Better than I imagined, our photo shoot today went SO well. This little dude was in such great spirits and even brought his boxing gloves because he’s confident he’s going to BEAT CANCER. What a trooper. And an incredible example of God’s strength. SO many laughs today, we can’t wait to share some more of the images. For now, here’s one I shot through Instagram.
What a great kid. What an amazing family.
We were asked very last minute to do a photo shoot today for good friends of ours. They have just found out that their sweet little son has Leukemia, and they would like photos of him and with him before he looses his hair. Of course we agreed to spend the afternoon with them, to love on them, and to capture them.
Why does cancer even need to exist? My heart burdens for the children that have to go through this. I can’t even imagine what it must be like as a parent to have to walk that road. To have to ask God the hard questions. And to wonder why YOUR child has to endure such a disease. We are always honored when people ask us to step into their lives in such a way, to touch them with our art and to bring to life emotions that they themselves aren’t aware that they are expressing.
But my heart is heavy.
Jesus, I pray that these images we take today would be so deeply special to this family. And that they would have some relief from the pain, fear and burden while they are with us. That they will laugh together and for a time, forget that cancer even exists. I of course pray for ultimate healing. But mostly for your will in their lives and that of all the people this family touches. Strength. I pray for strength. And peace. And healing in his little body. How frightened his mother must be. But I know that she trusts in you, in only ways you can give her strength to do. Give us a remarkable photo shoot for this family. And surround them with your peace in their lives amidst the scary road ahead. Amen.
* Image found on Pinterest.
The post of this sweet little girl and family is going live on our site today. We had the pleasure of shooting The McRae family about a week ago. If you follow their story, you know that Kate has been battling for her life from a malignant tumor that has resided in her brain. Their story is one of courage, hope, resilience, peace, love. Jesus.
Spending time with this family has kind of changed me forever. Watching Kate’s mom be a mother to her three kids all through the shoot and afterwards at dinner put a lot of things into perspective for me. How precious life is. How special is family time. How quickly it goes. How quickly our lives can change.
I have stared at these pictures for countless hours over the past week. And I’ve often, through tears, just sat at my computer PRAYING that God would PLEASE heal this little girl. I know He hears me. He hears the millions around the world that are praying desperately for her healing. He’s already been glorified through her story. How incredible would it be if He would just heal her?
God’s timing is not our own. And He’s in control. And I trust Him.
So does the family of this sweet baby girl.
But how I desperately want her cancer to disappear. She’s such a little girl. Who’s endured so much. It just doesn’t seem fair, does it?
But what a beauty, right? Gosh. Simply stunning, she is.
* See the full post from our time with The McRaes on our website at www.sessionninephotography.com/blog.