Oct 26, 2010

Life is too Precious

I am convinced she will grow up to be a teacher. With a pure heart she is always volunteering to help whoever, wherever and whenever she can. We are so blessed to have celebrated her 10th Birthday.

She is loving.
She is always happy (when she gets her way. wink. wink).
And she is as stubborn as hell!

And I thank God every day that she is all these things, especially stubborn. See, she was diagnosed with Leukemia right after her 6th Birthday. Cancer makes you putty in it's own hands. Cancer makes you physically weak. But Cancer can also make you emotionally strong. The experiences we've had has molded our lives into a fabulous, spinning ball of light. We learned not take the little things for granted.  We still sometimes get caught up in "life". But we try so hard to remember what's important. It's who you are and what you can become that matters!

I don't normally share too much of our personal lives on this blog... but the emotions are just too close to the surface. We are sneaking up on 5 years of being cancer free. It has been quite the journey and has shaped us to who we are today. I wouldn't take it back and I most definitely wouldn't ask for a "do over". I love who we are today... and who we have become.

To all of those who have experienced cancer or know someone who has... God Bless.
Happy 10th Birthday baby girl.


Reeniewelch October 26, 2010 at 2:24 PM  

Oh my gosh!!!! Her eyes are amazing! Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Just absolutely love this amazing young woman!

Julie and Matt October 26, 2010 at 2:27 PM  

I'm so happy to hear how well she is doing. What a blessing to have her in your lives.

Missy Lee October 26, 2010 at 2:36 PM  

WoW!! She is beautiful~ So glad to hear that she's a little fighter! Good job Mom & Dad!!
P.S. I ♥ that chair too!!

Michelle W. Nate October 26, 2010 at 3:20 PM  

Sweetheart! I know what you are talking about. You'd never want to do it all over again, but the experiences, blessings, knowledge, and strength are irreplaceable. You are amazing!!! Happy Birthday to your gorgeous little fighter! and congrats on being free for so long now!!!

Heidi October 26, 2010 at 3:44 PM  

I am in tears, It is so wierd, I didn't know you when Canyon was going though cancer but everytime I'm with you I see your strength, your happiness, and the love that you have for your family. your are an amazing mommy with amazing kids.
Love ya girl-
P.S. I can already tell Canyon is going to be a awesome mommy! love her.

griffeth October 26, 2010 at 5:47 PM  

I just love your sweet Canyon. I'm the librarian at the Oakwood, and I watch her helping others often. She is so sweet and kind and beautiful as well. You have raised a wonderful girl. She is a great example.

Amy October 26, 2010 at 6:32 PM  

She is so beautiful, I am happy I got to meet her!!! You have such a beautiful family and an unbelievable talent for photography!! I wish you and your family the best always!!!

Juli October 26, 2010 at 6:45 PM  

I absolutely LOVE that girl!!! I have seen first hand what an amazing person she is and I know she'll do great things. Beautiful inside and out...that's for sure!!!

The Hokansons October 26, 2010 at 8:01 PM  

Oh I just love these pictures! Love you too Canyon! I am glad you posted this Katie, reminds us all what we have to be grateful for!

kaTie October 26, 2010 at 8:33 PM  

goll, you guys bring me to tears... thank you!

Emilee P. October 27, 2010 at 11:16 PM  

She is stunning! I'm so glad she and your family has kicked cancer in the butt! I lost my sister to leukemia she was 16 I never got to meet her,but I will someday! Canyon couldn't of done it by herself... The love of a family makes life beautiful!

Just Jen October 28, 2010 at 12:36 PM  

She is a true beauty. I will pray for her health. Your shots turned out awesome! ~ Stopping by from Love That Shot.

Anonymous October 28, 2010 at 12:45 PM  

Beautiful images!! LOVE the lighting.

Amanda Padgett October 28, 2010 at 1:49 PM  

Coming from Love That Shot... Gorgeous, gorgeous shots and wonderful processing!!

tccba October 28, 2010 at 9:47 PM  

She is gorgeous--and so are your photos. And what a story too. She has a great mother with a great attitude!

citygirl - Stacey October 30, 2010 at 10:25 AM  

Beautiful daughters and beautiful photos. I am so happy that she is healthy now and doing so well. She is fortunate to have you as a mom!

(coming from Love That Shot)

Kristy November 2, 2010 at 1:12 PM  

Gorgeous Photography!

kaTie November 3, 2010 at 10:18 AM  

Thank you so much for all of your kind comments.

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