Today I’m sharing a photo memory box I made especially for my daughter. This photo box holds special meaning and a whole lot of love. Let me tell you why.
I haven’t mentioned this here before, but a few weeks before Christmas I had to say goodbye to my friend of fourteen years, my German Shepherd, Angel.
It’s been seven months since I sat on the floor in the vet’s office, her head resting in my lap, whispering softly to her that everything was going to be okay. I think she knew it was time to say goodbye too.
I miss her so much. Angel was my dog. She was the family dog of course, but she hung on my every word and followed me everywhere. My youngest son was only two years old when we brought home that fluffy little six week old puppy. I’ll never forget that sweet little face looking through the fence at me.
But I’m not the only one who misses her, we all do. Every year my daughter would go to the dollar store and buy cone shaped birthday hats and a wrap a present for Angel. She’d put Angel’s hat on her head, Angel didn’t mind one bit. She’d happily rip open her wrapped present with her teeth and “smile” for the camera. We celebrated fourteen birthdays with her, and I know that was a blessing. A German Shepherd’s lifespan is usually 9-13 years, so we were absolutely blessed to have all 14 of those love filled years.
A week after saying goodbye to my beloved furry friend I went back to the vet to pick up her ashes and memorial box. While I have a remembrance of Angel in my home, my daughter lives on her own now. So I knew she would appreciate having a memory box of her own. I chose a photo that she had taken with her on Angel’s 12th birthday. The photo has always been a favorite of mine. I painted the box to match my daughter’s furniture and placed some mementos inside the box: a small baggie of ashes, a lock of Angel’s tail hair and an inked paw print taken before we said goodbye.
This project is near and dear to both of our hearts.
You can find out how I made it and get the instructions here.
Goodbye sweet girl. We all miss you. Forever.
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