Sometimes, when photographing autistic kids, you have to put your running shoes on. This was precisely the case for this busy boy. Although mom had picked out the perfect outfit for him to wear, little man was set on his Mitchell’s Place shirt…and his ipad. What a blessing to have a mind of your own.
Carly is the inspiration behind “Carly’s Law” here in Alabama. As with many with special-needs, she has been given a purpose and gives others hope in spite of her diagnosis. Big brother Colton is always protective and the very expressive baby sister, Courtney. Father and Husband, Dustin, has his own accolades as the founder of The Interaction Advisory Group which trains law enforcement in how to handle individuals with autism and other special-needs. The Chandler’s are a busy family. A family like theirs takes an amazing mama to help keep things organized and Amy does an amazing job of that. So it’s always a joy to spend time with them and learn from them as they are very motivating.
First of all let me just say that yes, this blog post is quite late. My reason…kids, summer, and babies. 🙂 Some of you know that I began working for Bella Baby Photography in October. Also I hosted my first ever baby shower last month which led me to clean things in my house that I’ve never cleaned. Gross. My hubs and I also felt it necessary to update our quickly deteriorating couch and area rug – so this led to much shopping around. So my house is clean. Come over for a visit now before it’s dirty again! ;-o
Anywho…Here is JI’s story. Last summer, Jennifer’s dad, John Vos, a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather, died suddenly and tragically by taking the brunt of a head on collision by swerving his bike in front of his wife’s when a sleeping driver lost control of his truck. Around that time Jennifer found out that she was surprise pregnant with her 5th child. She quickly knew without a shadow of a doubt that this was going to be the 2nd boy that she had hoped for and his name would be John Isaac. Being over 40, she knew that there was a higher chance that JI would be born with Down’s Syndrome. However, she casted all her cares on the Lord as she so faithfully consistently does and began planning and anticipating this much loved and precious baby sent by God, our Good, Good Father who LOVES giving us gifts.
The morning John Isaac was born, I was slowly getting ready for the day thinking I’d get a few things done in my house before I left to go meet JI for the first time. But my plans changed when Jen sent me a pic of JI. I knew immediately that this baby had Down’s and that Jen, one of my closest friends, was in my club as a mom of a child with special-needs. I hopped in my car before I could even put makeup on or rinse my breakfast dishes. I was right. He was (is) a beautiful baby boy with beautiful angelic features.
JI is indeed a loved, peaceful, perfect addition to Jen and Michael’s family. His siblings, Bella, Micah, Aria, and Victoria are sweet, patient, and loving. They are indeed a beautiful blessed family and I’m so very grateful to call them my friends.