I have a story to share…
Not an easy one to put into words but I’m going to do my best without being a sappy mess.
I reconnected with a friend from back home when I found out he had my nephew in his 5th grade class this year.
We became friends on Facebook and I soon learned that the love of his life is going through something no one should ever have to endure.
That awful word that takes way too many precious lives.
I quickly got caught up on his dear Jenny’s Caring Bridge site to learn that she is fighting breast cancer, they have two gorgeous girls, and need all the support and positive prayers to get them through this difficult time. Right away I knew I wanted to do something special for this family. I’ve never met Jenny, but I wanted to do something…anything to put a smile on their faces.
I knew I couldn’t donate a ton of money to help, but I could give memories through pictures that they can hold onto forever.
Right away I contacted Brian with my idea to donate a Picsy session, and he was so very grateful. I couldn’t wait to meet his family.
We found a date right after her 6th and final chemo treatment. What a perfect way to celebrate this brave mama!
A few weeks before their family session, I received a package in the mail from my MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) membership with a tiny little envelope that contained a key from The Giving Key. The Giving Keys exist to employ those transitioning out of homelessness to make jewelry out of re-purposed keys that get sold and shared around the world. Each key is unique and carries a simple word that holds a powerful, personal message. When the wearer of the key encounters someone else who needs the message on the key, they give it away and shares their story. My key was branded with the word “courage,” and I couldn’t think of anyone more deserving of this key than Jenny, so I decided to give it to her at the end of our session.
Courage is the state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger, fear, or pain with self-possession, confidence and bravery.
Just look at how brave and courageous this beautiful mama is…
Jenny has come so very far, but still has a long journey ahead.
She will need your positive thoughts and cheering as she waits for the date of a double mastectomy that will then be followed by 6 weeks of radiation.
Jenny, take your time with this key. Hold onto that courage. I hope that key along with these images of your family that loves you so very much helps get you through those tough days.
Be brave, beautiful Jenny!