Praying for Miracles

Katrina was 27 years old and 28 weeks pregnant with her second child when she got the news that she had breast cancer. Her seemingly perfect life was changed forever with the news. The tumor she found was an aggressive one. She gave birth to her little girl at 32 weeks, and started chemotherapy 4 days later. 

She had 16 rounds of chemo, another surgery, oral chemo and radiation. They were so hopeful it was all over, but only a month later they found cancer in her skin cells making it stage 4 cancer. 

Earlier this summer I was contacted by an organization called House of Hopes asking if I could donate my photography services for Katrina's family to have family photos. I am so glad I said yes. Katrina is the happiest, sweetest, cutest mom ever, and her children and husband love and adore her. I hope these images bring them some joy as they go through the treatments. 

I'm praying for a miracle for her, and counting my blessings that I'm so fortunate to have good health. Love your families, hold them close.

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Love Runs the Whole Universe

Family is everything. I came across this quote while I was reading one day, and it stopped me in my tracks. 

"Love really is the big deal everyone  makes it out to be,... It's EVERYTHING, love is. It runs the whole universe." - Maddie Dawson

I loved that quote so much I put it on my website. The session below is with a family I've known for a long time. This was the last night they were together before the youngest was going away on a 2 year mission in Mexico. Emotions were high. It's so hard to say goodbye for such a long time. I couldn't help but put myself in Teri's shoes. What would it feel like to send my son off for 2 years? You know he's going to be helping people the whole time, so it's a good thing, but at the same time you just want to hold him close. 

Since then I've heard lots of reports that Josh is doing well, and is so happy serving the people in Mexico. So while this family sacrifices two years with Josh, they are giving the gift of love to the people who he meets. Love really does run the whole universe, and if it doesn't - it should!

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