This family is very well known in our community. Last year Jase a Northern Michigan toddler was on life support after being diagnosed with the flu. He was flown to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids because his case was so severe. I remembered checking my facebook and seeing Abby’s post with SO MANY shares. I instantly froze in the grocery store and my instincts were to figure out how I could help her and Ryan. I knew she was pretty pregnant with their second child and my memory flashed back to the day my own son was diagnosed with cancer. I had no idea what to do when I entered the doors or the children’s hospital. I messaged her right away to see if she needed anything or advice on how to get around or where to stay. Then I got a message from Ryan sister asking me the in’s and out’s. My heart was so broken every single time an update would go up. It was 1 step forward 2 steps back. So many media outlets where covering the story and the community stood behind their family much like they did for us at one time. When things started to look like they were going in the right direction I wrote Abby and told her when they were ready I would like to photograph their family as a gift. I know the importance of pictures especially after a battle like they fought. Lennon was born and we talked about some ideas. Ryan and his Dad are both firefighters in Boyne City and we decided we would go and do part of their session at the station. Jase was right at home putting on his custom made little jacket. Little Lennon came into the world during and extremely stressful time and at the same time I feel like the perfect time. She was like a little ray of sunshine to her family and the way her big brother would look at her and sneak little kisses melted my heart. I got some baby snuggles and was fortunate to hang out with this super amazing family for a couple hours. Life is so short already and I am the first person to tell others how important family pictures are. How important it is to take your kids in to the doctor when your gut tells you somethings wrong. How important it is to pass along simple acts of kindess that may mean the world to someone.
To read more about Jase here’s a link: https://www.lovewhatmatters.com/mom-warns-of-3-year-old-sons-traumatic-complications-from-flu-like-symptoms/