Franklin Childrens Photographer | Grace.


To even write this post is soo hard for me. I first met these two people and they were soo pregnant and I instantly fell in love with them. They had quite a struggle to get pregnant and to stay pregnant. She was having their miracle baby. I was there to capture sweet Grace’s first minutes in this world, (you can see that here – its from our old blog so its loading weird..sorry). What a amazing day to be apart of, she was here, she was perfect and she was their sweet lil Grace.

Fast forward to today. Grace has been a busy girl. As you can see on her shirt…”Ive been Fighting Leukemia”…..I keep wanting to add to it…”What have YOU been doing?”   🙂

When i received the email from Amy about Grace, I just froze. My whole world started spinning and I felt sick. As JUST her photographer, you can only imagine what this has felt like for her parents and family. I cried and for a split second, said Why God?

Im not sure why that is usually our first response to things?

Then I immediatly knew the answer. Why not. Grace and her family are fighters. They know their God, they know His strength and they know His Love. They know His Grace.

I knew if anyone could do this, they could and they would. So i began to pray for many things for sweet Grace. Then being me and not really knowing what else to do…I said…”hey lets take some pictures when she is up to it”

I think I have this warped sense that beautiful portraits can heal things 🙂 But Amy thought it was a great idea and here we are!  As they were pulling up to meet me Grace said to her mom “She is going to be so excited to take my pictures”  Gosh, she is so smart. I was soooo excited, really I just wanted to hug and breathe her in, just a little 🙂 sshhhh

Grace may have cancer but it does not have her. She still has the sweetest smile ever. The cutest lil dumpling legs….oh and the sass. Yep she still has plenty of that. She was real quick to tell me a thing or two. (thank goodness)

If you would like you can read Grace’s whole story here on her Caring Bridge Site. Amy loves to hear from everyone and of course appreciates all prayers!

Our sweet lil nugget still has a big fight in front of her and lots of ups and downs. Please please keep her in your daily prayers. I mean seriously..look at this face…how can you not think about that? 🙂 I love you sweet girl. Thanks for being you!

She is a GREAT singer….she sang lots of songs for me…while mom jumped around behind me making her laugh 🙂 where is the video camera when you need it?

This cracks me up. I started asking her about her dolls. She went on & on telling me each ones names and about their clothes and how many and ..and ..and …and … and … and ….

June 21, 2011 - 4:23 pm

Esha - What a precious baby girl! 🙂 She is in my prayers for sure. Brought tears to my eyes. God has big plans for this little angel. Keep us posted on how she is doing. Beautiful photos!

June 30, 2011 - 10:49 pm

Diane Van Zandt - Ok. Tears are rolling down my face. I love the singer picture. Then I love the last picture of all three of you. I know that none of this is going past God. He has a plan. It just is really gross right now. Worse than I can ever imagine. I am so sorry. I will be glad when the day comes that Grace will be giving her book that she has written away to families that are going through what you all have been through. May the peace of God surround you tonight as we pray for little Grace’s perfect healing. Perfect healing. Love to you all,

July 1, 2011 - 12:29 am

Ricklie Stone - These are so wonderful! Grace is beautiful as is her gorgeous and loving family. Every image is sensational and your incredible talent is a gift to all of us who love these people. And we do!

July 1, 2011 - 5:09 am

David and Donn - May God continue to watch over Forest, Amy and Grace. We pray that God will heal this Sweet Little Angel.

July 1, 2011 - 5:57 am

Beth Rains - Beautiful……stared at each one for a long time….The Lord will bless you for not only using your talent to take this photographs, but your precious comments will not go unnoticed by Him — He is glorified and praised throughout…..Thank you…..

Beth Rains
Panama City, Florida

July 1, 2011 - 6:00 am

Terry Schneider - Lovely, lovely photos. That’s our Grace…you captured her essence and her beauty.

Thank you so much,

Laura and Terry
Mimi & Poppy

July 1, 2011 - 6:26 am

Christa - These pictures are absolutely amazing just like sweet little Grace. She really looks like a little angel. Thanks so much for sharing them!!

