jarren is four years old. he was a little shy with me at first but our mutual love of skittles helped us bond. he loves the green ones and i love the red ones so we got along just fine. :) he hadn’t been to a park with swings since april of 2009 when he was first diagnosed with hepatoblastoma so instead of a “formal” photo shoot, we played. out in the golden sunshine, under big oak trees with a big quilt and a lot of bubbles. jarren’s mommy had told me (before he warmed up) that he had the best giggle in the whole wide world but that he hadn’t giggled with passion in a while. his cancer makes him weak and he lives with extreme pain every day. but on this particular afternoon, when he got up on that perfect jarren-sized swing, he giggled. and kicked his legs out far and pumped. and he was free. i will not say that this shoot wasn’t heartbreaking… it was. every moment. but within the heartbreak there is hope in the Lord! heather, jarren’s mama said, “the hugs are longer, the i love you’s never cease, the kisses are often. i miss the days when a simple kiss of a scraped knee would take the pain away. how I wish… we keep praying, we keep HOPING, we continue to trust and have faith in God’s plan.” they are taking it one day at a time… living in each and every beautiful moment that their child’s heart continues to beat. please pray for this precious family. to read more about jarren’s story you can visit their Caring Bridge webpage here.
those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. they will soar high on wings like eagles. they will run and not grow weary. they will walk and not faint. isaiah 40:31
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