Happy New Year!
It took a lot of work, and help from my friends, but I finally decided on the winner of my “Giving is Awesome” portrait session. Buuuuuut… because there were so many deserving families nominated, I also chose three runners up. Woohoo! OK, let’s start the announcing…
The Winner: 2-hour portrait session + $800 in goodies
THE MCGUFFEY FAMILY: Jessica and Jeremy live in Puyallup with their three-year-old son Connor. Connor was born with an extremely rare series of genetic disorders and is confined to a wheelchair. He has struggled his entire life, but recently he’s been suffering from increasingly severe seizures.
Connor’s dad, Jeremy, an officer in the army, was injured while deployed in Afghanistan. His stryker vehicle ran over an I.E.D., which completely pulverized both of his heels and caused severe lacerations to his legs. He will eventually re-learn to walk but is also wheelchair-bound for now.
In the face of everything, Jessica has been courageous and upbeat, and extremely supportive of her lovely family. They’ll receive the gift of a two-hour portrait session at a location of their choice as well as up to $800 in prints, albums, or canvasses.
Jessica was nominated by her sister, Mary, who lives in Texas. Mary, if ever we meet, you have a $250 credit toward a session or prints of your own. Thank you so much for caring so deeply about your sister and her family. And congratulations to all of you!
The Runners-Up: 1-hour portrait session + a framed triptych
THE KINDORF FAMILY: A series of medical problems has had Mr. Kindorf in and out of the hospital and upset the family’s finances. His wife and oldest son are working together to raise the other three Kindorf kids, the youngest of which has cystic fibrosis. They are struggling to stay afloat after a tough year in a tough economy but will stay strong no matter what.
Thank you to Mauvia for thinking of the Kindorfs. They are blessed to have you as a friend!
THE KARR FAMILY: Kathleen is a military wife who is raising a new baby while her husband is out to sea. Kat gave birth to little Kendall three days before her husband was deployed and has raised her on her own away from friends and family for the last seven months. Kathleen could only take a little maternity leave and is now working full time to support Kendall and pay her mortgage. At a recent well-child visit, Kendall was diagnosed with hip dysplasia and placed in a body cast, where she will spend the next six months. Kendall needs new everything to fit her cast, and probably has to look forward to many surgeries. Kathleen has had a trying and painful year, but she and Kendall have accomplished so much.
Thank you, Chastity, for nominating your sister-in-law. You rock!
THE HORAN FAMILY: Therese is a single mom who moved to Seattle from Sitka, Alaska to go through ARNP school. She has just graduated and is looking for a job in a very tough market. Despite mounting bills and student loans, Therese is a wonderfully supportive mother to her young daughter. She has always made sure that her daughter’s needs are first, even when she was working through school. They are a joy to watch together!
Justin, you’re an awesome classmate for suggesting Therese. I wish everyone were so considerate!
Each of the people who nominated a runner-up also receives a $50 credit that they can use either to schedule a personal photo session or to purchase prints for the family they’ve nominated. Y’all are awesome!