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I entered a Mommy and Me contest through these wonderful ladies and (unfortunately) didn't win, but decided I really wanted some pictures with Ryker and my Mom, so I booked a photo session with them anyways.
The day of the pictures was a very emotional day! For those of you who know my Mom, you know she has been battling cancer for the last 8 years and has recently decided to stop treatments as it is no longer effective and makes her feel terrible all the time. She (and all of us) want to enjoy whatever time she has. Well, we started our day at the Dr's office where he told us that the tumor in her neck is growing and if left alone it will get to the point that she can not move her head, it will eventually block her airway, get into the bloodstream and tendons and make things very painful; worst case scenario it could actually erupt through the skin. He also found traces in her liver and lymph-nodes. After meeting with a Radiologist we were told that radiology could possibly keep the tumor in her neck from getting any worse, but would probably not give her anymore time.
I can't even begin to tell you the multitude of emotions I was and still am feeling, most of all I just come away with an even deeper appreciation for the time I've had with my Mom and want to spend as much time with her as possible.
After her appointment we came back to my house to relax and let Ryker sleep for a while before pictures were taken. My Mom fell asleep and as I went to close the blinds I saw outside that the sky had turned dark gray and it was poring rain outside! I wanted this day to be beautiful and sunny since we were doing pictures outside. My sister Heidi assured me that it would clear up and not to cancel. She was right - about 2 hours before we were supposed to meet, the sky cleared up and it was beautiful!
Then Ryker woke up from his nap - and I'm pretty sure he woke up on the wrong side of his crib - he was so incredibly CRABBY! I tried everything to make my son happy and nothing worked, Daddy tried, Grandma tried - NOTHING! So I got him dressed and ready and prayed for a miracle! Thank goodness my prayers were heard and answered! By the time we got to the park he was happy and playful.
We had a blast and our photographers were just snapping away, every now and then they would stop and have us pose, but they were so much fun and it made for an incredible day! I can't wait to get the pictures back and will for sure post them once we get them!
I don't know how long I will have with my Mom and it breaks my heart, but I am thankful for every minute I get with her and for the example she has always been. She is an amazing woman, full or strength and courage, love and charity, her positive attitude and faith have gotten her (and me) through a lot of tough times and I strive every day to be more like her. I love you Mom!
1 year ago