When I came to their home on Sunday morning, Dad was cleaning up from breakfast while Carter was rocking out to “We’re not gonna take it” by Twisted Sister (also, I’m disappointed I’ve lived 37 years on this planet without having seen this video).
“Like my moves?” Carter asked, as his mom drank coffee and his dad’s batman mug filled again.
“I LOVE your moves!” I replied while dancing myself and singing along with Carter “We’re not gonna take it anymooooooooore!”
I am so lucky to meet all the families I get to meet. Each family has their own ways of interacting, their own eccentricities, their own little in-betweens. I learn from each and every one. It is awesome to get little glimpses of each family’s every day. This family of super heroes is full of laughter and patience and the things they need to get through the hard parts. These supers won our Giving Giveaway, where someone nominates a family to receive a free session. Tricia (whose wedding I had the pleasure of photographing!) nominated this family with, “I would love to nominate Lindsay and her family. Lindsay is my coworker and I can’t think of anyone more deserving of capturing some amazing family memories. In 2015 they discovered her then 5 year-old-son, Carter, had a 4cm mass at the base of his head pressing on his brain. As you can imagine, Lindsay’s family has endured so many ups and downs since that diagnosis. Carter has spent countless days at Children’s Hospital, under went multiple surgeries, dealt with a variety of treatments, coded more than once, and has fought everyday with a smile on his face. Just the other day Lindsay and her husband pitched a tent in their living room so their kids (Carter and his younger brother) could have a “camp out”! This…this drive to continue to create a childhood for both her boys in the face of such adversity is why I think they deserve to have you photograph their family.” That last part is everything. Their “drive to create a childhood for both her boys in the face of such adversity.” This is hard stuff the likes of which most of us will never know. I am certain that every day in this family’s lives is not laid back and fun.
But this morning certainly was! There were wii games…
tickle fights… congratulatory high fives… There was even some sandwich-making! Lots of laughing… Some general wrestling… And some quiet moments full of tenderness and patience, too. Mom’s gentleness and Dad’s patience are truly inspiring. Then we headed outside! Superman and Supermom played cars while Batdad and Batson did some work. I don’t know what it is, but I love it when he calls his kids “son” with such tenderness. And this mama. She can bring a smile to both her boys’ faces so easily! There is a lot of love in this super hero family. Love overflowing.
Thank you, Tricia, for introducing me to this incredible family!
Thank you, Super Heroes for allowing me to spend a morning with you!
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Giving Giveaway. I love it, and I’m grateful for all of you.
If you are feeling like you want to do something for this family and families going through similar hard places, please consider donating to Nellie’s Champions for Kids. This family loves this organization that is dedicated to making life easier for pediatric cancer patients and their families.
Check out last year’s Giving Giveaway winners here!