Parents, if you want wonderful pictures of your children, never teach them to say "cheese"! Please learn from my mistake or you will have thousands of photos just like mine - squinted eyes, scrunched up noses, clenched teeth, and an image that just screams "say cheez!!!". Join me while I search for that one perfect shot that doesn't conjure up images of dairy products. Oh, and unless you like that *messy* look, you'll probably want to clean their faces before you snap away. I never seem to remember myself.

An imporant sidenote is to make sure you document your life! Recording the little details of the who, what, where, when, & why makes for wonderful stories and captures your life for years to come. Because if you are like me, you'll forget it all 5 minutes later!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Bright Light

My new little nephew entered the world this week and he is such a bright light in our life right now. He is so pure and beautiful and innocent. He holds all the hopes and wonders that only a sweet newborn can embody. I'm thrilled for my sister and her family, and thrilled that my children will get to foster a wonderful bond with their new cousin. Selfishly, I'm also thrilled for myself as his birth creates a much needed distraction.

I'm grateful for everyone's kind words of support and encouragement for my husband's health. We are headed to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center tomorrow to learn if the cancer spread and what the treatment options are. This medical appointment can't come soon enough, yet at the same time I'm dreading it. I think it will be the longest drive to NYC that I've had in a long time. Visiting my nephew at the hospital today reminded me that hospitals can be a source of hope and joy. I'm going to try to hold onto that feeling tomorrow and use it to fill my heart and energy with lots of bright light.

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Welcome Cullin Laine. May you be filled with love and laughter, and surrounded by life and light.

18 comments:

Mom2Drew said...

I pray the cancer has not spread and that there is a lot of good news for you guys! I just can't imagine the emotional roller coaster you've been on.

What a beautifully simple photo of an adorable baby!

Kristen Wagner Penn said...

What a perfect bright light for your family! He is so beautiful. I will be praying for your husband and your family.

Sharon said...

Beautiful!

Margaret said...

What a beautiful post about the newness of life and the hope a new baby brings. That is an amazing shot! I am so sorry you are dealing with your husband's cancer. I hope you will have good news at the hospital with him.

pat said...

I had no idea of the battles you and your husband are facing. I hope the trip to NYC brings good news for you, and a relief to some of the load of worry and stress you both have been shouldering. Sending prayers your way.

CindyTykie said...

He is so precious! Praying the cancer has not spread.

Jena Photography said...

He's adorable! Good luck {Prayers}

Gypsy Girl said...

What a beautiful baby.
I pray for strength for your family at this time.

janett said...

Sweet baby! And I hope the cancer has not spread, I will keep you guys in my thoughts tomorrow.

Mandy said...

I will certainly be keeping you guys in my thoughts and holding you in my heart. I just cannot even imagine.

What a beautiful photo of your new nephew!

Shanna Jones said...

Love that picture!

Jess said...

He is gorgeous! I've been thinking of you...

Nicki, said...

Beautiful shot of your new little nephew. Wishes and prayers for your safe journey to NYC and good news for your husband (and family).

Bobbi said...

I just read the post on your husband, he sounds like a beautiful person inside and I can see the love he has for his family in the pictures. Your family will be in my prayers.

Your new nephew is adorable.

shirley said...

I love the picture and most importantly, your post. You have a wonderful attitude and I continue to pray for you and your family.

Amy said...

What a precious, perfect little boy!

Jackie's Shot said...

Prayers that you will have some encouraging treatments available to your husband.
What a beautiful baby and indeed sweet and certainly a bright spot in all lives. ~Jackie

Suzy said...

He's gorgeous. I'll be saying a prayer for your husband and family. Congrats to your sister and family on the birth of your sweet nephew!