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Perfectly Imperfect…..{Colstrip Child Photographer}

Well, goodbye to 2016.  It has been quite a year for our family.  I think it has been quite a year for a lot of families….

In July, my mother had an accident which shattered her entire upper arm to her shoulder.  My mom is in her 80’s, so this has been a hard thing to work through.  I am sure many of you can relate with the difficulty in watching our loved ones grow older, weaker.  It is hard….for them, for us.  In the midst of my already busy life, I am squeezing in home care, therapy, whatever is necessary.  What I have come to realize is that this is an honor, not a burden.  I am honored to try to help the woman that spent most of her life raising my brothers, sisters, and myself.  She is a strong woman….I hope I can emanate strength like hers throughout the remainder of my life.  I hope my daughters can as well.  So this is to 2017.  May she get stronger, not weaker.  May we all exhibit the patience to help our loved ones.  To put them first….

Which brings me to my post.  When my mom was in the hospital in Anaconda, Miss Hayden was the biggest helper of all.  She tried to keep grandma’s attitude positive (which was not easy under the circumstances).  She stayed cheerful, and helpful.  Hanging around a hospital all day is hard for an 8 year old!   One afternoon while we were there, I took her over to Washoe Park to play in the creek. These images are of Hayden….just as she is.  No photoshop…all her imperfect perfection.  I developed these in Lightroom and left them as is.  I love them…..they are so her….Happy New Year everyone.

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