I have shared many times in the course of this journey how amazed I am at how God has placed countless others in our lives the past 4 years that have played an integral roll in our family and found a special place in our hearts. I wish things were different for Nate...I really do. But seeing all of the positive aspects encircling his and our lives as a direct result of the trials he has faced has given us a true thankfulness for the aspects of these trials. This is the grace that God has given us all to continue through all of this joyfully. If we would have never gone through the aspects of this difficult journey, we would have missed out on some incredible blessings.
witty woman and her 3 precious blonde-headed boys. Beth and I first made contact a little over 2 years ago due to that fact that we had quite a bit in common. She was a photographer whose work I had admired and studied, and she had a son who was just a few months older than Nate who was battling his own medical struggles: leukemia. I found it even more incredible that after writing back and forth a bit, we found out that we lived in the same city and our boys were frequent fixtures at the same children's hospital, sometimes at the same time but in different departments. Talks of "meeting" were put on the backburner while we both fought the front lines of the medical world head on for our sons.
Beth and I "met" for the first time at pick-up. Her family had moved over the summer and her oldest was now attending school with my girls.
Beth (who I believe is one of the most talented photographers in this area) so graciously took pictures of our family through the organization Inspiration through Art, an organization that gives pictures to families with children who are battling life threatening diseases. Since I always take pictures of our kids, we do not have any family pictures. Beth changed that, and the gift of family portraits that she has left with us is one I could never repay. They are simply priceless. Memories of our family love captured in a split second by such a talented photographer...moments that we will all cherish forever. Irreplaceable memories caught on film...absolutely priceless.