… this session was full of so many different kinds of emotion. Happy. Sad. Elated. Solemn. Blessed … and yet hurting all at the same time.
Sweet Charlie has the sweetest, most loving, dedicated and kind parents. Sometimes you meet people and you just *know* they are good down to their soul. They just have an energy about them. Sweet Charlie is so very loved and is so lucky to be born to this couple. I only wish he could stay on this earth and grow old with them.
As I worked on these pictures today, Rascal Flatts came on — I Won’t Let Go — and tears started streaming down my face.
“It’s like a storm
That cuts a path
It breaks your will
It feels like that
You think you’re lost
But you’re not lost on your own
you’re not alone
I will stand by you
I will help you through
When you’ve done all you can do
If you can’t cope
I will dry your eyes
I will fight your fight
I will hold you tight
And I won’t let go
It hurts my heart
To see you cry
I know it’s dark
This part of life
Oh it finds us all
And we’re too small
To stop the rain”
Callie and Stan — thank you so much for sharing this part of your life for me. Charlie will never be forgotten.
They turned out beautiful! Of course, I cried, but I also smiled. Charlie’s a lucky little guy but not as lucky as the two of you to have each other!
Gorgeous! They all turned out so cute! I feel like I know y’all because of Kelly. I pray for the both of you and Charlie often.
Katie, Thank you so much for helping us capture this special time in our lives. We are honored to be chosen by God to be Charlie’s parents. He is such a special boy. He is ours. We love him and with him we are well pleased. Blessed are we who have been touched by this little angel’s life.
Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures. I have kept all three of you in my prayers and know God’s arms are around your family.
Katie, thank you for the kind words. We especially thank you and our friends for the pictures and wonderful memories that will go hand in hand with them. Charlie’s story has touched so many lives and his spirit is strong.
For some of you this may be the first time that you see that Callie is pregnant. We are starting our 33rd week and Charlie is growing bigger and stronger every day. As Katie alluded, Charlie’s life has been celebrated with laughter and tears. We found out early on that Charlie screened positive for Trisomy 13, a genetic condition that most often results in death. In Charlie’s case we expect that he may only live a few hours. Yet, Callie and I have embraced his life from the time we found out we were pregnant… on my birthday back in December.
We both decided that we will celebrate his life until it is time to mourn his death. He may never know much about this world but what he does know is that his parents love him. We have had so many great experiences with Charlie and we have shared so much with him. God has truly blessed us in so many ways with our dear son and we are thankful. We know the remainder of Charlie’s story has already been written by God and we are patiently, faithfully, and prayerfully seeking God’s will for all of us.
Both Callie and I have been openly sharing Charlie’s story. It has not always been easy, but memories like those from this day of pictures has really been special. Thanks to everyone who put this together. Thanks too to all of those who have been on this journey and for your prayers and support.
Charlie’s dad 🙂
Stan and Callie My Heart goes out to both of you I was saddened to hear this news, The photos are so Beautiful to capture this time with Charlie I will keep you All in my Prayers
Beautiful very heart touching wish you three all the best God Love you All
So beautiful!! What a beautiful family!
Katie, we can’t ever thank you enough for capturing these special moments between Charlie and his parents. He’s a very loved little boy and the pictures illustrate just that.
To be loved so unconditionally, regardless of his diagnosis, when the promise of tomorrow is not guaranteed…that love is captured beautifully in these photos. Thank you for sharing Charlie with us through these pictures and throughout your journey. Prayers always for you three.