People who aren't on facebook often ask me what I get out of it. They wonder why I spend my precious time posting tidbits about my life that nobody should care about. Like what I'm having for lunch. Or where I'm going with my kids. Or what my migraine status is for the day. But that's not what it's all about. It's about connections. And reconnecting. And without facebook I never would have reconnected with this family. This is what it's all about. I went to college with both parents, and we were pretty good friends. Not super close, but all of us being music majors, we hung out in the lobby of the Lawrence Conservatory and enjoyed each other's company. Like so many casual college friends, we lost touch after we graduated. Skip forward 15 years, and enter facebook. We found each other, I heard the story of their family, and I was instantly drawn back to them.
My friends had struggled with infertility for about three years, and finally decided to adopt. A few short months after signing their adoption papers, they discovered she was pregnant. 11 days later, they got a call that a baby boy had just been born and needed a home. They brought him home the very next morning, and then 7 months later, their daughter was born. Everything seemed to be going just fine for a while, but their daughter just wasn't gaining enough weight. Their pediatrician didn't seem alarmed, but the parents just had a feeling that things weren't quite right. That intuition saved their daughter's life.
They sought a second opinion, and found out shortly after that their daughter was born with several major heart defects. She has undergone a number of open heart surgeries and countless other procedures to help open up her branching pulmonary arteries (BPA’s). You can read more about her story on her blog: Ramona Mae.
I decided I wanted to give her parents the gift of a photo session. Since they live in Chicago, it took a bit of arranging, but last weekend we made it happen. It was so wonderful reconnecting with them again and meeting their two amazing children. I feel blessed to have been able to spend the afternoon with this beautiful family, getting to know each other again after all these years. This is what it's all about... connecting with people we care about, using our gifts to make the world a better place, and having fun with the children.
On to the pictures...
ok, this picture just cracks me up. totally.
such. a. total. ham.
I just can't get over how sweet she is...
Little Ramona started splashing her whole family and got such a kick out of it. I love love love this family photo of them all getting splashed.
[D] family - I hope you enjoy your photos. You are truly a remarkable family, and I feel honored to be your friend. Thank you for sharing your weekend with me.