Writings of a teachermom, choosing to stay home with her kids, while loathing all domestic responsibilities! In late Aug. 2008, I was diagnosed with Triple Negative breast cancer. After surgery, chemo and radiation, I was given theall clear. However, in the late summer of 2008, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor, which metasticized to other areas.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Many happy faces

One of the many blessings of this battle I've been facing is the amazing people who have surrounded me with so much love, support, understanding, prayer, etc. I say it over and over again, but what else can I do. I am so incredibly thankful...whether you get a phone call or message from me or not. Your words, notes, thoughts, prayers, are so encouraging.

Our "angel" is our photographer Kathleen Smith. I wrote about her briefly a couple weeks back when she came to our house to photograph my family at the very last minute. After I had my surgery, I just felt like I needed to have some pictures of me with my kids before I lost all my hair again. Kathleen came right out that weekend to take photos at our home, and she came back to take more when it wasn't raining.

Not only does Kathleen do her own photography, but she also volunteers for the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation. She took photos for my friend Andrea when her son Nathaniel was born, and Kathleen has now blessed my family with her wonderful talents...which she again donated.

Below are just a few of her fabulous shots. I will try to create a link to the whole batch, if you're interested in seeing more.

Thank you Kathleen for your blessing to my family.

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At 11:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

great pictures. It made me think about a family picture for my family then need one for christmas card. Your children are so cute. The one of you and Melvin and the your mom are wonderful. I have work with her with now i lay me down to sleep. these peole are so special at such a hard time in these family lifes. CUTE pictures.

At 6:26 AM, Blogger jkhenson said...

You have a beautiful family. You're all in my prayers!! :) Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos!

At 8:05 AM, Blogger Marsha said...

You have such a beautiful family and these photographs are just amazing. I like the first one..."a Max sandwich", his little cheeks are just squished against C's :-)
I continue to pray daily for you.

At 8:34 AM, Blogger Andrea said...

I love the pictures. I got a few tears in my eyes looking at them. She really captured your family. Beautiful.

At 8:42 AM, Blogger Shannon said...

Soooo beautiful! She got such great pictures! Thanks for sharing them. The one of the 3 kids with the tree right behind Max is my favorite one of the kids.

At 8:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am in tears at the beautiful pictures of you and your family...sounds strange to say but how blessed you are!!!!! Beautiful, beautiful pictures....

At 8:59 AM, Blogger Jaye said...

Those shots - so beautiful. I love the one with you and your mother. Brought tears to my eyes, the beauty touched me so. What a wonderful blessing!

Psalm 34:8
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

Psalm 115:15
Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.

# Psalm 107:8
Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

Psalm 139:14
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

Love & hugs!! :*

At 9:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are going to make me cry at work! These are absolutely beautiful.


At 12:27 PM, Blogger cg said...

Gorgeous - just gorgeous! i love the last picture

At 12:40 PM, Blogger C said...

Beautiful photographs of a beautiful family

At 4:21 PM, Blogger wiferhood said...

You can feel the love and care she poured into each shot. The pictures are beautiful. I was nearly moved to tears. Not only are you very blessed, but very loved and adored.

At 7:48 PM, Blogger Angela's Kitchen said...

I LOVE the pics. Your family is so beautiful...

At 8:29 PM, Blogger momo said...

she's very talented, but i think she was shooting a family filled with love and that makes all the difference. they're absolutely beautiful.

At 9:12 PM, Blogger KC said...

beautiful photos! i got a little teary just looking at them - everyone looks great.

At 8:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad that I am not the only one crying! Wow, I wasn't expecting to do that! An amazing artist capturing a beautiful family. The picture with your mom is priceless--I think everyone should have one of those with their mother. Do you think she'd come to PA and take one for me?
Cousin Debbie

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