Friday, October 30, 2009

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep - Baby Samuel

Last week Katie and I had the true pleasure of photographing baby Samuel. Debra, Samuel's mom, contacted us directly a couple weeks ago but found us through the NILMDTS website.

Debra found out at 23 weeks that baby Samuel had Trisomy 13, a chromosome disorder, that would not allow him to live outside the womb. She carried him until he was 33 weeks. I would not normally post something like this but Debra said that it was ok. I can't tell you how neat her family is and how special it was to us that we were part of such a private time in their lives. The pictures that I posted were one's that Debra took of Katie shooting and me assisting. I am usually crying the entire time so Katie and I make a great team. We both say that we could never do a NILMDTS shoot without each other!

While pregnant Debra made the most beautiful knitted clothes for Samuel. She learned how to knit during her last pregnany. (Debra lost her sweet Isabel at 36 weeks just two years ago.) I did get to meet her three children that are 12, 10 and 4. You just wonder why this family had to go through something like this not once BUT TWICE! Why..........

In the room with us was her midwife and I can't say enough good things about her, such a beautiful person. She also brought a midwife that was in training, she playing such beautiful soft music on her guitar and sang a couple songs, so peaceful. People always ask Katie and I how we volunteer for NILMDTS and now I can't imagine not being part of such a needed organization! I feel like every shoot I do helps me heal and honor Max and Benjamin.

I know that god brought Debra in my life and I thank him for that. Please pray for her and her family!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Cousins & Caramel Apples

This past weekend our cousins came for a visit. We always love the time we get to spend with their family. Sierra and I wanted to make a special treat for them so we made caramel apples. It is officially the start of Fall! Thanks for all your help mom! Here are some of my favorite images plus a slideshow to music. Click HERE to view!

Sierra (2008)

I am not sure if I ever posted these, they are old but so darn cute!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Remembering our Angels...

Max and Benjamin

Shelby, Megan and Lynne

For all

Last night at 7 pm several moms who have lost lit candles to remember all of our angels. I lit 7 honor Max & Benjamin, Tina's twin girls, Sophia & Ellie and Nan's triplets, Shelby, Megan & Lynne. I also lit one special candle that was dedicated to myself, Nan, Tina and all families who have lost their babies too soon. I prayed that we heal as we all try again. I cried, prayed & thought of our children while lighting each and every candle! The pictures are from Tina & Nan, funny that the photographer of the group didn't take any pictures! Hugs to all!

Look how I have grown!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A blog for grieving dad's

Monday, October 12, 2009

Look for KKP in the 2010 Bravo Wedding Guide

Here is our 2010 ad......

October 20th.....Boys 5 month Angelversary...

October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.

October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.
Honor your angel(s) as well as others, these statistics are staggering.

American Pregnancy:
There are approximately 6 million pregnancies every year throughout the United States:
4,058,000 live births
1,995,840 pregnancy losses

American Pregnancy Loss:
Every year in the United States there are approximately 2 million women who experience pregnancy loss:
600,000 women experience pregnancy loss through miscarriage
1,200,000 women experience pregnancy loss through termination
64,000 women experience pregnancy loss through ectopic pregnancy
6,000 women experience pregnancy loss through molar pregnancies
26,000 women experience pregnancy loss through stillbirth

Pregnancy Complications:
Every year in the United States:
875,000 woman experience one or more pregnancy complications
458,952 babies are born to mothers without adequate prenatal care
467,201 babies are born prematurely
307,030 babies are born with Low Birth Weight
154,051 children are born with Birth Defects
27,864 infants die before their first birthday