The past few months have been a whirlwind of change for me. Perhaps some day I’ll write about it in an effort to help someone else. One thing those that know me well can count on is that I’m pretty much an open book. I love to share my heart with others and meet new friends. For now, I’ll just say that God is placing people in my life just when I need them…people who bless me in ways they may not even realize. This family is just that. I met them through my friend Delena’s organization — Ragan’s Hope. If you aren’t familiar with it, I encourage you to take a peek at all the good they are doing for our community and beyond—then get involved.
Around two years ago, 20-year-old Whitney contracted a virus that made it necessary to amputate a majority of her arms and legs. While all of her friends were prepping for a new chapter in their lives and headed off to college, she was dealing with a major life change. I can’t imagine the physical and mental pain she’s suffered. While the road has been difficult and there are many obstacles she’ll no doubt overcome ahead, she is one of the sweetest, strongest spirits I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting and photographing.
And it’s clear where she gets her courage and smile. Her mother has been her rock all while managing a household, job, two small children (one of which has autism) and a fiance battling cancer. I’ve never been so inspired by a family who has been dealt so many hardships yet clings to God’s plan with joyful hearts and thanksgiving.
Whatever I’m going through…whatever you’re going through…may we always remember the good in our lives, the gifts God has given us, and be thankful for and humbled by them. Thank you Whitney and Patricia for inspiring me and showing me the true face of courage in adversity. I hope you enjoy these favorites from our very special day.
Many thanks to my mother who assisted and played with the kids while I photographed Whitney (she’s definitely my rock) and to Sabrina Hull of Sambri Salon for her beautiful makeup artistry. I couldn’t have done this without either of you.
Whitney is engaged and I wanted to be sure and highlight her beautiful ring – her fiance is in the military so they are apart right now while he’s stationed outside of Texas.
I love that she brought her favorite rocker tee – I knew we were kindred spirits when she pulled it out and it was Nirvana! I can’t help but look at these and sing “Come as You Are” in my head