Simmons Family

I met Lena Simmons' family through the JDRF walk that is put on every February at Crossroads Mall in Waterloo. Through her, I have learned so much about diabetes and the struggles of those who have it. I didn't realize prior to helping with the JDRF walk that so many kids are affected by it. At almost 30 years old, I still hate needles, and these kids have to get 'pokes' everyday, several times a day, likely for the rest of their lives. Major reality check for me. Not to mention the medical expenses that go along with it. Really good friends of mine (husband and wife) both have diabetes and work 3 jobs just to help pay for it. It's seriously crazy the amount of money they have to spend, literally, just to stay alive. :/ Also, JDRF's focus is on type 1 diabetes -- not affected by weight or diet. Type 1 is an autoimmune disorder where their pancreas doesn't produce the insulin that needed to get glucose from the bloodstream to the cells of the body. 

I could go on, but the gist of it is, I have a whole new respect for those who have diabetes, and I owe it all to this family and the fundraiser they help put together every year. They are seriously an amazing family and so fun to be around. 

To learn more about JDRF or get involved, click here.

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Holden Family

If I had to describe the Holden family in one word, hands down, I would say, "classy". Upon arriving at the agreed location, local authorities had taped off an area that had been the scene of an out of control vehicle from hours before. As I waited for the family, several newer vehicles paraded into the parking lot and several men in suits exited. My first thought: FBI. Haha! After the ladies started to step out and I realized it was the family I was waiting for, I concluded that fasting from crime shows for awhile might not be a bad idea. ;)

I was beyond impressed with how well these photos went. For that many young kids, I felt everything ran exceptionally well. It definitely helps when parents are willing to goof off a little with their kids -- and, in the end, those tend to be some of the sweetest keepsake photos. 

I had so much fun (if you can't tell). Thank you so much for the contact, Kelly!

Tucker's First Easter Egg Hunt

This morning was Tucker's first Easter Eggs Hunt with his daddy's work. I was surprised how quickly he caught on. It only took one time of showing him to pick up the eggs and put them in the sack for him to start picking up every egg he came across and put it in the grocery bag. He may be short (7th percentile as of his last appt.) but, as a biased mother, I will say he's smart. ;)

Can't brag on this boy enough. ;)


- ND