The first two years of being a mom I looked forward to mothers day. This year was different and thats okay. I didn't realize the gravity of both happiness and deep pain it is being a mom until I had to bury one. Being a mom is an honor to celebrate in anyway that fits. I had the honor of spending time with a bereaved mother Catherine Adams who helped me on this painful journey of being a mother grieving a child in heaven. I'll forever be grateful for her. There is always a mother out there who walked it first and you don't have to walk it alone.
- Brittany Grove
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“My son emerging from some struggles and a rather dark place seeing the world from something as tiny as a pinhole and having that present an enormous world that is instead filled with optimism and hope was nothing short of miraculous. What an amazing opportunity. So grateful”
"When I was in grade school, I was part of Cath's photography classes. She helped me see things in new and different ways. In high school I made some bad choices in experimenting with drugs and checked into a treatment center. During my treatment, I picked up my camera again and continued the skills Cath gave me. I am now clean from substance and photography is an important creative element to my recovery. Cath continues to show me the endless opportunities photography has to offer in my own personal growth, health, mind and spirit."
"I really enjoyed going out and re-immersing myself in something I have always had a passion for, but have lost touch with more recently. It was amazing how nice it felt to just go out with a camera and capture the beauty we were seeing. Through this experience, I am reminded to find time for the things that I love to do, like photography, because it can be therapeutic and good for the soul. Cath was there with me the whole time, and she was a huge part of this process of reintroducing photography into my life, and for that I am thankful.”
“My husband and I own Pinwill’s Frozen Yogurt in Glenwood Springs and have had the great privilege of watching and getting to know Catherine since we opened last summer as she brings her workshops in for a treat and recently their impressive work has been displayed on our walls—bringing so much life, love and wonder to our shop. Catherine exudes passion and desire to make a difference as she shares her love of nature and with the youth in our valley. It’s truly heartwarming to know that there is a program available to help the growing number of youth in need and even more admirable to know that they are being guided to adore and respect the natural beauty of our world, a vital tool in helping them navigate through their difficult journeys. We’ve also been lucky to meet some of kids in Catherine’s workshops. Seeing their faces light up with pride as their work is displayed on our walls has been an experience that has filled us with so much joy. Their work is stunning and the wonder of natural beauty that is all around us pulsates from the ir canvases, having a lasting positive impact on everyone that sees them. It is clear that after participating in a workshop with Aperture of Hope, these kids take with them this adoration and respect for nature, which, in turn, leads to a desire to protect this natural world as we groom our next generation of environmental stewards.”
"My experiences with the camera these last few days were exciting because I didn’t know how to use the camera. When I took the pictures I felt pleased with my results because not only can I see things in another perspective, but I can also look beyond point of view. Photography helps me with my grief of losing my older brother. I miss him."