May Day is one of the most joyful days in my year, and this May Day was no exception as it was our youngest's 21st birthday. Llewelyn is currently in Europe, heading toward Greece from Italy, and will be home in the next few weeks. We will be so excited to hug that dear one and welcome her home. I can't help but post a recent photo as she is just a lovely light in our family and has always taken to the work of Soulumination with such sweet, gentle caring.
Today's child from the NTSAD conference is my dear friend Elise. You can read more about Elise on our gallery, as this is the third time I have had t
he pleasure of being with Elise and her family. Elise was featured on the Today show and her dad was on Miami Ink, getting a tattoo of one of the Soul photos. Elise has a dear little sister who kept us laughing at the conference. Her maternal grandparents are also a very important part of Elise's life, and I so appreciate their support and friendship. Mom, Laurie, is willing to help with Soulumination, so when the right opportunity comes up we will be weaving her into our volunteer network. Two of Elise's caregivers were in attendance and they are amazing women. Enjoy the angelic beauty of dear Elise. As each NTSAD child is shared on this blog I think so fondly of Conner and his foundation, which made this journey possible.
We are still on cloud nine over the documentary film win at the Toronto festival and will be sharing the date of the showing at the Seattle Film Festival as soon as we hear. On Friday evening I will get to see it again myself along with our Soulumination star, Victor, and his parents. Victor is featured in the film and will be gracing the poster that will accompany the film. Again I send my huge thanks to Jon Ward and his amazing crew.
I got word that Julie Becker's sister is sending a donation in honor of Julie that will be specifically for the work with adults. I am so thankful--having this support lets me feel close to dear Julie in every part of this expansion. I had the pleasure of tea with Julie's best friends on Tuesday, and her loss is so evident in both of these beautiful people. They shared the magic of the time they spent with her as she moved to her new form.
Today I also introduce the work of our new foundation photographer, Christina Mallet. She recently worked with a new family and I am so delighted with the results. The oldest son in this family, Nicholas, is currently battling cancer, and his mom and brother have also had similar cancer challenges. I am most enamoured with the style of this young man and I think this, combined with Christina's approach, made for charming photos. I thank my dear friend Monique for introducing us to this family.
of choice. For the past week I have been using it, and it's really as effective as any other search site and could make a nice difference to the work of Soulumination.
I am so thankful for the support of our donors, for having such a wonderful staff helping here at headquarters, and for all the social workers, nurses, relatives and friends that lead us to the amazing children and adults we are so blessed to photograph. I close as always, in love and peace, Lynette