You know those people you meet and you just know that God put them in your life for a reason. Or vice versa? I met Tiffany a couple years ago while we were both attending physical therapy. With her interest in photography and me being in the business, our amazing PT (now my good friend) Jen, hooked us up. Tiffany would shadow me and more importantly assist me on several shoots after our first meeting. I’m so thankful for the many times she provided backup for me, and particularly one long day of shoots for a charity I’m involved with – Genesis Women’s Shelter. I always get a bit emotional in those and it’s hard for me to separate the personal and professional. But Tiffany was exactly what I needed that day and has been a calm voice, a light for the Lord and an encouraging cheerleader during some of my darkest times. I can definitely see how God led her to be a therapist/clinical social worker.
Some time in the last year and a half we lost touch for a bit, both going through personal crises. I would later find out that after three years of trying for a baby, she and her husband, Jeremy, lost their baby daughter at 11 weeks who was diagnosed with Turner Syndrome. Tiffany was diagnosed with Mosaic Turner Syndrome and sadly found out that less than 30% of women with it have a chance of getting pregnant or being able to carry to term. She also found out she was in premature ovarian failure at the age of 29 and if she didn’t do IVF immediately, they probably wouldn’t have a chance to conceive. That same week, they prayed for God’s direction in knowing if IVF was right for them. And God answered. And He answered in a big way. Jeremy received an unexpected raise for the EXACT amount of the IVF financial quote, medicine and all. There was hope. Even when they were told by another IVF doctor that she wouldn’t even try with them due to Tiffany’s Mosaic TS. There was hope.
After a first cycle with only two eggs, both unhealthy, Noah was the only egg in their second IVF cycle and he quickly shot all the statistics down. There again, was hope. Noah is due the first week of September and I cannot wait to meet and photograph this precious gift from God in his entire first year. This baby has been prayed for by so many and I’m overjoyed for Tiffany and Jeremy.
We recently did Tiffany’s maternity session, fur babies and all, in anticipation of their sweet baby boy to come. I think Tiffany and I both might have cried a tiny bit this day. And I was reminded of many things. I remembered the importance of what I do – preserving precious memories for families – and why I love doing it. I was reminded of the power of prayer and leaning on prayer warriors. I was reminded that trusting in the Lord and having a hope that overcomes all obstacles is how I want to live my life every day. And I was reminded that an unwavering faith brings great rewards.
Photographing this beautiful celebration of life truly makes me pause and give thanks – even for the heartaches. I hope that you, too, will stop and give thanks for the good (and even the not so good) in your life. He never gives up on us so why should we? Sometimes the hardest part is just giving it over to Him. But ultimately, His plan and purpose are far greater than we could ever imagine. Thanks again, Tiffany and Jeremy, for entrusting me with your precious life moments and for sharing your story.
2 Chronicles 15:7
But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.