Hope everyone has the most merriest of holidays! Thank you to all my wonderful clients, those who come back year after year and those new ones who I can’t wait to see again. It has truly been a blessing that I’ve been able to do a “job” that I love and to watch so many babies grow in to toddlers who grow in to young adults over the years.
On this day, as I quick jump on the computer to announce the winner for the giving is awesome contest… as my own children are all sitting with their toys playing quietly together (knowing they will be saying “I’m bored” in a few hours)… reading all the entries makes me realize how fortunate I am that they are heatlhy and how I feel fortunate to be doing a job that can give back and provide another family with memories to last a lifetime.
There were so many well deserving entries… enough that it may just become an annual if not quarterly thing I do. I narrowed it down to three and rather then trying to even try and decide who was more deserving (because really, you can’t decide that) I’ve decided to “gift” three winners instead. Each winner will receive their gift below, the person who nominated them will all receive 100 print credit…so instead of donating $3800 for the winner and $200 for the person who nominated them.. the grand total of donating is 11,400 in custom photography and $300 ($100 each) for the nominators. I am looking forward to giving these families memories to cherish forever!
Without further delay… the “winners” and their stories. I hope their stories touch your hearts as much as they touched mine this season.
Session 1 winner (to take place January-February 2009) Nominated by Beth C
Session 2 winner (to take place March-April 2009) Nominated by Melissa L
I was reading your blog and immediately my neighbor came to mind, she has been going through a lot lately……….where do I start…..
Her name is xxxxx, very friendly and free spirited. She has 4 kids…..Gretchen (10), Doug (7-8), Zach (5) and Vivian ( 1 1/2). They moved across the street in April of last year. Vivian has a life threatening disease, SMA (spinal muscular atrophy) which was diagnosed in utero via amniocentisis. When Susan told me about Vivi she also mentioned that they had 2 other children who have passed away from this disease (I am not sure when). Vivi has physical and occupational therapy visits daily, is able to eat with a gastric tube, and requires a visiting nurse if Susan has to leave the house. Despite her illness, Vivi always manages to give a smile when greeted.
To make matters worse, Susan’s husband left them a few months after moving into the neighborhood. He has been involved with drugs and alcohol for some time, in which she was totally unaware. I know that financial issues are present as her husband was the sole provider……
I give Susan a tremendous amount of credit…her past and present burdens could not be handled by many. She continues to be positive and strong for the sake of her children….
I think she would truly value a photography session, especially capturing the children together…..
Have a wonderful holiday!!!!
PS- If you choose Susan, I do not want the $200 credit, maybe we could order her a charm with a photo of the kids…….