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grace josephine :: five months old

I first met Grace and the Delaney family in November at Minneapolis Children’s Hospital when Grace was about a week old. She was born with an unbalanced AV canal heart defect and was about to have a risky surgery to try to help her. I was there as an affiliate with the Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Organization that offers remembrance photography for parents experiencing the loss of a child. Needless to say, it was a very scary time for this family.

Gracie made it past that surgery and in the past five months has had to endure hospital stays and additional surgeries. Gracie’s parents did not give up trying to find a solution and finally found a surgeon in Boston that was willing to try to fix her heart. The Delaney family called and asked if I would come to their home and take another set of photographs before they headed to Boston for her surgery and I gladly agreed! You see, when I serve the Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Organization I meet a family to capture their child’s last portraits. It was my absolute honor and pleasure to be able to take photographs of Gracie again at this hopeful time in her life! And to be told that I was her good luck charm was just awesome. Grace’s surgery took place this past Monday and the team of doctors was able to give her a four chamber heart which pretty much gives her a chance at being a normal, healthy kid! How amazing is that! I am so grateful to have met the Delaney family and Gracie. Their love and determination is inspiring and reminds me that anything is possible!

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  1. Penny Green

    I’ve been in contact with the Delaney’s for several months and following Gracie’ progress, so it’s wonderful to see these gorgeous photos of her and I hope that we will see many more as we watch her grow up.

    Taking these photos is such a fantastic idea as should anything have gone wrong during surgery they would be so precious to her family. We realised too late that we had stoppedtaking photos of our son as they were all him asleep, in an incubator or all wired up. We only ever had two photos of the four of us a family and they were taken by one of the nurses.

    Something professionally taken would ne such a treasure to have had, so the Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Organization is a wondereful idea and thank you for supporting it.

    May 22, 2011 @ 3:23 am

  2. Brianna

    Thank you for your comment Penny and I’m so very sorry for the loss of your son.

    May 22, 2011 @ 12:19 pm