She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.
~Proverbs 31:25

Future.
Don’t we all wonder what our futures will hold? I remember as a young girl thinking about my future. I wanted to be a mom when I grew up, a teacher, oh and at one time I’m pretty sure I remember wanting to work at the local ice cream shop because how cool would it be to get free ice cream all the time?!

Moments.
Life altering moments, we all have them.
That one moment…you know the one that makes you stop in your tracks. It takes a minute or two or maybe even longer to process, then you realize that “moment” will forever change you. You don’t know how just yet, but you know it’s inevitable.

Though different, we’ve all experienced a moment that has changed us or changed our future. Maybe it was the moment you found out you were pregnant. Maybe it was the call letting you know you were getting your dream job.

Or maybe it was a less joyous moment, the moment your parents told you they were divorcing. (I remember that moment in my young life. It was devastating. It changed me, for sure.) We have difficult moments and we have joyous moments through our life’s journey.

For my sweet friend, Cathy, one of her “moments” happened recently. It was the moment she found out she had cancer. The *c* word, I hate it. It has wreaked havoc in so many of my loved one’s lives. I’ve watched Cathy’s journey after receiving this horrible news. I’ve seen her cry, get angry. But the thing I’ve witnessed most about her is her fight! This girl has a lot of FIGHT in her! I’m not sure she even realizes how much.

I had the opportunity to photograph Cathy and her family right before her surgery. I remembered all of the previous family sessions we’ve had together. I’ve watched Cathy’s family grow and change over the years. One thing remains the same, the love she has for her children. It’s undeniable. Cathy had no idea the thoughts going through my head that day. “Lord, please help me to capture her in a way that she may look back at these images and see her strength, let them bring her joy.” “Lord, help me to be strong for her.” “Please don’t let me cry, please don’t let me cry.” My words were few that day. I stood back and watched this woman of strength and dignity laugh and play with her children. I recalled those moments not so long ago, moments of desperate prayers before her sweet Kennedy was conceived. I smiled inside thinking about capturing her two youngest when they were only a few days old. Watching the children she prayed for bring out such a joy in her…THAT was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever witnessed.

I clicked the shutter as each one of her babies cuddled up next to her. She is their safe place.

Cathy, I am in awe of your strength. I am sure that many moments through this life and now this new journey you’re on you’ve felt less than strong. You have more strength than you know, sister. Continue to draw that strength from your Father. You are already an inspiration to so many. Your friends and family stand with you. We fight with you. We will hold your arms up, just as Aaron held Moses’ arms up, during battle. We pray with you and for you. We LOVE YOU!!

To read more about Cathy’s journey, please Click here.

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