In my last post, I posted about all the GOOD things in life. I think that good people are what make those GOOD things happen. We have been so extremely blessed to be facing this challenge with an army of friends, family, ward, neighbors, friends of friends, and even strangers backing us every step of the way. I could go on and on about all the amazing things these truly GOOD people have done for us over the past 2 weeks, but I don't want to start crying AGAIN today so I will save my "thank you" post for another time.
Today I want to tell you (and show you) just one of those GOOD things that has happened to us...
I think one of the hardest things I have ever had to do as a Mother is to tell my daughter she would be losing her hair. I put it off for 2 days in the hospital. I went over and over in my mind what I would say, and how I would explain to a 4 year old that she would soon be bald. I still get shivers thinking about that conversation with her. I was so grateful when her Child Life specialist (like a therapist for kids) came in just after we had told her. He talked to her about it and then he pulled me aside and told me that for her age it is especially hard for the girls to lose their hair. He explained that at this age they define themselves as "boy" or "girl" thats it. Period. BUT he left me with some great suggestions. One of those being to get her picture taken before her hair starts falling out so she can look back, remember, grieve, and know that it will come back one day. I really liked this suggestion and I mentioned it to my amazing sister-in-law, Natalie. Natalie being Natalie jumped right on it and contacted her favorite photographer, Michelle. When Michelle heard Cam's story she offered to fit her in right away, pick up props for me, meet us anywhere we wanted and did it all on a Sunday evening!
Michelle was so cute with Cami and so patient with her (it was difficult to get her to smile and she was really grumpy... remember the steroids?). I am telling you, Michelle went above and beyond. The pictures turned out better than I ever would have imagined and we will love them forever! Cami loves looking at them, I know she feels beautiful and that is a gift she can hold on to throughout these next 3 years.
Thank you Michelle for your kindness, generosity and talent!
Please visit www.hunterlukephotography.com for more information on this amazing photographer (I am telling you if she can get a good pic out of this grumpy, sick, girl she will wok miracles on you and your family). She wrote did a cute post about her shoot with Cam here.
She sure captured our Camryn's sweet, spunky, spirit. We love them.. thanks again Michelle.. I seriously cant thank you enough!