No Ordinary Birthday

I’ve been working on this post in my head for quite some time now. It’s personal, emotional, and I couldn’t make up my mind if I wanted to share it publicly. But I realized once I saw the pictures that I needed to share this. There’s so much love and happiness in these pictures. I hope it will inspire someone going through similar tough times to always look for the bright spots on the horizon.

This is my friend best friend and her beautiful family. When we took these family photos she had just found out that she has breast cancer. She was still going through the shock of it all and in the midst of determining treatment options. She didn’t know any of the details of her type of breast cancer yet, how advanced, all of that.

Naturally, I kind of had to convince her to do this photo shoot. Right now, not later. Right now. I wanted her to have a concrete picture of her family, the people she loves, the people she will take the fight of her life on for. I wanted her to see how beautiful and strong she is. That SHE CAN DO this. I was hoping it would help her in her journey through the endless tests and doctor appointments, the chemo treatments, surgery.

We did this shoot on their land that they are planning on building their new dream house on. The plans may have slowed down a bit due to her diagnosis but just like that cancer fight, they are not loosing sight of their end goal. We had a beautiful sunny winter evening so a little picnic, at the site their future home will stand, was in order 😉

More than a month into her treatments she beyond amazes me! She’s strong, determined and finds the positive in every situation. She endures all of the treatments with so much courage and never looses sight of the end goal. KICKING CANCER’S ASS! I have no doubt in my mind that she is going to succeed and come out of this stronger than before. Her determination and focus is amazing. She’s a rock star in my eyes!
She’s even created a little blog to share her journey. Check it out here.

She celebrated her 39th birthday today. A year ago it would have been a somewhat dreaded day. Another year closer, almost the big 40…But not anymore.

Today was a gift. Another year of experiences.

She’s not taking it for granted anymore. And we all shouldn’t. Her fight is a reminder how precious life is. That we need to celebrate every day we’ve been given.

I am thankful for the perspective this has given me. I won’t be dreading an upcoming birthday any more.

Party, people, PARTY!!

March 21, 2014 - 6:50 am

christie - Big prayers for your friend and her family! Beautiful images, and I love the one at the end with you in the pic!! Hope to see you soon! P.S. 40 IS a blessing. You’re right!

March 22, 2014 - 6:50 am

Michelle - I love the pictures you took of this sweet family and all the emotion and depth of love you captured. My son and her oldest daughter were in Kinder together and took some cooking classes too; a sweet family indeed! Praying for them through this journey knowing how BIG God is! He was faithful in bringing me through a similar journey a year ago. It’s never the path we’d pick for ourselves …. but He is THERE on the path holding us through it. Love that you decided to post about it.