Glanville
    June 25, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Such a huge change, these photos are so powerful, they say so much without words. I wish you so much happiness to come, you are just so amazing xx

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    RachelSwirl
    June 25, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Such beautiful memories xxx

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    Tracey Williams
    June 26, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    It must have been so hard for you to continue in this project when Roger passed away, and you have my utmost respect for doing so Julia. These are all beautiful pictures for you and the children to treasure always. I love the one in May which I presume was taken at Geronimo. It looks like Sam is giving a cheeky wink to the camera x
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    Dee Matthews
    June 26, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Lovely photos & memories are so important I think. Your children are gorgeous and so are you!
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    Hayley @hayleyfromhome
    June 27, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    They are all beautiful Julia, such precious memories for each one and you are just an amazing lady! Lots of love xxx
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    Me and Mine June 2016 - Rainbeaubelle
    June 30, 2016 at 6:31 am

    […] already written a Me and Mine post this month as I did a round-up of all our photos from the month began this project – May 2015 – to last month’s shot. The photographs […]

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    Notmyyearoff
    June 30, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    They are wonderful photos and I can’t believe it’s almost been a year. You’re an amazing lady and family and I hope your move goes really smoothly xx

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      Rainbeaubelle
      July 5, 2016 at 6:50 am

      Thank you Tas, that’s really kind xx

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    sarah christie
    July 1, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Julia its been a tough year for you all, I hope these beautiful pictures give you comfort, time really seems to have flown I hope time is healing a little bit at a time x
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      Rainbeaubelle
      July 5, 2016 at 6:45 am

      Thanks Sarah, even I see the enormity of it all when I look at these photos. As time goes on I hope we all feel more peaceful about it all xxx

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    mamasvib
    July 8, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    You always have such a lovely happy smile in your pictures Julia xxxx
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