A Year in Review; The Lane Family / 2017
2017 has brought our family a roller coaster of emotions! I was so excited to check a huge dream off my bucket list when I booked an anniversary get away for me and the Hubby! My husband and I celebrated a decade of love and happiness in Denver, Colorado this past February. Our trip to Denver was our first ever vacation, kid-free, I must add, besides our "Honeymoon from Hell". We enjoyed 5 days in the city, surrounded by mountains, site seeing, amazing meals and sleep, what every parent dreams of! After our trip, we put an offer down on a beautiful home in Delafield. We closed on our dream home and moved in on our anniversary date. My husband gave me the keys to our own home! That was the best gift he's ever given me, besides our 3 beautiful boys, and one of the way! A few months after being on cloud 9 from all the excitement of our vacation, the new house and a booming business, my Father In Law passed away in June. Our family suffered so much pain and heartache, as we said our goodbyes to our beloved Lano. The hardest part about loss and grieving, is seeing the people you love in so much pain. I found myself numb and unsure how to make the pain go away. I felt so sad for my Husband, to be only 27 and to lose his Dad. I felt so bad for my sons, who lost their grandpa at such a young age. Lano was so inspiring, loving and a proud hockey grandpa. He lived and breathed hockey! He was my hubby's coach since Waukesha Warhawk Mini Mite Days dating back to 1994! Lano always cheered on his son and grandsons. My twin boys, Landon and Lucas, age 8 and future NHL stars, had hockey blood in them since they were babies! One of my favorite pictures of the twins, is them barely standing and having a hockey stick in their hands. Last year, they started hockey for Waukesha Warhawks, just like their dad! Grandpa Lano and Grandma Lano were always in the stands, cheering on their little hockey players. A few weeks after Lano passed, we found out that I was pregnant! Sure, I love babies, and always dreamed of a large family, but my husband and I had different dreams and ideas when it came to adding more hockey players to our team. We suffered so much pain and heartache and suddenly, a gift from God appeared following Lano's death. I believed God gave us this blessing for a reason, and it was Lano sending down another Lane from heaven. Last week, we found out our new bundle of joy would be a BOY, arriving the end of March, which is Lano's birth month. All these little ties and connections to Lano, we are at peace knowing he sent us this blessing and that he is with us.
As a photographer, I love sharing other's milestones and love stories. Today, I wanted to share mine. A special thanks to Stevie Ferreira Photography located in Denver, CO for capturing our Decade of Love. And to GTB Imagery for capturing our new home photoshoot in May and lastly, to Keith Berend for helping us announce our last baby!
Rest In Peace Mike Lane. You will forever be missed. <3 1958-2017