Sunday, August 12, 2007

It is almost midnight on Sunday and I am just back from a day trip to Vancouver BC to update the Soul photos of our dear friend Brandon. I first met Brandon and his family over two years ago when they flew me to Edmonton for his first birthday, and now that dear boy is astounding doctors as he is almost three-and-a-half. This little boy and his family are people to cherish and admire. The love and comitment thy show exemplifies the best in parenting and lifts my spirits immensely. I so often see this kind of true unconditional love as I work with Soul families, and it never fails to remind me to be thankful for the closeness of my own dear family. I am posting the photo of Brandon that was recently featured in the Alaska Air magazine and will share the new photos as soon as possible. Special thanks for the lovely dinner prepared today by Brandon's caregiver, Karen, to his grandparents for sharing their home so graciously even if they are Yankees fans, to Brandon's aunt Brenda and her husband for the lovely surprise gift to Soul that was secretly tucked in my bag, and to Brandon's mom Susan for driving to Vancouver from Alberta so that this session could take place.

I am sharing today the most recent photo of darling Hudson, which was taken by Sandra Coan. As you read from a comment on the last blog, dear little Hudson passed away. His charming smile and beauty will remain in our hearts.

We say goodbye to our board member Kelley Myers who has served her two-year term. Kelley will remain a good friend and she has assured me that I can call her and she will help out as time permits. Kelley has done much to make this foundation strong and we salute her and love all that she accomplished.

I want to thank Ben Bridge Jewelers for inviting us to come speak to their employees, and we are very thankful and appreciative of the lovely donations that resulted. We are honored by their caring.

I took a quick peak at Tara Clark's recent shoot and I see very lovely shots for this newest family. I am so happy to say that the work by our Soul shooters is stellar. Each person has given a part of themselves and their talent to this project. I am proud to know each of our photographers and to count them as friends.

This week is the final week for our intern Max Cho. I am so thankful to him and to Teens in Public Service for this opportunity to have his service. I hope he will remain a Soul supporter as he offered us so much.

I remind you again of the upcoming showing of the documentary, Portraits of Hope here at the studio. It will be Sunday, Sept 9th in Ballard at 5201 11th Avenue NW from 2 till 5, admission by goodwill donation and of course free to our Soul families. We hope for a large turnout. THere will be a popcorn machine and appropriate movie treats, and kids are welcome. I am very thrilled to say that the film has just been accepted into the Port Townsend film festival. This means a lot to me since it is the town where Doug and I met and married and where McKenzie was born.

I close as always, in love and peace, Lynette