As an Auntie to FIVE amazing little nephews, I have the privilege to spoil them rotten and then send them back to mom and dad! A look into grandparenthood perhaps? So far, it looks like a great time! And with those days full of laughter and fun I am also part of some of their struggles. Moving away from home, the loss of their grandfather and even the struggle that comes with being a premature baby.
Three out of my five handsome nephews had a very tough fight from the moment they entered this world and it is something that is both inspirational and challenging. My newest little nephew is still under a year and has spent the last few months struggling to gain and hold any weight. I remember feeling so pleased when he finally hit 8 pounds and moved into 3-6 month old clothes and I had to return his preemie sized Christmas outfits days before the holiday. What could have been a slight inconvenience was something so beautiful. Finally, he is holding weight after so many months of struggle.
Obviously, it comes to no surprise that this particular situation is something that is near and dear to my heart. And when I became made aware of The Tiny Footprints Project, I had to be part of it. The Tiny Footprints Project is a group of photographers who are matched with parents of premature babies living in the NICU and the parents are gifted a lifestyle inspired session, free of charge.
I had the pleasure to spend some time last week with the sweetest little one and his loving parents.
These little ones are so strong and so beautiful. It is amazing just how much they teach us in such a short amount of time. This project is beautiful and I am so honored to belong and watch them grow.
If you know of a family who is in need of such a lovely blessing, please direct them to www.thetinyfootprintsproject.org and click on 'Parents' to fill out a request.
Photographers, if this project is calling to you please visit them at www.thetinyfootprintsproject.org and click on 'Photographers' to learn more.
Also, check them out on Facebook and support this wonderful cause!