This past week has been filled with much reflection and--I am thrilled to say--the sharing by a California photographer who completed her first shoot for her new foundation, Wrapped in Love. Her name is Chelle Haney and she is in Central California and you can see her efforts at www.wrappedinlove.org. Her talent and the love of this beautiful family comes shining through. This type of work with families is spreading and I want to mention a woman in Indiana who is just getting started. Her name is Debby Crevonis and if you know of anyone who would treasure photos of a "Soul" child in Indiana, she can be reached by email at email@example.com.
My husband left early this morning to be with his dad on Bainbridge. We spent a quiet Friday night watching Pride and Prejudice and later chatting about the meaning in my life around this project. As he was fading into much needed sleep I told him that in this type of work the thing that keeps me moving forward is simply the fact that I want to do something with meaning and now I have learned that each child, each baby has added to my life in profound ways. Coming close to those so strong and yet so vulnerable gives one a chance to see the essence of humanity. Seeing life that might be beginning and ending in days, the struggles after years of treatment and hearing the gentle soft laughter and tears shared with one mom yesterday (pictured here today), as she described the most recent changes in the medical course for her daughter, makes me stop and shake off the trivial parts of running a foundation. It sets me into the mode that I know is the heart of this work-- honoring the families. Hearing that a young girl with epilepsy says her photos are so beautiful touched me so profoundly that I told Doug I would love this girl and her mom to come to dinner when they are in town so he can share in her unique view of the world. She asks questions in such a manner that I often chuckle to myself at how she made me rethink some of the basics of aging.
A few minutes ago the phone rang; it was Doug saying his only uncle had passed away this morning. He heard the news while on his way to his dad's new place and I am so thankful that he and his siblings here planning on being with my special father-in-law today. I was raised surrounded by loving aunts and uncles, and Doug had just this one set. My love goes to this family in California. Uncle Dick and his wit and humor will be missed indeed.
We are currently looking to hire someone to work alongside me in the project. I would dearly love to hire a woman who has been close to the work since the foundation was formed, but it is hard to come up with enough funds to afford someone full time. We are thinking over the best course of action and are currently asking for resumes from interested individuals. If you or anyone you know might be interested, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can send out the job description.
We have the pieces all ready to ship to Washington, DC, and are thrilled that the lovely Elise and her family may be able to join us on the opening night. Timothy's aunt will be with us and hopefully others we know will be there to welcome the show to the East Coast. I have had calls this past week about 5 possible shoots in the next few weeks. I will be honored to record 3 weddings in the next 2 weekends. I am blessed with recording the richness of life in all its facets. I close with words shared by my friend Lori Sawyer. She knew that I had been struggling with some issues that were managerial and she helped bring my focus back to what really matters. All I really ever wanted to do with this work was show a little kindness in return for the blessings I have experienced through my work in photography. In love and peace, Lynette
Your recent comment about Timothy, and the light and guidance all of these Soul babies bring into your life, reminded me of this quote by Albert Einstein.
Strange is our situation here on earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: That we are here for the sake of humanity . . . For the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day I realize how my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of my fellow human beings, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received and am still receiving.