I’m sure you are guessing that I’m referring to how much in love these two are….but NOPE! When I say “love at first sight” I mean for me! (well I’m sure for the two of them too). I just have to tell you all how much I LOVE this woman. If anyone could be a super hero in disguise – it would be this woman right here!
Meet my youngest son’s 1st grade teacher. She is just the most wonderful human being. Her heart is clearly two sizes too big and I am fortunate enough to reap the benefits.
For those who know me personally, you already know that poor sweet D has seen countless speech therapists since he was about 3. We have had an uphill struggle with his speech/articulation/annunciation and since he has started school we have had to add on reading and writing therapists as well. We had an educational evaluation done this summer that shined a light on the evidence of dyslexia and dysgraphia.
I’m telling you this because we feel like we have hit the lottery by getting Mrs. L as his teacher. She has helped us navigate through all these learning issues and calls me (with out me requesting) to keep me in the loop on how my little guy is progressing in school. I am fortunate enough to get the opportunity of spending every Wednesday morning helping in her classroom and seeing first hand her patience with all these energetic and affectionate children 🙂
To say that she goes above and beyond is an understatement! My little guy just had to have his tonsils removed and guess who shows up with ice cream and a bag full of get well cards from his classmates – yep! Not fibbing – she really took time out of her day to stop by and personally wish him well. Wow. right? WOW!
I am over the moon happy that I was able to give her and her family their first ever family photo session. I can’t express how wonderful it feels to give even something tiny back to someone who does so much for others. We are so lucky to have you Mrs. L. You have a beautiful family!
And to all of the wonderful teachers that have graced our lives – thank you for all that you do!
I just want to throw out a quick THANKS! to all our wonderful clients this fall. We, over here at CES Photography, have been able to help 3 family’s in need this Holiday season. Providing clothing and gifts. Thanks to your support of our little business over here….we’ve been able to pay it forward! Whoot Whoot!
Happy Holidays everyone!
Love. What would the world or life be without it.
This sweet little girl is surrounded by it. Her parents – the definition.
Sweet little M was diagnosed with Pontocerebellar Hypoplasia Type 2″ (PCH2) when she was just 6 months old. Sher’s now 3 and her parents are so happy ….the day after we met…she was going to start school! She’s also blessed to have a darling little 5 month old brother who is already pulling her hair and tormenting her just a little 🙂
I was lucky enough to have met this beautiful family through a charity program I am part of called Inspiration Through Art
Giving back and being a part of your community is so very important and well….. rewarding. I am so lucky that my job is one that allows me to bring just a little spark of happiness to those around me…. especially in times of stress and need.
It was so wonderful to meet your beautiful family! I am so happy to hear that your surgery went well and hope you have a speedy recovery!
I”m in the middle of boxing up my house for our move on Monday so I’ll keep this short and sweet! Please be patient with me as I may be without internet for several days while we move into our new house and get set up.
Or at least that is what I keep telling myself because it’s so hard to say goodbye. Gosh, I’m already starting to cry and I haven’t even written anything yet! Bear with me here (is that even how you spell bear in this case…. I’m a horrible speller?).
So – my good friend and her son are moving in just a few days. I know it’s sad when anyone you love moves away but this time is feels harder simply because of all the things going on in their lives right now… and the fact that I won’t be able to lend them a hand when they move away.
Ok ok – my mind is just a mess and I am having a hard time telling you their story. Sorry. Let me try again. I met my wonderful friend Jennifer a few years back when she had just moved here to Charlotte. I thought it was so cool that she also had a son named Owen and we quickly became friends through her wonderful sister. I remember the first time we hung out…. we all sat on my kitchen floor as her Owen had his first taste of “kicks” cereal! I remember this because I found it so cool that she was so laid back that she didn’t think a thing about sitting on my kitchen floor (vs at the table) and was just so easy to talk to. Shortly after they moved here – her son Owen started having scary seizures. After many trips to the hospital and all sorts of tests, they found fluid on his brain and put a shunt into his poor baby head. Life after the surgery was stressful for his mom and dad, having to watch him close, take him in for more tests…wondering how their baby will develop in the years to come. Will he be able to catch up to the other kids in his speech/skills/development in general. I’m happy to say that Owen is now doing GREAT in all those areas!
Well, 2010 had been difficult for a lot of people I love. First Ellie (https://carriescruggs.wordpress.com/2009/10/14/lift-up-ellie-celebrate-life-session/) gained her angel wings and then shortly after that… my little friend Owen lost his father, Rob (for some reason my links aren’t working: http://www.cyclenews.com/articles/road-racing/2010/08/10/rob-gette-passes), in a motorcycle accident just days before his 4th birthday.
