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Louie

June 26, 2013

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Actually, this special Post is not about Louie – it’s about Sadi and Emme. But it’s also about a bird named Louie and his incredible power to heal a hurting heart.

You see, Emme was diagnosed late last year with the rarest form of Childhood Arthritis, called Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA). She has endured painful treatments and a regimen of medications that are too numerous for anyone, much less that of a five year old little sunshine of a child.

Emme is beautiful – and I have had the pleasure of photographing since she was six months old:

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At two we hauled a huge bed into a field and she had fun jumping to her heart’s content:

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At three we did our Session in downtown Atlanta among some really cool old train tracks:

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Throughout last year, it became increasingly evident that something was wrong. She was in pain more and more often, gradually getting to the point where it was too painful for her to walk, or even simply hold an eating utensil to feed herself. It took many series of testing to determine her condition, and then the painful daily injections began.

Which brings me to Louie.

Emme and her sister Sadi loved to visit the local Petstore any chance they could. They are both animal lovers, and Emme found a strong connection to a quirky little bird she named Louie. Louie has been the healer of her heart, while the injections and endless medications have begun to heal her little body. I have never seen anything like it. Louie is the most patient and loving little creature I have perhaps ever met. He goes everywhere with Emme, and he’s so comfortable perching on her shoulder, her head, hanging on to her shirt, her shoes. He just hangs on while Emme runs and plays, just happy to be along for the ride.

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You can’t love a sister as much as Sadi does and not feel her pain. Sadi wonders, even at the tender age of six, why she is healthy while Emme has to struggle with pain every day. Larry has been her heart-healer.
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Emme’s beautiful family paricipated in the Atlanta Arthritis Walk in May, and will be participating in the Louisville Arthritis Walk in September, when they will be setting up a donation site for little Emme. All money raised will go to the Arthritis Foundation, which develops treatments for children like Emme so that they can run and play, and enjoy life and their childhood the way everyone should. It’s already made a world of difference to Emme. I will do another posting once that is established, so that if you would like to make a donation, you can do so and make sweet Emme the honoree.
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Eddie and Steph are close friends of ours. Their daughter Kendall and son Blake are two of Cole’s very best friends, so when they told us there was a new baby on the way, our whole family was incredibly thrilled. And I immediately knew what I wanted to give them as my Baby Gift: images that will always help them remember how beautiful life is with three little Gifts from God.

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Here he is – Baby Kellen. He is just… delicious. Congratulations, guys – we love you!

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Rosalie’s Newborn Session was the first I had after my mom was diagnosed. And she helped fill my soul back up. She is the most precious, sweet gift from Heaven. I remember when I was little I had a red birthmark on my hip. My mom always told me that this was where the angels kissed me right before I was born, and left their lipstick mark. Rosalie was kissed on the side of her tummy – one day it will fade away, but I’m happy I was able to capture her special birthmark so she always remembers how much God and all the angels love her.

I am happy to finally share some of her Newborn imagery with you, as well as images I just shot of her a few weeks ago. Among other things, her mom and dad raise Thoroughbreds, and I can’t wait until our next Session when she’ll be big enough to sit on one. Here she is, just 9 months after our first Session and simply beautiful:

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Antonia

October 3, 2011

The Bella Blog is slowly catching up to current Sessions – soon I’ll be posting this beautiful child’s six month photos, which I just captured last week. But before I do, I have to show you what she looked like when she first met her big sister and felt the loving embraces of her mommy and daddy.

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Thank You, Anthony

October 3, 2011

I can’t believe the difference a coat of paint makes. We needed to update the colors in our home, to compliment our fabulous new kitchen! Neighbor after neighbor recommended Anthony Heath – a painter who doesn’t even need to advertise. All of his business comes from word of mouth, so you know he’s awesome! He and his team were SO professional, competitively priced, and their attention to detail is phenomenal. Moreover, they’re great people that you can trust in your home, whether you’re there or not. Keep his phone # handy: 678-933-1135.

