25 May 2012

Precious Moments Captured by Surprise

I love pictures.  Love, love love!!  I believe pictures have the ability to capture a moment and tell a story.  

This is why I photograph as much as I can and post the pictures on the blog.  It is my effort to tell Bennett's story.  I often try to capture a wide range of moments in pictures - the wonderful moments, as well as the painful moments - all in an effort to best communicate what it's like to live with Cystic Fibrosis.  

But, the difficult thing about being the one behind the camera is it often removes me from actually participating in the story.  So, this year, at the Great Strides Walk, I decided to sit back and let others capture it on camera.  This year, I decided to be present and just enjoy the day....which I wholeheartedly did!  

But a blessing came my way a few hours later in a little surprise Facebook posting from my very sweet and ever generous friend, Khimberly Caton (professional photographer of Snaptastic Shots) when I found out she had captured on camera the very moments I was wanting to fully experience earlier that day at the Walk.  

Khimberly had come to the Great Strides Walk to walk for Jessica Rae, her husband's sister who died from Cystic Fibrosis at a young age.  But Khimberly took the time to photograph Bennett in the process.  Her eye for beauty and her graciousness to provide these to me as a gift overwhelmed me when I received them.  These are the moments I have in my heart and have always wished I had in a picture.  Thank you, Khimberly, for these beautiful photographs!

The back of Oliver's shirt.

Bennett sports his Waco Fire Department tattoo on his right arm.

Our family.

A close up.

Beginning to walk 

Our little friend Erin, who walks for Carla's Corner

Our little friend Caetlynn wearing the smallest of all the "I'm in it for Bennett" tshirts.

Pinwheels are our Great Strides theme: Blow Away Cystic Fibrosis.

Typical silly Bennett.

Bennett loves Chick-fil-a.  He loved getting to say hello to the Chick-fil-a Cow as well.

Sweet little guy.

This is my very favorite picture of the Walk.  Exhausted little Bennett, in the arms of his beloved babysitter, Margaret, who is just one of more than a hundred people who love him and donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to save his life.


  1. These are really great photos! It's definitely nice to sometimes take a break from being the continuous photographer! I totally agree with it sometimes taking away from the moments themselves, and I love that you got a chance to enjoy it all, while still having some marvelous pictures to gaze over at the end of the day! Love the Bennett's Brigade t-shirts too, by the way.

  2. It's hard for me to believe that YOUR son loves Chik-Fil-A chicken nuggets and french fries. Oh wait..... ;-)

  3. You bring tears to my eyes.

    I love you so!

  4. your sweet comments about Meg sure do make me happy! Proud that she takes such good care of your boys :)


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