Now it’s just him and his mom to face the world together…… and thank goodness he has such an awesome mom! She’s so awesome that they make up words together just for fun!
Anyway, we wanted to try and capture a few moments with Owen to share with all the friends that showed their love and support for him and his mom during such a terrible time in their lives.
Owen – limey said he missed you already (inside joke…. he found a stick and named him limey… then made sure to say goodbye to limey before he left).
Jennifer I wish you and Owen the best with your move and I hope you come visit often!
We miss you Rob.
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Going once! Going twice! Sold!
Ok – I’ve only been to one real live auction in my life and I was pretty little but I really do think it went kinda like that! I think you must have a special talent to be an auctioneer – they talk soooooo fast! Well luckily for the “R” family – they didn’t have to be on their toes quite so much when they won this auction…… it was the SILENT type! Last fall I had donated a session to one of my clients schools to help them raise money in the way of a silent auction and the “R” family were my wonderful winners! Yay “R” family!
I photograph a variety of ages but to be honest – I get a lot of babies and smaller kids since those are the “networks” I am in since my kids are small. I have to say… it was a nice change to hang out with some big kids for a while! Even though…. I still don’t believe them when they told me they don’t watch much tv! What kid doesn’t like to watch tv????? I could only WISH that to be the case in my house 🙂
with you in it.
I would like to introduce you to my little friend “E”. “E” is a little over 1-year-old and has Downs syndrome.
E’s mom was told she would never have children. Then one fabulous day she found out that she had overcome the odds and was indeed pregnant. At 27 years of age and 17 weeks pregnant ……they told her that her son would be born with Downs syndrome.
Then they asked her if she wanted to terminate her pregnancy.
I can’t imagine a world without “E” in it! He is such a wonderful and fantastic spirit – I KNOW his mother is so thankful to have this precious boy in her life
! He is just so happy, smiley, and all around a joy to be around. Just look at this photographic little cutie!!!!!!!!!
I volunteer with an organization called The Littlest Heroes Project or Inspiration Through Art. We offer photo sessions for families of children with illnesses and disabilities to help them feel like the heroes that they are.
Thank you everyone for all the wonderful comments and prayers for Ellie and Grace and Team Potvin! As you may have already read… after this chemo/treatment the Dr.’s are only giving Ellie a 10% chance of survival. Heartbreaking to even think about!
Well the girls are turning 8 at the end of the month. As you can imagine… this birthday is very special to them and their family as they do not know if Ellie will be with them this same time next year. If you feel compelled…. here is a link to donate to their celebration. http://www.giveforward.org/EllieAndGraceTurn8/
Thank you again for all the love and kind words but most of all the support you have shown the Potvin family! All of your kind and caring hearts make me believe even more in miracles!
Just wanted to post a few more of Ellie and her family. I hope everyone has a great weekend!
It’s not often in your life that you have those “moments”. Moments when you think to yourself…. I was meant to meet this person. This person will always be a part of my life and my life is better, from knowing her/them/him. Well that “moment” happened to me this weekend.
I was contacted through a friend about the Potvin family. I was told about their terrible struggle. I read their caringbring site and just cried.
Amy is living every mother’s nightmare. Everyday since I read their caringbridge site I have thought of them and now that I had the GREAT GREAT pleasure of meeting them…. I think of them even more. I try to image how Amy is feeling right now. I just can’t image the whirlwind of emotions surround something so surreal as the possibility of loosing your child. Your twin child. The nauseous feeling that must follow you day in and day out. The feeling of being helpless to protect your baby. The anger. The despair. The hope.
I’m not a big “writer” and most of my words are probably “>misspelled but I really felt that I wanted to share “Team Potvin” with you as they have touched my heart and my soul……………………… and they NEED A MIRACLE. For those of you out there who believe in miracles too – please keep them in your heart, your thoughts and your prayers.
Ellie and Grace are 7 years old.
They are twins
They love to sing
They love barbies
Ellie is battling Stage IV Cancer
Ellie went back into the hospital today because her cancer has returned
Meet Team Potvin
What a beautiful family! Look at all the silly things these two girls came up with!
Did I mention that the girls like to “rock out”? Well of course we had to get them some rockin fun gear (that seriously looks like it came straight out of the 80’s…… what can I say….. wasn’t everyone a Madonna fan at some point in their life?)
GO TEAM POTVIN
Read more about Ellie and her family on her Caringbridge site
Watch Ellie and Grace as she rocks out on her youtube video.
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