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Saturday, November 3, 2007

A little story about D

I shot my nephew's portraits this morning for the first time. He's 3 and 1/2 and is really the sweetest little boy you will ever meet. When it comes to my favorite little ones, he is definitely at the top of the list. I couldn't wait to get this sneak peek up for his dad...

First, a little background info for the non-friend readers of this blog...

My nephew "D" was born with VATER Syndrome, and while not going into all the details, involves various birth defects/abnormalities. His first year of life he was in the hospital more than a dozen times. He has had several surgeries (I lost track actually), procedures (again, lost track) and just the slightest thing as a cold could send him into the ER. The most remarkable thing is you would never know this. He is full of energy, is vibrant, and such a happy child. He was even asked to participate in the Make A Wish Foundation! Can you tell I am a proud aunt? :) In addition to these struggles, his mother (my sister) died when he was 5 days old. It was an unexpected, tragic moment in all our lives. When I was grieving her death and in a very dark place, D became a strong force in my life. I had never loved a child in that way until he was born, and I will always remember the hope he gave me.

D's father (my brother-in-law) truly deserves the dad-of-the-year award. (is there one of those? there should be.) While he was coping with the loss of his wife, best friend, and first love...he also had to learn how to care for his very sick baby. He did things for D that most parents would never think of having to do. He continues to this day to be both mother and father to him, and it amazes me. I could go on and on about what an incredible person he is.

Now that I have you all teared up (that was the plan, you know) - here's a sneak peek for his daddy. A - thank you for asking me to capture the special bond between you two. I loved every minute of it.

he looks so much like his mommy here...

that little smile just melts me.

he was saying "I love you, daddy" right as I snapped this (awe)

Newborn pics coming SOON!



girlie girl said...


Chanel Parrott said...

You are doing an awesome job in capturing great moments of so many families but they way you captured Andy and Drew is amazing. Heide would be so proud of you and her boys!
Keep up the good work!


Rebekah said...

that was such a precious post. you don't know me but i check your blog daily. my sister took voice lessons with your sister Heidi and so we got to know her a little bit then. it was so shocking for so many when the Lord took her home. It is healing somehow to see these pictures. thank you for sharing your talent and your heart.

rebekah kaufmann

aseel said...

What an incredible story, Summer! Amazing photos...you can really feel the love there! Well done.

Carrie said...

Now I am tearing up at work. Those pictures are so precious. What an awesome way to give back to a family. Wodnerful father, wonderful child.

Anonymous said...

Wow what a touching, incredible story.... And what a resilient little guy full of fun, life and love. YOu did an excellent job capturing him and his dad!
justyna (mama_Bear)

cvweiss1 said...

just taking a peek at your blog for the first time (you're one of my flickr contacts) This is so touching.
I am so sorry that you lost your sister, little D lost his mama and Dad lost his best friend. That's just not fair!
Beautiful photos - you really can feel the love in them.
* vickey *