His wife also works on the team, and I LOVED seeing her on the days that she worked, because she would bring their sweet baby girl, Nazara. She was so quiet and entertained herself so wonderfully while her mommy and daddy worked. I fell in love with her eyes and sweet gentle spirit, and so I couldn’t help but steal her away to grab a few shots. Anthony, these are for you. Thank you so much for doing such a wonderful job. I’ll recommend you to everyone I know!

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Sean at One Year

September 7, 2011

I always love seeing how much the sweet babies that I photograph change and grow during their first amazing year. Remember this little angel?
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Here he is, a year later – growing up big and strong, just like his big brothers!! Happy Birthday, Sean!
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Wyatt at 18 months

September 2, 2011

Julie, thank you for the honor of capturing Wyatt since the moment you welcomed him into your loving family. He has become very special to me, a little boy with a tremendous heart and a smile that is bigger than life. I have loved watching him grow, documenting him at 4 months, 6, 9, 12, and now 18. I have loved witnessing how he adds a special warmth and light to your family, and how Roman has become more than Wyatt’s brother; he’s his friend and protector.

We had a blast during this Session, ending in Duluth’s downtown fountain. It was the perfect way to wrap up the hot, steamy morning with a cold blast of happiness.

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The First Day

August 19, 2011

I knew Cole was happy when he plopped down after his snack Monday afternoon and told me all about his day. He added a simple question that summed up exactly how little he still is. He asked if he could go back to Kindergarten again tomorrow.

Here are pics from his first day. I drew a heart on his hand so that if he missed home he could just look at it and remember how much we all love him. I smiled when I noticed that he closed his little fingers around the palm of his hand while we walked to the bus stop. Grant stepped up as the Big Brother – stayed with him on the bus and brought him to his classroom all week. It was great for him to be the biggest brother for once – I’m so proud of the way he helped Cole feel comfortable at his new school.
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It’s going to be a great year.

Tomorrow.

July 11, 2011

Tomorrow my baby turns 5. He’ll still have his adorable animated smile, I’ll still be able to carry him when he’s tired, and he’ll still ask me to sing him a song before going to sleep. But his baby years will melt into boyhood. My heart will soon want to return to the time when I was the most important person in the world to him. When he would tell me I was the most beautifullest girl ever. Yes, he told me that not long ago and I wrote it down so I’d never forget.

We weren’t sure we would (or should) have a third baby. Our older two were born a little early. Not terribly early, just 5 weeks with the first, 6 weeks with the second. Chris was afraid the third would come much sooner. I thought everything would be fine – it’s the way I am. I thought, I’ll take it extra easy this time. It will be fine.

I went into labor 14 weeks early.

I was put on bedrest and learned how to inject myself with a constant drip of medication that never did stop the contractions but made them much less effective. For 12 weeks I held on, with a 5 and 7 year old home for the summer. We had to hire a nanny, which we were not financially prepared to do. But we did, and I held on.

Cole was born only 2 weeks early. The strongest of the 3 boys. He was the only one I was able to come home from the hospital with – the other two were held back in the NICU. We were so lucky, and I count my blessings every day.

It seems like a lifetime ago, because I honestly can’t imagine life without him. But at the same time, it seems incredulous to me that he’s turning 5 already. He’ll start Kindergarten in just a month from now. And my heart will break into millions of tiny pieces. I’ll miss that one-on-one time with him. More than even I can imagine right now.

So tonight we brought him out for ice cream. He wanted “Superman” ice cream, because it had lots of fun colors. And that’s what he has brought into my life – colors that are brilliant and sparkly and light up my life.

I love you, Cole. Here’s what you looked like yesterday, with your best friends at your Birthday Party:

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And here’s what you looked like on the last day that you were 4. Happy Birthday, Buddy.
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Troy III

July 8, 2011

Okay guys! I’m getting back on track after months of distraction with this overwhelming kitchen project. Thank you for your patience with me!! I’m so excited to share Blog posts of Sessions from the first half of this year, and it begins with a special Newborn Session: Baby Troy III. A beautiful family and a long line of tradition. I am so honored to be chosen to capture this precious child. Here are some of my favorites:

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Stay posted – I’ll be sharing a posting several times a week until I’m all caught up! :)