July 1, 2011 - 6:36 am

Natalie Brock - Mandy you r an amazing photographer and friend. Thank you so much for enabling Grace’s family friends that live a long distance from them to get a glemance of that sweet, precious little girl!! My family and I pray daily for Grace, as well Amy and Forest, but it makes it more real for my children to see pictures of their prayers and how they r being answered.

With much appreciation for sharing,

Natalie Brock

July 1, 2011 - 9:37 am

Mary Sue Southerland - Absolutely the most beautiful family. We praise God for all three of you and your testimony. Have a wonderful 4th. We love you,
The Southerlands

July 1, 2011 - 10:42 am

Marcy Rehse - Thank you so much for sharing these photos with us! Grace and Amy and Forrest have been and are in our nightly prayers…I love all the photos-especially the black/white of Grace naming her dolls-so precious!!!

July 1, 2011 - 1:09 pm

Gaye Ragland - Wow! What great and beautiful pictures. Your friendship is a gift from God. I couldn’t help but cry when I saw that little bald head, and then I remembered the bald head is NOT the cancer, it is the TREATMENT to get Grance well. I pray for you daily, and love you all dearly. Much love. Stay strong. gigi

July 2, 2011 - 11:56 am

Michael Lehman - OG - So beautiful and how wonderful to see her big personality shine through. We love you, Grace.

July 2, 2011 - 1:25 pm

Carissa Neff - Beautiful people, beautiful family, beautiful girl. Grace was a miracle and continues to be a miracle: a light! These stunning photographs are so moving because they show so much love between all of you. We send our love to you and your family every day with prayers for healing and strength. We have others doing the same. We love and miss you.

July 2, 2011 - 3:01 pm

Sussy Schneider - I am thinking of you all the time and wishing Grace well. The photos are wonderful. Love,

July 2, 2011 - 8:17 pm

Cindy Lowman - Gorgeous pictures. I have a hard time deciding which picture I love the most. They are all wonderful. Thank you for posting these!

July 4, 2011 - 3:32 pm

Melanie Batley - Beautfiul Grace. Straight from God, even in a fallen world.

July 5, 2011 - 12:36 am

Wendy Dyeks - these are so beautiful! my fav is the last one. They are such strong people and an inspiration to us all reminding us that GOD is in control and we are to TRUST Him. I pray daily for this sweet family I have met in cyberspace through a mutual friend. Grace is beautiful and is teaching me so much about my faith.

July 5, 2011 - 9:41 am

Cindy Hankins - What awesome pictures and your blog was so touching! Such a beautiful girl (and family)! Tears streamed down my face as I looked at them, but the one where she is counting and telling about her dolls brought a big smile to my face. Have been and will continue praying for this sweet little girl! May God wrap his loving arms around this precious family!

July 8, 2011 - 6:40 pm

Anne Laura - These are the most MAGICAL photos !!! I am overcome with pride and love that I am friends with this gorgeous, wonderful family and because of the beautiful love that is beaming from within each photo! Unreal. I loved your words as well Mandy in sharing your friendship and experiences w The Hamilton’s and darling Grace. This family gives strength and love back to everyone. These photos are such a perfect testament to faith and abiding love. Through the ups and downs, they always come out on top – and all 3 are so good-looking 🙂 We LOVE YOU guys, AL

July 28, 2011 - 1:37 am

Jill R - Oh my…so beautiful. I will add little Grace and her family to my prayers. These pictures are beautiful….she and her family will cherish them forever. LOVE the sweet pictures of who I assume is grandma and grandpa and the last one of her with mom and dad—-hugs to her family.

Mandy, your work is so inspiring and stunning!

August 19, 2011 - 9:25 am

Irene - Grace is such a little beautiful girl! It is a while after your blog about her and I hope and pray that she will heal. Please give her and her parents a big hug for me and tell them they are in my thoughts and prayers!

Irene, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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