they make my heart smile

So filled with love and grace and their hearts are just so, so big.  I first met them last year as a part of a fundraiser with Mack & Sally Brown to benefit Cure Duchenne.  I was lucky enough to get to help tell their story last year and am honored to do so again this year.  We’ll be doing a photo shoot in a few months to prepare for the big event.  Seeing them again tonight was meant just to capture a few fun and easy family shots before the holidays and it made my heart smile.  Timmy is 7, just lost a front tooth, is so energetic, curious, busy!  Andrew has grown from a toddler to just the sweetest little boy.  I am so thankful to have this family in my life.  As we have gone through a tough 6 months with Teagan being sick, they have been supportive, prayerful and have sent thoughtful messages to us.  One just last week reminded me to “take it one day at a time and love him as God created him” and it came at just the right time, exactly what my heart needed to hear, what a huge blessing.  We haven’t been through nearly what they have faced, they certainly understand where we are with Teagan and know the pain of facing a challenge with the health of your child in a huge way.  I hope they know we are holding their family in prayer, just as they have ours.  I had to give up and put aside most of my charity work when Teagan got sick, but this family is just one I couldn’t let go of and had to make work.  I needed to see them, give them big hugs, play with the boys and capture photos that show just how beautiful they all are. I will continue to do so and I will help in any way that I can to help them find the cure so many boys with DMD need.

Tim is preparing to run his 6th(!!!!) Austin marathon in Timmy’s honor!  If you’d like to support him in raising money to fight for Timmy’s life, you can do so here.  I will be posting more information about the event this spring with Mack, Sally and Champions to Cure Duchenne as we get closer!

ps.  Timmy, thank you for the special gift you gave me tonight.  I let Taryn and Teagan play with our new Seagull frog tonight and they love him.  Tomorrow I’m going to take him back and put him in a place of honor in my office to remind me every single day what a special little boy you are and how very blessed I am to know you and your family.